Unknowingly, I seem to have started a journey to visit every RWA chapter around the country. They invite me and I go, that easy. This past weekend I spent with the talented writers of the Florida Romance Writers located in Ft. Lauderdale. They are the group who’s known for their great winter conference held on a cruise ship. You can get the details for next year’s Fun in the Sun cruise here.
There’s so much more to visiting these places than taking about the workshop I do. I get to be up close and personal with lots of individual authors I might not have met otherwise. Special props to Victoria Pinter and Demi Alex for putting up with me on the long ride to Ft. Lauderdale and Debby Grahl and her husband, Dave, for the ride back. Let me tell you, you really get to know a lot about a person on a road trip. Unfortunately, much of it is under a cone of silence, but from there strong bonds grow.
Friday night a large part of the group took me to dinner where we celebrated the news of new books being sold, writing accomplishments and Victoria’s upcoming wedding in June (not only does she have 5 books coming out this year, she’s also getting married). She even brought her handsome fiance along.
I love this group because they always start off their meetings with a hearty breakfast at a local hotel. No excuses for anyone to be sluggish this morning. While most business meetings aren’t all that exciting, I especially enjoyed this one because the group voted to donate a spot on their conference cruise, January 2015, to the Brenda Novak Diabetes Auction. So, if you are even considering going, here’s your chance to bid on it. A wonderful gesture that I’d love to see more chapters follow by offering registration to their conferences on the Auction site.
I don’t mind sharing a little of myself with everyone so they can see I’m just a regular person and though it’s not easy to talk about agoraphobia, depression and anxiety, it warms my heart to receive quite a few emails after events when writers can confidentially admit that they suffer the same. Many express the relief in knowing there are others out there, like them, and they are not alone. Some tell me about friends and relatives they want to do more for.
I find the workshops I attend are not only about the craft, but a lot of times about the people. We can learn so much from each other and with that understanding create wonderful things. So I raise my glass to the wonderful writing groups I’ve talked with and many more I plan to meet in the future. Keep the conversations going and you’ll all be successful.
Bottom Line: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford