WritersButt Goes International
Earlier today on Twitter I tweeted a teaser that I’d have a fun announcement today on WritersButt Wednesday. Well here I am and I’m so darn excited, I don’t know where to start. So, I’ll start back at the beginning to give you the whole picture.
About 10 years ago, I attended my first big writers’ conference and it was AMAZING. I went to the Surrey International Writers’ Conference, which is in Surrey, BC. You guys, it seriously overwhelmed me with awesomeness. I was a fairly new writer at the time and I soaked it all in and just let the experience wrap around me. I continued to attend for many years, skipped a year or two, and then went back again, I think 2008 or 2009 was the last time I went. Each time was wonderful for a different reason. The workshops changed and as I grew and developed as a writer, I got different things out of the conference. Also, this was the annual meet-up for my fantastic, incomparable, critique group. Some of the best moments of the conference actually happened in our hotel rooms on the floor eating take-out sushi (I know a great place if you’re going … ask me in comments!!) and drinking wine. We’d plot, brainstorm, and dissect workshop notes. It was beyond wonderful.
Then my critique group decided to switch gears a bit and we got together for retreats amongst ourselves, or we did smaller events, and as we always did, we were (and still are) in constant contact online.
But that last year in Surrey, late one night in one of our hotel rooms, we said, we’ll get back to Surrey but when we do, we want to be on the other side of the room. Meaning, we want to be a presenter. It was a huge statement because throughout the years, Surrey has pulled in the cream of the crop in terms of presenters. Some highlights for me have been Anne Perry, Donald Maass, Elizabeth George, Elizabeth Lyon, Diana Gabaldon, Jack Whyte … and many, many more!
So, what does all this have to do with WritersButt? I’m getting there, unless you’re late for a workout, in which case, go and work your butt off and come right back.
Alright, so last fall I decide to start a blog. This happens concurrently with the very smart decision to take Kristen Lamb’s two-month long blogging and branding class based off her book, We Are Not Alone. Also at the same time, one of my critique partners was going through some health issues and started talking to me about fitness and nutrition. Then she had the fabulous idea about me helping other writers with fitness and health. Long story short — WritersButt was born and I made it a regular feature on my blog every Wednesday.
How do the Surrey conference and my little blog and WritersButt have any connection.
I’m thrilled, excited, and completely blown away to announce that I will be a presenter this year in Surrey, at my favorite conference and will be giving a WritersButt workshop, connecting the body and mind for writers in terms of more creativity and better health.
Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! — Y’all join me screaming, we’re family here! — Woooo-Hooo!!!!!!!
Oh, you want proof? Fine, how’s this?
There it is. I went from newbie writer attending my very first conference in Surrey. To working my craft, taking Kristen Lamb’s class and becoming a WANA, starting my blog and coming full circle and heading back to Surrey.
Here’s another really cool fact. That very first year, at the last lunch of the conference, I sat next to Jo Beverly. We were all told to put our lanyards/nametags on the table so they could recycle them. Jo’s had a presenter’s ribbon on hers and I jokingly said, “Some day I hope to have one of those.” She took the ribbon off and handed it to me and said, “Keep it, focus on it, work at it, and some day, you will.” I saved that ribbon and did all those things.
I think I will cry when I pick up my conference packet and see my own presenter’s ribbon this year. I’m crying already! Maybe I should email Jo Beverly and let her know how that impromptu moment planted a seed that I sowed and made grow into my dream. But not alone, no! The past decade was with an incredible critique group, an amazing family, and now, my new, amazing WANAs, who are like a tidal wave of support and all things spectacular!
It would over-the-top, freak-out-amazing, if any of you attended the Surrey Conference this year and I got to meet you. It’s a stellar conference. Registration opens soon, on June 6th. I’m going to be doing some morning power stretches before the workshops begin and I’ll work with and meet anyone in the gym if they want some extra guidance. So, who’s coming?
Posted on May 30, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged blogging, dreams come true, fitness, Ginger Calem, health, Kristen Lamb, nutrition, SIWC, Surrey International Writers' Conference, WANA, WritersButt, WritersButt Wednesday, writing conferences. Bookmark the permalink. 81 Comments.