By Beth Crosby
Rock Hill Chapter
Saturday’s Writers’ Intensive in Rock Hill brought people from as far away as the coast for the one-day workshop and garnered above average marks in all categories from more than half of those who responded.
As this year’s chairman, I was delighted that the time and effort put into planning and execution benefitted about 80 writers. With 24 sessions offered in four time-slots, attendees had tough choices to make and said they hope the same sessions are offered again next year.
With presenters such as Vicki Lane, Barbara Evers and Rosemary C. Gray, participants asked for longer sessions to go into more detail and to have more time with their session leaders. We will take this into consideration for next year’s schedule. Our lunch panel on publishing also seemed too short. Gosh, we had too much for one day! And we were hoping to offer something for everyone. It looks as though that goal was met.
The efforts of our Intensive committee and volunteers also must be recognized. Our board consisted of Kim Allman, Lisa Dunn, Craig Faris, Rosemary C. Gray, Bobbie Harrison, Connie Miller (immediate past chairman), Ivan Walters and me. This committee met monthly and occasionally weekly to work through the logistics of planning the event and trying to anticipate any hiccups. I dare say some things will be improved, but we had nothing come up that we completely overlooked. That says a lot for this team. This is the place to thank Kim for her administrative efforts. Lisa couldn’t be at the event because of a prior commitment, but she attended every planning meeting and offered valuable advice. Craig did a marvelous job on the programs, posters and photography. Rosemary assisted the committee, but she was a tremendous help to me, personally. Bobbie and her committee of Sue Lewis and Donna Wylie were unstoppable in publicity, selling ads and collecting door prizes. Connie Miller made things appear from thin air and came to the rescue more times than I can count. And Ivan was willing to do all sorts of lifting and heaving and moving heavy things, as well as managing logistical challenges.
Our volunteers ranged from Rock Hill chapter members to people who drove into town for their first Intensive. They attended an early meeting, managed rosters and evaluations, assisted with parking and greeting. They set-up and broke-down tables and chairs. They emptied the trash cans – frequently. We were fortunate to have a few spouses stand in the rain and greet participants. Scott Allman anticipated needs before I did and made the event move smoothly. Ivan directed parking and outside greeters so that participants wouldn’t have to walk in the rain.
Next year, we will probably move to a larger venue and offer fewer sessions. We are considering sessions in a specific tract: for beginners, for intermediate, for poets, for illustrators, etc.
If you have ideas on what you would like to see in a workshop, and if you would like to volunteer, please contact me directly: Bethcrosbysc@gmail.com. We would like to incorporate new ideas and volunteers early in the process.
This is one of several events SCWW sponsors each year. So be sure to participate in the contests that end Wednesday, the book fair in May and check back often for new opportunities in between your critique sessions!
Beth Crosby’s experience as a newspaper copy editor and in administrative, sales and customer service make her uniquely qualified to edit for fact, grammar and readability. She enjoys Young Adult fiction, and proofreads everything she comes across, despite all efforts not to! Beth is a freelance editor in Rock Hill, SC.