Now THAT was a conference!

Whooo-eeee! A three-and-one-half day whirlwind just deposited me back at home and my brain is still reeling. So many great people, so much information conveyed, such a lot of encouragement, inspiration and motivation provided… not to mention all the fabulous food consumed!

I promised a conference round up, but I’ve come to the conclusion it’s impossible to condense the following into a few paragraphs:

  • the impact of being among 700 people who love writing as much as you do,
  • the contributions of fifty-five authors, agents, editors and screenwriters at the free ‘Blue Pencil’ and agent interviews,
  • the vast amounts of material they presented during more than seventy workshops,
  • the helpfulness of at least a hundred volunteers, staff and organizers, or
  • the luxury of the conference’s first class hotel setting.

You’ve heard the saying ‘you need to see it to believe it.’ Well, in this case you need to be there to fully appreciate it.

Maybe by Wednesday my brain will be better able to sort through the weekend’s highlights, but at the moment it’s still on Information Overload. For now I think I’ll leave you with a few of my photos and the suggestion that you set aside October 24-27, 2013 and plan to come and see for yourself what makes this conference one of the very best in North America.

[A click on any photo will enlarge it]

Just one-third of the packed Conference hotel ballroom
MC, Carol “Sparkles” Monaghan complete with deelyboppers but minus her wand and feather boa
Agent Donald Maass and Conference Coordinator Kathy Chung
DD Shari Green and author Eileen Cook at the Book Fair
Author Jack Whyte giving his annual rendition of “Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud” (after which he lost his voice)
Author Hallie Ephron at Saturday night’s Book Fair
Editor Nancy Marie Bell (and yes, Joylene, I DID give her your hug!)
SiWC writing contest coordinator and author kc dyer…
… and kc’s infamous “sexy legs” tights

There are more, but they’ll have to wait. The weekend’s lack of sleep has caught up to me and I’m off to dream the maybe-not-so-impossible-anymore dream.

~  ~  ~


Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

8 thoughts on “Now THAT was a conference!

  1. When did Donald get old! Shari looks like you! So many writers in one room, how kewl is that. Wish I’d been there. So glad you had a great time. Okay, back to work, young lady.

  2. Thanks to each of you for your comments today. I had a more-than-wonderful time, enjoyed sharing the conference experience with my daughter and, as always, came home exhausted but inspired! Joylene, Don had a cold going into the weekend so I think was tired, but he’s like Peter Pan… he’ll never be ‘old’!

    Judith, I like your advice! 🙂

  3. What a wonderful conference it was! I was telling my students today how wonderful it was to be with my ‘tribe.’ When you’re with hundreds of people you don’t know, but every one of you has something in common, and it feels like ‘home.’

  4. Thanks, Darlene. It was great meeting you, too, at long last. And those tights of kc’s, Shawn? I don’t know how she comes up with different ones every year! I believe she said she ordered these ones from Czechoslovakia for $45. Can you imagine? 🙂

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