S……..MANY thanks to Laurie McLean for recommending me to Linda Lee, the volunteer coordinator, who allowed me all the best volunteer jobs to see how it all works and it works like a well tuned clock. Linda will be at CCWC in September and show us how to develop our author blogs and keep them going forevermore. Definitely need that help!!
Thanks for Michael Larson and Elizabeth for starting this conference 10 years ago. Thanks to Lissa and Jane for keeping the volunteers on track…great training and assignments. Thanks to Harvey for hosting dinners where we could meet attendees from all over the country and break bread over talk…what do you write…when will it be eBooked or published…
Workshops were terrific….I only got to a few of the many more that were on the schedule…but it was 4 days and CCWC is 2…but Chuck Sambuchino was awesome..building platform for authors efficiently and fast tracked…a how to prioritize and use social media to promote our books…..his books SimpleStupid even for me, his Political Dogs book made our ailing Aunt Stella laugh and laugh….you have no idea what you did, Chuck, for her and her homies….I took lots of notes and will share.
Heard Dalya Massachi talk briefly about writing for change…SF had such a stand alone conference….SLO needs one…Want more from Dalya or Constance or…..
Of course, my BFF Victoria Zackheim was wonderful interviewing Anne Perry who was gracious and lovely and relevant and amazing…etc. etc. and missed her panel…darn, but a regular to CCWC…always nugget-driven take-aways from her presentations.
Watched Mark Coker being patient in a Mark Hopkins lobby power meeting with a wannabe published author. He is such a gentleman and listened…and listened…and….
Joel Friedlander is so terrific and new content as of Friday, he’s now labeled a genius! I’m soooooo excited he will be doing his Book Cover presentation for the CCWE closing..it is so on-point and we’ll get format/design workshops from him too….he’s terrific and a nice man as well…
His friend and foil was Book Baby’s Brian Felsen who is funny and personable with great knowledge….and a real working poet too…2014….Brian, please, come join us!!
Joan Gelfand is a poet’s poet who mc’d all the poet workshops. She was awesome with great questions…intros…and answers. I was impressed.
Constance Hale really got my attention with Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch and Sin & Syntax…Catchy titles, but could she deliver on jazzing us about word usage…YES, YES, YES…and just as fun as her titles!! GUESS WHAT CCWC ATTENDEES….SHE WILL BE COMING TO SAN LUIS OBISPO AND JOINING OUR FACULTY IN 2013…I’M SO EXCITED.
The Plot Whisperer, Martha Alderson, did a wonderful job and we will miss her joining us in 2013.
Agent Speed Dating…got to volunteer for this activity and bring coffee to the needy agents…with 4 hours of talking every 3 minutes to the pitchers. Fun really…..
Then there were the editors…my roommate C.S Lakin (Suzanne) was wonderful and talk about SpeedDating. They had an editors face-to-face for two days…attendees signed up to pitch every 10 minutes…Suzanne made herself available 2 days from early to end of day…wow…she was amazing….we will see her at CCWC, 2013….figuring out how to do an editor/agent opportunity in our format.
So I’m going to get myself in trouble with this huge post and leaving someone out I really really enjoyed, for example, my volunteer new best friends Tara Farquhar, Kristine Meister, Beatie Pompa, Silvia McCleary, Lissa, Jane and Dawn Pier and the awesome couple who run the show with Laurie and Michael..the awesome Richard and Barbara Santos.
Thank you Cuesta College Community Programs for encouraging me to attend. It will pay dividends for our Central Coast Conference.