The National Writers Union’s Fifth Annual New York conference was a wonderful success. In spite of frigid temperatures, the event was well attended and widely appreciated. “The content of the program and energy of the writers who attended bodes well for the future of the chapter and the union as a whole,” said NWU President Larry Goldbetter.
The informative morning presentations included:
- Troy Johnson, president and founder of The African American Literature Book Club (AALBC), on techniques to attract readers
- Susan E. Davis, national contract advisor co-chair for the National Writers Union’s Book Division, on how to copyright your work
- Miral Sattar, founder & CEO of Bibliocrunch, spoke on how her online platform, which has been written about in BBC, Consumers Report, and Forbes, can help freelancers and authors raise their visibility.
In the afternoon, conference attendees went to sessions with high-level, literary presenters, including Poets & Writers’ Bonnie Rose Marcus; editorial powerhouse Marcela Landres; Jan L. Kardys, president of Black Hawk Literary Agency LLC; Timothy Sheard, self-publishing guru; Jo Anne Meekins, social media expert; Esther Cohen, nonprofit sponsorship expert; and Lallan Schoenstein, professional graphic artist.
The flow of the setup—where participants went to different session in different rooms— put me in mind of speed dating. Lallan and I would switch between tables after each session, while the attendees rotated from room to room. I had an amazing time presenting my Social Media Workshop to six small groups of eager inquisitive participants. Their interest and enthusiasm filled the room with palpable energy.
The conference concluded with delicious Valentine’s Day refreshments, which included cupcakes and cookies, and red and white wine. Several attendees lingered ever after it was over, continuing to chat and network.
I asked some of those who had been there, to give me their impressions. Here’s what they said:
Tatiana Sheremeteva gained a lot of information that she can apply in writing career. Raymond Nat Turner found the conference beautiful, he said, adding: “I left levitating, exhausted, energized, enlightened, and humbled on the learning curve of literary success.” Garrett Robinson pointed out that the conference “provided another opportunity to demonstrate the NWU’s commitment to the literary public, both locally and globally… I know I benefited immensely.”