I'm back from the RWA National Conference held in Orlando, Florida. What an amazing (and overwhelming) experience! Thousands of writers and industry professionals from all over the world gathered together in one place. (I had the nerve to complain about my flight in from New York to an author from Australia!!) Excitement and creativity buzzed through the crowd. At the two luncheons, Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Krentz gave entertaining and motivating speeches. I attended workshops taught by Suzanne Brockman, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Linda Howard, Brenda Novak, Donald Maass, and many other talented presenters. I attended book signings (carried home 49 brand new books!) and met some wonderful people whose pictures I'd like to share. Sadly, I didn't take my camera out as frequently as I should have. Hi to Amy, Marie, Abbi, Yolanda, (Yolanda's mom), Jen, Michelle, Kelsey, Tracey, Adrienne, Beppie, and Janice and everyone else who made my conference so much fun!
Me with my agent Michelle Grajkowski
Me with my writing friend and blog follower Abbi Cantrell at the Heartbeat RWA luncheon.
Me with author Janice Lynn (Dr. DiAngelo's Baby Bombshell) at brunch with Mickey.
Me with author Diane Drake (Medical Romance) and Julie Rowe (Freelance Writer and educator).
Me (center) with author Jennifer Probst (r) and writer Yolanda Sly (l), both fellow HVRWA members.
Me with Minnie
My only regrets (aside from my camera flash being unreliable), I couldn't attend all the workshops, I didn't get to meet my writing friend and blog follower Christine, and I spent Saturday night in the Orlando airport instead of attending the GH/Rita Awards Dinner. But all in all it was a very worthwhile trip. I am rejuvenated and eager to put everything I learned into practice.
Over the next few days and weeks I'll be posting some of the things I learned at the workshops. I hope you'll stop by.
Did you attend the RWA national conference? Any other writing conference? If so, what was your overall impression? If not, do you plan to attend an upcoming writing conference? I highly recommend you consider it.