The first event we attended was the "Readers for Life" Literacy Booksigning. It's open to the public, not just conference attendees. It was CRAWLING with people. Some people dressed up as book characters. Several people in line to see Sherrilyn Kenyon had on wings and/or tails! Not sure what the purpose of this woman's flamenco dress was, but it sure was unique!
On Thursday we attended the Keynote Luncheon. Held in a HUGE ballroom, there were 4 big screens placed strategically so that all 2000+ of us could see!
Michelle Monkou, RWA President, opening the Keynote Luncheon.
Nora Roberts was the Keynote speaker. She reminisced about writing on typewriters with white out! The gist of her speech was that anything worth having is worth working for, even if it's hard.
The always amazing Suzanne Brockmann presented a workshop on "Writing With Theme". It was one of the most thought-provoking, transformative learning experiences I've had as a writer. From now on, I will constantly be asking myself... "What do I REALLY want to say?"
The Awards Luncheon on Friday featured Jayne Ann Krentz as the speaker. She also writes as Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. Writing in 3 sub-genres, she's a master at inventing and re-inventing herself. She inspired us all to never give up on the dream.
This is The Dolphin Hotel, where Glenda and I stayed. All the conference events were there as well.
On the way home...
We took off from Orlando International Airport at 7:20 p.m. on Saturday night. As we flew toward Charlotte, the sun began to set. Seeing the sunset from above the clouds was breathtaking.