On today’s episode of the podcast, we’re talking about creative conferences with my guests Grace Dobush, an organizer of Midwest Craft Con, and Joy Uyeno, an organizer of The Hello Sessions. If you’ve ever considered organizing a conference or you’d like to teach at one or attend one, this episode is for you.
Grace Dobush is a freelance journalist and the author of the Crafty Superstar business guides. She’s also the co-organizer of Crafty Supermarket, an indie craft show that is celebrating its sixth birthday in Cincinnati on Nov. 28.
Midwest Craft Con is a retreat for mid-career makers coming in February 2016.
Watch this short video to learn more about The Hello Sessions.
Joy Uyeno authors the blog Frock Files and is the social media manager at Bentley University. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their corgi, Kona.
The Hello Sessions is a workshop based conference for lifestyle bloggers and businesses that took place for the first time in October in Portland, Oregon.
We talk about how conference organizers figure out who they’d like to invite to teach and speak at their events. Grace and Joy explain the role that sponsors play in making a creative conference affordable for attendees and how they make it worthwhile for the sponsors. We also discuss marketing a conference, building community before the event and continuing it afterward, and creating the right atmosphere for attendees.
Joy and her co-organizer, Melissa, at The Hello Sessions.
In our conversation we reference:
- Maggie Bastista
- Craftin Outlaws
- Crafty Mart
- Crafty Supermarket
- Lisa Congdon (listen to my interview with Lisa in episode #27)
- Tiffany Han
- Man Made DIY
- Molly Yeh
- Schoolhouse Electric
- Yes By Yes Yes
- The Glitter Guide (read Joy’s guest post)
And, of course, I ask Grace and Joy to recommend great stuff they’re enjoying right now.