This past weekend, I attended Writer’s Day 2010. Writer’s Day is a one day conference, presented by The New Hampshire Writers’ Project, that brings together more than 200 members of New Hampshire’s writing community for a day of learning and networking.
The day is a mix of general and break out sessions. This year’s keynote speaker was Nicholson Baker, (above far left) an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction who currently resides in Maine. There were breakout sessions that focused on creativity, selling your work, point of view, word choice, and children’s books, just to name a few. There were plenty of opportunities for networking as well as time for authors to pitch work to agents and editors.
The day ended with Literary Idol, where contestants had three minutes to present a story for a live audience (above far right Susan Nye presents). All were offered immediate feedback from a panel of esteemed judges that included James Patrick Kelly, Joni B. Cole and Jim Collins. The session was moderated by the fabulous New Hampshire story teller Becky Rule (above second from left and below right). Those who went over the three minute time frame were sprayed with water by the armed and dangerous Carla Gericke (above second from right).
Personally, I learned some, I networked some and I laughed a lot. I also had an opportunity in one workshop to briefly address the issue of albinism and the evil character that in itself was almost worth the price of admission. The day was also an opportunity for me to reaffirm my commitment to writing. My time at the keyboard is incredibly scares these days and promises continue that way until at least the fall, yet, I am clear, that I want to write. I have words in me that need to get out and I am so very comfortable with those who are similarly afflicted.
The New Hampshire Writers’ project offers many opportunities for writers to gather an learn through out the year. For more details or to become a member visit it their web site http://www.nhwritersproject.org/
One of New Hampshire’s strengths is our arts community. Our state is home to a diverse group of artists, and crafters, and in my experience most are delighted to share their passion with you. This weekend is your chance to avail yourself of their talents. New Hampshire Open Doors, a statewide touring and shopping event will take place November 7th and 8th at over 150 venues around the state.
So, if you haven’t starting you holiday shopping yet, you can click over to http://www.nhopendoors.com and peruse the list of artists, craftspeople, cultural organizations, and retailers. There is also a detailed list (by region) of restaurants and lodging establishments (in case you get hungry and need a place to crash).
If you go, please come back and share you experiences. It seems the flu might be paying a visit to our house, so we’ll be keeping our germs to ourselves.