If you love pets — and if you’re a writer (or an aspiring one) — you need to mark your calendar and make reservations. There are hundreds of writers who live in Westchester County, and few opportunities this appealing to them, The 17th annual Cat Writers Conference is being held November 18 -21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, NY. Top cat writers and editors will be there to help writers of any genre learn trade secrets, learn how to promote, and “gain insight into working the world of animal media,” according to CWA (Cat Writers Association) Officer Dusty Rainbolt.
Representatives of major media will offer workshops on topics ranging from how to build a writing career, how to improve your chances of getting queries answered and contracted, how to find an agent, how to stand out from the “slush pile”, how to conduct an interview, how to use the internet and technology to leverage your career, and much more.
The Conference runs the same weekend as the Cat Show at the Westchester County Center. If you register for the Writers Conference, you will also receive free admission to the cat show on Nov. 20 and 21, a nice bonus for those writers who have (or love) cats.
This Conference is “writer’s heaven” — especially if you love (and write about) animals; it’s not just about cats (although the Conference focuses on them) — it’s for professional, freelance, and aspiring writers in any genres. The registration cost for the entire weekend is $150 for CWA members and $200 for non-members; a la carte packages are available for one day’s work of seminars. Full registration includes two breakfasts, one lunch, two dinners with cocktail hour, and two snacks (sweets, fruits, non-alcoholic beverages.) This conference is truly a bargain, since the meal alone are worth more than $300. The value of the experience at the Conference is priceless.
Registrants receive in their “welcome packs” a wealth of useful information about writing and publishing (not just about pet writing) that will boost your productivity and access. Last year’s welcome pack included, for example, spec sheets for all the major magazines and publishing houses, with their current “want list” and contact information. The price of registration is worth it just for the welcome packs (which do, of course, include items for cat owners; if you don’t currently have a cat, be prepared to share them with your friends who do.)
Westchester County writers will most likely be able to commute from their homes, since White Plains is accessible from just about anywhere in the County. Writers will have multiple opportunities to network with other writers, to meet editors and agents, and to polish up their skills through the workshops and seminars offered all through the weekend.
To register, visit the CWA web site and click on the links for the Annual Conference. A message to all Westchester writers: don’t miss the best value of the year and an experience that you can put to use for years to come.