Sorry I'm late but talk about pooped! I attended the Creatures, Crimes, and Creativity (C3) conference for readers and authors the first time this year.
What a well put together event (some of the organizers to the right).
This was my first year attending this event in Hunt Valley, Maryland, but it was fantastic. Three full days of great workshops, discussions about books and writing, and keynote speeches from fantastic authors such as Heather Graham, F. Paul Wilson, and Andy Straka...and yours truly. I was truly amazed at how gracious and welcoming all the authors were. Heather Graham was as down to earth was so down to earth and friendly with EVERYONE...if I had not been the introvert that I am I would've spent more time picking her brilliant brain.
They held sessions on everything from writing national intelligence and law enforcement realistically, writing diverse characters, writing in mixed genre, writing humor in murder mysteries, and just a host of other seminars. You can find the full schedule on the link below. There was something for everyone. And as an author, what I loved about this the most is that all exhibiting authors are asked to participate in panels. It's not just the star authors. So everyone gets exposure to discuss their work. Everyone gets to talk to readers and share their knowledge, no matter what level you are within your career.
All the meals were included in the fee so we ate heartily...and a lot. And I love the set up of the conference because it encourages everyone to get together to talk.
Heather Graham's keynote speech was fantastic...as was everyone else's but I was particular to her insights and observations about the industry since she's been in the game for so long. Great success and longevity. She held a workshop and gave away free books at the end. I snapped up one and will be curling up with it this week. Can't wait.
Mostly, I came away feeling as if I learned a lot about writing process and the industry in general. The sessions were all informative and encouraged a very rich dialogue from both the audience and the speakers so they felt less like panel discussions and more like roundtables.
I highly recommend this event to readers and writers alike.
Next year, the event will be held on September 30 - October 2, 2016! If you'd like to sign up to be an exhibiting author or attend as a reader or writer, sign up here.
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