My First Conference—A Review

Hey all! Taylor University’s first ever professional writing conference was this past weekend, and it went swimmingly! We had nearly 100 attendees (including one from Spain—not bad for the first year of a conference) and about 25 faculty members. I got to reconnect with old friends from my days in Taylor’s Professional Writing program, make new friends and contacts, guide tomorrow’s writers and editors in one-on-one sessions, teach my first class, participate in my first poetry slam (on the Oxford comma of course), and just hang out with other literary-minded people. Houses like Zondervan and Bethany were represented, and big-name industry folks like James Watkins and Dr. Dennis E. Hensley were there as well. It was a great experience full of both sweet nostalgia and exciting new things to look forward to, and I came away refreshed, inspired, and ready to go to work.

A good portion of the faculty and staff were students and alumni of Taylor's Professional Writing program. It's an honor to be one of them!

A good portion of the faculty and staff were students and alumni of Taylor’s Professional Writing program. It’s an honor to be one of them!

 A panoramic view of past, present, and hopefully future Pro Write students! We're a fun bunch for sure.

A panoramic view of past, present, and hopefully future Pro Write students! We’re a fun bunch for sure.

I got to hang out with Rachael O. Phillips, freelance author, and Ann Byle, freelance author and agent. They were wonderful to talk to.

I got to hang out with Rachael O. Phillips, freelance author, and Ann Byle, freelance author and agent. They were wonderful to talk to.

Next year’s conference will be held August 4 and 5, and I’ll be there again. If you couldn’t come this year, make sure you block out those dates next year and come see me. If you were there this past year, I hope to see you again next year; I’d be willing to bet that it’ll be even bigger and better! Make sure you treat yourself to a spectacular weekend of rubbing elbows with authors, editors, agents, and more. There will probably be more shop talk, more networking, more writing…just more everything that will make your literary heart happy.

If you’ve been to my humble little site before, you might notice a few changes. I decided it was time for a new look. I think this is cleaner, easier to navigate, and just overall looks better. I’m still working on updating things, though, so please bear with me if you see some things that look a tad funny.

A special note to attendees who took my class, How to Make Your Copy Editor’s Life Easier: If you want my lecture notes, shoot me an email at rebekah.blomenberg@gmail.com, and I’ll send you a PDF of them. Thank you for making my first class-teaching experience a positive one!

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