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Writer’s Conference–Last Day

Good thing it’s the last day of the HRW Conference, I’m ready to sit in my recliner and become a vegetable. Today was better than yesterday, a little less of my brain was fried in the process. (You know there’s not a whole lot left.) 

Today’s Keynote speaker was Brad Parks. This man is hilarious. No, I take that back, he’s just plain nuts! And we loved every minute of it. His afternoon session was standing room only. Someone in the lobby asked me if those were shrieks she heard coming from that room. Yes, I admitted. He got everyone involved. The title of his workshop was “Welcome to the Woodshed: Getting serious about writing.” It’s easy to see why his books have won so many awards.

Another favorite was Charlotte Matthews. She taught on the subject of Memoir, The Notion and Heft of Home. She is a gentle, refreshing soul–a poet–which I learned afterward when looking at her books. I’ve heard and read so many negative comments about memoir, but her workshop breathed life back into my desire to write family-related stories.

Yes, I was refreshed, I laughed, and it was a wonderful day. This time next year, we’ll be doing it all over again. I hope you’ll consider joining us. For more information on the conference and the writing contests, click this link: Hampton Roads Writers

 

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Writers Conference

I thought I’d send you a picture of the lunch buffet on our break, but by the time I thought of it, there wasn’t much left to photograph.

Then I thought I’d post a sticky note, but didn’t remember how, and of course couldn’t find it under “help” when it came down to it.

So, here I am! (If you smell smoke, it’s just a bad case of brain fry.)

Thursday night was check in, then we had a two-hour session. There were five choices:

  • How to Nail Your 10-minute Agent Pitch
  • Catharsis of Poetry: Writing poetry based on personal hardships
  • Marketing Tips for Authors
  • Look Closely (Flash Fiction)
  • Convincing Nonfiction

I opted for the last one. (Trying to convince myself I’m a writer.)

This morning started with Intro Remarks and First Ten Lines Critique Session, followed by the Keynote Address given by Janet Burroway. She is a very encouraging speaker, and has many writing credits, from textbooks, to plays, to novels…and the beat list goes on…

We had four one-hour sessions (a total of 20 different workshops from which to choose) with 15-minute breaks in between, and over an hour for lunch, which was provided for in our registration fee. During the 15-minute breaks, attendees who registered to pitch their work to an agent got the opportunity.

An afternoon session I attended was “Maximize your Twitter Platform.” I wasted my time, should have read “Twitter for Dummies” beforehand.

Tomorrow is another full day, and this girl won’t be burning the midnight candle at both ends tonight! (Or something like that.) Will chat with you tomorrow night with the wrap-up on the conference. And if I think of it, I’ll send you a picture of lunch!

Are any of you on Twitter? What are your thoughts on it?

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Good Fences #26

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The International Azalea Festival garden gate

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Close-up detail

Every time I go to Norfolk Botanical Garden, I find something new. On one of our walks, we found a statue dedicated to the 200 women and 20 men who cleared the land and began cultivation of the gardens in the 1930s. Here is a brief article that tells of its fascinating history, it’s ties to NATO, and the annual azalea festival.

Linking to Good Fences

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