It is always fun preparing for a speaking engagement, but when an author has an opportunity to speak to other writer’s it becomes a humbling experience. I will be a speaker at this year’s Hampton Roads Writer’s Conference in Virginia Beach, VA. The conference is put on by an all volunteer staff whose goal is to encourage new writers. We were there, sitting in those seats looking wide-eyed at the speaker. Each of us hoped we would one day have the same opportunity to see our books in bookstores and have people tell us that our work mattered.
I take it as an honor to encourage every last writer that will grace my workshops. And so it will be this coming Thursday, September 18-20 when I will work to give good and honest feedback to those who will attend one of the three workshops or the manuscript critique sessions I’ll be leading.
I’m excited to say that one particular manuscript is outstanding and should find a home at this year’s conference! I can’t wait for the chance to see how high this author will go, as the writing sings! Now THAT is what makes it all worth while.
I’ll be in the great company wonderful people, a few I have listed below.
- Janet Burroway
- Brad Parks
- Phil Brady
- Diana Flegal of Hartline Literary Agency
- Emily Gref of Lowenstein Literary Agency
- Kaylee Davis of Dee Mura Literary
- Kimiko Nakamura of Dee Mura Literary
- Linda Epstein of The Jennerifer Dechiara Literary Agency
- Amanda Aksel of Elephintine Publishing
So for those who have never had the courage to follow their dream of writing, remember, we were in your shoes. We know your trepidation. Get a thick skin and throw your work out there. It might land on someone like me, whose greatest joy is to see another writer succeed!