It is ALL about relationships.
One of the priorities we had when planning the Mountain Valley Writers Conference focused on relationships. We wanted attendees and presenters to have time to meet and greet – not just passing each other in the hall on the way to the next session. It was important to plan the event so there would be time to engage.
This desire to foster engagement is one of the reasons we have limited the tickets. There will be one presenter for every 5 attendees.
Engagement is empowering!
In August, I had the chance to sit down with a group of authors for dinner after an author event. We shared ideas. We shared struggles. We offered support. And we had a great time together.
I walked away from that time feeling like I had accomplished more and connected more than I had at most of the conferences I had attended.
It gave me an idea. Why not dedicate a portion of the conference to this same kind of engagement.
We decided to try something new – or at least new to us since we had never attended conferences that offered this particular element. *note* The very first workshop I helped put on included this very element.
After dinner on Thursday and lunch on Friday we will engage in some table talk discussions. The speakers and presenters will answer questions at the table they are sitting and then they will all shift to another table. This will give ALL attendees an opportunity to meet the speakers and presenters and also provide ample time to connect with each other.
For those of you who are staying at the Lodge, there is a great place to sit and visit in the lounge just one level below the main ballroom.
The Mountain Valley Writers Conference is for working writers and writers that want to work – but it is first and foremost about relationships.
Have you gotten your ticket yet? Learn more about the conference here.
I’ll be looking for you – Kathryn