Write on the Sound is a conference in Edmonds, WA that I had the pleasure of attending in 2014, but missed out on last year due to personal reasons. But as of yesterday, I’ve decided that I’ll return for 2016! I’m extremely excited for the chance to attend through the first weekend of October.
As some of you may already know, the WOTS conference “is one of the premier conferences in the Pacific Northwest. Presented the first weekend in October each year, WOTS offers a unique and affordable opportunity for writers of all levels to build on their knowledge of the craft, learn about a new genre, and explore the writing industry. Its limited size makes the conference an intimate experience, perfect for sparking creativity, sharing ideas and networking with other writers.”
It’s a wonderful place to network and learn something new with every class, no matter what genre you live in. I found one of my most exciting lectures to be on World Building. Obviously in writing a novel, you’re spinning tales and weaving together at least a “basic” world around your characters. But to listen to a father and daughter team that write in fantasy worlds describe their process was extremely fascinating. They touched on stories such as Avatar and Star Wars and to look at it from a writers POV is entirely different than a reader or watcher.
Unfortunately, there are negatives that go along with it, too. One of the most “logical” lecture for me to attend (or so I thought), revolved around romance writing. The presenters were three romance (& erotica) authors and instead of offering advice or having an outline of what they wanted to discuss with us, they sat down and did a Q&A the entire 45 minutes.
This may have been something some of the other guests were interested in, but I found it lacked little information that benefited me. I’d have liked to have more of their process or suggestions for writing, editing or publishing involved. Maybe some sort of detail on how romance writing differs from others. Or perhaps some experiences they’d had while publishing that maybe would be new information for amateur writers. I suspect not everyone would agree with me, I mean I could have asked them to tell us about these things, but none of the other presentations had been laid out like this, so I wasn’t at all ready for such a “round table” discussion. And to be honest, when they decided to spend half their time bashing Nicholas Sparks…I shut down.
Now as you may or may not know, I very recently wrote a post about meeting Mr. Sparks and how I looked up to him. So it may sound like I’m a “stalking fan” or something along those lines, but the reality is, he’s a highly distinguished author and has a pretty great resume in the writing department. I simply like to give kudos where it’s due. Is there anything wrong with a “new” writer looking up to another that’s made such a name for themselves?
I don’t have any problem whatsoever with someone else having their own opinion, I’m as “open minded” as anyone. I just don’t feel spending my hard earned money and taking time away from my kids to listen to these folks…should include half an hour of someone telling me why another successful writer is “beneath them” or isn’t good enough because their style of writing is “wrong” or is “only successful” because of some distorted reason.
It’s not very classy in my humble opinion. It’s not an issue to me that these ladies don’t like NS, it’s my issue that writing is a difficult form of expression. Especially if you stick with it, make a living or finished an entire novel. It’s a lot of hard work. There isn’t anyone “good enough” to speak so lowly of another person.
Aside from this negative experience, the rest of the conference left a positive lasting impression and I’m looking forward to the next one. I just may skip the romance writing section of it 🙂
The town of Edmonds is gorgeous. There are various antique shops, galleries and distinctive eateries in the area – all within walking distant of the conference. If you stroll down to the waterfront, you’ll be in one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever found in the area. While on break or lunch or after hours of the conference, Edmonds is a magical place to write.
Feel free to join me and say hi this year!