You never know what to expect from a first time event. The Writers’ Guild of O’Fallon, Illinois, presented their first Writer’s Workshop on September 7, at Lindenwood University in Belleville. There were nearly 30 attendees, which may not sound like many, but for an inaugural event, it was a great turnout.
St. Louis radio personality and author of All I Ever Wanted; Relationships, Marriage and Family, Carol A. Daniel was the keynote speaker and also presented an afternoon session “Carol Daniel: Up Close & Personal”.
Fourteen total sessions were offered by thirteen published authors on topics from Self-Publishing to Historical Fiction Writing to Youth Fiction (presented by teen Guild member, Ryan Byrnes, author of Son of Time, Vol. 1: The Crystal Kings).
Lindenwood University’s cafeteria presented a lunch that exceeded expectations, since writers’ groups generally offer only box lunches at events.
The biggest take-away from the event? That writing that novel or short story has as many different roads as there are writers. No two will have the same experience starting or finishing a work. The reasons for writing are myriad. Some of the fears and challenges along the way are the same. Just write.
If the Guild offers the event again next year, I will most certainly attend. What do you like about conferenced and workshops?
(If you live in Southern Illinois and need encouragement to start or finish that manuscript or want to meet fellow local writers, the O’Fallon Writers’ Guild’s mission “is to support inform, elevate and promote quality writing and writers of all genres”. See their Facebook Page for more information.)