April is a very busy month for writers! Two major conferences will take place, both in nearby Chicago. GRRWG will be well represented at both!
Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention will take place from April 11 – 15 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. This is an even for both readers and writers, so it's a wonderful place for readers to meet their favorite writers, and for writers to connect with their fans. The convention's website even describes "pre-convention activities" which include intensive programs for writers as well as tours of Chicago.
Two weeks later the Chicago North Chapter of RWA will host its bi-annual Spring Fling conference. This is a great networking opportunity for authors, as well as a chance to fine tune our skills by attending workshops. Kind of like our conference last fall, but on a much bigger scale!
If you're attending one of these events this month, remember to soak in all you can. Smile and introduce yourself. You may make a new friend, who might turn into a fan, who might be a great resource for your next project…you get the idea. These are great opportunities to grow as authors, and in the process we will grow as a group.