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Conquering Conventions with CLASS

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Conventions are a fantastic way to expand your writing community. This week host Nicole Rivera shares a mnemonic she developed to describe all of the power (and fun) she has found in conventions over the years: CLASS. CLASS stands for Connection, Learning, Admiration/Autographing, Self-Promotion, and SWAG! For each topic Nicole shares advice (and warnings!) about how to make the most of your convention experience from the planning stage all the way to what you bring home with you.

Special features of this episode: Background noises provided by Nicole’s five year old son who was home sick, but healthy enough to have some very active pretend play with his brand new Super Mario toys, and Nicole’s mother-in-law who was busy in the kitchen cooking dinner for the entire family (Nicole’s a lucky lady!).


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2 thoughts on “Conquering Conventions with CLASS”

    1. It was a hard learned lesson by me! So much stuff!! I did really walk around believing the best way I could support people was by taking their stuff, but when it hit me that I wasn’t doing anything with it — not sharing it, or reading their stuff, or further connecting with those creators — it became very clear to me that I was doing everyone a disservice by taking SWAG I wasn’t genuinely interested in!


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