This past weekend, I attended the “New Jersey Put Your Heart in a Book” conference. A new conference in a different state...perfect! There were, however, a few obstacles to get over before it officially began.
Tanya picked me up on Thursday morning. After a quick lunch at my house, we were off. We quickly settled into our rooms. We planned on looking through the workshop schedule, but it didn’t turn out that way.
Wow. Once we got over those obstacles, we were in the home stretch.
We breezed through registration, and met up with Carolyn Gibbs, Lis Eng and Cathy Greenfeder for lunch. Everything was going well until I wound up with a sore throat and fever. But that didn’t stop me. I was off to the workshops. First up was “How to Cook up a Suspense Novel” with the husband and wife team of Jim and Nikoo McGoldrick writing as Jan Coffey. From there I strolled to Kathy Kulig’s “Screenwriting Tips for Building a Novel”. Oh yes, dialog is the most important ingredient, so onto another workshop.
The rest of the conference was filled with parties and socializing with friends, new and old. Former member Irene Weissman entertained with countless stories of inspiration.
We rocked the house at the NJRW Conference after- party singing Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York. We had a great time. I was proud to be there representing our New York Chapter. I left with renewed hope, dreams and inspiration. ♥