On October 6th, I attended my very first writers conference=)
It was a small conference, lasting only a day with local authors (of the Hoosier kind) speaking about all things writing. I had a great time, learning as much as my mind could handle in one day and still function enough for the drive home. I’ve already told you about my adventures on the way there and back. Now it’s time to tell you what happened while in the Crump Theatre.
Instead of taking you through the entire day, I thought I’d highlight the authors/speakers who drew my attention most.
- C.S. Marks — Writing Fantasy – Taking Your Readers on the Journey — I write YA Fantasy, which is why her portion of the day was so valuable to me. She discussed world-building, character driven story, and how well self-publishing has gone for her. I hadn’t read her books before, but bought a novella based on the world she created and became an instant fan.
- James Alexander Thom — Keynote Speaker — He spoke extensively on his career, including the differences between a movie and the book it’s based on. His humor was honest and sincere and I truly enjoyed being in the audience while he spoke.
- Suzanne Purewal — Pursuing My Passion — Hers was an inspiring speech about how writing is her passion and if it is your passion as well, you must pursue it. She talked about her personal experience with cancer and how it helped her to put aside the fears and naysayers and push to fulfill her dream of being a writer. I came away from this feeling inspired.
- Ron Collins — Second Drafts and Beyond: Rewriting and rewriting again! — I needed this one. He had such a detailed explanation of how he does revisions and rewriting, I couldn’t take notes fast enough!!
All in all, I learned quite a bit and a blast, even pushing past my intorvertedness and asking a couple of questions during the panel at the end*. Which, only used up my quota for the next year. Anyways, while it was a smaller conference, it was still valuable for my continued growth as a writer. I’m glad I went 🙂
(*The questions I asked were about social media and blogging – I wanted to know their opinions on marketing and platform/brand building – and the last book each of them read. I wish I could remember all the other books, but Jodi Picoult was one of them.)