I spent the weekend at the North Carolina Writers’ Network Conference, this year conveniently located in Asheville.
Panels, workshops, brilliant breakfasts with agents and editors and lots of writing. It’s a group of friendly people who write and publish or hope to do both.
I gave a workshop on Finding your Community. We discussed how to create your platform and build your readership.
Publishers want to know: who is going to buy your book? Who is your typical reader? The two guys above were in my workshop and were continuing the discussion during the break.
I went to a Nature Writing workshop, given by George Ellison, above. He had brought a boxful of nature books and talked about his favorites. He read some nature pieces and gave us a geography lesson on the Appalachians. I also participated in a writing prompt session with Scott Owens, a poet. I don’t write poetry but his exercises generated ideas and a good piece of writing.
I met other authors, including Beth Woody, a great-granddaughter of Steve Woody, one of the last people to leave Cataloochee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We decided to keep in touch.
Connections… That’s what the NC Writers’ Network is about.