Last weekend, I went to StarFest 2013, assuming I would do what I did at every other convention I attended this past year- just walk around and watch people while spending time with friends. But then I started looking through the schedule at the different panels available. I was surprised at how many different panels were available just for writers on how to write, how to develop a story or characters, and how to go about publishing your book.
I spent at least eight hours over the weekend on these panels and it really made the time a lot more interesting and informative. If you like to go to conventions then check out the schedule and keep your eye out for different panels and discussions that may be given on writing.
If you do not like to go to conventions, then at least take a look at what conventions are coming up in your area, find their schedule, and see if it would be worth going. Even if you do not like watching those “weirdos” in costume, it might be worth the $20-$50 it costs for admission just for the writing panels.
Over the next several weeks, I will be posting some of the information I learned from the Star Fest panels, so keep an eye out for those.