I’ll be honest. I miss you all.
Just a couple months ago, we had our fifth–and I think, best–Crossroads Writers Conference and it was chock full of awesome, but now I’m lonely again. It happens every year. I just never get used to it.
This time, I decided to do something about it. That’s why I’m happy to tell you about three things we’re doing between now and the next conference that gives me a great excuse to talk/text/email/pester you. (Yes, you!)
#1) the Wordy South podcast
Do you like things that are free? I do too! That’s the deal with podcasts. Download ‘em for free then go workout, take a walk, stream it in your car on long rides. You may think they’re soooo 2005 but I love ‘em.
That’s why we’re launching our own on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Every week, there’ll be a new installment featuring some of our favorite guests from past conferences, members of the Crossroads family and writers new to the whole Wordy South thing.
You’ll find each episode online, via iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud and whatever else we can get set up.
Our first guests include Bernice McFadden, Adam Mansbach, Carrie Howland, Delilah S. Dawson and Cat Scully. We’ve got a couple of surprise guests and dozens of cool folks from the five previous conferences so this is going to be fun.
#2) Webinars, tweet-ups and Hangouts, oh my!
Early in 2014, we’re re-launching this website.
The idea is to keep regular blogs with tips, advice, insight, prompts and whatever else we can think of to help keep you motivated.
But we’re also working on ways to keep us connected to each other in the year that passes between one conference and the next. That’s why we’ll start having regular meet-ups on Twitter (er, tweet-ups) and Google Hangouts.
And we’re working on plans to introduce webinars so you can workshop with your favorite Crossroads writers.
#3) the 1st ever Crossroads Writers Retreat
What the what?
Oh yeah. Think: a cross between the conference and that ray gun from “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” A mini-Crossroads that may or may not be in Macon.
And there may or may not be more than one. Perhaps that’s something we can talk about in our tweet-ups and Hangouts, eh?
See, the big idea is that we want Crossroads to be directed and designed by you even more than it already is. Surveys aren’t enough anymore. We want you active and engaged in making sure we can help you write more and write better.
(That goes double for the next conference.)
So stay tuned. Make sure you’re on the email list, that you’ve added us on Facebook and are following us on Twitter. Share your ideas below or shoot me an email at chris (at) crossroadswriters (dot) com