This weekend Lucas and I visited The Edge at the Queensland State Library to partake in the Digital Writing Conference, the Emerging Writers Festival's crowdfunded day conference. A range of interesting and entertaining panelists spoke to a decent crowd of writers and literary-interested folks. I'd taken notes on Evernote, when it crashed several times and ate them all. That's hardly an excuse, though, and luckily there is the internet, and far better prepared and dedicated bloggers, such as Alan Baxter, who also spoke at the conference. Alan posted a summary of the day which includes all the relevant twitter accounts of speakers, and even some photos.
I had a great time catching up with some of the folks online whom I'd never met, or those I rarely catch up with. It is rumoured there may have been some beer consumed afterwards.
Alan sums the day up very nicely, and I urge anyone interested in writing to seek out similar events in their local area. Be sure to follow the twitter accounts referenced in his post, or if you're not a twitter person, check out their associated blogs.
A truly spectacular event that I was proud to be a part of. Given that most of my conference activity is quite genre-focused, I always enjoy these wide open writers’ events, with everyone from journalists to fiction writers and beyond all mixing together, all styles, all media, all slightly crazy. It’s inspiring and motivating in so many ways, I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you want to be a writer or you already are one, get out there and mix with these overlapping tribes. We’ve all got our love of writing and reading in common, after all.