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Check in from RWA 2017 Orlando

Welcome from RWA Nationals Conference in hot, sunny, hot Orlando, FL.  Here are some images to enjoy from Wednesday, the “pre-conference” day.

Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

I attended the Day of YA, hosted by YA-RWA. Our keynote speaker was Jennifer L. Armentrout, who gave a lovely, moving, personal talk on how each author should define success her own way and celebrate each milestone along our writer’s journey. She encouraged us not to get so mired in the trappings of the publishing biz that we lose our love of writing.

 

 

Damon Suede

 

Damon Suede presented a master class on “Star Turns: making protagonists shine.” It was one of the best writing craft classes that I have ever taken. In only 2 hours, he had me excited about new ideas to try for character development. I skipped the rest of the afternoon (mostly) to return to my hotel room and apply some of his techniques. If you ever have the opportunity to take a class from Damon, do it!

 

 

Goody Room at RWA in Orlando

Goody Room

 

RWA has two rooms for picking up Stuff We All Get. The Swag Room requires a ticket for a one-time walk-through. It has the serious swag, like books and water bottles. The Goody Room is open and has bookmarks, booklets, chocolate kisses, etc.

 

 

 

Sabrina Jeffries and Julia Day

Sabrina Jeffries and Julia Day

 

Sabrina Jeffries and I are holding our awards for Booksellers Best, sponsored by Greater Detroit RWA. When she accepted her award, Sabrina told us that this book, The Study of Seduction, was the first time she’d based a hero on her husband.  It’s her “love letter to him.”

 

 

 

Rubies’ Reunion

 

And, as always, the Rubies had their annual reunion at the conference. Eight years later, we’re still going strong!  I’ll close with a shot of everyone at the reunion. (Click the image to see all of us.)

Are you attending RWA 2017? Leave a comment and tell us about the highlights or most memorable aspects of your conference so far. 

 

 

 

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