Monday, 10 August 2015

Lessons Learned From My First Ever Writing Conference

1. Words like prosity, braided essay and anal bleaching are easier to use in a sentence than you would think.
2. Do not expect diversity. Expect cat owners.
3. Creative Non Fiction is actually a code word for deep dark and depressing memoirs, hopefully featuring drug abuse divorce and broken limbs but leaving out cancer because there are way too many cancer submissions right now.
4. If you tweet pictures of your $5 shoes you will meet lots of lovely people many of whom are also wearing fabulous shoes.
5. Writers are so notoriously unhelpful toward each other that we need a panel about being nice, called Literary Citizenship, which featured tips such as when someone does you a favour, bake them cookies.

And the most important thing I learned at the writing conference:

6. Turns out I'm a writer.


  1. You ARE at writer! But according to #3 I'm out!

    1. Luckily you have so much other disaster to choose from, cancer is but a footnote to a sidebar

  2. Love the post, Amy! As for #2, there is SOME diversity: I have a big, muscular dog who likes to bite people (though she is a real cutie).
    And as for #6: HELL YES YOU ARE A WRITER!!!

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