Monday, April 7, 2008

Conferences and costs

Conferences are a terrific way of boosting flagging writing energy. Here in Australia we have our national Romance Writers of Australia get together in August. This year we're in Melbourne at the luxuxious Langham Hotel on Southbank. Travels plans and bookings are being made, workshop sessions mulled over and chosen, pennies saved.

One year my aim is to make it to the US for the massive American version. Next year may be the one. I would love to have gone to San Fran in July but the dates are awkward for me in regard to my teaching terms. Washington is a couple of weeks earlier--much more doable.

Then, of course, there is the cost of any international travel for us in Australia. The US exchange rate is good at the moment so that's a bonus but still . . .
Today I'm attending an info session by our local government Arts grants body. Missed out last time round, this time I'll be better prepared.

If you're thinking of attending a conference--DO. If you can't afford it at the moment--look for a grant to help fund the travel or the accommodation or both. Every little bit helps. Try to get along to any workshop sessions on offer or the smaller regional conferences the RWA branches hold in the US. You won't regret it. You'll learn a lot, you'll meet like minded, friendly people and you'll be immersed in the world of writing for hours or even days.
And it's FUN.

2 comments:

Gail Symmonds said...

Hi Elisabeth

Just cruising your blog. Wouldn't it be great to go to the American conference. Maybe we should organise via RWA (oz) a group booking to make it a bit cheaper? I know flights are heaps cheaper if you group book. Hmmm, I wonder?

By the way - I've asked a question on my blog this week. I'm really curious about what other authors would like to do if they had the time to do it?? If you've got time I'd love to hear from you.

bye for now

Gail

Elisabeth said...

Hi Gail,
I think someone posted details of cheap group fares a while ago on the Romaus loop. More and more Aussies go each year because more and more Aussies are cracking the US market. Woohoo!!