Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The 2012 Crested Butte Writers Conference Recap

The 2012 CB Writer’s Conference was another resounding success—even if I do say so myself. We doubled our attendance to 70 people—still smaller than a Rizzo family reunion, but plenty big . . .

Thanks to the success of The Sandy, we were able to welcome two more agents and editors than past years. We added the Masters Read and Critique class, which seemed to be appreciated by both the agents and editors. This year we were lucky to have seven Sandy finalists attend—two of which had requests for full manuscripts by the editor final judges.

We ate a lot of great food, learned a lot about both the craft of writing and the business, networked a ton and made a slew of new friends!  

All-in-all a terrific time. Thank you so much to all of our volunteers who helped pull this off!  If you attended, please share your thoughts on this conference.

A-N-D . . . brave Agent Lisa Gallagher helped me kick it off in style by trying the new zipline! For full photo details of the conference, check our Facebook page.

Thoughts from some of the presenters:

Writers Digest editor, Chuck Sambuchino says: A wonderful intimate conference with great people and a great locale. A joy to attend. I did a quick post on it and put up photos

Agent, Ken Sherman: First rate organization, thoughtful and curious students, fine location and all around a growthful experience.

Author Hank Phillippi Ryan: Crested Butte was three days of total immersion wonderful. You all are amazing! Amazing. One of the things that always surprises me about writers—is the passionate devoted and never-ending search to be better! At CBWC it’s all about the classes, the conversation, the creativity—and the friendship. I arrived, a total newbie, knowing essentially no one. Within fifteen minutes, I was part of the gang—and by day two, it felt like being in a crowd of best friends. Wait. Not just friends, but colleagues, confidantes, and incredibly talented writers. Thank you. It was unforgettable. And I am honored to be part of it.

Author Kaki Warner: This was my third visit to the Crested Butte Writers Conference, and every year it seems to get bigger and better...although, thankfully, it never loses that close-knit friendly aspect that makes everyone feel welcome. I especially liked the masters critique class—wonderful critiquers and valuable information from the editors. I also enjoyed being able to visit with other presenters on an informal basis at meals and in the relaxing atmosphere of the hotel common areas. The variety of the workshops presented was quitehelpful and the speakers informative and helpful. And, as always, I LOVED seeing my fellow CBers again.

Agent Hannah Bowman: I did have a wonderful time at the conference! It was just fantastic. Thanks again; I really loved being part of your conference.
See you there next year!


Theresa said...

One of my Sandy finalists shared this on the Crested Butte Writers Facebook Page and her blog: Starla Huchton I posted a bit about my experience over the weekend if anyone is curious. :) http://www.starlahuchton.com/update-some-of-the-things/

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Sounds like a fantastic event! Too bad it's so far away from me. :(

Theresa said...

Hi Natalie, thanks for stopping by. Where do you live? Crested Butte is far from MOST of us, which is why we make it a whole week and make a writing retreat out of it too or many people bring their families and take a few extra days and make a vacation out of it.
Just a thought for next year!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I live in Pennsylvania. I'll keep it in mind! :)

KL Grady said...

Natalie! I've been twice now. It's SO worth it.

Chris Devlin said...

Great write-up. I hope to make it some year.