I'll post something more in depth about the Surrey International Writers Conference next week, but I thought I'd give you a taste of what it was like.
There were three workshop and/or panel blocks (with multiple choices in each block) Friday and Saturday, two more on Sunday, keynote speakers at every lunch and dinner, and chances to meet agents, editors and authors. There were workshops for writers of children's fiction, romance, sci-fi, non-fiction and more. It was hard to decide which to attend, so I decided to see the presenters I wanted to see, regardless of what the topic was. I heard much I had learned before, but hearing best-selling authors reiterate what I'd discovered on my own made those lessons that much more credible. In many cases they took the nugget of knowledge I already had and expanded it further, which was fabulous.
The weekend was a tad overwhelming, to say the least. For a while I felt as if I needed to scrap all my writing and start over, but I'm talking myself off that cliff. Sure, my manuscripts need work, but I'm hoping it is just a few (okay, maybe several) tweaks here and an upping of tension there. I've acquired some great hints and tips on how to do just that.
For now, I'm sitting in the Vancouver Airport waiting for my (delayed) flight home.
And itching to get writing.