Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) Conference or Bust

Well, there’s a ginormous orange circle on my family’s calendar and it is getting closer. In two short weeks I will be attending my very first and hopefully not even close to my last writers conference. It is the COFW or Central Ohio Fiction Writer’s Conference and it will be held in Columbus, Ohio on the first weekend in October!

Attending this conference is sort of like a turning point in my writing endeavor, to me it symbolizes something real, something more than just a hobby, even though doing something for zero cash inflow and no one else cares about it is actually the definition of a hobby. Being there will solidify something, I think, or maybe I will be severely deflated afterwards, it’s hard to say, but at this moment, in my mind, it is a huge deal and a good thing that I’m going.

I don’t actually have any writer friends that I haven’t met online, so I am dragging my husband along. The conference takes place in the hotel where we are staying, and he will be enjoying the peace and quiet of no work and no kids all weekend, then meet me for drinks each night in the hotel bar. This is where I hope to show him off and mingle with the attendees. The hotel has cable and WiFi, so hubby is taking a day off to support his wife and her lofty dreams. I love that guy.

During the conference, which I didn’t realize at the time I registered- is actually a division of the Romance Writers of America and a romance writer I am not, I will be attending several workshops, meeting authors, both aspiring and published, and cohorting with agents and editors as well. I even have a pitch session scheduled with Cori Deyoe, a literary agent from Three Seas Lit.

It’s an incredible opportunity for me. Who knows what could happen there? I am guaranteed to learn something with all that knowledge and information in one place, osmosis alone will ensure that much. Plus, I will make some new girlfriends, cause let’s face it, I don’t know a stranger, and writers love to make new writer friends, plus I may get the attention of someone who will help move my career out of the hobby phase. I’m going with an open mind and a heart full of hopes and prayers. I feel so lucky!

If you have the opportunity to attend a writers conference, especially if you are feeling a little deflated about your own writing journey, I think a conference is the answer. You are guaranteed to get new information, support, and meet others who are in your boat as well as those who were and who broke past the gatekeeper. You may meet some gatekeepers too :) I wish you could all come with me!

Meanwhile, I have 2 weeks to pull together my pararom which is giving me fits since I wrote it a year ago and left it in a file marked “eh.” That’s where I put my stuff that just doesn’t rock my face. I feel inadequate to write a romance on any level beyond YA, so I let it alone for a long time. Then, realizing this was a RWA conference, I had to put my current projects aside and find something I could pitch. So, I’ve been working on this for a long time. I’ll keep you posted, and possibly post the opening pages here in the future. I didn’t even list it with my novel excerpts because it was “eh.” However, I must say that I am getting excited about it. CJ Redwine helped me give it punch and give my MC a personality boost. I think its got potential, but I’m terrified to present a romance. I can’t really explain why.

Well, that’s all, I’m going to a conference, you should too. I’ll tell you everything as soon as I return and I’m sure that I’ll post more the week that I am headed out.

Anyone attended a writers conference? Would you recommend? What was your experience? Did you pitch? Meet other agents during the mingling? Make new besties forever or writing partners? Pleas, dish!

1 comment to Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) Conference or Bust

  • I’ve been considering going to this conference since it’s so close to where I live. I haven’t decided yet (I still have time to register). So Good Luck! And maybe I will see you there!
    Andi

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