Sunday, April 25, 2010

LDS Writer's Conference

I didn't get to go to this conference, so when a friend sent me this link to an article about it, I read it enthusiastically. I hope you do the same. There are also links to other articles about the conference on the page as well. And those of you that tell. What was your favorite class? What did you learn? Who did you meet? I need to live vicariously through you!!


  1. The conference was actually well done, and your link was very interesting - now I can put Heather Moore and Precision editing together. I think what I liked the best were the presentations by the national editor/agents (I only saw 1 and 2, respectively). I found the networking invaluable, and the advice, specifically on synopsis and the first five pages. I feel pretty comfortable in both of these areas, but it was a really nice review - I'm sure every writer can identify with not being able to see the forest for the trees when s/he has been working on a manuscript for a long period.
    Also, I must admit, I was a little apprehensive about finding a large group of wannabe writers masquerading as crazy women on their first parole from mommy status since the last LDSWC - yes, there were a few of these, but this is not unique to the LDS community: I've met a few of these women in national MFA programs, including my own. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised to find the vast majority of attendees serious about their craft. I plan to attend next year.

  2. I had soooo much fun there meeting people and learning! :)

    I posted lots of pics on my blog! Go check them out! :)

  3. I wish I could have gone, maybe next year.

  4. Hey! I think us wannabe writers have just as much right to be there as anyone else!

  5. I am not sure how to take the wanna be writer comment from PrinceofDarkness. Because I am one of the wannabe writers. I also take my craft seriously which is why I paid to be at the conference. I was there to learn and better my craft. I am not seeing how that is a problem.

  6. Well we all start out as wanna be's at some point, this is true. But I also understand the frustration of getting serious about it when others around you aren't. I took a writing class at college last year and I took it very seriously. Afterall, this is what I want to do with my life so I hung on every word of the teacher and took the assignments seriously. But there were those fresh out of high school students that took it as an easy class because writing was easy for them and they liked it well enough. Which is exactly where I was at that age. But after 16 years of finding myself and admitting that I wasn't a wanna be anymore, their attitudes annoyed me a bit. Especially when I was assigned to a group of them to critique my work. They didn't take it seriously and they didn't care like I did. So even though I ephathized with thier youth and their level of commitment, I had a hard time when it interfered with my growth. I think that is all the Prince of Darkness is saying. Plus I don't think any of us fall into that category where we think writing is just a joke. Otherwise we wouldn't spend hours on blogs trying to learn our craft.



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