Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Missouri Writer's Guild "Just Write" Conference

Dear Mom,

This past weekend I attended the Missouri Writer’s Guild “Just Write” Conference. My mind is still processing it all. It made me think about myself as a writer and what direction I want to take.

I volunteered to be a shepherd (another name for assisting) for one of the speaker’s—Cindy Lovell. She is a Twainiac—a lover of Mark Twain. It oozes out of her in a lovely, fun way. I can’t wait to start reading more Mark Twain. As Cindy’s shepherd, I was honored to introduce her for her workshop, “Get Your Facts First…” “…and then you can distort them as much as you please.” It saddened me when it was over. I could have listened to her all day. I’m excited to read Cindy’s books too. Having the pleasure of getting to know her and hanging with her was worth going to the conference. Seriously.

I also had the pleasure of introducing Dianna and Don Graveman for their breakout session—“Writing Pictorial Histories”—and can you believe, they have four books published! But the kicker is they did it in 18 months—three simultaneously. They shared much wisdom and with such grace.

Oh and there’s more. I introduced Margo Dill for her breakout session—“What Should I Write and When? Finding Subjects that Sell and the Time to Pursue Them”—Margo is so full of tips, she makes your head spin.

I attended Regina William’s, “Writing the Personal Essay,” and didn’t walk away disappointed.

Can’t forget C. Hope Clark (fundsforwriters.com) who started off the conference. Mary Troy—luncheon keynote speaker. Elaine Viets—banquet keynote speaker. They all wowed me.

My reading pile grew all weekend long.

I pitched my story idea to two fine ladies; Kristina Makansi (Blank Slate Press) and Susan Swartwout (Big Muddy). They were gracious and kind as I stumbled through the process. At least I failed in comfort.

Mom, I’m lucky to be surrounded by many fine writers that I can call friends who are supportive and encouraging. I hope they all know how much I appreciate them.

I also hope everyone knows how much I appreciate the hard work that went into the conference. Mom, the Conference Chair, Debbie Marshall I bet no one knew she was suffering with severe back pain because she was all smiles and helpful at every turn. A huge success I'd say and I'm glad I went—now I have work to do!


  1. I know what you mean about having work to do!

    I have so many things swirling in my head, I don't know what to do first!

    It was great seeing you at the conference!

  2. Hi Lynn,

    How exciting! I sure wish that I could have joined you and Becky at the conference. Thanks so much for all the links in this post. I'll check them out as soon as I can.

    Have a wonderful day,

    Kathy M.

  3. You made the pitch! Yesss!! I'm so proud of you! I've not done that yet but would be quaking in my boots. So glad you found the conference worthwhile and that you made some great connections/friends. :)

  4. Lynn, thanks so much for introducing us--we appreciate it more than you know! And thanks for being such a good friend. It was a great conference! One week later, I'm still reeling from it all.

    Great post!

  5. Wow Lynn, that sounds like a fabulous conference to meet people, get ideas and be inspired. I love meetings like that, you always learn new things!

  6. Lynn, I am so proud of you! Did you know Elaine Viets went to school with our brother?


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