I have reservations about writing festivals in general, but that’s mainly to do with the fact that I’ve now been to enough of them that I don’t really learn anything new any more. So paying money to go to panels that I’m not learning anything from seems like a waste.
However, I wouldn’t say I don’t get anything out of festivals. Festivals now give me inspiration more than anything else.
I came out of #ewfsyd wanting to write and submit to journals and magazines. I have short stories I want to tell. I want people to read my writing.
While it is November, and I am in the throes of NaNoWriMo, my short story writing may have to wait until December. But I am inspired. I want to work hard at getting published in a journal.
And that is what I now get out of festivals. That is why I still go to festivals. I feel inspirated to write and do new things. What do you get out of festivals?