Writers conferences are often dull, not worth the effort or time it takes getting there. I attended a 3-day co
nference in Philadelphia ten years ago. At that time I didn't know enough about writing to benefit much from it. I do know that it cost me over $300.00 plus travel costs. A year later, I went to a writers conference in Athens, Georgia. That, too, was expensive, but at least I learned a lot and met a delightful new author, Ellis Vidler
. (Her novel Haunting Refrain
is a murder mystery whose protagonist has psychic abilities.)
This past weekend, I attended the 3rd Roanoke Regional Writers Conference at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Unlike the two conferences mentioned above, this one cost only $50.00, which included a reception Friday night and lunch Saturday. I saw writers I hadn't seen in ages, i.e. Darrell Laurant
, Gene Marrano
, Kurt Rheinheimer
, Keith Ferrell
. I also met some interesting folks.
Any event organized by Dan Smith
is always a success, and this one was no exception. Speakers talked about blogging and using other social media such as Facebook and Twitter (too technical for me); self-editing; writing plays, fantasy, historical fiction, essays, local history, and short fiction; how to get rid of writers block; photography tips for freelancers; freelance writing and the law. Some classes were better than others, but that's not uncommon. I wish I could have attended more classes, but so far I haven't learned how to be in two places at once.
L to R: Dan Smith, Doug Cumming, Rodney Franklin, Becky Mushko, Sally Roseveare, Jim Morrison Photo Courtesy of Dan Smith
From Noon to 1:15 on Saturday, I served on the self-publishing panel with Dan Smith, Doug Cumming
, Becky Mushko
, Jim Morrison, and Rodney Franklin. Those attending asked lots of questions and made some good comments. I wish we'd had more time.
Dan Smith, Conference Organizer
Photo by Karen WrigleyL to R: Doug Cumming and Rodney Franklin
Photo by Karen WrigleyBecky Mushko
Photo by Karen Wrigley
Sally Roseveare Photo by Karen Wrigley
Photo by Karen Wrigley
Traveling to and from the conference with Lake Writers Jim Morrison (our leader), Rodney Franklin, Becky Mushko, and Karen Wrigley
, an animal communicator whose book Beyond Woofs and Whinnies
will be available by mid February, was a hoot! (Y'all should buy Karen's book!) We talked, laughed, had animal communications, and solved a couple of the world's problems. Thanks for driving, Jim.
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