|That's me kicking off the conference Saturday.|
|Greg Trafidlo sings for us.|
There were a few surprises, one of them the quality of keynote speaker Terry Maggert's 10-minute kickoff talk. It was simply dynamic and caused a buzz all day. There were a number of business deals made during the conference and at least one young--very young, like 14--writer was discovered among us. I tried to chat with her at one point, but I think I terrified her. Several of the women writers came to the rescue.
The writers conference is quite a breakout for people in a profession who work alone in dark places. This is an annual recess for something like 120 of us. And we have fun. Promise.
|Janeson Keeley and me teaching a class on billing (Yaaaaaawn).|
Here is some of what it looked like (photos by Anne Sampson and me.
|Leah Weiss' class drew a full house.|
|But Leah had some technical problems, which were fixed.|
|Annie Woodford, a teacher, made a lovely student.|
|Todd Ristau of Hollins taught playwrighting.|
|Minister Joe Cobb's class was popular.|
|Storyteller Saundra Kelly in the middle (left).|
|Ed Falco of Virginia Tech teaches fiction in the auditorium.|
|Indy author Liz Long.|
|Author Diane Fanning seeks peace.|
|Not everybody listened all the time.|
|Professor emeratis Paul Sorrentino of Tech.|
|Ran Henry (left) with Floydians Neil Sagebiel and Sarah Beth Jones.|
|This shot in the auditorium will make you dizzy.|
|Leaning into learning during class.|
|Joe Cobb and Tom Gerdy chat.|
|Me pretending to be a teacher. (Note my unruly hair. That's why I wear a baseball cap.)|