Be sure to check out my updated list of writers’ conferences for 2012 if you’ve been thinking about trying to attend one this year. More will be added as definite dates are announced.

I’ve recently researched some upcoming writers’ conferences for the new year. The list includes conferences from January through August so far. I will continue to update the list as new ones are added or definite dates have been confirmed.

In a separate category are conferences targeted specifically to those who write for children. Most of these, but not all, are under the umbrella of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. They include both their two national annual conferences as well as some various regional events around the country. You do not need to be a member of SCBWI to attend, although you will get a better rate if you are.

Please check out my Writers’ Resources page to view the conference list. Don’t wait too long–some take place later this month!

I realize that money is tight for many, and time is even tighter. But I encourage all of you who want to learn more about the art of writing (in any form) or who need to make some good industry connections for 2012, to choose one or two of these conferences to attend.

If you can find a local one in your area you may be able to save money if you don’t have to stay overnight or fly to get there. If not, perhaps you could work a conference around a vacation. However you need to do it, I highly recommend going to at least one this year. You will always learn something, and you just never know who you might meet–your next agent or publisher perhaps!