My very first writer’s conference was the Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference in San Francisco. I had written my first book and wanted the world to know about it. Being married with four children, I had never been on a vacation by myself, across the country, to a destination where I knew no one at all. I guess you could say I was a little nervous.
First stop after check in into the hotel was the Faith, Hope and Love Chapter meeting. There I met Debra Clopton, Linda Goodnight, and Janet Tronstad. In the short time between the meeting and the start of the RWA Conference, I had the opportunity to take a impromptu sightseeing tour of San Francisco with these wonderful women. Through it, I also experience the open arms of the writing community. And there in a conference surrounded by thousands of writers, I no longer felt alone.
I learned more than I ever thought possible. I met authors who up until then were just a name on the cover of a book. But most of all, I walked away with a fire in my gut and a desire to start another book. A conference can be a scary thing, but the bonds you make with the writing community are immeasurable.
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