Last spring I attended the annual conference of the Triangle Area Freelancers and found it informative and a bargain, particularly when compared with the prices of other writers’ conferences. I also joined the group and have attended their monthly meetings, which cover a wide range of topics as well as an informal sharing of ideas, current projects, and successes of the group.
Their conference is coming up again later this month, and I would like to give it a plug. It’s a full-day conference for only $59 (about 1/5 of what you pay in DC)
I’ve attended conferences of the Washington Independent Writers (now American Independent Writers), North Carolina Writers Network, Austin Writers Network, and Lost State Writers (Tennessee), and this conference is comparable in quality even if they don’t have the big name draws of some others.
If you want to vacation in Hawaii and write it off your taxes (the annual Maui conference), then this is not for you because it’s a full day of work with presentations by established professionals. No loafing or nodding off. It has two tracks for novices or more advanced writers so you will find a breakout session whatever your needs or interests.
The one catch is that it’s a long drive out to the Wake Tech campus south of Raleigh on US 401, but that’s an advantage if you live in Johnson County, Apex, or Fayetteville. Since it’s a Saturday, you won’t have to worry about fighting the traffic.
See you Saturday, March 27th! I recommend that you register in advance because it fills up and on-site registration costs more.