Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Photos from the Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Last weekend, I drove down to Colorado Springs for the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. I was only able to attend on Saturday, but I arrived on Friday in time for the Staff/Faculty mixer. Many of the folks were in costume as their favorite literary character for the dinner that evening. Below are photos of myself with mystery author Robert Spiller (dressed as Brother Cadfael) and his wife Barbara (dressed as Philip Marlowe). Below that I'm with vampyress Julia Allen and MB Partlow dressed as the lost love Lenore in Edgar Allen Poe's poem, "The Raven."



The photos below are from my Saturday panel about "Fooling the Reader Fairly" with fellow mystery authors Donnell Ann Bell, Robert Spiller, and Laura DiSilverio. My topic was red herrings (false clues), and I brought a can of red herrings (kipper snacks) as a prop.




The last two photos are from the Saturday night banquet, where folks dressed to the nines. Notice the balloon centerpieces. I placed most of those on the tables when I helped decorate the banquet room. The first is of me with two of my favorite critique partners, Maria Faulconer and Barbara Nickless. The second is of me with with Robert Crais, an update of one taken of the two of us in 2001, when he handed me the certificate for my first writing contest placement. I had a great time at the conference, re-connecting with writer friends!




6 comments:

Laura DiSilverio said...

What could I possibly have been looking at in that panel photo? Perhaps I was looking for divine inspiration about red herrings.

Beth Groundwater said...

I think we were all looking at Karin, our moderator, as she introduced us.

Robert Spiller said...

What a great idea to bring those red herrings. And what a great panel.

Donna Volkenannt said...

Looks like a fun conference!

F.T. Bradley said...

Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a great time--and that red herrings panel looked really good... Sorry I missed it all.

Congrats again on WICKED EDDIES! Love hearing your good news.

Beth Groundwater said...

Thanks, Bob, Donna, and Fleur, for your comments. I hope to clean up my notes on Red Herrings for the "Fooling Your Reader Fairly" panel and publish them as a blog post soon.