Tomorrow I will be on my way to Pennsylvania for a writing convention. It’s more than that to me, though. It’s a bit like a homecoming. Except it’s not, because I
never lived there. I did, however, go to school there for my Master’s degree. I haven’t been back since I graduated, for various reasons, although I had intended to go several times. Life events overcame my plans.
I finished my Master’s in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University four years ago this month. Alumni from this awesome program loved the place so much that they started doing a summer con that happens at the same time as the summer residency for the program, so that they could see their classmates and former mentors. These wonderful people became an extension of our families.
It’s hard to describe how amazing it was to get there and for the first time be among a bunch of people that had a lot of the same goals and same writing drive that I did. I don’t have a writing group near where I live. Everyone was welcoming and supportive, and we talked about craft the entire week, and just enjoyed each other’s company. The group of people I went through the program with have maintained a relationship, and the program has a very prolific social media group, where we help each other and support each other in what can be a lonely profession.
In Your Write Mind (IYWM) is also a writing convention, with all that goes with that. Agents and editors and published authors will be there. I have a meeting planned with an agent, to pitch my latest book. There are lots of classes to sit in on, like how to pitch, writing to markets, plotting techniques and more, as well as critique sessions.
There is also a big book signing event in downtown Greensburg, and a costume ball with a different theme each year. This year it is Lost in Space.
I’m very excited to see a lot of my friends and mentors. I’ll try to remember to take some pictures to share.
Do you do any conventions?