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what people are saying about our conference

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Benefits of Attending PNWA's Conference

Workshops & Classes

Our conference is  a great way to learn a lot about all aspects of writing in a short time frame. We have workshops ranging from how to plot your novel to how how to use Scrivener to maximizing your subsidiary, audio and translations right - and everything in between.

  

 

The Opportunity to Pitch to Agents and Editors – Pitch your work to agents and editors actively seeking submissions. 

 

Update on Industry Trends 

Learn about trends in the industry from professional agents, editors, and publishers who work in the book world day in and day out. 

 

Networking with Fellow Writers

Get to know your tribe. Network with other writers to learn from each other, make writing friends and maybe even establish a critique group.


 
 
MEG JENSEN (PNWA Member)
"I'm a member, and am again coming up to Seattle for the PNWA Conference. I wish I could put in my two cents on why a new writer, or any writer for that matter, should attend a writers conference, ours especially.

I sold my first novel at a writers conference. It wasn't even finished yet, but the senior editor of a well-known publishing company heard my pitch, gave me her business card, and asked me to send her the manuscript when I'd completed it.

I did so, and they bought and published my novel. It went into translation three times when sold to publishers in Germany, Sweden, and Britain (yes, they did do a 'translation'). I was interviewed on a nationally televised talk show, and the book went into a second printing. Around that time, an agent contacted me and offered her services. I didn't know anything about agents, but after she explained how she could advance my writing career, I hired her. Subsequent to that, I sold four more novels to another nationally known publishing house.

Am I glad I went to that writers conference?

Now that I teach construction of the novel on the collegiate level, I always point out that while these conferences are expensive, they are dirt cheap when you consider what you get. Think about it. You could fly to New York City, get a room in a decent hotel, and knock on the doors of these agents and editors. Your chances of getting past the receptionist is not worth betting on, but even if you did, your chances of getting ten minutes of that agent's or editor's undivided attention are not much better.

Besides all that, at the PNWA Conference, we get to take classes, and we get opportunities to talk to teachers and to one another, commiserate, make friends, and become part of the writing community of the Pacific Northwest. PNWA is considered to be the best conference in this part of the USA. This statement came to me from more than one senior agent. They come here on their own dime, looking for us, writers who have stories to tell and who know how to tell them well."

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