RWA15 has turned into one of the best conferences I have ever attended. Ever. The diversity of the workshops is truly amazing, today no exception.
This morning, during breakfast, I attended a doctoral focus group gaining information on what romance novels mean to writers and readers. The panel I was with were a widespread group of traditonally published and self-pubbed authors who brought a wide array of ideas and thoughts to the table. After that, a heartwarming speech by author Julia Quinn didn’t leave a dry eye in the house (or ballroom, if we’re being literal!)
My morning session included workshops on how to tweak my prose, and how to zing more emotion into my writing. It seems my writing does indeed need zing after hearing these authors speak! After lunch, I pitched myself ( not literally, folks) to my dream Literary Agent. I’m keeping her name mum, but she is fabulous! Fingers, toes, and whatever else my arthritic body will let me cross, crossed. More to come on that to be sure at a later date.
The afternoon workshops had me laughing with Susan Ann Phillips as she taught a packed house how to give our characters more depth and dimension, and then on to another packed conference room where the amazing Kristan Higgins schooled us all in the care, keeping and use of secondary characters. It seems she has a secret boyfriend named Tom Hiddleston aka Loki, and she enjoys using images of him in her lectures. Thank you for doing so, Kristan! Both of these talented ladies had the rooms rolling with laughter.
Dinner tonight is a treat for me because I get to see my baby girl and spend some quality time with her, so I’ll sign off for now to go get ready.
Here are some pictures taken today to ponder over.
today’s book haul – how the heck am I gonna get all these home…and there will be more tomorrow!!!
Just hanging out in the hotel lobby, all decked out and waiting for someone to dance with.
And then there was this guy…I just can’t explain him.