Tuesday, October 27, 2009

BACK from the Conference!

IN THE NEWS: One-legged suspect caught with one stolen shoe. Read more HERE.

Well, I had a fantastic time at the NJ RW Conference! But I have to say, the best part of the conference was meeting and talking to all the great writers I met! (Actually, hotel room service was pretty darn good, too)

But anyway... I had hoped to pick up some really great plotting advice for my next book. Thus, I followed Jenny Cruise around like a stalker and took every workshop she offered. But her version of plotting and writing only managed to make my head spin.

But hey, her method obviously works for her. :)

I did manage to pick up a few nifty tips, though, from her and a few other writers. (More on that at a later date)

I LOVED meeting all my NJ PAN members as well as all the other writers I ended up chatting with. My chapter did a fabulous job (and I'm not just saying that!). Our conference is one of the larger chapter conferences but the members still manage to give it a family-like atmosphere that other attendees remarked on.

Here's me with NJRW President Mo Boylan (right) and Samhain editor Laurie Rauch (left)





Me with multipublished author Shirley Hailstock. (She is a sweetheart and was kind enough to take the picture above!)
















Me and my online bud Holly Jacobs (who is even MORE fun in person!) She writes for Harlequin and Avalon Books. --->













Well, that was the fun stuff. And as soon as I get my notes together, I can dish on some of the cool things I learned. :)

It's good to be back online again.
Did I miss anything good while I was away?

28 comments:

Chicki said...

I took Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer's online workshop last year, and parts of it were just a little too deep for my finite brain to handle!

Sounds like you had a good time. Can't wait to hear about what you learned.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

First, you are too cute! Second, I'm excited to read about what you learned. Thanks for sharing it...
~ Wendy

Tamika: said...

Loved the pictures, it looks the conference was a success based on the smiles.

I'm looking forward to what you were able to pull away from plotting, I am still trying to feel my way.

HollyJacobs said...

Jennifer, It was soooo freakin' awesome to see you!!

Holly

Susan R. Mills said...

Sounds like you had a great time. I can't wait to hear what you learned.

Kristen Painter said...

Wow, you went to a conference and actually learned something. Must try this. ;o)

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Welcome back, Jennifer! I'm glad you had a great time and I can't wait to read about it! Have a great day!

Natalie said...

Wow that looks fun! I want to go to a conference soon!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Holly: So glad we met face to face! (And you're very photogenic!) :)

Kristen: Yeah, amazing that I learned something. LOL!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

It is frustrating when the methods presented won't work for us. But you never know when that one method might just be the answer for you, that's why we should be able to attend all writer's conferences out there. Oh, if it only it were doable!

Cindy said...

Welcome back! I'm glad you had an enjoyable and productive time.

Stephanie Newton said...

Jealous!! I've heard your chapter is fantastic...and that it's a great conference.

Steph

Terri Tiffany said...

you're blonde! LOL Love the pictures of all of you and that you had so much fun!!! Welcome back:)

Jessica said...

Cool! I can't wait to hear more.

Diane said...

Great pics. Looks like you had a great time. :O)

Sande said...

Being around all those people who have a thing for words, in the same room at the same time ...

...how extraordinary.

Christina Farley said...

It looks like you had such a great time. It was fun seeing what you did and who you saw.

Grand Pooba said...

How fun meeting fellow writers!

Ms Snarky Pants said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time! :-D

Janna Qualman said...

It sounds like a great conference! Always love to look at pictures.

Thanks for visiting Something She Wrote today. :)

Caryn Caldwell said...

So glad you had a great time! I've been to nationals as well as some of the regional conferences, and in some ways I liked the regional ones better because there were more opportunities to network and hang out with people - just like you were doing!

Stephanie said...

love the pics! So glad you had a great time!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Sounds like a fun conference. If you missed anything in blogland, you'll catch up soon enough. :)

A great resource for writing is Donald Maass' Writing the Breakout Novel and companion workbook.

Keri Mikulski said...

What a great time we had!! :) Yay, NJRWA!! Thanks for sharing your pics. :)

Stephanie Faris said...

I didn't realize you were friends with Holly Jacobs. I've read some of her books. All I could think as I was looking through the pics was that you are BEAUTIFUL!

Jill Kemerer said...

The conference sounded like a lot of fun! I love hanging out with fellow writers. It's my idea of a good time!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Keri: Yeah! Go NJRW! LOL!

Steph: Oh, stop! You're making me blush!

Shelley Munro said...

I loved the NJ conference the year I went. Great photos. I look forward to hearing more.