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.