Sunday, April 29, 2007

Dogwood Writer's Conference

Writers. Storytellers. Agents. Workshops. The dogwoods blooming. A scenic drive to a beautiful Kentucky state park. And an ice cream social. What more can you ask for?

The past Friday evening and all day Saturday I spent with fellow writers at the Dogwood Writers Conference at Greenbo Lake State Park in Eastern Kentucky. What a pleasure. A small and intimate crowd took part in a variety of workshop speakers, got to pitch to an agent, and just enjoyed each other's company. It was an eclectic group, to be sure. Some romance writers/authors but also non-fiction writers, sci-fi, and some working on memoir-type narratives.

This is the second year for their conference and the first year I attended. I'll be back. They have a five year plan for growth, with the caveat of not getting too big, keeping the intimate feel. I think that's both appropriate and necessary for this type of event.

The conference is sponsored by KYOWA, an RWA chapter that serves the tri-state area of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. As one of the founders of the conference said to me, "It will always be at Greebo and it will always be in April because of the dogwoods." So, if that sounds like something that might fit into your calendar, check it out for next year.

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