A Learning Experience: The 45th Annual Ozark Writers Conference

No one told me how exhausting a writers conference can be.

Well, it might have something to do with the fact that I battled a migraine three quarters of the time. After three days of pain, meds that made me drowsy and hours filled with learning, all I wanted to do when I made it home was sleep.

I took a lot of notes and several of the speakers inspired future blog posts. I’m planning them now. My fellow writers were wonderful and I became acquainted with some very nice people. Look for me to introduce you to a few of them in the following weeks.

Although I had my camera with me, I didn’t take one photo. It remained forgotten in my hotel room through the whole conference. I remembered it during the final banquet. I so wanted to get a photo of me and Arkansas Poet Laureate, Peggy Vining. She is a fascinating lady. She asked me if I wrote poetry and when I told her that sonnets gave me grief, she immediately showed me how she writes them – her formula, so to speak. Now that was an experience to treasure.

The conference inspired me in so many ways. I have a better grasp of what expect from publishing and a more solid understanding of marketing. An agent gave me pointers for future pitches and I’m seeing my manuscript from a different point of view.

There are many things I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks and I hope you’ll return often to discover what I’ve learned.

  • Missy – sorry about your migraine! I would never have known you were in pain, you seemed serene and confident every time I saw you. For me, the best thing about a conference is always the people I see there, the conversations, commiserations, and congratulations. I do learn from the speakers in the formal sessions, but I even more just visiting in between.

    • M. Frye

      Oh, Carolyn. During Saturday morning’s session with Daniela I thought I would have to get up and leave. I could barely see. In between sessions, I took meds and by lunch felt much better. The changing barometric pressure in between the bouts of rain had me on a roller coaster. Despite that, I enjoyed meeting everyone and I did learn a great deal.

  • Good for you for getting out there! Writers conferences are one of the best things you can do, but yes, I always find them exhausting too.

    • M. Frye

      Annie, I gave your name and website to a young author during the conference. I think she will like your blog.