Honest confession: I’m not much of a conference attender even for things I care deeply about. I’m a homebody. A Texas girl. And actually in reading Quiet, I’ve discovered I’m a typical, arty, writer introvert. So imagine my surprise when last year I found myself making airline reservations and booking a hotel in San Diego to attend a conference with a gal I’d never met before in person.
Looking back, I see why God wanted me at Re:Write 2012. I left deeply encouraged as a writer and creative. (Oh, the stories y’all!) I left full to the brim with writing/publishing information from experts that did not leave me feeling overwhelmed and despondent. (Amazing but true.) And I left San Diego with a new and dear friend plus a super fun collaboration (52 Sunday Suppers).
All this to say, hey all you creative, writer types …
5 little reasons why:
1. It’s in AUSTIN. A gorgeous city, full of weird wonderful Texas folks. Music, art, food, food and more food. We’re warm and friendly. We’ve got fantastic weather (in sunny 70’s today ~ don’t hate ~ we can’t help it.) And laid-back. No need to pack more than jeans or shorts and a pair of flip-flops. That’ll get you anywhere you want to go in Austin. Besides all that, Austin is a destination stop for all kinds of arty people. Right now, we’re full up SXSW. Couple months down the road, Austin is home to ACL. Y’all … we love creatives.
2. The 2013 Re:Write Conference Keynotes. Okay … these people are the real deal. They know what they’re talking about but they’re humble and helpful. Not at all affected by their ‘celebrity’ or platforms. They’ll sit across the table from you at lunch. Listen to your big God dream. And encourage you. Aside from that, their experience in the market is worth the price of admission. Last year, George Barna blew me out of the water with specific information about kinds of publishing: traditional and other.
3. Professional Growth in an Authentic, Unpretentious & Godly Environment. I’ve attended some conferences before ~ the kind that leave you feeling out of the loop and lonely. Clubby conferences. The kind where you need to know the right people to be a part. Conferences where you feel trapped in a windowless room listening to people give you ‘the list’ to success. This is not that conference. Re:Write is a conference with professional writers who will challenge you. And it is a conference led by authors who are considered successful in the market’s eyes. But these authors are still people who will take in account that God is in it all. Authors who wonder aloud ~ how and why me? I like that. I think you will too. Regardless of where you are in your writing journey.
4. It’s in AUSTIN. Oh, wait … okay. Here’s the deal. I’m going to put together a couple big ole Austin blog posts about where to eat, what to see and all kinds of other arty adventures just for you. Plan on your Austin stay fueling your inner artist. Just to get you motivated to register and get a hotel reservation before they’re all gone, click thru on a few of these Austiny links.
To Eat: Fonda San Miguel * Homeslice * Hopdoddy * Rudy’s (BBQ about 5 minutes from the hotel) * Mozarts (one of ten billion arty coffee houses ~ this one’s on the lake) * Amy’s Ice Cream (1 minute walk from the hotel. yes.)
Need any questions answered? I’ll do my best. Ask away.
ps. can’t wait to see your face in Austin! :)