South Carolina Writer’s Workshop

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Writing | 3 comments

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of going to South Carolina as a guest speaker there. I prepared for weeks, I put together note cards and went over exactly what I was going to say. I made a mental list of everything I was going to pack. I usually write it down and check it off, but since it was one day not three like I usually do, I figured I could survive. I forgot a few things, but I did survive.

We drove there, which even the drive up was nice. The event was wonderful, the hosts were gracious and kind. I had a lot of fun. I can’t thank the hosts enough for their generosity and warmth. They had never met me, had only talked to me in email, but they treated me like I was one of their own. The sessions went swimmingly and the participants had great questions.

What I didn’t expect, and I totally should, was how much I learned. Let’s face it, presenters are often in a room either alone or with a few presenters. We don’t often go to other people’s panels because we’re busy doing our own. When the final panel came around, it was time for everyone to present at the same time on his or her particular field, and answer whatever questions arose. I think, no matter who presented there, the other presenters got information that they could take home with them, and that speaks a lot about the presenters there. We were all writing things down or filing things away as information to be used at a later time. That is the sign of a good, even great, symposium, when the presenters learn things from each other. So, South Carolina Writer’s Workshop, thank you! I hope to see you again next year!

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