In my agent life, I'm lucky enough to get asked to go writing conferences all over the place. And while these are wonderful and fun days full of networking, I'm aware of the fact that a lot of them aren't really accessible.
Conferences about writing and publishing can be expensive. And back as a young professional / graduate student in my 20's, there was no way I would have been able to afford to go to these. So I like to give back when I can.
Are you a writer eager to learn about the industry and connect with editors, agents, fellow authors? I'm offering up a free pass to the following events, to a marginalized writer (authors who are PoC, disabled, LGBTQ+, Native voices) in these respective regions:
Saint Louis Writer's Workshop (Saint Louis, MO) March 29th, 2019 www.stlouiswritersworkshop.com
Kansas City Writer's Workshop (Kansas City, MO) March 30th, 2019 www.kansaswritingworkshop.com
KWELI Children's Literature Conference (New York, NY) April 6th, 2019 www.kwelijournal.org/the-color-of-childrens-literature-conference
Pitch Publish Promote (Pittsburgh, PA) November 2nd - 4th, 2019 Note, this is a full weekend pass, and includes VIP workshops. www.pitchpublishpromote.com
Philadelphia Writer's Workshop November 23rd, 2019 www.philadelphiawritingworkshop.com
When I'm free over the course of the workshop, we'll hang out, and I'll introduce you to industry folks. We'll grab coffee. Or you can just wander around. You do you. These passes don't include hotel stays or transportation though. It's just a pass for the conference / workshop.
So please, only email me if you're from the area. I can't stress that enough.
Interested in attending? Email me with the following (but not for the online one, there's an application there already):
Name: You know, your name. Who Are You?: A bit about you. Why you write. Your WIP: What are you currently writing? Twitter: What's your Twitter handle?
To ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com, with what conference you'd like to attend. I'll pick someone one month before the day of the conference.