The First Annual Sierra Foothill Christian Writers' Conference took place on Saturday in Auburn California, and we three coordinators, Debbie, Sharon and I, are delighted at the the way it all worked out. I created the website, Debbie and Sharon brilliantly worked out the finances and logistics, and we all chewed our nails, wondering if we could make it work. Then the moment came, and we opened the doors and found ourselves surrounded by hopeful writers eager to learn ways to move forward in their craft. And by golly, it looks like they went away happy at the end of the day. Success! We spent the next two days getting over ourselves, but also planning ways to make the second annual conference even better - now that we think there will be a second.
If you were there, thanks so much for coming. We were thrilled to see you, and hope you will return.
If you weren't there, we'd love to see you next year. But here's a consolation prize, the big lesson the day brought to me: You can do great things. You just can't do them by yourself.*
My association with the five other ladies on this blog has brought me great joy, and that's the best part. But it has also made possible a list of accomplishments that reads like someone else's life, not mine:
- Two books published.
- A blog worth reading and a wealth of interesting, interested readers who have made it into something truly wonderful.
- And now, a writers conference that promises to help many others find their way to their own list of dreams fulfilled.
None of these things would have happened without my friends.
Let's talk about you now: what could you accomplish if you had friends to encourage, to help, to come up with ways and means?
Do you have such friends? Are you a collaborative sort of friend yourself, or could you become one? What could you accomplish, if you had someone to help?
*Ad copy on the handout for my web-design business, Cotton Bond.