I am just back from an WIFYR conference in Utah. I met with my class for five days--four-hour sessions each day. It was the best teaching experience I have ever had. We critiqued as a group and I tried to tell them everything I know--and/or suspect about writing. Writer-bloom filled the room!!!
This is the view from the campus....the colors change with every shift of light, every cloud shadow.
The lovely, incredible and famous King's English
Bookstore was kind enough to hold a pot-luck
dinner for authors and others. The food was so good! The people were wonderful....
and oh, the BOOKS!!!
The store is in an old and beautiful neighborhood. There are five or six interesting book rooms, a gorgeous and artsy patio, amazingly informed and helpful staffers and, as befits a premier independent bookstore....an *astounding* range of books.
http://www.wifyr.com/ was full of people I like and admire, including the brilliant Holly Black, so every meal was a writer-fest.
I got to see Shannon Hale at The King's English Bookstore!! We once shared a panel in San Antonio and try to keep in touch. She is fun, funny, and one of the nicest people I know.
I am just hoping WIFYR will ask me back. (Are you listening Carol?)