Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Post conference rumination

I recently attended my second Romance Writers of Australia conference in Melbourne, and I’m still in post-conference-rumination mode. Last year I’d just joined RWA and I didn’t know anyone. Oh yeah – and I was a finalist in the Valerie Parv Award, so I was a little overwhelmed.

I came away from that first conference changed. I met all these passionate, professional (no, that's not an oxymoron) writers who were supportive and organised. I picked up dozens of valuable writing tips and met fabulous writers who've since become friends and critique partners.

This year? Even better. On Friday I attended a Deep Editing course with Margie Lawson. If you write, do yourself a favour: take her class, do her online courses, buy her lecture packets. I'm already reading, writing and editing through new eyes. Thanks Margie!

All the workshops I attended were excellent, and I met a bunch of new people. I’m serving on the RWA executive committee this year and contributing to the newsletter, HeartsTalk. If you write, do yourself another favour and check out RWA. You’ll find a link on this page.

2 comments:

Kirsty C said...

Agreed. Margie does rock.

Her lessons will put the icing on your manuscript, and really make you look hard at how you are saying whatever it is you are trying to say.

They say there is nothing new under the sun, or in writer's terms, there is no story that has not already been told. It's your voice and how you express it that makes the story interesting. Margie gives you the permission and the tools to express what you are trying to say, in your own unique voice.

Can you tell I found her course very liberating! :)

Kirsty

AJ Macpherson said...

Margie emphasises fresh writing and experimenting with words, and as Kirsty says, this is a way you can make old tales exciting.