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(In-Person) Writer’s Conferences for Professional Learning

Conferences can be a great place to learn, connect, and get inspired!

Writer’s conferences pull together experienced professionals and newbies alike for a time of learning and networking. Online conferences abound, but I much prefer learning in person and getting to meet other industry professionals face-to-face. I am involved in some online groups, but for me, nothing can beat the connection of chatting with someone in real life.

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Writing the Book is Only the First Step

What a pleasure to speak with Joel Boggess of about the adventure of writing!

Click here to listen to the interview where you’ll hear Erin Casey talk with Joel about:

  • Branching out with your writing
  • Following your passion
  • Marketing your book
  • Increasing your income
  • How to combine work with pleasure

Want to join the adventure? Participate in a Workshop & Retreat.

Are You a Wannabe Traveler?

Millennium Bridge in front of the Tate Modern Museum in London, England

Do you love the idea of travel?

Does the thought of taking a weekend or a week to focus on your writing seem like a dream?

When Jenna and I were planning the London writers’ retreat, so many people commented, “I’d love to do that, but I can’t because….

“I can’t afford it.”

“I have to be home for family members.”

“I don’t have a passport.”

“I can’t be away that long.”

And on and on.

Here’s the truth: If you have a job and/or a family, it’s never easy to get away—even if getting away means secluding yourself at the local coffee shop for a few hours. Continue reading

Boost Your Creativity

Snakes really aren’t my thing. So when I had the “opportunity” to hold this monster, my gut reaction was “blech!”

My husband on the other hand was thrilled to let this python twist around his arms. He has owned a number of pets that I would kill (or demand that someone else kill) rather than cage… spiders, snakes, scorpions and the like. I don’t consider those creatures pets; to me they’re creepy, crawly threats.

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5 Tips for Getting the Most from a Writers’ Retreat

Writers’ retreats are a great way to boost creativity and get more done! But don’t just take our word for it. This week, guest blogger Jennifer Way shares why she takes several retreats a year–and how she makes the most of that time.

I’m a lazy writer.  There.  I’ve said it.  Writing doesn’t come easy to me, but I love the finished product.  Taking something out of your brain and making it a reality is addictive.  I just don’t have the time to do it.  Continue reading

Jenna’s Top 10 Faves at My Writers’ Connection Retreat & Workshop

10. Editor + Round Table Feedback on my narrative; knowing what the rules are means you can break them effectively.

9.  Departure Port was NOLA! Architecture in the French Quarter, Beignettes & cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde, unique furniture designs at Crown Plaza and of course, crab cakes at the Oceana off Bourbon St.

8. Exclusive Networking with a diverse, interesting (and fun!) group. Evening dinners were unforgettable! Continue reading