If you're anything like me you spend a lot of time mulling over the swag of workshops on offer at whatever conference you're going to.
|GMC with Debra Dixson|
Initially, I took a lot of 'beginner' workshops - craft and skills needed to write a manuscript ie. anything to do with dialogue, pacing, plotting, creating characters etc. A few years later I looked for workshops on pitching, query letters, writing synopses, industry panels with agents/editors. Now I'm looking for more career orientated workshops or 'advanced' writer workshops.
|RWAmerica - an editor & agent panel|
|Weapons & fighting - fun!|
Sometimes there might be a clash of workshops on at the same time. See if a friend is going to one of the others you like and swap notes over coffee.
If there turns out to be nothing of value to you in one session, don't feel obligated to go to something just for the heck of it. Take time out and rest or chat to others who are skipping that session too. Sometimes this can be just as important or valuable as attending a workshop.
|Networking is part of workshopping.|
Oh, and most importantly, don't be afraid to ask questions. These workshops are all about learning, and there's no such thing as a silly question.