Participating in a blogging or writing panel is my favorite way to attend conferences for writers! If you’ve been invited to sit on a writing or blogging panel, these five tips will help you prepare and improve your experience. And here’s a bonus for the non-panelists in the crowd: the top three takaways from the last blogging panel I was on (the “Writing for the Web” forum at the Write on Bowen Festival on Bowen Island, BC).
Before the tips, a quip:
“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” ~ Mark Twain
I’ve been on panels, and could tell that my fellow panelists hadn’t prepared at all. Their thoughts were jumbled, their sentences mumbled. Participating in a panel requires less preparation than teaching a blogging workshop or running a writing session, but it does require some forethought! So, make like Mark Twain and prepare for the impromptu questions you may be asked.
If you’ve never been to a writing conference, you’ll probably find The Portable Writer’s Conference: Your Guide to Getting Published extremely helpful. It’s one of my favorite resources for writing because it offers more information than you’d get if you attended a conference in person (because you can’t possibly attend every session!). Okay…here are my tips for being a participant on a writing or blogging panel…Read More »5 Tips for Sitting on a Blogging Panel at a Writer’s Conference