So much gets packed into 3-4 days and everyone's experiences are different. We go away with a variety of highlights or "a-ha" moments.
I thought I'd poll some of my RWAustralia & RWNew Zealand friends and ask them to recall their most memorable moments of the conferences they've been to.
Over the coming weeks I'll be featuring these as snippets and as you'll read, you'll see just how special coming to conference can be. For any first timers out there, don't be nervous or afraid of going to conference. More often than not you're going to find yourself welcomed VERY warmly and will probably go away with a host of friends whom you can't wait to meet next year at conference.
Serena's Memories: My favourite memories of the RWA conferences? There are so many! But I’ve decided to write about my first ever RWA conference.
I’d previously been to a small conference in Adelaide run by the Australian Chapter of the Romance Writers of America where I’d met some wonderful like-minded people including a few published authors both new and quite famous.
|The wonderful Valerie Parv|
A familiar face came up to us and said, “You’re the girls from Adelaide!” We all replied that we’d met in Adelaide but we were the Melbourne Mob. The lovely Valerie Parv and her gorgeous husband, Paul treated us like long-lost friends. They stood and talked to us for a good half hour. From that day onwards they knew us each one of us by name.
In what other industry would someone so well-known and loved mingle so freely with the people who were just starting out? The romance writing industry has the most supportive community that I’ve ever been involved with. I can’t think of anywhere else where people cheer when someone else gets that coveted promotion (i.e. sells a book).
Over the years I have made many friends, some published, some aspiring to be published, some famous, some not-so-famous. The one thing we all have in common is the feeling of camaraderie towards our fellow authors.
I can’t wait for the Diamonds Are Forever Conference on the Gold Coast. I know I’ll be learning, laughing and catching up with good friends as well as making new friends.