I attended my seventh U of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute conference last weekend (March 23-26) in Madison and came away energized and awed by the great people and quality writers that conference regularly attracts.
Number one was participating in a book fair with a few dozen other writers at the conference. We set up tables in the lobby of the meeting areas and signed books for customers (fellow attendees) for 90 minutes.
It was great exposure for me since almost 300 people attended and the majority of them browsed the authors’ tables. I sold four copies of Castle Danger, which is four more than I expected to sell since I was competing mostly with speakers and seminar instructors with much longer writing and teaching resumes than mine.
Other than the book signing, the highlight for me was meeting one of my biggest writing influences, Larry Brooks. He has written three books on the craft of writing that resonate more with me than any other writing book I’ve read. He’s also a first-rate novelist. I highly recommend Deadly Faux and Bait and Switch if you like fast-paced, sophisticated thrillers.
UWWI is an intense 72-hour marathon of total immersion into the world of writing. I didn’t even get outside until the last evening of the event! We convened at 8:00 or 8:30 every morning and went full blast for 11 or 12 hours. After that, many of us spent our evenings networking with fellow writers at the on-site bars. Others were just hanging out in the hotel lobby until the wee hours of the morning.