Lakefly Literary Conference

Wanna Recharge Your Writing? Consider attending a conference.

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Last weekend my critique partners and I went to the Lakefly Literary Conference in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Here are thirteen of my favorite conference memories.

Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron

1. The  keynote speaker for Saturday, Hallie Ephron encouraged us to press on in her talk The Writing Life: Are We Having Fun Yet?(I’m going to share thirteen of her inspiring comments next week in another blog at


2.  After Hallie’s talk, we had a blast learning about the Wonderbra approach—how to put our best stuff up front, a class about story beginnings, Patricia Kilday lead an interactive activity where we as the audience got to vote on successful story starts. Then she gave us a chance to write our own and present it.  I think she writes The Escape Diaries as Juliet Rosetti.


3. In the next session, we picked up tips in How to Read So People Will Listen. Barry Wightman, who is a voice actor as well as a writer, read the opening of Moby Dick as the dark literary tale it’s meant to be. Then he read it in the tones of a romantic comedy and as an over-the-top sales pitch. Each was it’s own you-had-to-be-there moment.

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4. And then it was time for lunch. The salad was really good.

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5. My critique partner, Linda took Third Place with the beginning of her second novel, Everything Essential.

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6. Here she is actually holding her award.

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7. Linda’s a very talented writer and she proudly took her place beside the other award winning writers.

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8. These cupcakes were the dessert. I selected a chocolate mint one and discovered it had luscious cream inside.

Lake Fly Writer's Conference 020 - Copy9. There were lots of great presenters. I wished I had time to attend more sessions, but here they are in a group photo.

10. After lunch, Dixie Jarchow, author of The Love Thief, discussed different approaches to plot our novels. The Snowflake Method, Mind Mapping and 250 Questions were just a few of the methods she presented.

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11. Did I mention there were books to buy? And door prizes?

12. Then we went to Ruthie Knox’s session on Editing and Revision. I took a ton of notes because I’m always looking for tips on improving my manuscripts.

Lake Fly Writer's Conference 028 - Copy13. We concluded our day with hugs and promises that we’d attend Lakefly Literary Conference together next year.  Inspired, I raced home to write.



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Comments (18)

  1. Looks like it was a great event and those cupcakes (to die for…LOL )
    Thanks for the visit , I am now following you in my feedly reader

  2. LOL, “Wonderbra approach.” That’s a good one. I’m looking forward to the quotes.

  3. CountryDew

    Looks like a great writing event. Never heard it called the Wonderbra approach before, I love it!

  4. I was a presenter once at a book faire thing. It was nerve wracking!

  5. Sounds like you had a great time, Mia. My Norsk T13

  6. Heather,
    Yep. I had a great time. Thanks.

  7. it would be very cool to go to a writing conference…
    i have learned most through trial and error, so it would be cool to hear some pointers on making it better…

  8. Brian,
    I think people learn writing by writing, but it’s also good to get helpful tips, too.

  9. Thanks fur coming by
    If I can get the typist off the couch and over to the desk mayhaps he will write a small missive some day

    • Ha! You’re right about getting and keeping fingers on the keyboard. You can’t write if you’re not writing. 🙂

      Thanks for your visit.

  10. It sounds really interesting, so glad it inspired you also. It’s a thought of encouragement also for all bloggers and writers.

  11. Jennifer,
    Yeah. We all need to be encouraged sometimes. Thanks.

  12. I would love to come to this kinds of conference and boost my writing skill.
    Good for you for attending one an share it with us.

  13. Thanks Novroz,
    I appreciate you stopping by.