faq's

  • Who is Collab Conference for writers created for?

    • Collab Con was created for writers, bloggers, speakers, aspiring authors, copywriters, teachers, leaders, dreamers, dabblers, and anyone who loves communicating through writing or speaking.​​

  • What is included in my registration fee?

    • Admission to the conference​

    • 1-on-1 Meeting with Literary Agent, Blythe Daniel (spaces limited)

    • All meals, snacks, and drinks

    • Conference notebook

    • Swag bag

  • What is not included in my registration fee?

    • Hotel accommodations

    • Conference T-shirt

    • Critique session with Literary Agent, Blythe Daniel ($40/session; spaces limited)

  • Where is Collab Conference held? 

    • This year we are meeting at the beautiful, serene, retreat/event space, Gathering Oaks Retreat. Its relaxing setting provides the perfect atmosphere for connecting and creating.

  • Where should I stay?

    • Gathering Oaks Retreat offers 13 individual houses that you can rent by yourself or with a friend. Click here to see room options.

    • If you want to share a room but are coming to the conference by yourself, we can help! After you register for the conference, you'll be invited to join a private Facebook group for Collab Conference attendees. In this FB group, you can connect with other attendees who are also looking for a roommate.

    • To place a reservation, simply email Gathering Oaks Retreat.

  • Can I attend part of the conference or do I need to stay all three days?

    • We highly encourage attendees to stay all three days so they can soak up as much content as possible and connect with the other attendees. However, we understand ​that sometimes family, work, or other obligations force you to arrive late or leave early. There is grace for that.

  • If I cannot stay all three days, do I have to pay the full registration fee?

    • Yes. There will be no discounts given for late arrivals or early departures. 

  • What is your cancellation policy?

    • Dec 2 - Jan 31 = 100% refund

    • Feb 1 - April 7 = 50% refund

    • April 8 - 21 = no refund

  • Is it better to come alone or with a friend? I’m nervous about not knowing anyone at the conference.

    • There are pros and cons to both. If you come by yourself you will be forced to introduce yourself and make connections with other women. Collaboration . . . this is the heart of Collab Con. 

    • On the other hand, life is always more fun with friends. Why not make Collab Con a girls' getaway? Collaborating with those who know us best produces magical results.

    • If you are still nervous about attending solo, know that prior to the conference you will have access to our private Collab Con Facebook Group where you will meet and get to know one another before arriving at the conference. Once we all arrive at Gathering Oaks Retreat, there will be no strangers; only new friends eager to learn, share and collaborate. ​​

  • Will there be food provided?

    • Yes! The only thing we like more than writing is eating!

    • This year Collab Conference is providing all meals, drinks, and snacks.

    • Our meal schedule is as follows:

      • Wednesday: Dinner

      • Thursday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      • Friday: Breakfast, Lunch

  • What should I bring?

    • Check the weather a few days prior to coming. Texas weather is notoriously fickle, so dress for the weather but for comfort. Jeans, yoga pants, whatever works for you!

    • We will pass out a notebook for you to take notes in, but if you want to use a favorite journal or computer, don't let us hold you back.

    • Business cards for networking

  • What should I NOT bring?

    • A can't-do attitude . . . ain't no one got time for that​. 

  • Are scholarships available?

    • At this time, there are no scholarships available. However, if finances are an issue, we recommend you ask your family, church​, employer, or writer's group to sponsor all or part of your registration fee. 

 

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  • Are you looking for volunteers?

  • I’m having problems registering. Whom should I contact?

  • Do you accept payment plans?

    • Unfortunately, we do not accept payment plans. Payment is due in full when you register for the conference.​​​

  • How is this year's conference different from last year?​​

    • New speakers

    • More speakers

    • Breakout sessions

    • All meals and snacks are provided by Collab Conference

    • T-shirts!

    • FREE 1-on-1 meetings with literary agent

    • Option to stay on-site at Gathering Oaks Retreat

    • Ability to pay through Paypal and save on ticket registration

  • How do I stay up-to-date on information?

    • Email List - Sign up for our email list and we promise not to flood your inbox, but we will send you vital info you need when you need it.

    • Facebook Group - Once you register for Collab-Conference, we'll send you access to the private Facebook Group where you can meet and connect with other attendees. We'll also share info on this page so you'll feel like a conference insider the moment you arrive.​

    • Instagram - Who doesn't love the gram? Follow along as we post pics of the conference venue and exciting information leading up to the conference. 

  • Any last-minute words of wisdom or bits of advice?
    • Before you come, we encourage you to make a list of your goals. What do you want to get out of the conference? What do you want to ask the leaders and teachers? You’ll have a chance during breaks and Q&A sessions to talk with them, so make the most of your time by coming prepared.

    • Plan your elevator pitch—this is your 1-2 sentence describing your book or platform. Many people will ask what you write about, and you don’t want to stumble over your words by giving a 10-minute description. You'll lose your audience, and maybe a new friend, that way. 

 
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