The Writer’s Conference is over. It was the most amazing writing experience I’ve ever had. I learned so much and met simply fabulous writers. The workshops I attended had very educated and experienced leaders who not only taught me, but inspired me to really focus on my writing. Persistence seems to be the key. Now, the work begins. I have materials to organize and reading and writing to do. One editor I met told me to write 2,000 words a day. Every day. So I have my work cut out for me.
The conference ended with a fabulous dinner for 300 people. I sat at a table with some of my new writer friends. Emails and phone numbers have been exchanged. Pictures taken and hugs given. I will miss their daily smiles and support, but we’ve agreed to meet here again next June. The evening concluded with an awards program. One award each for Non-ficiton, Ficiton, Poetry and Screen Writing. The winners each read their work. Very impressive! Their readings gave me a lot to aspire to.
I’d like to give a special thanks to a couple of my workshop leaders. For their confidence that I have potential, and for all that they taught me. Jerry Camarillo Dunn… who worked with National Geographic for 25 years, first as an editor, writer and columnist, and then as a guidebook author. He also writes for the Smithsonian Institute and is a contributing editor for Islands Magazine. And to Rebecca Robbins, who holds a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and teaches at UCSD and wrote a monthly column for the San Jose Mercury News. Thank you both so much. I have so much information swirling in my head. But once it settles in, I’ll put it all into practice.
The rest of my trip awaits! I’ve packed my car once again. I do need to find a car wash. Its been parked under a tree for the past several days. Need I say more? Okay, there are lots of birds here. And they eat well.
Have a great Friday..