Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Year of Writers Conferences

Last weekend I got to attend a wonderful writers conference in Gilbert, Arizona, hosted by American Night Writers Association. Their speaker was Connie Flynn, a multi-published author who taught us about her 8-point plotting plan and triangle method of building characters. What a great teacher she is! I enjoyed the conference, and thought my time and money were well spent.

I guess this is my year to attend conferences. I always make it to the ANWA conference, even though it was a near thing this year due to an eye injury. However, I've missed attending Western Writers of America, Inc.'s convention for several years, because of family obligations, surgery, and the like. This year I'll be in Springfield, Missouri in June, revitalizing my friendships and making new bonds with other Western writers and industry people.

Later this month, I'll attend a conference I haven't gone to before: "The Magic of Writing," the 2007 edition hosted by LDStorymakers, Inc. I'm excited to be going, as I've been a Storymaker since 2003, and some of the members are good buddies of mine. I'm looking forward to attending such sessions as "Overview of LDS Market & Genres" with Rachel Ann Nunes; the "Writing & Publishing Myths" panel with Willard Boyd Gardner, Jewel Adams, Janet Jensen, Christine Kersey, LeeAnn Setzer, Carole Thayne, BJ Rowley, Alison Palmer, and Katie Parker; "Agents, Queries, & Submitting Nationally" with Jeffrey S. Savage; and "Structure, Pacing & Flow" with Sierra St. James, aka Janette Rallison. I'm also going to attend their "Boot Camp," a two-day, intensive instruction and critiquing event. You all come and join me. It's going to be fun!


  1. I'm so excited you're coming, Marsha! We've been trying to get you up here to attend for three years. :)

  2. I know. I'm thrilled to finally get to come.

  3. I was searching up on how to use the term "on tenterhooks" when I came across your blog. Wish I could write like you. My English is not powerful enough and here I am, struggling to produce a page. Nice meeting you. God bless.

  4. Wonda, thank you for commenting. The key to writing well is to never give up! Learn as much about writing as you can. Read widely (lots of books, lots of kinds of books). Take classes in writing, if you can afford to do so, and write at least 100 words a day. Never give up!

  5. Thanks for your invaluable advice, Marsha. My reading is slow as it is hindered by my partial vision. How do I remember the meaning of all the new vocabularies that I have learned?


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