Monday, October 11, 2010

Muse Online Conference 2010

I've never been to a writer's conference. *hangs head, shame shadowed disgracefully* I've only been involved with one writer's group that could meet in person. I live in the freaking willywacks luscious fields with all the Fall foliage and deer prancing in the backyard, my friends.

(Really, I do. My house sits in a nice neighborhood, but our lot has a wooded area behind it. Yeah, the deer like it.)

Over the past eight months, I've had a way cool crit partner, and a few who weren't so cool ~ not that I'm any prize. :( I've become involved with awesome organizations like SCBWI and writing communities such as YAlitchat, Teenfire, and Inkwell.

But I still haven't made it to an illustrious writer's conference. I've heard about BEA and SCBWI Summer & Winter conferences. And then there was all that talk about ComicCon and God knows what else. I actually was registered for the awesomesauecesome WriteOnCon--it's initial unveiling. Yeah, life happened and I had to miss the entire week. Blah.

But guess what???? Guess, guess, guess!!

I'm FINALLY attending a conference. Yay!! Online at bat. The Muse Online Writers Conference. I hear it's been running for a few years now,  *winky* and that it's pretty sweet.

I registered like, um...forever ago. I'd almost forgotten about it until the gracious lead moderator emailed me some info and a password I guess I need to 'get in'.

Yeah, I'm thinking online is a good thing for me. At least the presenters and my other class hordes won't have to see my paling face. Hey, I can pass-out because of my skittish nerves and no one will be the wiser. *teeheeing*

So, wish me luck this week and if you don't see me around this is the reason. I'll miss you all. I have a great book review I wrote for Sourcebooks, coming out on Wednesday, and another post on Friday. We're taking another week off for our Q & A with a YA.

Have you been to a writers conference? In person or online? What was your favor element about it? 


  1. I'd love to go to one but they're usually a bit beyond what I can currently afford - starving artist an' all that - but it's on my list of things to do!

  2. I just got back from the SCBWI Michigan weekend conference. It was great to network with other writers. I got to meet Cinda Williams Chima who write The Dragon Heir series and The Demon King series. She gave an awesome talk on plot and is so nice. I also went to one of Darcy Pattison's novel revision workshop.

    I'd recommend going to some local SCBWI conferences when you can. Often, you can get a face to face critique with an agent or editor that sometimes can be helpful too and you can submit to the editors.

    Have fun at the conference. Enjoy it, learn, and don't worry about blogging.

  3. Have fun at the conference. I myself haven't been able to attend any, though I know it would be a valuable experience.

  4. I went to my first one last spring and loved it. I learn loads! Even braved a pitch session (a rite of passage, to be sure). The most valuable thing I learned is that all writers are hiking the same trail, but just at different stages of the journey.

  5. I'm so excited for the Muse conference!

  6. Is that this week? I've had it on my bookmarked page. I'll have to check it out. Have a great time! =)

  7. Yay, you! I haven't been to a canference either, Sheri. I would love, love, love to make it to one sometime soon, though. Enjoy the Muse Conference and then tell us all about it! :-)

  8. have to admit, I've never been to one. But I've been encouraged to go to one on many occasions. They're just so darned expensive!

    Congrats on the Sourcebooks project and good luck w/the conference! You'll have to tell us all about it~ :o)

  9. Hi! I found your blog via Iggi and Gabi. I went to two SCBWI conferences, and found them to be incredibly informative, well worth the time and money. And at one of them, we got drink vouchers! It was awesome :)

    I will be looking forward to hearing what an online conference is like. Cheers,

    ~ Bess

  10. Conferences are great - both online and in person. The thing I like most about them is the energy that you get from them and the awesome people that you meet. Have fun!

  11. hi miss sheri! for sure im gonna miss you. i hope you have a real lot of fun and learn lots and meet lots of cool people.
    ...hugs from lenny

  12. I was so excited for this conference, my first one. It's a complete disaster for me now, though. They use Yahoo Groups, and though I was able to get registered, I have no access to Yahoo where I live, so I missed getting all the emails regarding pitch sessions. I've missed everything. I'm completely unfamiliar with using Groups (I'm a die-hard Googler) so navigating is confusing. And this week, I work late every day and won't be able to get to anyone's house this week to use a computer with Yahoo access. Maybe someone will come up with a user-friendly conference one of these days.

    I hope you get a lot out of the conference. It seems like such a great opportunity and more accessible than flying somewhere and spending money we likely can't spare for a writer's conference. The only reason it's not working out for me is the US Navy blocks Yahoo access. Yeah, they hate their own sometimes. Don't forget to have fun and not let the nerves get to ya! LOL, they can't feel sweaty palms over your internet connection :)

  13. Haven't been to a writer's conference...I did read through the archives of WriteOnCon though. Lots of good stuff there, I recommend you take a look when you find time.

  14. Never really been to writer's conferance, except the mini-WriteOnCon. Congrats!

  15. You all are awesome!! Thanks for stopping by. I love visitors, but feel horrible that I wasn't here. <3 I will surely take notes and share all I learn. You guys RAWK!!


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