When I recently received a request to attend a writing workshop, I had to rethink what my writing is to me. If it is a hobby, then how could I justify the near two thousand dollars it would take for me to attend? On the other hand,if I truly intend to be a published writer, don’t I need to get out there and schmooze, a term that makes my skin crawl when I visualize phony people doing whatever it takes to be noticed. I doubt it is like that, really, and from what I have heard, writing conferences are a great way to make contacts, learn and interact with people with similar aspirations. It just doesn’t seem like it should have to be like that. Where are the days when a story would sell itself, and the quality of the written words were the only requirement?


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