- Workshops. These are nigh on compulsory at any writing conference so what workshops would the fairies have? Suggestions: How to Improve Your Spell Accuracy (nobody wants glass slippers again, they are uncomfortable on the feet for one thing and prone to breaking for another). Also How to Ensure Your Client does not go beyond the Time Limit You Set. Cinderella's fairy godmother could have done with both these workshops. How to Ensure your Client does not get taken in by a "harmless" looking old woman who is really a witch in disguise. That one, of course, would be tailor made for anyone seeking to help Snow White.
- Panel Discussions. To be made up of the most experienced fairy godmothers in your magical realm. To discuss who are the best suppliers of magical ingredients (pumpkins, rats etc). To even negotiate bulk discount rates for members of the fairy conference. To work out how to best protect fairy godmothers from being sued when things go wrong. (Given no world is perfect, in fiction or otherwise, things going wrong are a "given").
- Magical Exercises. To give a safe environment (or as safe as possible given magic is being used) for the less experienced fairies to develop their skills before testing them for real on clients. This is good for the fairies concerned. It is even better for the clients. The fairies are more likely to get their mistakes out of the way at the conference!
Having just come back from a wonderful Association of Christian Writers' Day in London on 8th October, I know I've got writing days/conferences on the brain at the moment. But, for fun, if there were such things as conferences in the magical, fictional world, what would they consist of and who would go to them? Tonight I look at what might make up a conference for the fairy folk.
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.