I’ve written previously about how to survive the RMFWs Colorado Gold conference. But I’ve never been to Pikes Peak. The conference is in a few days. Here’s my plan for
world domination making the most of the experience.
Go to their website. The home page has updates and announcements about faculty changes, additions, and this piece for new attendees:
Write Brain Session on “Everything You Need to Know about PPWC 2012” — fun and informative for all PPWC attendees, essential for newcomers. Tuesday, April 17 in the Aspen Leaf room at the Colorado Springs Marriott 6:30-8:30 pm. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. No RSVP required.
I am unable to attend but it sounds tasty.
Peruse their blog, Writing From the Peak. Check out the Blog Archive on the left for posts about conference prep.
Look over the workshop schedule before the conference. I’ve been running between sessions before, pen in mouth, trying to find the right room for the workshop I just realized was starting just now. Use the pen (after you wipe it off) and mark the workshops and events you’re interested in. Get to know the layout of the hotel.
Follow @PPWC2012 on twitter and pay attention to the hashtag stream, #ppwc2012. (If you’re a writer and you aren’t on twitter, consider signing up. Twitter is the best social network out there for up-to-the-minute information about a current event. Trust me, I resisted at first. But time has taught me–almost everything shows up first on twitter.)
This time, I’m going to try not to pull a Bridget Jones and throw my dirty clothes in a bag at the last minute. I’m going to groom and launder and pluck and shave and plan and make a list and pack my fricking camera for once.
Research the agents and editors who will be attending. Follow them on twitter or sign up for a blog. Avoid the moment at an agent panel where you learn the agent you have a pitch appointment with hates werewolf/succubus storylines more than anything. (Not that that’s ever happened to me. I never had a werewolf/succubus phase, I swear.)
If you’re like me, you’ll start to lose your voice by the second night of conference. Here are some tips on how to minimize the risk. Or, you could just shut up. Doesn’t work for me, but it might for you.
Have fun. Have coffee. Have success.