One of the beneficial side-effects of travel restrictions and the desire to stay home as much as possible is that I have attended many more events than I would have pre-pandemic.
Have you taken advantage of this? I’m grateful to the many organisations that have redesigned their programs for digital participants instead of in-person ones.
Some of the events have paid tickets while others are free. Either way, the digital options have widened my choices and certainly provided stimulating and useful talks and seminars.
My interest in writing and reading has been nurtured by events such as the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival, various Dymocks Books interviews with writers (who, themselves, were interviewed via digital means), Bloody Scotland (Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival) and various author talks arranged by the National Library of Australia. I know I wouldn’t have attended any of these in person.
I’ve also attended a couple of online workshops for creatives during Small Business Month in October, some talks organised by the Royal Australian Historical Society and I’ll be attending a memoir writing workshop next month. Yesterday, I viewed the November meeting of QuiltNSW and saw (and heard) an interesting talk by Lisa Walton.
In February next year, I’ll be taking part in RootsTech Connect, an international genealogy conference, which will be coming to me from… well, I don’t know where exactly but I know it’s overseas.
I also know QuiltCon Together will offer talks and workshops online in February. I’ll see what’s on offer there, too.
I’m so grateful for these opportunities. Have you explored any online event options?