The short version of my report: Wow. The Dogwood Writing Conference was great. Definitely want to go back next year--balcony or not. (And even if the laptop refuses to connect to the internet.)
Here is Jennifer Johnson holding her wonderfully funny romance, The Jinx. I put a recommendation here a few weeks ago. Run--do not walk--to Amazon or Wild Rose Press and buy your copy. This was my first in-person time with Jennifer, with whom I've conversed online for a while. When she walked into the room and someone confirmed for me who she was, I had to go give her a great big hug. What a wonderful young woman. And--oh! Happy birthday, Jennifer!
Here is a picture from the interactive workshop Maddie James did, on "Ditching the Rules" of writing. Excellent, excellent workshop! I told her she should take this one on the road. All the Saturday presentations were great, and the Friday writing exercises were fun (yet educational) workouts of our writing muscles.
Saturday's keynote speaker, Tara Taylor Quinn, also participated with us on Friday. In fact, she altered her Saturday presentation to meet the needs of our group. I was very impressed by that. Of course I didn't manage a picture of her, but you can see one and read about her at her website.
Here is Cathie Shaffer, doing her workshop on "Setting the Hook with Setting." I was enthralled. Cathie is one of the fun, energetic people of KYOWA who put on this conference each year. So is Jennifer. I'm a member, but this was my first time to even attend a meeting... oh yeah, we didn't have a meeting, just the conference. So I still haven't attended a meeting. But just have to say, KYOWA is an amazing writers' group.
Cathie also gave me a tour of Downtown Greenup, Kentucky, which totally made up for not having a balcony room. And losing my name tag. And not being able to sleep well, or make coffee in the little coffeemaker. Downtown Greenup is just that amazing.
Meet KYOWA member Mary Shortridge and her brother, Robert Hendricks, Fire Chief from Lexington/Fayette County. He was a Saturday speaker. Mary gave a workshop Saturday, "Creative Journaling--Preventing Writer's Block." And she led us through some of the writing exercises on Friday.
I wish I had a picture of Angie Lewis, who led another Friday exercise. She also designed the official bookmark for the event, which is a keeper for sure. So talented! I'd like to see Angie design book covers.
Oh, looky! I do have a picture of Tara Taylor Quinn! She's way in the back, toward the right--in the dark suit and white collar. But my purpose in taking this photo was to show how hard everyone worked. See Jennifer Madden at far left, with her nose to the grindstone? Not sure if this was before or after she told me to get a real camera instead of taking pictures with my phone. That's Lori next to her, and Helen, and Roger.
Gotta go, but I wanted to let you know some of how it went. I don't usually post on Sunday, but I was having withdrawal.