Well. The Willamette Writer’s Conference was AMAZING. And it wasn’t just the classes, or the pitching to agents and publishers; it was the connection with other writers, the discussions of ideas, and the introverted writer world coming together in a very nourishing environment. I’m still exhausted by constantly learning and talking to people for 12 hours a day for almost three days, but I feel revitalized. Excited. Re-purposed.
It wasn’t like I didn’t understand my purpose as a writer and want to succeed, but there’s nothing like meeting a group of like-minded people. Or feeling like you’re a part of something. Which is funny, coming from such a introverted, self-focused profession.
Anyway, I’d love to share all of what I learned (both from the classes and from the people) in blog posts, so I’m going to! Of course, personal notes and addendums will be added, because that’s rather half the point of going to a conference anyway. Since a single post (even on just what I learned) would probably be a mile long and nobody is going to read that, I’m going to split up the three days into two posts. Then I’ll edit this post and put the links below! Stay tuned!