WriterlyWednesdays: Creative Ink Festival

A Weekend with Fellow Writing Warriors

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This weekend of writerly goodness couldn’t have come at a better time. Things are about to get super hectic in my non-writing life, so this three day kick in the writing pants was just what the doctor ordered.

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Life got in the way, so my story got benched for the longest time. Everyone I met filled me with renewed hope for my own WIPs. To no one’s surprise, least of all my pocketbook, the first stop I made was to the Vendor’s Room, where like a kid in a candy store, I was surrounded by all these beautiful handheld portals to other worlds of awesome.

Yes, it was payday that Friday. Yes, I’m glad I didn’t get a hotel room during the festival. And yes, I bought OVER A DOZEN BOOKS before I even started–and ended up missing the first panel on Humor Writing. (More on the books in an upcoming post.)

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Here’s the lowdown on the panels/workshops I attended.

FRIDAY:

2pm – Getting the Law Stuff Right

3pm – The Importance of Diversity

4pm – Scene of the Crime

5pm – Writing a Series

6pm – Character Backgrounds

SATURDAY:

9am – Tools for Your Writers Toolbox

10am – Creating Believable Characters

11am – Missassumptions About Kid Lit

12pm – Adding Mystery to Your Fiction

1pm – Storytelling Through Map Making

2pm – What Exactly is Speculative Fiction?

3pm – Steampunk

4pm – Putting Science Into SF

5pm – When Setting Becomes Character

6pm – Elements of Story

SUNDAY:

9am – An Editor’s Dream

10am – Love Affair with Heroes

11am – How to Finish What you Start

12pm – Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone

1pm – Real Life Superwomen

2pm – Fairytale Retellings

3pm – Diversify Your Income

Each time slot (and I had to leave early on Saturday and Sunday so there were still a couple panels more on either day) had three panel/workshop options. My main reason for going was for the Fairytale Retellings which, naturally, was one of the last panels of the weekend. I met the author and also impulse purchased his entire line of a books. Steampunk meets Fairytales… what?! It was meant to be.

The authors were great to talk to and learn from. I felt so motivated to get going on Aaralyn’s Song. I wanted to quickly share some of the tidbits from the jam packed weekend. Next week, I’ll dive in to some highlights in the dozen pages of notes I took.

I’m excited to share the knowledge with you and as soon as my allergies cooperate, I’ll tuck into the next round of posts. Yes, that’s how much I got out of this educational adventure.

Until next time…

XO,

     Tonette

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