RMFW Colorado Gold 2014

Posted at Sep 14, 2014 3:50 pm in , ,

RMFW PEN Award 2014

RMFW PEN Award 2014

The weekend of September 6th, 2014, I attended the 30th Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Conference. Though it was only my second RMFW conference, I’m guessing it was about my 15th writing conference. Maybe I’m a conference junkie, but I prefer to think of myself as a tribe junkie, and connecting with other writers is always like coming home.

My favorite writing organizations include SCBWI, RWA, and most recently RMFW, an incredible regional writing group composed of fantastic authors from every genre. Though I’m a newer member, they’ve welcomed me with open arms and celebrated my first book contract in style, welcoming eight newly contracted/published authors into their traditionally published author ranks with a special speaking panel at their annual conference, that cool engraved pen award shown in the photo, and lots of cheers and well wishes at the awards banquet.

It was a joy to be there with new RMFW friends, as well as some of my critique partners and friends from SCBWI who’ve supported and encouraged me for years. Writers are the most generous, supportive people I know, so if you’re one of those shy, new authors sitting in the back of the room at a conference, take heart.  Say hello to the person sitting next to you. Chat someone one up in the buffet line. Who knows? One day that person might become your critique partner, your roomie at future conferences, or someone you cheer on through the highs and lows, and who does the same for you.


2 responses to “RMFW Colorado Gold 2014”

  1. I remember forcing myself to talk to people at the first conference I went to and discovered strangers who became friends.

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