I have been meaning to do one of these things for a long while. Some time has freed up and with inspiration from the wonderful people at WIFYR, it is the write time.
I am a writer and I would like to share what I've learned about writing.
Got the bug a few years ago. I actually had an idea for a story a long time ago. I sat down at it but it didn't go anywhere. The I gave it another try and think I did a fairly good job on it. Shared it with a teacher friend and she said go to WIFYR. WIFYR is the Writing and Illustrating For Young Readers conference.
I workshopped the story there and discovered I didn't know how to write. I worked on it and went the next year and learned I still didn't have the writing thing figured out. I've gone back each year, six times in all. Some are just slow learners. I'm still not sure I've got it, but it feels like I'm getting closer.
So, whatever I understand of writing, I think it is the write time to share.
And I would like to invite an open discourse on the craft.
Look, we're addicted, let's admit. Therapy involves talking this thing out. For the last week, we talked about what a novel really takes. I starts with a character and a want, that much we know. You have to figure out your character and try to understand what they want in life. But there's more. The word at wifyr was you've got to get an antagonist, then torture those sweet people you created. Nobody said writing is easy.
We are writers. Let's share what we know and help each other get better. As my good friend Ann would say, we are all writing a book that someone will want to read.
It's the write time to share our authoring experience.
The week at the conference was wonderful. The sessions were amazing. Morning critique workshops are an intense five days with your kind of people. Your craft grows in so many ways there. You have got to do a WIFYR.
What other good conferences are there for children's literature writers?