Are you guys participating in WriteOnCon this week? If you’re a writer, and especially if you write for the under 18 crowd, you should check out the information-y awesomeness over there immediately. This is the second year for WriteOnCon, which is an online writer’s conference for kidlit writers taking place August 16-18.
While there are live events like Q&A sessions, the best part is that all of the content remains available throughout the year. So if this is a busy week for you, you can wait until your schedule is less hectic to visit and absorb the mind-blowing amount of information. In fact, I found it pretty overwhelming last year, so popped back in over the ensuing months to reread some of the posts that really resonated with me.
Another fantastic aspect is the forums where you can meet and interact with fellow writers. They also have a number of critique forums available – you can post your query, first 250 words, or first five pages and fellow participants will offer feedback. An exciting component they’ve added this year is Ninja Agents, which are agents who anonymously drop in (they are color coded) and offer feedback on what you’ve posted. I posted my query, 250 words, and five pages last night, and within an hour, one Ninja Agent had provided feedback on my first 250 words and another Ninja Agent had commented on my first five pages. They both said my writing had a great voice (yay!!) and asked a few questions that have me questioning if I’ve started my story in the right place. While I have a lot to think about now, it’s invaluable to have a chance to improve my beginning before I start querying.
The most amazing part about all of this is that the conference is FREE!! They do have a place set up for donations, and I encourage anyone who gets something out of the conference to donate a little if they can. I thought this was a fantastic event last year, and I definitely can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year.
Did you attend WriteOnCon last year? Are you participating this year? Are you putting anything up on the forums to be critiqued?