A Weekend with Fellow Writing Warriors
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.
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.)
Here’s the lowdown on the panels/workshops I attended.
2pm – Getting the Law Stuff Right
3pm – The Importance of Diversity
4pm – Scene of the Crime
5pm – Writing a Series
6pm – Character Backgrounds
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
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…