A Great PNWA Conference Was Had

I know it’s cliche, but what a difference a year makes! When I attended the annual PNWA (Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association) writer’s conference last summer, I did so not knowing anyone, unaware of the literary contest, and eons away from telling an agent about my book. This go-around, I could hardly walk into a room Read More …

Friday Links #28: Beyond Memoir

I gave a talk to the South Jersey Writer’s Group last Thursday night about my transition from wannabe travel writer to novelist. The presentation, Beyond Memoir: Let Travel Inspire Your Fiction, was a natural topic for me to wax knowledgeable on, and I was happy to see people taking notes and asking plenty of questions — Read More …

Stepping Out of the Shadow

Last week’s post about attending PNWA almost didn’t happen. Not because I didn’t have time to write the post or because I had forgotten my WordPress login credentials, but because I almost didn’t attend the conference. The professional responsibilities I alluded to in that post consumed my late July and early August. Normally, I would Read More …

Random Thoughts from PNWA 2016

My spontaneous appearance at the 2015 Singapore Writer’s Festival aside, last month’s Pacific Northwest Writer’s Conference (PNWA) was the first such conference I ever attended. And now that I’ve had time to study my notes and reflect on the dozen-plus panels and lectures I witnessed, I truly believe that this was an important step forward Read More …