I've taken my courage in both hands and committed to attending the Pennwriters Annual Conference in Pittsburgh this coming weekend (May 15-17). It's the first time I've been to one of these and I thought I'd record my impressions in a thread here. My primary impression since I signed up a couple weeks ago has been . . . Panic Fear! What if I show up at my Read and Critique session with my submission in the wrong form and not enough copies? Or do I need copies at all? What business did I have signing up for an agent pitch session when I'm not even sure who my novel's target audience would be? I asked for a pitch session with an editor-- oh my gosh, it sounded like such a good idea when I checked that tick box when I was completing my registration in the middle of the night! But what is an editor pitch session, anyway? I'm pretty sure I won't be just interviewing someone to hire to tart up my manuscript, but what should my object be going in? Then there's all the workshops. Gosh, so many I want to attend all at the same time. What if I choose the "wrong" ones and miss the ones I really should have gone to? Aaaaaggghhh! Well. The first thing I did was go on the Pennwriters Facebook page and confess my ignorance. And a great many members, some of them conference presenters, have hastened to offer help and reassurance. Between their personal emails and official communications from the organization itself, the fogs is beginning to clear. Maybe by Friday I'll be able to act like I know what I'm doing.