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Do-It-Yourself Writers’ Conferences For The Poor And Xenophobic

Another fall has arrived and you will not be going to a writer’s conference.

I’ve been trying to get to the ACFW conference in September every fall for the last five years and I’m not any closer now than I was five years ago.  I did, however, get to go to the marketing seminar hosted by my agent’s firm. While it was cozy and fun and certainly educational, it’s not a BIG CONFERENCE like ACFW or RWA.

Because I can’t go, I can do one of two things. One option is to mope around and feel sorry for myself and decide that watching the new fall television lineup is more important than pursuing my dreams. The other option, and the one that is a lot more entertaining, IMHO, is to create my own conference!

If you do your own conferencing in the privacy of your own home, it’s free and there’s the added bonus of not actually having to talk to people. For us financially strapped xenophobes out there, this is a win-win.

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I’ve created a list of some of the hundreds (if not thousands) of free resources for writers online. This is NOT exhaustive. But it will certainly get you started if you can’t afford to go out to learn how to be a great writer. There are blogs, websites, videos, virtual conferences, podcasts and groups you can participate in. And DON’T forget your local library (although you should put clothes on to go there, and you may have to actually speak to someone there.)

Here you go!

Need To Feel Like You Are Actually At A Conference? Colgate Writer’s Conference on YouTube, Or The Muse Online Writer’s Conference  or the WriteOnCon for kidlit writers,

Need To Listen To Celebrity Authors Talk About Writing? Anne Rice on YouTube  Anne Rice on YouTubeSusan Conley at TedTalksRick Riordan,  Need more? Do a search on YouTube for “Authors Talk About Writing” and you will be amazed at what you find.

General Fiction Writing Tips and Strategies? YouTube search: fiction writing.  You will find DOZENS of videos to watch. Watch them all!

Need Ideas For Marketing? Eighty-nine book marketing ideas that will change your life. And Five Easy Ways To Publicize and Promote Your Book

Getting restless? Wanna actually do some writing? Here’s a link to 10 Universities that offer free writing courses! FREE EDUCATION!  All you poor impoverished xenophobes out there don’t even have to get dressed!

Other things you can do?

Listen to podcasts

Sign up for writers groups.

Read everything about writing you can get your hands on at your library

Find a coach or mentor.

Find online resources that are often free.

Read agents’ blogs.

Read editors’ blogs.

Ask authors if you can interview them.


Where can I attend online conferences?

Yes, I have to stand next to the financially strapped and xenophobic writers this year, but that’s not an excuse for not learning all I can about how to write well. If I can do it, you can too! 

Do you have any other suggestions? What worked for you? What didn’t work? Are you poor or xenophobic or both? 



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8 Responses to “Do-It-Yourself Writers’ Conferences For The Poor And Xenophobic”

  1. Poor and in school, but not xenophobic and just getting started. :)
    Thank you for the resources! This is getting a bookmark.

  2. The ACFW MP3s from past conferences are pricey but awesome. I ended up just buying the whole package two years ago which was around $100 but wonderful. I don’t see 2013 yet, but here’s 2012. http://www.acfw.com/conference/2012sessions . In the midst of editing and planning for my book launch I just ordered the MP3s I was specifically wanting from past years–editing and marketing related. Very Professional and helpful.

  3. Hi Katherine,
    You followed me on twitter and I found your site that way. Great post, made me laugh out loud. I resemble many of your remarks! The one social thing I thought was safe is my small town writers group. And it was safe for a few months, but now I find myself helping to put together a “mini” writer’s retreat in January! I don’t know how that happened, so be careful.

    I recently wrote a post about writer’s resources that fits your them:
    I will add your post in my comments there, so it will get included in my next resource post, along with others that have been added by our little community.

  4. Damn! I spelled your very name wrong!! GGGRRR, so sorry!

  5. Katharine


    Thanks for stopping by! Don’t tell anyone, but it turns out I DO get to go to a conference! (I wrote this post weeks ago before a cheap and easy opportunity revealed itself.) Still poor. Still xenophobic. But I bought new boots to wear, so at least I can admire them when I’m looking at the floor. Thanks for the link and the shout-out! Have fun at your events!

  6. Katharine

    This is awesome! Thanks Charity!

  7. Nice resource Katharine. Thank you!

  8. Great list of resources!


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