You’ve taken that all important first step. You have registered for the KCWC. Now what, you may ask. What should you expect?
First of all, you’re not alone. At some point, we have all been in your shoes. We are a fairly small conference, offering a more personal experience. Take comfort in knowing that you will be surrounded by caring individuals who share your love of writing.
When you arrive Friday morning, go to the Family Life Center. Check in at the registration desk and receive your attendee packet and name tag. If you’re new to the world of writing, you may be interested in attending one of our most popular sessions, the “Newbie” class. It starts at 8:15 and seating is limited, so be sure and get there early. Feel free to walk around, check out the book store, and meet others. Just don’t forget to go to the opening session at 9:00!
Besides the keynote sessions and workshops, you may also sign up for an appointment with a faculty member. These one-on-one sessions are limited to 15 minutes. You may share a single page of your writing and ask for input. Remember, not every faculty member is an editor, but (s)he has experience in the writing market and is a viable asset.
Networking is important. You need to get to know people in the industry. Take the time to meet people and make a great first impression. Consider bringing business cards with you. Even though you may not be published, the card can be a good way for others to remember you. So, be sure all your information is current and correct. Including a small picture of yourself on the card is a good reminder. If you don’t have business cards, you can create some yourself on your own computer. Keep it simple. (See also, “Dos and Don’ts of Networking”)
Friday evening, after dinner, we will have a special recognition in honor of our twentieth anniversary. This is a time for socializing, meeting the presenters, getting a book autographed, and learning more about KCWC (and it’s the greatest meal of the conference!!).
Besides all this, after dinner, we will have an “open mike” time. Attendees and presenters are encouraged to bring a copy of their work and read a selected passage. Each person will be limited to approximately 2 minutes.
Come ready to learn, ready to make new friends, and ready to get motivated. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
Trish Nall, KCWC Treasurer