Next weekend I will be at the writer’s version of an amusement park- a writing conference. I’ve been to the annual Willamette Writers conference a few times in the past and loved it every time. Last year I volunteered, which was such an amazing experience. I got a glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes the day of the event and it made me appreciate big volunteer run events even more.
This year, I will be pitching, attending classes and hopefully crawling out of my shell to do some networking. It’s a mixture of excitement, anxiety and sheer joy. I always come away from these weekends with a renewed sense of urgency to put pen to paper. My goal this year is to not only learn through the classes, but also reach out ot other writers and build a solid foundation for an online critique group.