Monday, April 27

LDStorymakers Conference and the Rusty Banjo

This past weekend I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the annual LDStorymakers conference in Utah. What a wonderful experience! I've never before attended, thinking I would be a rusty banjo at a classical piano recital--that is to say I didn't think I'd measure up.

The two-day event was packed with information on refining the craft of writing, marketing tips, and ideas on how to balance family and career. The presenters were knowledgeable and more than willing to field any question or concern. I wish there had been a third day because there were so many presentations I wanted to hear and too little time to do it all.

Over the years I've had the privilege of getting to know several of those who were in attendance, most through the Internet. Observing their determination to make the world a better place I've come to admire and respect them. That respect grew ten-fold as I spent time among some of the most talented people I've ever had the honor to associate with. I will never forget Haley Hatch Freeman whose book on anorexia is a bright beacon of hope for those suffering from the disorder, Randy McNeely whose entire countenance shines when he talks about his work, beautiful intuitive Ruby, mega-talented Jewel, and the gifted Wendy Elliott from the blog Wendword. Thanks, all of you, for making me feel welcome and for sharing your insight and wisdom.

I can hardly wait until next year.

My critique table. If it looks like I'm holding my breath I was--I was honored and excited to be there.


Haley Hatch Freeman said...

Thank you for mentioning me in this post, how sweet of you!
It was an amazing conference and I too can't wait until next year!
Meeting you was truly one of the highlights of the event. Thank you for grabbing a button from my site ( I'm going to add your button to mine when I’m finished with this comment =0)
I love the layout of your blog and all the info. you have on here. Way to go!

Ashley Harward said...

Hey Lori,

It was awesome meeting you. The contacts you make at conferences are great!
Good luck on your book. It was a really fun read. You should go to the BYU conference and then I'll see you there!


Lori Nawyn said...

Thanks for adding my button to your blog, Haley. I'm anxious to find a spare minute tonight so I can continue reading your book.

Ashley, you're the whole package--bright, beautiful, and one heck of great writer. One day you're going to take the writing world by storm. Yes, I hope I can go to the BYU conference! Thanks for your insight and comments on my work.

Pink Ink said...

Wow, Lori! Fun photo and you are super generous.

*Rusty banjo* hardly! You are such a joy to be around and I admire you for not only making your writing dreams come true, but for sharing your positive outlook with others.

I am so glad I met you!! Good luck with the DB submission.

Don said...

I enjoyed getting to know you at the conference. I'm still having a hard time coming off that high. I'm excited for next year already.

Lori Nawyn said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jewel. Thanks, too, for your sweet comments--they mean a lot.

Don, I enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to reading more of your work! One of these days I'd like to ask you more about Lyme disease. My daughter tested negative, but I still wonder if she might have it.

Karen Hoover said...

It was wonderful meeting you at the conference, Lori. If you go to the BYU conference I'll be there too. Would love to have lunch and hang out for a while. *hugs*

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