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Muse Online Writer Conference- Interview with Organiser Lea Schizas

What is the Muse Online Conference all about and when did you start doing it?
The Muse Online Writers Conference came about after I had posed a question to members in my MuseItUp Club: How many attend writers conferences. There were three answers coming back:
1- too far to attend
2- too expensive
3- cannot travel/attend because of a disability
I thought how sad that so many writers can’t attend and take full advantage of the networking possibilities, and immediately began to formulate how to go about setting an online conference. I knew right away, however, that whatever or however I set up this conference, it would have to be as simple as possible to target writers who don’t need to add fancy programs or overload their computers with stuff. Nice and easy.
Our 2008 conference will be our third year we’ve offered this FREE conference.

When does it take place and how can people get involved?
The conference this year will take place October 13 – 19, seven days of networking, homework, tons of reading, and fun. Although our registration for this year is closed, in November we begin all over again for next year. So make sure to come back and register early for our 2009 Conference.

Let's talk numbers; How many people are expected to attend this year? How many speakers/workshops are scheduled?
This year we have 1528 who have officially registered. We have around 80 FREE workshops if not more, and I say this because we have some chats that are also part of our weeklong forum and some Presenters who are offering a one hour real time chat workshop. As to how many presenters, obviously there is one presenter per workshop, however, there are many more on board. You see, we have publishers along with their editorial staff and some of their authors who will be fielding questions from attendees. But it’s safe to say over 120 Presenters.

What highlights are in store this year?
I would say all of the workshops are our highlights. The Muse Online Writers Conference, besides the awesome FREE price tag, offers you intense one week workshops with professionals who are experts in their fields. We have more publishing houses and magazines this year, so that’s a highlight, and hopefully, I’ll knock down some more doors next year and have double the houses participating.

When will registration be open for the next one and how do people go about signing up?
Registration for our 2009 Conference will be open as of November 2008. More details in November in our website: http://www.themuseonlinewritersconference.com

Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Actually, there is one big area that I need to stress for those thinking about joining us next year. Don’t wait until the very last minute to register. I had to refuse quite a few writers this year because they waited until the end of September, AFTER the deadline to try and get in. It’s not that I don’t want to open up the doors to these writers, but our registrations were open since the beginning of the year, and they have no idea the amount of work that goes into this conference behind the scenes. It’s easy to say ‘please let me join’ but on my end, there are steps I need to take in order to register them, their workshops, and other areas to make sure everything runs smoothly.

3 comments:

  1. Yes, I want to add that I am a presenter this year and this conference is a must for any writer.

    ron

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  2. I'm really looking forward to this conference. It will be my first time for it, and I'm hoping to learn a lot!

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  3. I've attended this conference in the past and it's definitely worth it. I'd recommend it to everyone interested in writing and the industry.
    Good luck presenting Ron. I'm sure you'll do great!

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