Now that I’ve been home for a week, I want to share a bit of reflecting on doing two writers conferences back to back. First I went to the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, OR, then, with one day in between, I went to the Oregon Christian Writer’s Conference, also in Portland, OR.
How I love my GPS.
I normally wouldn’t recommend anyone doing this, but it worked great for me. At the Willamette conference I was in learning mode, and I sure came home with a lot of notes and thoughts on screenwriting. At the OCW conference I was in teaching mode, so I spent most of my time there either leading workshops or taking appointments and talking with writers who are still in the beginning stages of their writing.
I learned lots and it was great hooking up with old friends and making a few new ones. I think that’s a real important part of attending a conference. Unless you’re married to another writer, there are things our spouses or significant others just don’t get. It’s great to be in that atmosphere of creative thought and fantasy.
But then again it’s great to be home too. Now, back to the drawing board.