Yesterday, I had a fantastic time at the UVU book academy in Orem Utah. This is the second year that I’ve been able to attend. And just like last year, it was awesome. Simply the best thing about the conference is the fantastic staff that teach, instruct, participate, and excite the writers who attend. This year it was Dan Wells who was the keynote speaker. His books are right up my alley – because his themes match my day job at the prison. He did a great job in talking about finding writing ideas from our daily lives.
Classes were even better. Mainly because in almost all cases, it was a hands on experience. We talked or thought about things that could actively pertain to our writing. Whether it was plot formats, query letters, or editing. I was especially fond of a class on mystery. It really broke down some of the things that are needed to sustain a mystery. Since this is my latest writing adventure, I really found this class to be helpful.
My most needed class is the Query letter. Its funny, I took the same class last year and got five times more out of it this year. I hadn’t yet finished my first draft last year. At the time, it was my first introduction to the query letter. Since then, I’ve written four, all for my first fantasy ms. This time, I could move along with them and inspect my query letter. It really helped me to look at it differently.
Writing conferences are always a chance to mix words with other writing talents and especially learn about some exciting changes and success of writing friends and twitter friends. It was a great time – now I need to put into place what I learn. Well….back to writing the query letter!!!