Story Circle Conference

What a great weekend this was. It was my first time attending this conference, but it won’t be my last. Story Circle focuses on women’s stories: why we need to tell them (even if we might think our lives are too ordinary or too dark), how to do so effectively, and what to do with them after the telling. 

There were too many workshops to attend all of them—that’s always a problem at writing conferences—but the presentations I did get to were terrific. Some of the topics: using Myers–Briggs personality types to develop characters and also to introduce conflict; tips on how to keep a travel journal that’s more than a list of “today we went to…”; building your platform; overcoming the guilt of spilling family secrets when writing memoir; how to shape your voice; and getting unstuck. That’s only a quarter of the workshops that were available!

I gave a workshop on book creation—how to turn your passion, whatever that may be, into a book. It was a small but enthusiastic group and I think the presentation was well received. I very much enjoyed it; hope they did, too.

In addition to the workshops, there were readings by award-winning authors, open-mike night, inspiring keynote speakers, a book signing, and more. There was so much to see and do, and so many interesting women to meet and visit with, that I completely forgot to take a single picture! Hopefully some of my new friends will post some.

There were many more wonderful books available, several of which I already have (which definitely helped my wallet, because I wouldn’t have been able to resist them otherwise). And many others are on my list for future acquisition.

Even though the conference is over, the fun doesn’t end. Story Circle Network has a multitude of opportunities year ‘round: online classes, reading and writing groups (both virtual and in-person), contests, and more. If you’re a woman writer and want to get in on the fun and learning, go here: www.storycircle.org.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. This sounds fabulous. I’m interested in this organization. I’m glad your workshop went well!!

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