RMFW Conference Recap
For the third straight year, I headed out to Denver in early September to attend the RMFW Writers Conference. Like last year, I took advantage of the opportunity to start my conference experience early with a MasterClass on Friday morning before the main conference started at noon. Taught by Angie Hodapp, it was an outstanding class on voice and tone, including several interactive exercises and new ideas. (For an example, check out my blog post on id lists.)
Many of the other workshops were hit-and-miss though I appreciate the effort people made to provide interesting classes. The evening speakers were good, particularly David Heska Wanbli Weiden, a Native American author who discussed how the commercial success of indigenous authors brings attention to the difficulties and injustices faced by reservation life. It was an eye-opening presentation.
It was also great to catch up many friends and other members of the Speculative Fiction Writers Association - my "home" online critique group. We had about fifteen people in attendance.
At the final conference brunch, I was asked to read aloud the winning speculative fiction entry for the Colorado Gold Rush Literary Awards - the award I won last year - as the winning author was not in attendance. It was fun to get up in front of everyone to read, and an honor that they asked.
Overall, it was another fun conference, and I look forward to next year!