Friday, December 19, 2008

Can't Wait!

And I don't even mean for Christmas. (Although I'm plenty excited for that, too.)

You may have heard already (it's been mentioned on lots of blogs the last couple of days), but registration for the 6th Annual LDStorymakers Writers Conference is officially open. The 2009 conference will be April 24 & 25, and like last year, the Whitney Awards Gala will follow.

YIPPEE!!!

I've blogged about the conference a few times, like here, here, and here.

And I've had the fortune to be part of the magic every single year. Last time I even co-chaired the entire puppy with Heather Moore. The conference is one of my favorite times of the year. I get to spend time not only learning more about my craft and networking with publishing professionals, but I get to hang out with some of my dearest friends . . . people who get the weirdness that is the writing part of me.

On top of all that, it really is a great conference, and it gets better every year. It also gets bigger, which became a slight problem last year, as Heather and I had to hold a limited budget together and find a bigger venue than some we'd used in the past. We tried to accommodate as many people as we possibly could, but as things were, it was tight, and we had to turn people away.

This year we don't have that problem. There's no cap to registration. (Celebration!) HOWEVER, as always, there is still a limit on the number of agent and editor one-on-one appointments, so if you want to snag one of those, you'd better register soon.

Likewise, there has to be a cap on the ever-popular Boot Camp, because if it gets too big, it's just not all that helpful. For those unfamiliar with the conference, Boot Camp is an optional early-morning, hands-on workshop held before the opening of the regular conference on both days. You get to bring pages from your work in progress, read it at a table of other attendees, and get critiques. Each table is led by a published writer.

Some of the Boot Camp details get tweaked year to year to make it better, and I've been part of Boot Camp every time except last year (Heather and I had enough on our plates, I figured), but I'll be doing it again this year. If you want to be in Boot Camp, again I recommend signing up early. (Trust me; you want to be in it. A lot of attendees say that the experience is the best part of the conference.)

To see the full details and to register, visit the LDStorymakers site here.

I've already registered. It's gonna be awesome!

12 comments:

Eileen said...

That sounds fantastic. I need to look into it!

Heffalump said...

I have wanted to be a published writer since I was in first grade. Somehow though, I stopped really writing after I grew up and became a Mom. Someday maybe...

Kristina P. said...

This sounds like a great conference! I hope you have another successful year.

Jan said...

Way to go. Have a great time and I hope the conference is off the charts this year.

Annie Valentine said...

I've heard such good things, it's tempting...

Melanie J said...

I'm so excited! I already registered and signed up for all the extras and found a place to stay! Woot!

Alison Wonderland said...

Place? Dates? Times? I suppose I have to follow the links for that stuff. Off I go.

Heidi Ashworth said...

One day. Someday. I hope. . .Meanwhile, you are a rockin' professional! Yay you!

Cheryl said...

Should I? I'm tempted... very tempted...
Of course, if I were to do the boot camp, I would have to bring something to the table worth reading, eh? That could be some motivation...

Annette Lyon said...

Do it, Cheryl! Do it! You'll be so glad you did. You'll come home energized and raring to go--and you'll get to rub shoulders with lots of other writers, learn tons of great stuff, and more. COME!!!

Cheryl said...

Well, geeze! Now I have no choice... :)

Julie Wright said...

We are going to have so much fun! And bootcamp??? Bootcamp will totally rock!

Why Suomi 100 Means So Much to Me

(TL;DR: scroll to the end to snag Song Breaker for free. Today only.) One hundred years ago, on December 6, 1917, Finland declared indepen...