Event report

Conference 2009: Overview

Report published 20 July 2009

Event took place on 20 July 2009 - read event entry »

Conference attendees mingling in the bar courtyard

The bar courtyard on Friday evening

Jan Jones and Roger Sanderson, conference organisers, report:

A friendly jewel of a campus. Every ensuite room booked (some more than once). Day delegates spilling out into the nearby villages to sleep. And the sun was shining. Could it get any better than this?

Well, no, it probably couldn’t. It would have been nice if some of our long-time attendees had been able to get to both us and the Romance Writers of America conference, and it would have been nice if the local taxi company had mentioned that they don’t work on Sundays when a lot of people want to get homeward-bound trains, and it would have been really nice if the bookstall had managed to stock sufficient copies of everybody’s books, but on the whole, the twelfth annual RNA Conference was pretty fine.

From new chairman Katie Fforde’s welcome and the opening author panel on “How Much… Is Too Much?” , through the sparkly gala dinner and the Elizabeth Goudge presentation, right up until Liz Bailey finished events off by exuding charisma whilst dressed in a bin bag, the weekend was packed with insights and information, workshops and wine (yes, the bar had to get in more supplies), enlightenment and enjoyment.

Thanks are due to all our lovely speakers; to the agents and editors who made the one-to-one chats with interested writers worthwhile; to the staff at Newton Rigg for being so genuinely helpful—and to every single one of the wonderful delegates for making all the work of preparing for the conference a pleasure.

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