Spent this weekend driving through beautiful Ohio to attend the Write-on Writers Conference in Coshocton. We couldn't have asked for a more glorious weekend to take a road trip. The crabapple trees, dogwoods, and Japanese cherry trees were in full bloom. The sun illuminated the distant fields, banishing any predictions of rain we had been warned of all week.
Friday afternoon my husband and I only had time for a short visit to Roscoe Village in Coshocton. If you haven't visited, I highly recommend it. With soaring gas prices putting a damper on vacation plans, a short road trip is the way to go. We also cruised past the Longaberger factory on Highway 16 in Dresden on our way home. It was early evening on a Saturday so, again, no time for a visit or tour, but definitely something to look forward to on the next trip.
Besides the drive and the beautiful weather and the panoramic view spread out before us of Creation in all its splendor, we had a wonderful time at the conference. My workshop, YOU CAN WRITE A NOVEL, was well received. It managed to inspire even me. I am amazed that just by talking to people excited about writing gets me stirred up all over again by the process.
The coordinator Sharon Mooney, and her staff were wonderful and had thought of everything to make my stay and presentation a success and fun for everyone. Our keynote speaker for the day was Dandi Daley Mackell, a prolific writer from northern Ohio. If you've never heard Dandi speak, definitely make it a priority should the opportunity ever arise. She is funny and inspiring, not to mention a fount of information. With over 400 books under her belt, we can all learn something from her.
Interesting questions and feedback, lovely people, good food, and a beautiful drive. What better way could a writer spend the weekend? I'm beginning to think small conferences are the way to go. They sure are fun, not to mention all the information there for the taking at an affordable price.
Stay tuned for some of the tips and information I picked up at the conference.