La Dolce Conventionsby Clare O'Donohue
Q: What are your favorite writing conferences/conventions to attend?
This is a tricky question for me because I don't attend many conferences or conventions. I'd like to, but my work schedule is already a labyrinth that involves multiple cities, various clients, and not nearly enough sleep. Fitting in writing is hard. Fitting in talking about writing has proven, more often than not, to be one item too many on the agenda.
I've not attended much in the way of conferences, which as Susan rightly pointed out, are about writing. I suppose because I first became aware of this world after my books were published I didn't think I would need the support. Lately, I've begun to realize I've missed something. I've attended Love is Murder, a Chicago (and therefore local to me) conference. But looking in the future, I'd love some advice on great conferences I should put on the list.
In terms of conventions, I've attended Malice Domestic several times, and really enjoyed the continuity and (forgive the pun) coziness of it. There are many author friends who are Malice regulars that don't attend other conferences and it's great to hang out. Plus it is one well-oiled machine, leaving less time spent being confused and more time spent having fun. I wish I could go every year, but that's not always in the cards.
I've wanted very much to attend Left Coast, which is, by all accounts, a terrific convention. I hear Hawaii is the location in a couple of years... hmmmmm.
The one place I've been a regular is Bouchercon, that moving target of a mystery convention/reunion. So, by default, this is my favorite. I like seeing friends, and making new ones. I like that it's a wide variety of subgenres represented. And I like that each year brings us to a new city. Admittedly, I don't often tour that city beyond the restaurants in the area of the convention, but I do get to see a lot of the hotel bar.
I also have to say that while neither a convention or a conference, Chicago's Printers Row Lit Festival is one of my favorite events. It's outdoors during June weekend, includes lots of hanging out with friends, and a fair amount of book sales.
I'm hoping that going forward I can spend more time at writer events, conventions, conferences etc... so it's my turn to ask a question. What is a "can't miss" I should put on my list for 2016?