Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Lone Star Ink Conference at the Library in downtown Dallas, Texas. I hope there will be more to come. Even though I wasn’t able to attend the Boot Camp on Thursday night, or the Friday sessions (Grandma duty called), I had heard many fantastic comments and was excited to attend the Saturday events.
There were lots of signs leading the way to the conference where the sign in was on the seventh floor. I was able to get in immediately and check the schedule of classes while the moderator gave away free books. It was a joyous way to begin the day.
The first class I attended, Jackie Kruzie’s Books that BARF method, was fantastic! As a fellow SCBWI member, I was pleasantly surprised to see how multi-talented this lady was as she presented how to create memorable characters in writing. I got lots of great ideas from this.
In Don Carey’s Four Elements Ensemble, I learned about the four basic characters and how to use them effectively in my writing. The pointers he gave us are invaluable, and worth every second of time we spent with him.
In Growing and Marketing on Social Media, Kristen Hills, a social media professional, gave us all kinds of ideas about how to market ourselves and our products utilizing the latest ideas in social media. I was amazed at how much was out there!
This being the first year of the Lonestar Ink Writer’s Conference, the bar has been set very high! Jen Geigle Johnson and her crew of wonderful people did a fantastic job setting this up and implementing this venue. I hope to see them again next year because I plan on attending already!
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