So, you have decided to jump into the great adventure of being a writer. You read all the advice blogs and know you need to sign up for some events and workshops to grow your craft. But, you are just starting out and you don’t have a huge budget. You definitely don’t need one that is affordable to start, only to talk you into a huge expensive package. Where can you find affordable workshops that are a good value? The first place to look is your local writers group.
Your local writers group is a great resource for critic partners and workshops. Take my group for instance, Pamlico Writers' Group located in Washington, NC. It is one of the oldest groups in Eastern North Carolina and has an eclectic group of writers, most of them published. The mission of the group is one of inspiration and support. The big event of the year is The Pamlico Writers’ Group Conference, filled with quality workshops for writers of all levels.
If poetry is your thing, you must come to both days of the event. Friday night is the introduction of the New Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate and poetry reading. Saturday is filled with information and starts at 8:30 in the morning with registrations. This year’s focus is “Shape Shifting Your work.” Most of us on this journey of authorship have a story within us and are working to get it down on paper. But what do you do with it after it’s down on paper? This is the conference that will help you with that.
The first workshop will be a panel discussion with three guests: Marni Graff discussing audio books and the process of putting your work on Audible, Michael Colonnese discussing editing and revising your work, and Bev Horvath discussing screenplays based on your work. Following this will be smaller sessions with more focused presentations on the same subjects. The afternoon sessions are based on Poetry, graphic novels, inspirational writing, YA and marketing. There is something for everyone and it is only $59 for both days, a true value.
If you are in Eastern North Carolina, I invite you to join us. If you are not, check out your own local group and ask them when their next workshop is. Happy writing.
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