The conference for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs was in Seattle this year and I might not have known about it except that my professor from my undergrad was coming into town for it and told me to come.
I am very happy I did. I wasn’t able to attend everything because I got there on the last day and the tickets were rather expensive, but the book fair section of the conference was great. They had tons of booth with hundreds of different small time publishing companies. There were magazines there accepting submissions for their upcoming edition. They also had a plethora of colleges there promoting their low-residency MFA programs. I still haven’t heard from the program I’m currently trying to get accepted to, but I found at least three others that really seemed impressive.
It was also nice to be around writers and people who just genuinely love books and writing. I haven’t had that kind of experience for a while and I certainly missed it. I think that we can all get bogged down in our day to day grind that we sometimes forget what makes us really passionate, and we may not forget it, but it can sometimes take a lower priority when work, bills, and life get in the way.
I resolved myself today and decided that I would move my writing back to the forefront of my daily tasks. Nothing unimportant in my life is going to burn to the ground if I let it take lesser priority than my writing. Walking around the book fair I knew that I wanted to be there with a purpose when I go to a future conference. In reality, it may take me a few years before I actually achieve that goal, but in the grand scheme of things a few years isn’t too bad, and I can’t wait to get back on track with my writing.
I hope you all are having a great start to your weekend!