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The Edmonds Writers on the Sound conference, WOTS, is one of my favorite regional conferences. From October 1st through the 3rd each year, sunny waterfront Edmond’s streets are abuzz with writers of all genres’, aspirations, and stratums of the writing community.
The hesitant sun filtered through the clouds when I arrived at the Francis Anderson Center for 8:00 AM conference registration and coffee. After muffins, coffee, grapes, bananas and awards, we were off to our classes. By noon the sky was a cloudless robin-egg blue as we – two or three hundred writers walked from the conference at the Anderson Center to the Edmonds Center for the Arts to hear world famous writing guru, Natalie Goldberg. We talked all the way like chatty school girls with a couple token males who said little but seemed happy to be hanging with us just the same. The sun was warm; sweaters and jackets came off. We ‘ewed and awed’ at the scenery; maple trees, pregnant with the fullness of early fall dropped crimson and gold leaves that flitted about town, grassy lawns, smiling yellow sunflowers and proud dahlias of pink, orange and burgundy leaned against fences filling the streets with cheer. The smell of cotton candy from the last day of Edmonds street market wafted through the air.
|Natalie Goldberg & I|
Natalie Goldberg was a special treat.
When I was able to steal a moment with her, I told her how much I appreciated the documentary she did on Bob Dylan; I asked what she took away from that experience. “The people,” she said, as only Natalie Goldberg could.
This weekend people came from Idaho, Canada, Missouri, Oregon, and other places for this conference. Several of my friends didn’t get in because it sold out so fast. Next year, sign up early. If you’re coming from Vancouver BC, or Portland Oregon, taking the train is as easy as pie. There are a few very affordable hotels like the The Best Western Edmonds Harbor Inn within walking distance of the ferry or train, and lots of great restaurants and coffee shops.
If you have a favorite NW conference, tell me about it.
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