Today was the Brisbane Writers Group Convention, a convention for writers seeking groups and groups seeking members. It’s a great mix of creative groups and critique groups, and ones that do both, groups for poets, for children’s book writers, groups that take any genre and groups for specific genres. I doubt there was a type of group that wasn’t represented.
There were group presidents promoting their groups, established writers extolling the benefits of a good group, editors informing you how to get your work ready for a professional edit (and how important that edit can be), and marketing professionals guiding authors footsteps down the right path to promoting themselves and their works well.
One of my favourite words spoken was about critiques: “Constructive not destructive”. That should be the goal every time you give feedback
I took to the stage to let everyone know that Vision is Brisbane’s oldest speculative fiction writers group, how we critique, and when we meet – though in classic baby brain style made the kerfuffle of forgetting to mention WHERE we meet. At least that mistake meant most people who were interested came over for business cards and to ask the question – maybe I can use that as a hook in the future (only joking!).
I had quite a few good chats, and had the best ice breaker in the hall: my four month old daughter, Harley, who attended due to circumstances that meant either she joined me or I didn’t go – which as a speaker was not an option.
I look forward to seeing some of those faces I met at the convention at February’s meeting or in our Yahoo boards.