Edmond’s WOTS Conference – Guest Blogger, Maureen Rogers
This year, for the first time in 8 years, I did not attend the Edmond’s Writers on the Sound conference. So, I’ve asked someone who did attend; my good friend and long time writing partner, Maureen Rogers to guest post. Enjoy….
| Maureen Rogers
Thanks for allowing me to guest blog this week, Mindy.
I’ve attended the WRITE ON THE SOUND CONFERENCE for ten years now. This first-weekend in-October event is as much a part of my annual routine as birthdays and Thanksgiving. When the days start getting shorter and the clouds move in, I’m grateful that summer’s end still holds something to look forward to. The Saturday morning volunteers greet me with a name tag, an information packet and always a big smile. Stepping into the Plaza Room for announcements, that first panoramic glimpse of the Edmonds ferry gliding across the Sound still gives me goose bumps. Later, there’s the Saturday afternoon hike to the theater for the keynote address. We walk and chat in groups, kicking up fall leaves along the way with just enough time to squeeze in lunch at the Thai Cottage. Bouquets of golden sunflowers and ruby dahlias tempt me as we make a quick trip through the Farmer’s Market before climbing back up the hill.
This year I focused my class choices on the basics of writing rather than publishing. I spent much of my time in the largest space, the Plaza Room, attending the most popular classes: the screenwriting duo of Pat White and Kim Cunningham who discussed Elements of a Compelling Story www.Catalyststoryconsultants.com
Susan Wingate, who reviewed POV and Voice, and Mary Buckham www.marybuckham.com, who went deep into the topic of setting. I had an ‘ah-hah’ moment in Ann Roth’s excellent class on Sunday when we worked in small break out groups and delved into the importance of motivation. Chantelle Osman, a screenplay and mystery writer taught a delightful and inspiring class on Flash Fiction. She showed us how writing in this genre can be fun and a fast way to publication. Check out her website: www.twistofkarma.com
Ray Rhamey’s “Creating A Killer First Page,” will always be one of the highlights of the conference for me. We participate by sending him the first chapter of our novel prior to the conference. During the session, we all read the first page of every submission and vote – would we continue to read the story or not? My only regret is that the class ends too soon. Ray’s book and website on crafting the novel www.floggingthequill.com are well worth a read for anyone writing fiction.
On post-conference Monday, I try and go back through all those class handouts and my chicken-scratched notes before filing them away. So many ideas crammed into my brain in two days! But I will be forever thankful for the opportunity to learn and make connections with other writers for one more whirlwind weekend in October. A big thanks to WRITE ON THE SOUND for a terrific conference in 2011!!!
Great summary Marueen, thanks so much. I’ll join back in next year.
Maureen Rogers was born in Vancouver, Canada and now lives in Lake Forest Park, WA with her husband and two cats. She is a six time winner in non-fiction and poetry at the Write on the Sound Conference in Edmonds, Washington. Her work has appeared in five Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies as well as a historical fiction and breast cancer anthology, and several newspaper and on-line publications. Currently she is working on a story collection of firehouse tales: Hose Jockeys, Hotshots and Heroes.