The Impact of SiWC16

I believe every event in my life changes me slightly. After listening to all the workshops and talking with so many new people, I know I’ll never be the same.

Am I a better writer?

I don’t know. Only time will tell.

Am I a better person?

Hell, yeah!

I’m still a bit overwhelmed and have only been back a day. Although I mean to share what I’ve learned I need a bit of time to think it through. So what I’m saying in my roundabout way is that I plan to share the golden nuggets I discovered in other posts.

Until then, the best part about going is…

Meeting new writers. Being in awe or blinded by hero worship while the masters lead the many workshops. Learning how to let fear drive a story. Hearing clearly for the first time during a keynote about diversity. At every turn words touched on digging deeper to fill the pages with authentic emotion, action and heart.

It blew me away.

I’m already wishing I could go again. In fact, I think everyone should go and put the doubts of being a writer behind them.

Apparently, if we pick up a pencil, have paper in a typewriter, or a document on our computer screen and put words down, we’re writers.

Do you have any specific questions I can answer today? I’ll give it my best shot. πŸ™‚

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40 responses to “The Impact of SiWC16

  1. Glad to hear you had such a powerful experience. Can’t wait to hear more about what you learned! How did the pitch sessions go?

    • I wasn’t completely ready and said told them right away. Then I touched on a story I love but wasn’t sure I could place. She gave me some suggestions to improve the work and invited me to sub to a colleague. I’d say it went okay. πŸ™‚

  2. “Apparently, if we pick up a pencil, have paper in a typewriter, or a document on our computer screen and put words down, we’re writers.” I like that. How did the master class with Donald Mass go? I have his book and use his workbook Writing the Break Out Novel which helped me think deeper in raising the stakes in my story/character’s lives.

    • It was my very first event and I was in awe. That said he is not only inspirational, he gave several suggestions on bumping up a writer’s work. Try this. If your main character ask you, “Why me and why here?”, could you answer? πŸ™‚

  3. You totally need to time to decompress after a conference! I know I do.

    And I bet you had fun meeting Holli! πŸ™‚

  4. Congrats, sound like you had an awesome time, love the attitude.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  5. Glad you had such a wonderful experience.

  6. Upon reflection, you will glean more from your experiences I am sure. I am happy for you that your conference was such a positive experience. πŸ™‚

  7. It sounds like those workshops really impacted you. I can’t wait to hear about what you learned.

  8. Sounds like it was a big success! I think my favorite thing about writing conferences and book festivals is the networking and meeting new people.

  9. Looking forward to hearing more about the conference. Glad it was such a great experience for you πŸ™‚

  10. So happy it was such a great experience for you!!

  11. It’s been several years since my last SiWC, but I remember how I came away and am slightly jealous of you. Glad it was eye-opening and hope it gives you new drive.

  12. Sounds like the conference was a life-changing or at least a writer-changing event for you. Looking forward to hearing more about it!

  13. Glad to hear it was wonderful experience for you Anna!

  14. authorcrystalcollier

    So basically what you’re saying is, you’re inspired? =) It must have been awesome to take the time to JUST focus on writing things. One day…

  15. Nothing like a writer’s conference to get a writer fired up for writing! Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip.

  16. Don’t suppose you ran into Carol Garvin? Of course not, too many people. I’ve wanted to go for years. maybe one day? Glad you enjoyed yourself, Em. That’s awesome.

  17. I look forward to hearing more about your experiences! And without hearing more, I can totally believe that the best part was meeting other writers. That’s always the best part!

  18. Can’t wait to hear more! I love meeting other writers too. πŸ™‚

  19. When you say dig deeper, did they give you some techniques to do that? I find that books often stay “surfacy” and leave me wanting more character development or more inside story. I’d love to know if anyone had specific suggestions about how to delve. In fact, if you’re interested in sharing something along those lines on my blog, I’d love it. Let me know.

  20. Just signed up for my first conference- nervous!!

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