Monday, April 11, 2011

* More about the MWG Missouri Writers Guild Conference *

After posting last night about the conference, I realized I still had more to say about it!

I attended a workshop given by Catherine Rankovic. (Learn all about her on her website: Book Eval. I could never do her justice by posting just a few sentences.)

I have to admit that I was truly terrifed to sit in on her session and it just proves how wrong we can be about someone. I made the assumption that since Catherine taught creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, she would be extremely critical of anything I might say or write, or question I might ask. Boy, was I ever wrong! For one thing....none of us were required to write anything....AND she was the exact opposite of what I expected. What a lovely, soft spoken, funny, and of course, very intelligent woman! I had the pleasure of meeting Catherine after her presentation, and I also sat next to her at lunch. Fabulous woman! I would LOVE to take her evening writing course at Wash U, but I think I'll have to wait two more years when my tuition would be Half Price...due to reaching a certain age. (Getting older does have its benefits!)

I also briefly met Regina Williams, Editor of The Storyteller magazine.
I also met Wendy Drew, owner of Rose's Bookhouse, in O'fallon, Missouri.
And, I had the pleasure of meeting Cindy Lovell, Executive Director/Education Coordinator of the Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. Please check all these fabulous women's websites. They are all have remarkable stories to tell.

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." -- Mark Twain

"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon." -- E.L. Doctorow


  1. SOunds like you had a great time at the writers conference. sandie

  2. Glad you had so much fun! And that first quote is one of my all-time favorites!

  3. Thanks Sandie and Tammy! It really was a great conference, but went by too fast!

  4. It sounds like a wonderful time was had by all...

  5. Hi Becky! It sounds like you had a wonderful conference! So glad to hear it ... and yes, yeah spring!!!... Donna

  6. Honestly, Rebecca, that sounded like an incredible conference. You are so blessed to have attended. Thanks for all the links! Susan

  7. I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one who gets those misconceptions about other writers. Why do we do that to ourselves?

  8. Hey, girlfriend--
    i just read your piece on writer's envy at Tiny Lights and wanted to let you know I thought it was really good. Conference sounds like a lot of fun. I haven't been to one in a long time.

  9. I agree it went too fast--but maybe that's a good thing, because I'm pooped! I can only imagine what Debbie and Tricia must be feeling!

  10. hi there!! stop by when you have the chance (I can see you are super busy!!).. I am passing a nice award to you ;) - Have a nice weekend!!

  11. I'm so glad you're enjoying your conference so much and getting so much out of it. Neat!


    Sheila :-)

    P.S. Love Mark Twain's quote!

  12. That is so neat, Becky. I'm glad that you enjoyed the conference so much and that you got to meet all those great folks.

  13. Oh I so love that last quote!
    thanks for your encouraging comment the other day! I love hearing from you...

    thanks for sharing!

    ciao bella

    Creative Carmelina

  14. Becky,
    Was she the one who said "there are no trailer parks in my town?"

    I held my tongue on that one.

    I wonder what she would have said if I said I lived in a trailer park?

    Seems like the writers/attendees are not the only ones who have preconceptions about others.


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