I just returned from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA) conference in Seattle. Right now, my mind is still spinning from everything I learned and all the amazing people I met, and it will take me some time to sift through that information. But here’s what I know beyond the shadow of a doubt: PNWA is a fantastic organization and each year the conference provides unparalleled networking opportunities and top-notch classes on the craft of writing, social media, and publishing. I feel incredibly lucky to be living close enough to benefit and be a part of such a wonderful writing community.
One of the keynote speakers this year was NYT best-selling author, Debbie Macomber, who gave an inspirational speech on the power of writing, and how important it is to keep going and to not give up. One of my favorite things she said is that we, as writers, often feel we are taking away valuable time from our loved ones because we are trying to pursue this elusive dream. But she pointed out that all those years she struggled to become a writer, she was actually teaching her children the most valuable lesson of all: She was teaching them that it was okay to follow their dreams, no matter how unattainable they might seem.
I also attended a great workshop with Christina Katz, who spoke about the importance of social media and building your platform. Christina is known as the Writer Mama, and I’m looking forward to reading her latest book, The Writer’s Workout.
Now that the conference is over, I plan to dive back into my writing project with renewed energy and insight from my experiences over the past few days, but first I must do something very, very important. Sleep.