Forum Friday: Conferences, Expos, and Book Fairs, Oh My!

When the stairs say this, you’re probably hanging out with the right people.

I recently signed up to volunteer at the book fair portion of a local writing festival and I am SO excited about it! Admittedly, of course, I haven’t been to anything that resembles a ‘Book Fair’ since grade school, when they used to send us home with those little flyers…

So what I am really curious about today are other people’s experiences at them. Not just book fairs, but conferences, expos, and any other writing- and reading-related shenanigans. Er– events.

Have you ever been to a writing conference? How about a book fair?

Tell us about it!

What was the event like? What was your favorite part? Drawing on your sage experience, is there any advice you would give to a first-time conference-goer or anything that you would have done differently (i.e., worn more comfortable shoes, brought business cards, etc.)?

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10 thoughts on “Forum Friday: Conferences, Expos, and Book Fairs, Oh My!

  1. I went to a workshop last July. It was very intense, but I got a lot out of it. My favorite part was a session on writing memoirs led by a very wise and seasoned writer – Hank Nuwer. Mr. Nuwer offered much sage advice, beyond the standard “here’s what sells” pitch.

    I hope you have a wonderful time.

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