Wow…What a Great Conference!

My first Romance Writers of America national conference is an experience I’ll never forget. It wasn’t just being around 2,000 plus people who either write or support romance novels, or learning about the craft of writing during workshops, it was the affirmation and inspiration I left with.

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I met Beverly Jenkins the first day!

I’ve attended various conferences, for my day job and as a writer, but I will say this was the first one that I openly shed a few tears. Starting with Cathy Maxwell’s empowering speech that this would be a “no doubt” conference and ending with Kristan Higgins bringing home that what we do brings light in a world of darkness. Both women moved me and hundreds others with the realization that what we do IS important and to hell with those who say it isn’t.

I learned to trust myself.

My voice.

My beliefs.

And boy did I need to hear that. It’s okay to take advice that strengthens my writing, but not lose the essence that make my stories…well mine…in the process.

With my 2nd Place certificate for You Can't Plan Love in the Abalone Awards!

With my 2nd Place certificate for You Can’t Plan Love in the Abalone Awards!

The workshops on the craft of writing gave me several “Aha!” moments. I’m excited to tackle revisions to the manuscript I just completed. But the workshop I enjoyed the most was from two sociologists who are studying us romance writers. My scientist brain loves that concept! Their early findings are dead on with many of my own observations since taking this ride in 2010. (Read the Tweets on that here)

My and my hubby at the RITAs with Alicia McCalla and her hubby!

My and my hubby at the RITAs with Alicia McCalla and her hubby!

I could go on forever, but I won’t. I will find a way to attend future national conferences, or regional ones when nationals is too far away. If you write romance consider attending at least once. (Though you’ll probably be hooked.) You can never learn enough about improving your craft, but the biggest reason to attend is to immerse yourself in an atmosphere that inspires creativity, forges new friendships and provides endless optimism that no matter where you are in your career to never give up.

One of my Coffee Divas, Jennifer Gracen!

One of my Coffee Divas, Jennifer Gracen!

Me, A.C. Mason (president of CIMRWA) & Alicia McCalla!

Me, A.C. Mason (president of CIMRWA) & Alicia McCalla!

Fellow Crimsonista, Elke Feuer

Fellow Crimsonista, Elke Feuer

Harlequin Kimani author, Wayne Jordan!

Harlequin Kimani author, Wayne Jordan!

Fellow Crimsonista and Scandal lover, K.M. Jackson!

Fellow Crimsonista and Scandal lover, K.M. Jackson!

Came home with 48 print books and five or six digital books! What was I thinking?

Came home with 48 print books and five or six digital books! What was I thinking?

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About Synithia W
I write love stories filled with passion and drama at night, I improve air and water quality during the day, and I love my husband and kids in between.

9 Responses to Wow…What a Great Conference!

  1. Piper says:

    Glad you had a good time! Are you coming back for M&M?

  2. Gwen says:

    Conferences are amazing. I attended one in April and came home juiced up and ready to keep on rolling. Congratulations on placement in the Abalone Awards!

  3. livrancourt says:

    Sounds like it was an amazing conference. So glad you got to go!

  4. I agree – it was a FANTASTIC conference!

  5. I can’t believe we didn’t get a picture together!!! What were we (not) thinking?! What a great time it was. 🙂

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