Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Post-Conference Update!

Last weekend I attended the MidSouth SCBWI conference for the first time. I will admit it was a LONG drive. I basically drove for an entire 8hr workday even though I was expecting it to be 6hrs, which isn’t great to start with.

But I like to find the positive side of things when I can, and the big positive for the long drive was that I was able to 1) finish one audio book, 2) listen to another entire book (KISSING TED CALLAHAN (and other guys)) which was super entertaining, 3) almost finish listening to THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER. I don’t know the last time I read so much in one weekend! Score!

Beyond my epic listening skills, I also had a wonderful time at the conference. Being on the board of COSBCWI, I know how hard it can be to even plan a half-day workshop, and that made me even more impressed with the conference. No minute was wasted, workshops ran like clockwork—it was really phenomenal.

The very impressive hotel lobby/atrium!

I got something out of every part of the conference. I learned new information to help me with my PB drafts and my current YA. It was a pleasure to listen to Darcy Pattison and Kathleen Rushall critique others’ first pages. And I most definitely enjoyed hearing Holly Root compliment my query letter during her query workshop. *grin*

I met a lot of great people and even had some time to brainstorm and write on Saturday evening. Plus, I ended up watching the OSU/Oklahoma football game in the hotel’s bar with a huge group of OSU alumni (a TOTAL coincidence but very fun anyway)!
A few photos of my room. MUCH bigger and nicer than the rooms I usually stay in!

I had my own couch! :)

I’m definitely glad I was able to attend. And now I can set my sights on writing and prepping for my upcoming trip to Vermont!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your first Midsouth SCBWI Conference. I'm glad it was worth the long drive.

    They do fill every minute. This was my second time there. Both were great.