Spring Fling was last weekend - a very busy, informative, fun weekend. It was a lot of fun, but I'm glad to be home. The food was great - Chicago Style Pizza, Chocolate Reception, Baked Praline French Toast Casserole, - and the room was huge. Sadly, there was no sight-seeing, except the construction workers as we traveled through the city first to get to the hotel and second to get home. So another trip is in order. We did go by the general vicinity of where one of the grad-schools I'm applying to is. I did find out about RT, although I'm sure some of the details were lost, but there was much said about the models.
There were scads of workshops, Q & A Panels, book signings, and opportunities to meet people - and just enjoy the energy that fills a place when so many writers congregate in one space. It was invigorating. Different than the winter retreat , it was excess energy from an external source that spills out from others and into you, when you learn about the craft and the business of writing, and the draw and necessity of writing. It was a Romance Writer's Conference, so just about everyone there wrote either romance or women's fiction, but there were so many sub-genres that it made things extremely interesting. Literacy Chicago was the beneficiary of the silent auction which raised something like 5k or 10k! The Conference closed with a Mardi Gras Gala and Sunday brought a seemingly much longer trip home.
Now excuse me while I make a dent in my too read pile, not that school is out alternating with pushing out as many of my own pages as possible. :)