This week was the annual Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. conference. Due to the pandemic, it was virtual. Not as good, but still I got to connect with friends and sit in on some very informative sessions. I missed a few and plan to go back and watch them later. At least one deserves another look. That is the good thing about a virtual conference.
I was a judge this year for the Unpublished Middle Grade novels. I cannot tell you when I’ve bumped into so much talent in one place. I’ve judged before, but it was a very difficult choice this time. I found out who won last night and realized I knew at least some of the people whose works I read. First Place went to A Story Unwritten by Jennifer Sneed, Second Place, Ron the Red, The Courageous Bearded Dragon by Dee Dee Chumley, and Third Place was awarded to Billie Holiday Skelley for Hypatia: Ancient Alexandria’s Female Scholar. I knew they were great writers and they proved it once again.
I stopped by the Happy Hour session for a few minutes even though I didn’t have enough time. But still I got the chance to say hi to some old friends.
I can’t wait for next year and hope that it is in person. I was really tired by the time two days of videos were over. In person vs Zoom is not even a question. In person wins every time. But we tried and my hat is off to the officers and webmaster for making this work. They are all probably still in bed comatose after what they accomplished.
You can still go to Bridging the Epic Gap 2021 Virtual Conference — Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. (OWFI) and pay to experience the conference. Everything was recorded and can be watched again for some time.
Ian’s Magic received an other five Star Review this week on the Barnes & Noble site. Check it out!
What are you reading this week?