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This year’s Write Stuff writers conference is entirely virtual, which means the sessions you’ve signed up for will be delivered via the Zoom platform. If you haven’t attended a virtual conference, let’s go over what you can expect.

Some virtual conferences use a platform that displays only the presenter or presenters. Those attending aren’t on camera at all, nor can they be heard. Any questions or comments from attendees are handled only through the chat function.

The Write Stuff is using Zoom, which means the presenter and all attendees will be visible. If your computer doesn’t have a built-in or add-on camera, then obviously, you won’t be seen during the session. If you do have a camera, you can choose to turn it on or off. You’ll want to check this feature ahead of the conference if you haven’t used it before. It’s also a good idea to check your audio quality as well. Most people use their laptop’s built-in microphone for audio, but others use a headset. Use whatever you’re comfortable with. 

During the sessions, the presenters will have the option to mute all attendees until it’s time for Q&A. The chat feature will be available if you have a question you want to post ahead of the Q&A. During the Q&A, best practice is to keep yourself on mute until it’s your turn to ask a question. That way extraneous noises like a barking dog won’t be a distraction. 

Each session will have a moderator, who will go over the specifics during the introduction, so try to be on time to hear that information.

Our goal is to make this conference run as seamlessly as possible. With your help, we’ll get there!

Registration closes on March 20, so don’t delay. You can register here: