Thursday, May 10, 2012

So the Conference...

Okay, you guys. So I've organized WriteOnCon for two years now. When I was asked to help with a real, live conference, I thought How much harder can it be?

Let me just say: SO MUCH HARDER.

Number one, you can't attend in your pajamas. Number two, there's all kinds of arrangements for people that have to be taken care of. And lots of running around. And scheduling. And dinners.

Anyway, my friend Erin Summerill is a genius. GENIUS. Not only a great writer (I know, because she was in my primer group), but an amazing photographer. I took some of her photos from Facebook (go follow her!) to give you an idea of the conference.


This makes me look important. But I'm just moderating. Next to me (far right) is Holly Root, Michelle Wolfson, Molly O'Neill, Weronika Janczuk, Lisa Mangum, and Michelle Witte. 

Me hard at work during the publication primer. Notice the TREATS.

Conference queen, Jaime Theler. 

My sweet CP, Sara!

The Famous Peggy Eddleman.

Two of my favorite people, Kirk Shaw and Lisa Mangum. 

Me on the phone. This happened a lot actually...

James Dashner aka Jimmy Dashner according to my husband. 

A sneak peek into the green room... 


Michelle Wolfson and Kiersten White.

The Fabulous Tess Hilmo, who won a Whitney for best novel by a new author. Yay, Tess!

Over 450 strong!

Jenn Johannson, Kasie West, and Liz Adair -- a few of my faves!

And my new author photo. I mean, come on. I look like a model or something. Ha! It's amazing what PhotoShop can do. 

Again, I can't thank Erin enough for the amazing job she did at the conference. Go follow her writing blog, and her photography page on FB.

37 comments:

Laura Pauling said...

My friends run the New England SCBWI and I've seen it's a lot of behind the scenes work! And I love the new picture!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

She does take great photos! Looks like it went well.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love the new pic! Very nice!! :)

Just organizing PD for a staff is tough enough - can't imagine prepping a whole conference! :)

Matthew MacNish said...

Why does Jaime look like a crossing guard? And I know I said this last night, but I love your hair!

Luisa Perkins said...

It was all awesome. You guys did an amazing job! The new photo ROCKS.

Creepy Query Girl said...

fantastic photos! Looks like it was a great time and a great success!

Donna K. Weaver said...

And you had to teach, too!

For seven years I worked on the committee responsible for a real life conference (though not quite this large). It's SO much work. Thanks for doing it Elana. It was fabulous!

Miranda Hardy said...

Great picture, Elana! Looks like the conference was fantastic. Good job.

Angela Brown said...

All these fantastic photos almost make me feel like I could experience it. Darn it. Soon, I shall.

*maniacal laugh*

Kelly Hashway said...

Looks like a great time with some truly awesome people!

ilima said...

It was sooo fun to meet you (and Erin too--she is hilarious). The conference was amazing and you did such a great job. I can't wait for next year. And the blue streak is gorgeous. :)

storyqueen said...

Love the blue streak!!
Love the photo!

You look Marvelous!!

Christy said...

The conference was a major success! And I'm loving your new photo!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

So much fun! Everyone looks fantastic and smart and everything.

Rachel said...

That looks SO FUN. *wishes college students could afford stuff like this*

Amy Saia said...

It looks like you did a GREAT job. I can't even imagine all the work that went into organizing something like that. Love your new pic--and love the picture of Tess Hilmo too!

Lisa and Laura said...

Ah! AMAZING conference! I'm so jealous! I wish we could have been there.

Also...YOUR HAIR IS BLUE!!!! You look gorgeous my friend! Now I want a blue streak in my hair too....

Julie Daines said...

Loved the conference. You did a great job, even if you did say the word pee in front of everyone! Erin is awesome and her photos from the conference are wonderful.

Kathryn Purdie said...

Oooh, look how studious I look in the Publication Primer photo with you! Haha. Seriously, though, that was a stellar class, Elana. You are an awesome teacher!

J.R. Johansson said...

Great pics! It was so fun to see you. :) I'm still so jealous of your blue streak. I may have to get one for the occasional times I straighten my hair...or find one I can curl or something.

Bethany Wiggins said...

You're hot. Best photo ever! And the hair rocks!!!

Stephanie McGee said...

The conference was awesome. So glad I finally got to go. Great photo!

Sara B. Larson said...

You guys did an amazing job! The conference was so awesome. And I LOVE your new picture!! :)

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Emily said...

Also, love the blue streak.

I'm super jealous I wasn't at this conference, but my crits, Ilima and Katie, gave your class five stars...

Next year!

Lindsay N. Currie said...

I seriously love the new author pic and it looks like although this conference might have been a tad stressful, it turned out awesome! Congrats:)

i'm erin. said...

Oh my gosh! I'm so flattered and strangely warm and speechless. I don't even know what to say. I need to go dance walk down the streets of NYC right now. Gah!
You're so nice. And I'm so...unable to say anything intelligent.

Thank you.

Stephsco said...

I love the blue in the hair - is that photoshop or for real? :)

I just attended my first RWA conference and was most impressed by the organization. I've helped run various other types of conferences (work and school related) and I understand how hard it is given so many things that can go wrong. This shindig was seamless.

Looking forward to an SCBWI conferece, I'm a new member!

Janet Johnson said...

Erin is great. And I do love that picture of you. :) So wish I could have been there. One of these years. 4 realz.

Jenny Morris said...

Erin is fantastic. I'm going to fly to Utah just to get my picture taken. Your new photo is awesome.

And yay Peggy!! Luv her.

Leslie Rose said...

Go blue. Looks like the conference was a hit. Congratulations.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds so awesome. Love the last picture of you.

Taffy said...

Erin's fantabulous! your new pic is so cute, Elana!

Susanne Drazic said...

Looks like a great conference.

Claire Dawn said...

I'm helping with a writers' retreat for 20 and it got a little hairy there for a while. (I'm sure it will get hairy again as we get close to the date.) I can't imagine a writers' event for 450.

Good job! Or as they say out here in Japan, Otsukaresama!

Debbie Davis said...

you were fabulous and looked cool under pressure! I loved seeing you and I must admit that the blue flare just added to your over all saavy! love ya!!

Leslie Pugh said...

You and everyone else who did the conference did an AMAZING job! It was so much better than I even anticipated it would be and that's even after hearing about it from my sister (Erin) that past couple of years. I came home feeling excited to write and learn!

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