One of our fellow CTRWA members was the keynote speaker. As usual Kristan Higgins captivated the audience with her grace and humor. We all left breakfast with the same good feeling we enjoy after reading one of Kristan's books.
Later in the day, I atttended a workshop that Kristan hosted with Michael Hauge. Michael took one of Kristan's books and showed us how it fit into his six stages of a story. It's great when you read a book, but it is even better when you can see how it applies to real writing. Thank you Kristan and Michael.
At lunchtime, the keynote speaker was Marie Force a mulitpublished author. Marie shared her numbers both as a traditional published author and now a self-published author. It was an education to say the least. Marie presented this informational speech with humor and knowledge. Later on, I took Marie's workshop and enjoyed it.
In between agent appointments, I took two more workshops. The knowledge received from author Annette Blair and author Susan Eagan was expectional. Annette's workshop on Storyboarding and the valuable templates she handed out will be used by me for many years to come. Susan Eagan's workhop on How to Plan the Perfect Crime belew me away, as did her handouts. Susan's background as a prosecutor for the federal government showed in both her presentation and knowledge of her subject.
This was my first time attending the NEC and I would recommend that every writer puts it on their calendar to attend.
Oh, and I got an offer to submit by an agent! WooHoo!
A special thanks to the NERWA Chapter, well done.