I'm getting myself together for our road trip to the James River Writers Conference tomorrow. The first time I went I brought a whole bag of stuff with me: notebooks, pens, manuscripts (hey, you never know!), envelopes, postage. It was a virtual office in a bag. I've since learned to pare back. JRW gives swag to conference attendees. Everyone gets a tote bag with all the essentials right there: notebook, pens, conference schedule, and a few other goodies. All I really need to bring is my Slushbusters button and a few business cards to trade.
If you'll be at the conference, so will Joan, Alison, Sarah and I. We will be sporting our Slushbusters buttons, which look like this:
I know they're kind of cheesy, but you wouldn't believe how many people we meet who are just curious about them.
So in honor of our first road trip in a long time, (When was the last one, anyway?) and the fact that I'll be away from the computer for a few days, (Remember, I'm traveling light!) we're having a contest. Leave a comment on this post any time between now and Monday morning. Once again, we'll be giving away a Moleskine ruled notebook. I'll draw a winner at random from the commentors. If JRW can provide swag, the least we can do is offer a little something as well. I'm hoping you all continue the conversation in our absence, so I'm turning off comment moderation. To get you started talking among yourselves, here's a question: have you been to any writing conferences? If so, which ones, and what did you get out of them?