Monday, March 16, 2015

Off to Conference V: The Creative Journey Never Ends

by Rich

I've reached a momentous occasion. I'm attending my fifth Northern Colorado Writers Conference at the end of March, which means I've attended half of those prepared by NCW Director Kerrie Flanagan and her crack staff. Or, as the last week before the conference looms, the cracked-up staff. You don't know true panic until a team member screams "We're out of chocolate mints for the workshop rooms!" It's horrifying to see, let alone hear.

Where was I? Oh, yes, my fifth conference. You know what I'm going to say, aren't you? Doesn't matter, I'm going to type it anyway ...

Boy, so much has changed since my first conference.

It's feels strange, yet normal, to be in my creative skin right now as opposed to where I was in March of 2010. I really wasn't sure which creative direction I wanted to take with my life. Do I go full-throttle with my writing or mix it up with some other creative endeavors. The 2011 NCW Conference definitely pointed me in the right direction. Um, that would be writing.

And yet, as I get ready to attend the 2015 event, I can be categorized in that ever-growing hybrid known as the creative entrepreneur. Writing is constantly on my mind and my computer screen, but I'm also a small press publisher looking to expand my titles, I'm a podcast creator, a promoter of local authors, and a coordinator of talks and events to bring humor back to the world. I continue to think of ways to expand my presence not only via Amazon and the ebook sites but through other media outlets. I want to be everywhere at once, despite the fact my wife says I do too much.

So this year's NCW Conference is another piece of my endless journey. I intend to dabble a little into all the workshops that I can, schmooze with everyone who attends, and sell some of my books and those that I publish. I look forward to seeing you all there.

What are you looking forward to at the 10th annual NCW Conference?

Promotion alert: Tune into the NCW Podcast on Monday, March 23rd, to find out how the artwork and general theme of each conference is prepared as I speak with creative committee members Kelly Baugh, April Moore, and Jenny Sundstedt. It's available on the Podcast page of the NCW website and at the NCW PodOmatic page.

1 comment:

Abbie Taylor said...

Enjoy your conference. Here in Wyoming, I'm looking forward to the annual Wyoming Writers conference in Cheyenne in June. You can read more about it on the organization's Website at http://www.wyowriters.org/ .

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