Reflections on My First Writing Conference


This past weekend I attended my first ever writing conference. It was the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in NYC and I was able to go thanks to the generosity of my wonderful mother-in-law. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how nervous I was for it, but man I really had nothing to be nervous about. The whole weekend was absolutely amazing and I learned so, so much.

I got to sit in on sessions ranging from Flash Fiction to Screenwriting to everything in between. I got to see one of my favorite authors and explore even more of midtown Manhattan than the last time I went to NYC. The best part, though, was that I got to spend all weekend surrounded by other writers and realize that I am definitely on the right path and in the right industry, because holy shit, those are my people! I finally got to figure out where I belong that alone made the whole experience worth it.

At the end of the conference, I left feeling inspired, invigorated, and empowered. I know what I want to do and now have a crystal clear vision of how I would like my career to pan out and what success will look like for me. Of course, you make plans and then life happens, as they say, but it’s sure nice to have a better idea of what I want to help me set and stick to goals that will get me there.

I really can’t say enough how valuable this experience was to me. I highly recommend attend conferences or gatherings in your industry, especially if you’re at all dealing with any imposter syndrome or struggling with any doubt about the career path you’re on. It is incredibly informative and I haven’t felt as good as I do now in a long time. My head is swirling with ideas and I have never felt more confident in saying that I, Bryna Tocco, am a WRITER. ❤


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