Monday, October 22, 2007

The Author Fest of the Rockies

This wonderful little conference was held last weekend at the historic Cliff House in Manitou Springs, CO to benefit the Manitou Springs library, one of the original Carnegie libraries in desperate need of expansion and overhaul. The Friday keynote speaker was Joanne Greenberg, author of I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN, and she was informal, witty, and thoroughly delightful. The Saturday keynote speaker was Connie Willis, winner of numerous Hugos and Nebulas for her science fiction writing. I love her annual Christmas stories. Connie's talks were well-researched, humorous, and very inspiring to the writers in the audience.

My friend, Robert Spiller, has his audience busting their guts in his "Writing Humor: The Art of the Funny Bone" talk, and my "Mystery Through the Ages" panel with Bob and fellow mystery authors Mike Befeler and Linda Berry was well-received. I enjoyed chatting with participants during the conference and encouraged many aspiring writers to join Pikes Peak Writers as a way to further their career goals. The conference was capped off with a Saturday afternoon mass book signing by the speakers with cookies and musical accompaniment. This was a very well-organized conference, given that this was only its second occurrence. I'm looking forward to attending next year!

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