Today I am in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the DFW Writers’ Conference. For today’s Scarlet Thread Sunday, I am stringing my thread through the labyrinth of a conference center as I learn writing craft, publishing, and how crazy my writer friends are when you let a bunch of us occupy the same city.
Here’s just a peek at my weekend so far.
Stuffed Bears. I went with several WANA friends (connected through Kristen Lamb’s We Are Not Alone social media web) to dinner at a genuine Texas barbecue joint. Angelo’s in Fort Worth had delicious BBQ, animal heads all over the wall, and three stuffed bears inside. We stuffed our stomachs first, then took some pics.
Gongs. Gongs are a big part of the DFW Writers’ Conference tradition. On Sunday, they will host their regular Gong Show, which features a panel of agents who listen to query letters and bang a miniature gong when they lose interest. When three gongs sound, the letter reader stops, and the agents explain what made them stop. It’s very useful information to all conference attendees, and the letters are anonymous so no submitting writer feels on-the-spot.
But there’s also the large gong that sounds at the pitch sessions. DFW Con registration includes an appointment to speak with an agent about your finished manuscript. I was first in line–literally, with the earliest appointment available on the first day of the conference. I chatted with the delightful agent for the allotted ten minutes, and then someone banged the gong and conversation time was over. If it’s been successful, you leave the room with a request for pages…and the gong still ringing in your ears. (Yes, my meeting was successful.)
Handerpants. Jenny Hansen, of More Cowbell blog fame, recently posted about a product called “Handerpants.” These are fingerless gloves made from whitey-tighty material. I remembered reading the post and thinking, Who in the world would buy those? Well, now I know.
Because Gloria Richard went online shopping, and the result below speaks for itself.
Writers’ Conference. In between the shenanigans, I’ve been soaking up knowledge and wisdom from authors at various stages of the journey. I hope to post in the future about what information I gained from this conference. But suffice it to say that I am an advocate of workshops and conferences. You can gain both practical tips for your writing and inspiration to keep going.
Speaking of inspiration, here’s how last week went with my goals.
- Read 8 fiction books. Almost done with The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver; listened to The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer.
- Read one craft book: Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies by Deborah Halverson. Just read the introduction.
- Visit and comment on ROW80 blogs as a Round 2 sponsor. Yep.
Finish writing GOOD & GUILTY, YA mystery.
- Complete first round of edits of GOOD & GUILTY. Paused to get ready for conference.
- Write one short story.
- Edit two short stories–one needs a final polish, the other a full edit. No further progress this week.
- Exercise twice a week. Twice! Walking.
- Prepare for and attend DFW Conference in May. I’m here! Count this done.
- Prepare for and attend Immersion Master Class with Margie Lawson in June.
What interesting memories do you have from writers’ conferences? Do you have a favorite conference? And how did your week go?