It has been a while, hasn’t it? In my defense, the last time I was going to post something I was on vacation and had little interest in going online.
This week is different! I’m super excited to be attending the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference this weekend in Portland! I’ve been before, but when I went last time I didn’t have a ticket and only lucked out that they opened the book fair to the public that year. This year I’m going to help my graduate school program with their booth, and I’ll be doing my own networking to try and drum up some interest for Neon Girlfriend.
I’ve made some one-sheets, which are literally a printed sheet advertising the work (think flyer), and I also made a mountain of business cards. I’ll attach a copy of the one-sheet below so that people can see what I’m talking about.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the best designer in the world, but I think they came out alright, and I think they show off the feel of the novel pretty well.
Let me know what you think below!
As excited as I am to go, I am pretty nervous about talking face to face with people. It’s not my strong point, and I feel like I either can’t look someone in the eye, or I attempt to stare them down like I’m asserting dominance. I don’t know if anyone else feels that way, but I’m always super self-conscious about it when I’m talking to other people.
Regardless of how the conference goes, I’m really excited to go on a trip that’s solely dedicated to my writing. I haven’t been on a writing-centered trip since I finished graduate school, and I know I’ll come home with a ton of new energy to start a new project.
That’s one thing that I think is invaluable about any sort of writing conference or meetup. It lets you get out of your normal rhythm and put writing at the forefront for several days. Coffee is usually available in vast quantities, and you don’t even have to think about cooking. Everything else moves out of the way for writing, and I just love how much that juxtaposes real life for the duration of the conference.
Portland is also home to a drool-worthy bookstore. It’s called Powell’s. They have everything under the sun and a truly to-die-for section of rare and unique books that are worth more than my soul. I’ve been there before, and my husband had to drag me away before I tried to spend all our money in one place. Now I get to go there all by myself!
What is your take on conferences? Do you have one that you try to go to every year?