Mentors, Critique Partners, and Friends – Why Writers NEED Connection
The purpose of this workshop is to educate writers of all levels to the value of having one or more of these people in their professional lives. During the course of the workshop, we will explore the pros and cons of maintaining mentorships, critique partners/groups and friendships in order to improve and enhance the experience of being a writer and foster a sense of community. The presenters have observed promoting these relationships among writers strengthen writing, aids in career advancement and creates a better adjusted writer who can flourish in times of duress.
About Our Speakers
Liz Talley: After being chosen a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart in Regency romance, Liz found a home writing sassy contemporary romance. Her first book starred a spinster librarian – Vegas Two Step – and debuted in June 2010. Since that time, Liz has published seventeen more romances, her most recent earning her a RITA nomination. Her stories are set in the South where the tea is sweet, the summers are hot and the men are hotter.
Phylis Caskey: I wanted to write the kind of stories my grandfather loved telling, his adventures as a kid living in rural East Texas, driving his first model-T, and the lonesomest time of his life, when his father died. But working and raising a family kind of shoved my writing aspirations to the back of my closet, literally, to the back of my closet, to a corner next to my shoes. The day my youngest got his driver’s license and happily drove to school, I ran upstairs and rifled through in the closet. From a shoe box, I pulled out notes scribbled on torn scraps of paper.Then I searched a plastic bag for stained napkins covered in water-smeared ink and crumpled pieces of yellowed notebook paper. I sat down and started writing, and I haven’t stopped since.