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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Writing Wednesday

I had a wonderful time at the West Virginia Writer's Conference over the weekend.

I met some wonderful authors, including Cheryl Ware . . . who is the author of Flea Circus Summer,  Catty-Cornered and Venola in Love.


and Sarah Dooley. . . who is the author of Livvie Owen Lived Here, published by Feiwel & Friends, and is currently working on her third book.


I attended workshops such as Sandy Tritt's Get your Narrator Out of my Way, Cheryl Ware's Digital Storytelling, Jim Minick's How Creative is Creative NonFiction, Heather Issacs' Freelancing, Crystal Wilkinson's Make a Scene, Belinda Anderson's Oral History, Susanna Holstein's From Ballad to Story and Cheryl Ware's Character Development.

They were very good workshops and I have arrived home with all sorts of ideas and projects I want to work on. If there were only more hours in the day.

There were other workshops I wanted to sit in on, but they took place at the same time as others I also wanted to go to. So, sadly, I had to pick and choose and I never got to go to all the workshops that I wanted to attend. One of the workshops I wanted to go to was  Pam Hanson's Time Management and Organizing for Writers because I really, really do need to get organized.

There were so many talented people there, it made me feel very little in the scheme of things. But, I am happy to report that I didn't come home empty handed.

I received this . . .

 Writers attending the conference attach their poems and/or 1 page of prose on the Writer's Wall.
Your name is not on it, only an assigned number and everyone votes on their favorite.
I was surprised to come in 2nd place in the poetry section.
This is special to me, because the people voted on it.

and this. . . 
 My MG manuscript, The Family Secret got 3rd HM in the 
West Virginia Writer's Annual Contest
in the Children's Book Section.

I've been sending this manuscript out to publishers this year, 
keeping my fingers crossed that I will find one that likes it.
If you ever get the chance to go to a Writer's Conference, I recommend that you go.
You learn a lot, get to make contacts with writers and have a lot of fun!

It is nice to be in a group of people who are just like you.

Happy Writing!


  1. Congratulations on your awards! How marvelous! Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the conference. West Virginia is so beautiful, too; I love the mountains.

  2. Congrats....and so good to see you!! I will send you the handout from the time management workshop..if you FB message me your email addy...8-) My best advice is do as I say not as I

  3. Way to go Janet! Sounds like you had a great time at the conference.

  4. I would have liked to hear the talk on Digital Storytelling, with so much ePublishing happening. Is there anything you can share from that workshop?

    And a big congrats on your wins, and querying the manuscript ... Hope you hear more good news soon!

  5. Congratulations on your awards! Conferences are awesome...I love them, too :)

  6. Janet -- we do gravitate toward like minded people -- as with you it's writers. Congratulations on your 2nd and 3rd place finishes. An honor for sure. -- barbara

  7. What great news.
    Congratulations on your awards!
    Whenever I go to a conference I am so energized and can't wait to get home to start writing.

  8. Congratulations Janet! I'm so excited for you. What wonderful awards. You have been working very hard and your efforts have been very inspiring to me. I'm happy you had such a nice time at the conference. I just wanted to let you know that we have some illness in the family right now and it is taking a lot of my concentration and energy, so if you don't hear from me, just know I haven't forgot you. I so appreciate your lovely comments and I am jumping over to read your blog as often as I can. Things should be looking up in a couple of weeks. Until then I am going to be reposting some "repeat" stories on my blog. I hope you have a lovely weekend ahead! Delisa :)

  9. Janet-wow what a vote of confidence for you-you go girl : )

  10. Congratulations on your award. Have you shared your poem on your blog? It sounds like you had a really interesting time and learned a lot. Once I retire I hope to attend workshops on writing. Keep on writing! Your blog is always full of great ideas and encouragement.


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