The theme was “The Writing Life” and featured a talk called “The Inner Writing Life” with Margaret Wrinkle, author of Wash. Hearing her talk about the process of writing Wash was incredibly interesting. She also had some very good advice and reminders for all writers. A couple of things that I took away from her talk are:
- Fear is part of the process, but don’t let it stop you. Decide to be scared later.
- Be present in the experiences you are having. (I tend to be off in my own world sometimes, and need to work on this.)
Ms. Wrinkle said many other things that I found helpful, but I’m not going to type out my page of notes here. If you get a chance to hear her speak, my guess is you will also have a page or two of helpful notes on writing.
The afternoon featured three breakout sessions that were all quite good. Five topics were offered, but we could only choose three of them. I chose the following:
- Query and Pitching – Sharon Short (she filled in for Katrina Kittle)
- Editing Your Manuscript – Kate Geiselman
- Self Marketing – Ryan Ireland
I would like to say thanks to all three speakers because their talks were excellent and provided helpful information.
Being very new to this whole writing thing made me feel slightly nervous about going to a workshop with people who have been doing this for a while. Some of them even have agents and have already been published.
But everyone was friendly and kind which made the experience even better. I also had a lot of fun hanging out with some of The Plot Sisters for the day. 🙂
There is a full week workshop happening at Antioch this summer that I have heard is incredible. I wish I could take time of from work to attend it, but that isn’t feasible this year. Maybe next summer.
Did you attend this workshop? Or have you attended a similar workshop elsewhere? If so, please share your experience in the comments below.