It’s my first time at the San Francisco Writers Conference so I thought I’d do it on the cheap: stay with a friend and volunteer so I can get a taste and decide under what circumstances I’d return for full fare.
I volunteered at the Editorial Freelancers Association booth in the exhibit hall on Friday afternoon, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning until take-down. Christie Jordan was my kind hostess and enthusiastic partner at the booth; Heather Turbeville and Ian Griffin joined in the fun as well.
With our exhibitor badges we were able to go to sessions with the writers and other volunteers. I chose a few that I thought would directly help me hone my nonfiction editing niche and others to feed my creative desires. I also handed out business cards liberally, so am hoping I’ll find a few new clients. I’ve shared some tidbits from the sessions on Twitter and if possible over the next few weeks I’ll expand on those. Check out hashtags #sfwc and #sfwc13 to browse the tweets and get links to presenters’ websites and info.
Saturday morning I met Janet, a friend and former co-worker from my Washington, DC days at the American Psychological Association. We had a jolly long brunch at the Fairmont Hotel, just across the street from SFWC on Nob Hill. I don’t get a lot of child-free time when I feel off the clock so this was just the thing. Janet has a publishing company too.
It’s been great chatting up writers at the conference. I’m a natural introvert but I find that conversation flows very easily here. I say, “What are you writing about?” and then just sit back and listen.