The writer’s conference you just attended was AMAZING, but now what do you do? Here are a few tips to make the most of your experience.
After You Get Home
- Give yourself a day off, at least from writing-related tasks. Your brain will process your experience even if you’re not consciously chasing after it. Unpack, do laundry, get settled. Go to your day job if you must. But give your brain a rest from conference things, let your mind have a day to process.
- After a day or two of rest, followup with the contacts you made. You’re recharged, and ready to reach out.
- Remember how I said to have a system for all those business cards/contact info you collected during the conference? Here is where that organization pays off. You should have, all in one place, contact information, and notes about how you intended to followup. Now is the time to send those emails or texts, make anticipated phone calls, or get something in snail mail (yes, some people still do that). You’re a professional, so of course you’re following through in a timely manner. Well done!
- You took a lot of notes during Conference, didn’t you? Review all that fantastic information you nearly drowned in just a couple of days ago. Summarize what you’ve learned. Taking the time to do this now will help you retain what matters most. Jot down an action list, a book-buying list, a “must-try-this” list as you go along.
- Head over to the websites of those you met – read blogs and leave comments. Write a review. Connect on social media. Stay in touch and nurture the new professional connections you made.
- Shoot off a few emails, leave comments on websites, engage with those you met. The relationships you build now may have impact on your writing career later.
- And finally, if you had a good experience, let the organizers know. Participate in surveys, so they can further improve their event next year. Consider volunteering to help out at future events. Become active in your local writing community.
Most important of all? Don’t forget to write!
Editor’s Note: A huge thank you to everyone who attended PPWC2019! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Please remember to fill out the survey you will receive shortly. Also, please consider volunteering for PPWC2020. It is a wonderful way to give back to the writing community!
Gabrielle V. Brown, Contributing Editor with Writing From the Peak, writes all manner of fiction and nonfiction. Visit her website, find her on Facebook, and instagram orcontact her at email@example.com.