Posts Tagged ‘writer’s conference’


New York, New York

June 1, 2012

What would you do in NYC for 24 hours? I posted the question on FB, and various people replied. Most of the highlights: Central Park, Statue of Liberty, WTC memorial, the MET, or a Broadway show, I’ve done. But it brought back fond memories from having lived in the city years ago.


Last week, I traveled back to New York to attend the Backspace Writers Conference. As writers we are observers, taking in people, dress, smells, and the details to life. I decided to spend my brief free time doing just that. Here’s my list:

-ate freshly steamed Korean dumplings at a tiny hole-in-the wall

-heard a fight coming from the subway tunnel

-almost puked in the back of a cab

-walked through random neighborhoods and discovered a rhododendron in full

bloom (you can’t take the country out of me)

-stopped to talk with a man walking his dog, clearly disgusted by the mountains

of garbage piled high

-ordered black and white cookies from Macy’s basement (for the kids…)

-bought a very cool skirt (on sale, too!)

-smelled hotdogs and fried onions on the street corner

-walked down Avenue of the Americas, home of many publishing houses (and

fantasized about a book deal)

-watched two guys, wearing sideways baseball caps and gold chains, eat slices of

pizza on thin paper plates

-walked between skyscrapers at twilight, when the city looks like Gotham, and

missed my hubby

-heard two large bouncers laugh as a luxury bus was towed

-noticed extreme heals on women wearing D&G sunglasses

-took the subway to SOHO and was disappointed that it had been transformed

into an outdoor suburban mall

-walked through Greenwich Village and NYU, stopping for espresso at an old

Beat hangout

-heard jazz in Union Square

-used a bathroom in the back of a warehouse in the garment district (now that was


-bought a knock off purse for my daughter next to a guy selling Koran’s from the

back of his truck

-ate a BLT on challah, because why not?

-checked out the Forbes galleries

-bought a book for my nephew at the Strand

-took a picture of a neighborhood street in the Village that had a cheese shop next

to a sausage shop, next to a bar, next to a Cuban coffee house, next to a bread

bakery, next to an old             record store. Pretty sure my husband and I could live on

that street.

-watched a celeb get interviewed from afar

-felt a little rain, and then blazing humidity

-remembered being here when I was 14 and missed my parents

-made my kids jealous by meeting a friend at CRAFT, (if you watch

Top Chef, it’s Tom’s restaurant)

-woke to jackhammers

-ducked dueling umbrellas

-drank a beer at a bar full of fleet week sailors with a friend of 25 years

-met lots of great writers, agents, and editors

-worked and wrote and worked and wrote and wrote and wrote and…


Okay, to be fair, this wasn’t done in 24 hours. The three day conference gave long lunch breaks and I bolted for the streets.


As you travel this summer, enjoy the sunsets, but remember the every day details!


Conference Time

March 18, 2012

If you’re thinking of attending a writer’s conference this summer, now’s the time to register. Although writing workshops occur year-round, the majority take place during the heat of the year.

How does one decide which conferences are worthy of attending? I’ve made a checklist to help narrow your search.

-Find conferences in your area. This will help cut travel costs and support your

local community.

-Look for a workshop specific to your genre. For example, there’s a huge

“Thrillerfest” in New York City. If you write for children, the national SCBWI

conference is held the first week of August in Los Angeles. A Christian

Conference for writers is held in February. There’s something for everyone.

-Research where your favorite agents, editors, and authors are speaking. This is

your chance to meet them.

-Ask other writers for recommendations.

-Remember: a conference is not a vacation. Be prepared to work!

Google away and jump in. If you are serious about improving your writing or getting published, a workshop is essential.