5 Reasons why you should attend a writing festival

This is the second year I’ve served on the Board for the Stockholm Writers Festival, and the second year I plan on attending. The first year, I wasn’t sure if I should attend or not. Of course I wanted to support the festival in its debut year! But when I thought about me at the festival, I wasn’t sure it had enough for me. You see, I was under a false impression that I had to have a finished novel ready to be released into the world. I created this imaginary line I had to cross as an author before I should venture forth into the realm of writing festivals. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Setting up an email list

NewsletterI’ve finally broken down and listened to the advice many successful authors have passed on for years. No, it’s not, ‘Write every day.’ I’ve given up ever pulling that off while I have small children and live in the frozen north (for the record, I do try to follow that advice, but my version goes something more like, ‘Pray the kids aren’t sick and go to school so I can write!’). No, the advice I’m talking about centers around my author platform and communication.

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Steps in Networking

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photo copyright: Cas Blomberg

After our writers’ group workshop last week, a few of us stopped off at a local Irish pub. Despite one of our members wanting to punch the bartender for his poor stout-pouring skills (did I mention he’s from Ireland?), we had a great time. Six of us crammed into a booth and chatted about everything from our home towns, to lighthouse retreats, to grand juries while the same five Irish songs played in the background.

At some point during the evening, I’m not sure if it was before we tried to convince Paddy to dance for us, or after, one of our members talked about reaching out to the other writers in the city. As it stands now, there are two main writing groups in Stockholm, both of which happen to be called Stockholm Writers’ Group. The group I’m in, Stockholm Writers Group, holds critique workshops every two weeks (don’t you love the website? My photo isn’t there yet, but once we get the pictures done, it’ll be added). The other group runs mostly through meetup. They meet weekly, but don’t have any specific instructions. The idea is show up and work on whatever you want to work on. Read more