Tara Sheets

2015 RWA National Conference in New York City

Arriving in New York City, first day of the conference

I’m still in New York City but we are flying home tomorrow. I’m pretty sure I’ll wish I saved this post for when I’ve had adequate sleep, but I’m going to throw it out there anyway because I’m feeling all happy and glowy about the conference and I want to share pictures! Also, I just ate that solid chocolate RITA statue from the awards ceremony for dinner tonight so I’m going to ride this sugar high until I crash.  Lucky, lucky you. Here’s the thing: RWA rocks.  I love the organization, I love the brilliant, talented authors who come to the conference to share their expertise, and I love the amazing people who I’ve been fortunate enough to meet along the way.

Alyssa Day, Elizabeth Hoyt, and Kristan Higgins at “The Terrible Trio Does Dialogue” panel

At the RITA & Golden Heart cocktail reception with Kim MacCarron, Dragonfly extraordinaire!

This year I spoke with one of my favorite authors, Kristan Higgins.  I told her that I was reading one of her books in the middle of the night and I laughed so hard, my husband woke up and thought I was crying.  It’s true–her books are that funny.  I also attended a fantastic workshop with another favorite author, Jenny Crusie, as well as a panel on writing dialogue with Kristan Higgins, Alyssa Day and Elizabeth Hoyt.  All the workshops were amazing, but the absolute best part of this conference was getting to meet my 2015 Golden Heart sisters, the Dragonflies.  Over the past few months we formed invaluable friendships, and it was wonderful to finally meet each other in person.  I am continually in awe of how blessed I am to be a part of this powerful, talented, inspiring group of women.  The conference flew by and I only wish I had more time to spend with them.  This is the biggest reason I’ll be looking forward to the 2016 RWA National Conference in San Diego next year.  I hope to see everyone there again, and I hope to meet those who were unable to attend this year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  The New York Public Library

 

Goodbye RWA National!  See you next year. 🙂