|(from l-r) Beverly Jenkins, Carole Mortimer, Me, Carla Cassidy and Elizabeth Sinclair|
It’s been almost two weeks since RWA2010 ended at The Swan and The Dolphin resorts in Orlando, Florida. It was a hot and steamy week filled with great romance authors, great conversations and enough memories to inspire me for the year to come. After reading Tracey Devlyn’s fabulous What I Learned at RWA I wanted to share a few of my own.
Romance Writers of America 2010 National Conference
The RWA conference had to be moved in the spring from our original destination at the Gaylord Hotel in Nashville due to the Nashville floods. It was on the tip of everyone’s tongue during the conference and everyone mentioned the sorrow we felt for the people and the businesses there. Our hats were also off to the RWA committee that made the arrangements for a swift and smooth transition to The Swan and The Dolphin hotels. (Thank you for all those who explained the dolphin fish, I really didn’t get it either when I was there because they looked like cartoon carp to me.)
The 30th RWA National Conference was a first for me. Although I have been a member of RWA for over a decade, I’ve never managed to head off to the Nationals conference (not even when it was in Dallas, what was I thinking?), but to everything there is a season and I have to say, this year must have been mine. So without further ado, here is what I learned:
|Heather Long & Kim Quinton|
An Alabama accent is a terrific thing to listen to
Story ideas can be born at the oddest times
|Congratulations to Angi Morgan Golden Heart Winner|
The biggest lesson of all — no one is a stranger at an RWA conference. I met so many terrific women (and men). I met so many that I don’t remember all the names, but I know their faces, I know their smiles and I know their warm welcomes from the ladies I chatted with outside in the smoking area, to the ones I shared a table with at lunch to the ones I met in the elevators, the lobby and in the book signings. No one is a stranger and if you go in with the right attitude, you come out with so much more than you could have dreamed.
How was your National’s experience?