At the Writers’ Institute

Writers' Institute

I’m here in Madison, Wisconsin about to begin a four day Writers’ Institute Conference. It goes from today to Sunday. I haven’t done this sort of thing for a long time. And, needless to say, I’m happy to be here. The fact is, I heard about this conference here on WordPress, but I can’t remember who sent the notice or if was one of those “You may be interested in” inserts we receive from time to time.

So, if any of my writer/blogger friends are here, please shout out my name…but don’t be embarrassing!Β  πŸ™‚ Just kidding.

As you see above, the theme for this year’s conference is “Pathway to Publication.” It’s exactly what I need. I FINALLY finished the first draft of my first novel, about three weeks ago, so I’m here to see what I need to do next!

I’m on my way to my first session: How to Pitch Your Novel. I definitely need to know more about that.

I’ll post pics and stuff in a few days, and let you guys know how everything is moving along.

15 thoughts on “At the Writers’ Institute

    1. Paul Post author

      Thank you Laura! Yeah, I was getting into serious blogger burn out, but I think this conference will go a long way to pull me back into a schedule. I have been writing but not blogging. It’s not that I don’t have time, but I couldn’t get the ol blogging issues together. But all of that is in the past! Ha!

      The first few pre-conference sessions yesterday were very informative. And I’m gonna try to post stuff as I go because when I get back to Alabama, the everyday world will kick in and well…
      So thanks a ton for reading and words of encouragement. πŸ™‚

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    1. Paul Post author

      Whoa! Thanks. I have absolutely zero experience on this business of log lines and pitching. I had to google “log line” to see what it was. How pitiful is that”! 😦 So I just might give that sight a try.

      Thanks J

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  1. Cynthia Guenther Richardson

    Fantastic, Paul! I was last at a writer’s conference in WA. in Oct. 2017 and had a good time, learned some new stuff, wrote a post about it here. I look forward to hearing about your experience. (I am considering on attending a creative nonfiction conference in May…but a pricey one since it is in Chicago–the hotels are expensive!) And also: congratulations of finishing your first novel, hope it turns out well! Maybe you will post an excerpt here for us to read?

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    1. Paul Post author

      Well thank you so much, Cynthia, for the good words. πŸ™‚ Yeah, the conference will definitely be a good thing for me. This morning my choice session is one on revision! OMG! I definitely need that one.
      Listening to a speaker yesterday, I realized a lot of what is being said, we already know, but it’s always good to hear it again.

      I did finish the novel. What a strange feeling it was. It was like leaving a good friend at the bus stop. You know you have to go but you don’t want to. Sigh. I haven’t looked at the ms now for a month, which is my usual strategy…to get away from it. I think you do the same then go back with fresh eyes.
      Post an excerpt? Well, that’s not a bad idea at all. Good suggestion. Thanks πŸ™‚

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      1. Cynthia Guenther Richardson

        Yes, leaving work is always good–the literal and psychic space offers new viewpoints upon return, for certain.

        I also find that conferences offer much of what I already know and try to use but the energy accumulated is unique to writing arenas–being with other interesting writers. There is always that nugget or two that has impact and even inspires.
        Hope to read that excerpt and best to you.

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    1. Paul Post author

      Thank you so much! I’m off to the first session. I think it will be a good one. I thought my first session was on revision, but now I see that’s later. This first one is “choosing the right point of view.” That should be very interesting.
      Thanks again! πŸ™‚

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    1. Paul Post author

      I did. It was good and had an impact on my writing and thinking. I think they are definitely worth any writer’s time, so I hope you can get to one. The greatest benefit I think is simply meeting other writers.
      Thanks for reading and replying dear friend.

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      1. Paul Post author

        hey Kim, sorry to have missed your reply. The conference was good and I gained a lot from going. I don’t think I’ll do it again anytime soon, but I’m glad I went. And the weather down here in Alabama is much nicer…rainy…but that’s okay! πŸ™‚
        Thanks for reading! It’s always good to hear from you. I’ve been kinda out of it for the past three or four months. I fell into a blogger’s block~! :-/

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