This week-end I've went to the 20th annual ANWA Writers Conference. There were about 150-200 LDS women and 8 men there learning and growing in our writing experiences.
WOW!!! Is about all I can say. It was a fantastic conference and we were kept busy from Thursday evening to Saturday evening.
Our Class Presenters were:
Larry Brooks - of Story Engineering & author of 5 thrillers.
Deirdra Eden Coppel - Award winning artist & Author, Illustrator, and Graphic Designer.
Joyce DiPastena - Author and two-time Whitney Award finalist.
Jane Dystel - President of Dystel & Goderich. She's been an agent since 1986.
Dave Eaton - business owner with 30 years experience. A local Marketing Consultant.
Sara Francis-Fujimura - Freelance Writer, Creative Writings Teacher, Author.
Donna Hatch - Author with many writing awards including Golden Quill & Golden Rose.
Sandra Lee Hendrickson - Music Educator, Songwriter and Author.
Lisa Mangum - Assistant Editor at Deseret Book/Shadow Mountain, Author.
Linda Mulleneaux - Managing Editor at Walnut Springs Press, 20 years experience.
Anita Mumm - Literary Assistant at Nelson Literary Agency. Has a love of languages & writing.
Joshua J. Perkey - Senior Editor of Ensign & Liahona Magazines. Writes Fantasy novels.
Matt Peterson - Freelance copywrite, blogging, social media market, website, by-lined articles.
Wendy Peterson - Teacher, language, literature, poetry.
Linda F. Radke - President of Five Star Publications w/25 years experience & many awards.
Janette Rallison - Award-winning author of 18 novels of over 1,0000,000 copies.
Peggy Shumway - Family History Consultant... written several sagas about ancestors.
Conrad Storad - Multi-award-winning author of more than 40 nonfiction science & nature books for young readers.
Brent Whiting - Newspaper crime reporter, teaches College English.
Okay, so now can you see why I say, "Wow, I had a great learning experience!" I'm all pumped up and ready to get my novel finished. I have lots of good ideas and I'm ready to put them into practice.
Thanks for reading my blog!
~Joyce P. Smith