2021: Expect the Unexpected – Bernhardt at the Manz

I have had so much fun lately in my writerly/readerly world.  Last week I set up at Comic Con in Enid and yesterday the Enid Writers Club presented Bernhardt at the Manz in the historical Champlin Mansion in Enid H. H. Champlin House – Wikipedia.  My writing club has been working for over a year on this workshop with William Bernhardt.  It was the brainchild of my friend Martha Draper.  When she originally mentioned it, I said “we can’t afford that!”  As usual I was wrong. We got local grants and many local businesses donated things.  Our club donated a lot of the snacks (we had way too much) and I got a chance to catch up with old friends.

The venue was gorgeous in a vintage 1938 home will all the amenities. And William Bernhardt William Bernhardt never fails to connect with the crowd.  I have learned more from this man than any other writing workshop I’ve ever attended.  He has Writer Con Writer Con coming up at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City on Labor Day Weekend.  Look it up online. 

Friday the 13th, the day before the conference, the elevator broke. It actually broke a week prior and we had to contact our attendees to let them know. But the Friday the 13th our club made countless steps up and down the marble stairs to the Ball Room in the basement and there were no mishaps.  A couple of brave souls with disabilities came anyway and we helped them get up and down the stairs. There were no injuries!

We tried to have this event last year and cancelled due to the pandemic.  This year, as it once again raises its ugly head, we did it anyway.  We required vaccination cards and masks.  We set hand sanitizer on each table and in the kitchen. The social distancing became impossible due to the number of tables.  We had approximately 55 in attendance. 

I hope to make this an annual event.  I don’t know how the speaker, or the mansion owners, feel about that, or even my club, but I’d do it all over again.  I loved it!

What are you reading this week?

About peggylchambers

Peggy Chambers calls Enid, Oklahoma home. She has been writing for several years and is an award winning, published author, always working on another. She spends her days, nights, and weekends making up stories. She attended Phillips University, the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Enid Writers’ Club, and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. There is always another story weaving itself around in her brain trying to come out. There aren’t enough hours in the day!
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