This weekend I’m heading to Write Canada, a national writing conference put on by The Word Guild. But there’s just one problem. Like many writers, I am an introvert.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to be a loner. I love my quiet time. Me and a cup of tea alone with my MacBook — that’s my idea of a good time. But I can’t do that all the time. Sometimes I have to get out there into the big, wide, crowded world and meet people.

A writing conference can look scary to an introvert like me, but it can be more than a necessary evil. Here are some tips not just for surviving, but thriving at a writing conference.