Monday, May 6, 2013

DFW Writers' Conference

This past weekend I attended the DFW Writers' Conference in lovely Hurst, TX.  Actually, I volunteered for most of it, but that was the best thing for this socially anxious gal.  If I've got something to do, it's a lot easier for me to talk to people.  The conference festivities began the night before for members of the DFW Writers' Workshop at Billy Bob's Texas.  Hence, the cowgirl gear.  Thanks go out to my friend Lori for loaning me the outfit and the boots!

The next day, it was all business. I moderated two classes for Mike Capuzzo, who I invited to attend the conference as a keynote.  I interviewed him on this here blog last year.  You can hear that interview here.  He was a hoot and I very much enjoyed his keynote speech.





On Sunday, I attended a class about sex at 8:30 am. The speaker/author, Suzy Spencer, is a true crime writer who admitted that she was tired of writing about murder.  She wanted to laugh, so she started out writing a journalistic exploration into alternative sex practices and it morphed into a memoir.  I tried to pick her brain, as I did the same thing with death.  She probably had more fun!  There I am with her book.  I started reading it last night.  Very interesting material!

Despite the fact that I didn't attend many classes, I had a great time at the conference.  It was killer to see Dawn Frederick with Red Sofa Literary at the Non-fiction panel.  She knows the writing world and she's a roller-girl ref to boot!  How cool is that? 

I also got to meet up with a few people that I only communicate with in the social media world.  It's totally cool to see those peeps in the flesh.

So, now I'm totally energized to write and make those changes that my editor suggested.  I don't know if I'll go the tradition route with "Death Becomes Us" or if I'll self publish.  What I do know is that I love the writing life.  I know sometimes that I bitch and moan about it, but I can't imagine doing anything else.



10 comments:

  1. Great to see you posting about your amazing weekend. Sometimes it's just what our writing batteries need - a good stimulating recharge!

    I'm really happy for you... big smiles are being worn over in my neck of the woods... In fact, I think I'll pour a wee drink and toast you! Haha!

    Cheers, Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

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    1. Thank you. Yes, it definitely charged up the batteries. I think just being in the presence of a bunch of writers and agents makes me think that the amount of time I spend pouring over pages and reworking the way I've written things isn't such a crazy way to spend my time.

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  2. I'm envious! I want to go to a writer's conference!

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    1. There are a ton of conferences out there. www.newpages.com is a great place to look for ones near you.

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  3. Sounds like a fun conference. I probably would have gone for the sex class alone. Good to hear you're re-energized about writing. Your passion and talent for it are obvious.

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  4. Looks like a fabulous event. Loved the boots too! :0)

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    1. I am 42 years old and I have never worn a pair of cowboy boots, so it was kind of fun.

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  5. I attended the DFW Conference last year but couldn't go this year because of my wife's medical issues. Dang it...I could have met you in person! I really enjoyed last years conference and hope to attend it again in 2014.

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    1. I was there last year as well and I will be there again in 2014! Right now they are having an early bird special of $200 and they have announced the keynote.
      I don't know what is going on with your wife, but I hope she gets better.

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