I have raved about the Superstars Writing Seminars before, which I attended for the first time in February. Created by Kevin J. Anderson in 2010 , it’s a “business of writing” type of seminar that focuses more heavily on how to turn pro than on craft (although there’s some craft type of stuff, too, including a whole Craft Day).
If you are serious about a writing career, I highly, highly recommend attending this seminar. Our local League of Utah Writers events are absolutely wonderful (many LUW members from other chapters are also SSWS alum), and I will continue attending and supporting them because I love our local writing community. But on a national level and for professional “here’s how you succeed as a writer” type of guidance and networking, I’ve found that so far, SSWS can’t be beat.
The attendance cost can be pretty pricey, which is why the group rallies every year to raise money for scholarships, awarded to writers with financial need. We raise the money through sales of a special anthology that gets put together by alumni and published by Wordfire Press every year.
(One of my short stories was accepted for publication in next year’s anthology, “UNDERCURRENTS: An Anthology of What Lies Beneath”. Woo hoo! I’ll post further details when I have something more concrete to share.)