Writing a blog about an exciting writer’s gathering such as Ozarks Writers League Saturday is a challenge. Most has already been said on Facebook pages, but some of my readers may have missed some of the photos and comments.
Gathering and networking with my peers is one of my favorite things to do, but you wouldn’t know that because I spend most of my time in my office writing or on the deck dreaming up new scenes or improving the older ones.
Seeing Rhonda del Boccio win first prize in photography was particularly exciting, since she is legally blind. Teaches us all a valuable lesson, doesn’t it? No matter what you think you can’t do, get out there and do it anyway.
I went over to Branson with Alice White. It was her first OWL meeting and she joined before the day was out. We had a great time. I was able to attend because of her help as well as Robin Cowan’s, who pushed me wherever I had to go, fetched and carried for me and was his normal sweet self. We didn’t go to the Friday night event, but I understand it was a whopping success.
Isn’t Pamela Foster a whiz at helpful critiquing of manuscripts? And Karen Nelson, OWL’s current president, did a great job of bringing off a fund raising auction. Some really super buys brought in needed money to pay good speakers for the coming year.
This type of networking is so important to writers, editors, publishers and artists of all types. Not only do I always learn something new, I meet someone who never heard of my books, hopefully gaining a new reader, or at least someone curious enough to give them a try. After all, promotion is something we all need to do, whether we like it or not.
The most fun part of such a gathering is seeing old friends I haven’t met up with since the last meeting I was able to attend. Catch my interview here when Karen Nelson asks me some penetrating questions and I try to answer them halfway intelligently. If you haven’t joined this or a similar writer’s organization you’re missing a lot.