In the USA lots of writers are heading to Anaheim for the Romance Writers of America Conference. I have never been to this but one year, in the not too distant future, I would love to go.
The Romance Writers of Australia Conference is being held on the Gold Coast this year. (For the non-Australian's that is in Queensland and it's a very popular holiday/vacation destination). That's it there on the left. Given how cold and wet the winter in Sydney has been this year I am allowing myself to believe it will look exactly like the photo here and I will be able to feel blissful sunshine on my face. I will be crossing my fingers and toes for the next month.
I'm going to this one and really looking forward to it. This conference has the unlucky knack of often falling on the same weekend as my daughter's birthday. Lucky for me this year it doesn't so I can go.
Also lucky for me I have been before so I get to see some wonderful women I have met in the past and also some I haven't met, except on line. That will be fun! Plus I'm going with the wonderful Jen Tomasetti who is a member of The Writers' Dozen and one of my favourite people on the planet.
The Australian RWA has some main events. There's a themed cocktail party on the Friday Night. This year it's a 60's inspired Diamonds Are Forever theme. (I still don't have an outfit), There is the opportunity to pitch to agents (still don't have the outfit for that either) and as well there is the annual Awards Dinner (I believe the outfit is covered).
So basically I believe preaparing for a conference has two key components. Preparing your pitch and choosing your outfits. (Of course it is also a good idea to register, book flights and accomodation but I'm pretty sure everybody knows that!)
If you have thoughts on what to pack or what not to pack for conferences I'd love to hear them. I'll be back with specicics later.