Yeah, when I look back on the last month and a half, that’s what it was.
4 out-of-town workshops in 6 weeks.
1 work-related, 3 writerly.
Covered six states: Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, and Washington, as well as the Central Coast of California (I live in the middle of the state, several hours away).
Drove 3,500 miles in that time and logged over 65 hours behind the wheel. Loved every minute of it.
As for the writerly workshops themselves? Absolutely awesome.
The first one, June 6-11 in St. George, Utah, was the Professional Writers Workshop with sci-fi/fantasy writer David Farland. This workshop emphasized craft and storytelling and was phenomenal.
The second two were in Lincoln City, Oregon and given by Dean Wesley Smith (who’s also written a ton of sci-fi/fantasy). July 9-12 covered Pitches and Blurbs, and July 14-17 was on Self-Publishing. We had a 1-day break between them, so I drove to Portland and picked up my hubby from the airport, then we did a little bit of touristy stuff.
Was it worth it? The money? The time? The wear-and-tear on my car and on my ass?
Those three workshops have given my budding writing career a shot of adrenaline that will propel me light-years ahead of where I was two months ago.
I’ll tell you all about them in my next several posts.