I got back from the Pikes Peak Writers Conference just before midnight last night. That was one of the most fun events I’ve been to in ages. It helps that Colorado is freaking gorgeous, but the conference staff did an amazing job of putting this together and making sure things went smoothly.
Both my workshop on getting through the first draft and my keynote speech (talking about representation) seemed to go over well. (And the bookstore sold lots of my books, which is always a nice bonus 😉 ). I think the best part was just getting to sit and talk to people.
Panels went well too. Our discussion of diversity should eventually show up as a SF Signal podcast.
I wish I’d brought the good camera along, but you’ll just have to settle for iPhone pics instead. Fortunately, some of them turned out quite nice.
Pictures are behind the cut…
First up, we have the famous Chuck Wendig showing off one of the special drinks created for the event: this is “Goblin Wiz.”
I believe the instructions here were to “look thoughtful.”
Bonnie Hagan was kind enough to take me to Garden of the Gods between events…
And finally, another photo of Pike’s Peak, from when I first arrived in Colorado Springs.
Verdict: Five stars. Would keynote again.