I had a weekend of firsts. Last Thursday-Sunday I attended the PNWA Writers Conference. It was fantabulous, superlicious and awesome!! It was my first, so I had some nerves but I don't think I was as nervous as Chuck Sambuchino said I was. (My hands always shake.) Here are just some of the highlights for me:
1. First you have to understand that I have a weakness for English accents, but Chris Humphreys theatrical voice was an awesome way to open the conference. What did he speak about? What else, WORDS. (OMG: His Shakespeare was intense.)
2. I'm actually more of a random-ADD-driven writer so if I can find someone that can boil down a topic and supply a handout, it keeps me grounded. Robert Dugoni was incredible. Both the seminar and his workshops were packed with information for a total brain explosion.
3. Meeting real agents and editors was an important part of my writing journey. They aren't nearly as scary as they are sometimes made out to be with all the lists of do's and don'ts flying around. They are real people, they eat, they work hard and believe it or not they sometimes even crack a smile. :)
4. Attending with my critique partner, Annie was awesome. We could split up and glean more information, cheer each other on during pitch sessions and best of all I always had someone to eat with. We both commuted everyday from the Tacoma area. #ttotalexhaustion Next year, we will be staying at the hotel. I need my afternoon power naps!
5. Who else attends writing conferences? Writers. We are a unique lot with the majority being introverts. It was priceless to feel part of such a talented group of people. They share my love of reading, writing and understand my obsession to have my words published. We're a quirky bunch all in different stages of writing but every writer I met was generous and friendly no matter where they were in the pursuit of publication. That validation is invaluable to people who spend the majority of their days isolated in front of a computer.
I could go on and on. These are only a few. I am grateful for PNWA and all the hard work that went into making this an incredible conference.