Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Romantic Novelists' Association Conference 2017

The RNA Conference is one of the highlights of my writing year. It’s the chance to catch up with writing friends, go to lectures and learn from multi-published authors and go to those all-important one-to-one’s. This year, the conference took place in the beautiful Harper Adams University.

As always, delegates are offered a wide choice of lectures and talks and although I’d have loved to have gone to them all, here’s a quick roundup of a few of the ones I did go to.

RITA winner and USA today bestselling author Sarah Morgan and Nicola Cornick gave a lecture on social media and how it can work for writers.

Alison May and Bella Osborne gave a very entertaining talk on the pros and cons of differing writing styles. It turns out that I am very much in Team Bella, being a plotter rather than a pantser.

Now you may have gathered from previous posts that IT is not my strong point so it was with a certain degree of uncertainty that I went to Laura James’s talk on IT in writing. I needn’t have worried as Laura took us through step-by-step the benefits of a number of apps and programs but in particular Facebook. My first-ever attempt at a Facebook live video can be seen on my Facebook Page with the lovely Janice Preston.

My Eureka moment however came from Fiona Harper’s talk on building characters where she very generously shared her wealth of knowledge.

But as always it was the chance to catch up with writing friends and meet online friends in person that added sparkle to the whole conference. 
From left to right at the gala dinner:
Louise FullerRachael Thomas and Gina Hollands

Me with writing friend Melissa Morgan

My writing mentor and guru Kate Walker and friends Marie and Sallyann
Jenni Fletcher was as lovely in real life as she is on line and I was so pleased I got to meet her in person.
Virginia Heath was charming and warmhearted with wise words of encouragement.

Generous Lara Temple who is one of the historical authors in the The Unlaced Bookclub on Facebook.


And yet there was still time for a quick explore.You can take the girl out of farming but you can’t take the farming out of the girl!