During those four days, I have taught writing sessions and done manuscript reviews and conducted one-on-one consultations and tried to assist faculty members who got lost on their way to Gainesville. I've scheduled reviews and consultations for a faculty of 13. I've sold my books and the books of others. I've toted my books around. (Also my computer and my printer and anything else that needed me to tote it.) I've done a bunch of other stuff, too, but it's a blur, so I'm not even going to try to tell you what it was. And I've had a good time doing it.
It's a lot of fun to watch people learn how to improve their writing and how to spread their wings as a published writer. I dearly love to brush elbows with the other faculty, many of whom are old friends. Though it's hard to find the time for quiet conversation, I do try. It's energizing to bond with people who understand the highs and lows of an author's life. And I defy anyone to find a more interesting group of folks than a group of writers.
Sooner or later, I'll make a list of things I learned from my peers this week. It will be a nice postcript to my "Thirty Writing Tips in Thirty Days" marathon. Today, though, I thought I'd post a few photos from a most hectic week. I hope yours was as pleasant and productive!
Giving feedback on a manuscript review
Teaching a session on "What is a Story?" with
Jeanne Leiby, editor of The Southern Review
Enjoying some social time with students and fellow faculty
Happy reading and writing!