The New England Crime Bake was last weekend. This was the 11th conference. I missed the first one, but haven’t missed another. Being with so many other writers always exhilarates me, and I leave exhausted but inspired. This year I was on the committee, which added to the exhaustion factor. But it in no way took away from the inspiration.
We will be posting about the different sessions over the next few weeks. But for now, what were your top three takeaways from the conference? Mine were:
- Writing is hard. I know, this sounds trite. But it is always so comforting to hear writers talk about the challenges of doing the work. And the panels of writers were very open with the audiences, talking about the struggles, their process, and some productivity tips.
- Laughter is a gift. On Sunday we had two fabulous speakers: Debra Prince-Zinni, Forensic Anthropologist and Michelle Clarke, Death Scene Investigator. Their sessions were really interesting, but they were brutal. In between Joseph Finder, Kate Flora, Joseph Olshan, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and moderator Hallie Ephron had a panel called “Plot Conjurers”. It was a riot. We still learned a lot, and Hallie would always step back and enforce a tip or lesson, but there was a lot of laughter. And boy, did I need it.
- Sharon Daynard and I worked on the banquet Saturday night. I think it went well–I have a page of notes for tweaks next year. But my take away? Give a mystery writer the chance to get dressed up and dance, and they’ll take it. We’ll have pictures up soon.
What were your take aways from last weekend?