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From the Front Lines: Tips for making the the most of a virtual writing conference

How to best take advantage of this new method of learning and networking.

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As I write, we’re a year into pandemic measures in California, where I live, and we’re pretty close to a year around most of the United States as well. Some of you may remember that it was right around this time that leadership of one of the bigger writers’ conferences on my calendar, AWP, was debating whether or not it should go forward. Spoiler alert – it did go forward, although I personally didn’t attend, and I posted on Twitter that I’d always remember the sensation of missing out on seeing people I cared about and only got to see those few days out of the year.

I’m not sure what I thought that meant for me. Was I making a pledge to go to every conference I could once “all this” was over? Was I talking about making a concerted effort to stay in touch with people throughout the rest of the year, so as not to worry so much if I missed out on one conference or another?

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