Do You Wanna Con?

If you know me at all, you know that I’ve drunk of the WANA Way kool-aid. It’s yummy kool-aid, too. I encourage all my writerly friends to partake.

I’ve been to conferences for technical writing. I’ve even presented. But those were not for what I wanted to do when I grow up.

Then, I went to DFWCon 2012 and met Kristen Lamb and drank the kool-aid and learned more in the last year and a half than I have since graduate school *cough vague number cough* years ago. And then DFWCon 2013, where I met WANA writer friends (in person!) who had drunk the WANA Way kool-aid, too.

WANACon February 21-22, 2014
Bonus PajamaCon on the 20th!

Then last year, WANA International put on the first WANACon. Just dump the entire cooler of kool-aid over me. Here’s my post about that one: Why Take a Sip When You Can Drink from the Hose. And I went back for more last October. And I’m going back again this weekend.

By “going,” I mean that I’m going to sit my butt in front of my computer and log in to the online classrooms. I’m even taking a day off from the technical writing job. The only reason I won’t be in my PJs is that I have to drive the kids to school in the morning.

I’ll pick the sessions I want to attend live and watch the other sessions’ recordings later. Writers will be hanging out and chatting in the Lobby. I’m also helping out, because all conferences need helpers.

So why am I telling you all this? Well, because Mermaids Don’t Do Windows will be a little quiet this week while I stuff my head with information.

Also, I think you should look into registering for WANACon if you’re a writer. (No traveling, no packing, and a price easy on the checkbook with a huge value per training session.)

Another very cool thing that’s going on: there are three awesome agents who are going to listen to pitches. You don’t even have to be registered for WANACon to register for a pitch session. Practice pitches are acceptable, too, as long as the agent knows it up front—because that’s a consultation, not really a pitch.

I’d love to see you there. πŸ˜€

11 comments on… “Do You Wanna Con?”

  1. I’m excited for my first WANA Con – not sure what all to expect. πŸ™‚ Still debating the pitch session. How about you?

    • Diana Beebe

      You’ll have the same trouble as with all other conferences: “Which one do I go to?!” but with the recordings, you can watch those later. The “Lobby” is a crazy fun chat hangout between sessions. I’m not pitching anything this time. I’m working on revisions (that are making me very happy right now), so nothing’s ready for queries at the moment.

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Elen. I hope you can be there again. We should get shirts that say, “Wore PJs at every WANACon” or something. (Or something.)

      Push that button…

    • Diana Beebe

      Oh, yes! I’m looking forward to hanging out with you–even if it’s virtual. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Okay. I might get punched in the face or get a hood put over my head and dragged off for this but I don’t WANACon. I took a few gulps of the kool-aid but for some reason it never converted me. Logically, I get the WANA way. It makes sense. I’ve seen it work for others. Heck, I even refer people to WANA. But when it comes to being part of the WANA Tribe, I guess I’m not feeling it emotionally. Is that weird? I’m glad it’s working for you, Diana. πŸ™‚

    • Diana Beebe

      It’s not weird at all! You have to do whatever feels right for you. I’m glad we met through WANA Tribe though. Besides, who else can I depend on for duct tape when my inner editor needs restraining? I might have to flatten you if you bring out the Bieber tape again–just sayin’.

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