RWA@ Nationals is coming!
This will be my 3rd time at this amazing conference.
On March 25, 2008 I received a call informing me that two of my stories had finaled in the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest. Since Nationals that year was being held in San Francisco only three hours from where I live in California’s Sierra Foothills, I decided to attend the conference.
Little did I know what a big deal Nationals is. Florescent green newbie writer me was overwhelmed. Not only was it my first RWA conference, but I was there as a Golden Heart finalist, which added to the wow factor.
Although there were moments of sheer terror, such as walking into my first-ever pitch appointment, the highs far outnumbered them. I had a blast and met many wonderful people. Among them were my fellow Golden Heart finalists, which include my dear friend and talented critique partner Anne Barton.
The Awards Ceremony was incredible. Being in a room with 2,000+ romance writers decked out in their finest was thrilling. RWA really knows how to put on a gala event.
Nationals is coming again, and I’m getting excited. This will be my first time in New York City, and this West Coast gal is eager to see what The Big Apple is really like. I get to room with Anne, wear a First Sale ribbon, and get “booted out” of The Golden Network, which is the RWA chapter for Golden Heart finalists. It should be a fabulous week.
Note: Since I’ll be gone next week, I won’t be publishing blog posts.
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If you’re a writer who’s attended a conference, what are some of your favorite memories?
If you’ve been to New York City, what were some of your favorite places?
If you’ll be at Nationals, please let me know. I’d love to link up.