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Writing Conferences: 20 Best Events to Help You Crush It in 2020

Best Writing Conferences for Freelancers. Makealivingwriting.com

It’s just a few days into the New Year, and spots for writing conferences are filling up. Thinking about attending an event to help you crush your freelance goals in 2020?

Writing conferences can be a great way to give your freelance writing career a boost.

Why? You’ll meet writers, editors, publishers, and marketing peeps in your niche. And you’ll learn more about the business and craft of freelance writing.

Writing conferences can also open your eyes to aspects of freelancing you might not even know about. Ahem…it’s no secret freelancers spend a lot of time on a computer…at home…alone…in your own head.

You’ll also get training, marketing tips, and even story ideas at writing conferences.

So which one should you attend?

It depends on a bunch of things like your budget, your calendar, and your ability to travel. Your niche and the type of writing you do (like content marketing or magazine writing), can also help you pick a writing conference to attend.

Looking for a writing conference to attend? Check out this list of 20 writing conferences in 2020.

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Writers Conference Connections: Here’s How to Stand Out From the Crowd

How to Shine at a Writers Conference. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder how to stand out at a writers conference?

Here’s what most writers do…

  • Sign up to attend a writers conference weeks in advance.
  • Make travel arrangements.
  • Scour the agenda looking for the lectures, workshops, and presentations that sound the most fun, interesting, or helpful.
  • And that’s it.

You show up. There’s a zillion writers, editors and publishers, and you roam from one lecture to the next.

If “that’s it,” you’re missing out on a big benefit of going to a writers conference…making connections.

Fortunately, a little pre-planning can help you get more from a writers conference than a bag of goodies and a frenzy of ideas.

Want to learn how to stand out from the crowd at a writers conference? Here’s how to shine:

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How to Boost Your Freelance Writing Career With Live Tweeting

How to Boost Your Freelance Writing Career With Live Tweeting. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever heard of live-tweeting on Twitter?

It’s a way to provide real time coverage and commentary during a live event (conference, TV show, game, etc.) in 140 characters or less using the social media platform Twitter.

And it’s not just for politicians, celebrities, or play-by-play game coverage. You can use this social media platform to boost your freelance business the next time you attend a writer’s conference or other event.

Live-tweeting on Twitter can help position you as an authority and break the ice at a live event, even if you’re an introvert. Once other attendees see your photo in the conference feed, many times they’ll introduce themselves between sessions and thank you for sharing their tweets.

Plus, you can gain followers from people who check the feed from home. These are people who couldn’t attend the conference or event but want to know what’s happening. Many times these people will become some of your most appreciative followers.

Live-tweeting is also a useful skill that you could offer clients, and one of several strategies you can use to monetize conferences. Posting social media updates from a live event for a client is one of those strategies. Even if you aren’t getting paid by a client, I’d encourage you to live-tweet events from your own Twitter feed to build your personal brand.

Want to learn how to use live-tweeting to connect with more people, generate leads, and give your freelance career a boost? Follow these six steps for live-tweeting at a conference or event:

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The Writer’s Instant Cure for Feeling Stuck

Ever found yourself scribbling story ideas down as you’re driving away from your house to go on vacation? That happens to me every time. I have strong memories of where I was when I got many of my best writing …

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