Posted by: Patrice Fitzgerald | September 10, 2009

Back from the Hawaii Writers Conference. Alooooooha!

I had a gorgeous time in Honolulu, staying with my cousins a couple miles from Waikiki, learning a lot about the art and biz of writing, and meeting new friends.  Oh, and floating in the glorious waters of the Pacific!

I’ve been to writing conferences before, but this is the big Kahuna.  One night we sat and listened to three Academy Award- winning screenwriters.  When I asked Michael Arndt (who wrote “Little Miss Sunshine”) to repeat the famously funny advice Grandpa gives to the silent teen Duane, he laughed and advised those in the audience who hadn’t seen it to go to Blockbuster and rent the film.

It was inspiring to hear from all the writers and agents and editors there.  I was lucky to be able to do it so economically, since I had local free accommodations, and enough air miles to fly.

My long-term plan is to go back as a presenter, once I sell my book.  I made some good connections and have a number of folks who invited me to send sample pages.  Wish me luck!

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