200 Days…until Midwest Writers Workshop 40th

After three days of extreme awesomeness, I thought it would be easy to write a post reflecting on the incredible experience Midwest Writers Workshop 2012 was for me and encouraging writers to keep our 40th workshop on their radar. {That’s July 25-27, 2013!} But I found myself overwhelmed by the all of the feelings and thoughts that came rushing to my head. Honestly, those days last July were like a party with so many old and new friends.

Jama & Kelsey mww12I’ve never had too much trouble meeting people and making friends, and I’ve been labeled as a friendly sort of gal. And being director of Midwest Writers for the past 10+ years has been extraordinary for meeting and making a wealth of friends. It’s like I get richer and richer. All because of the people.

Deep down we all crave for that sense of community. This is what MWW does best.  If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to meet people who are like you, who “get” what you’re trying to do with this writing life, then come to MWW.  Decide to give this connecting-with-a-writing-community-workshop-thing a try. After all, the latest buzz word is “intentional” and why not plan to get more intentional with your writing in 2013?

Attending MWW13 may be the right first step out of this sometimes secluded life of writing and into a community that’s chock full of resources, support and encouragement.

I could go on and on about what Midwest Writers has done for writers during the past 40 years. I should know. I’ve been involved as a participant, (a success story!), presenter, committee member, and director for 36 of those years, attending my first one as a college student.  MWW is part of who I am.

Highlights of MWW12…

No. 1 I was struck by how eager we all were to share our experiences as writers, whether good or bad.

No. 2 I loved that we had teenagers and octogenarians, that no one felt left out, that everyone was so welcoming and supportive.

No. 3 It was heartwarming that even though most of started as strangers, it was a very personal experience.  We talked, we laughed, and we gave high fives or hugs following agent pitches and craft sessions and writing contests announcements … and then encouraged and talked some more.

No. 4 I eavesdropped on clusters of writers explaining projects and blogs and twittering and books and ideas; words rippled through every nook and corner like warm summer breezes.

No. 5 What a difference social media can make! I think part of the success of MWW12 was the addition of social media tutoring and instant feedback via Twitter. Brilliant idea!

In all, MWW12 was one of the most positive workshops we’ve had. Simply inspired.  It was community.

MWW logo with 40th symbolAnd now we’re gearing up for three more days of extreme awesomeness: July 25-27, 2013!

Let me tell you, coming to Midwest Writers Workshop is well worth it. I want to thank the MWW team for always putting together a fantastic conference and cannot wait until this summer when we celebrate our 40th!

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  • Reply Summer January 7, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life! I can’t wait to see what you all have in store for MWW13!!!

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