Sarton Literary Award Finalist for Historical Fiction: Story Circle Event

The Story Circle Network Conference for women writers takes place ever other year.  I look forward to it the moment the previous one ends!  I’m with supportive, sassy, and spirited women for 3 days. All the while I’m making new friends, learning craft, and sharing wisdom.  This year was especially sweet, because Grendel’s Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife was a finalist for the 2014-2015 Sarton Literary Award for Historical Fiction. I got to meet my fellow finalists and winners, hobnob with brilliant speakers and writers, and–oh yes–wrote!

First, a lovely time have a drink on the first evening with my fellow honorees.

Susan S. Morrison, Jill Kandel, Barbara A Stark-Nemon, and Tammy Hetrick. Photo by Cindy Eastman

Susan S. Morrison, Jill Kandel, Barbara A Stark-Nemon, and Tammy Hetrick. Photo by Cindy Eastman

Susan S. Morrison, Jill Kandel, Tammy Hetrick, and Barbara A Stark-Nemon.

Susan S. Morrison, Jill Kandel, Tammy Hetrick, and Barbara A Stark-Nemon.

 

 

 

We had a roundtable chaired by the generous dynamo, Susan Wittig Albert, about the process of writing our honored books, the process of publication, and a discussion of our next projects.

Tammy Hetrick, Susan S. Morrison, Jill Kandel, Barbara A Stark-Nemon and the ever generous Susan Wittig Albert who chaired our panel.

Tammy Hetrick, Susan S. Morrison, Jill Kandel, Barbara A Stark-Nemon and the ever generous Susan Wittig Albert who chaired our panel of the Sarton Award Finalists and Winners.

We all read from our books at the luncheon on Saturday.

Me reading at the Story Circle Luncheon.

Me reading at the Story Circle Luncheon.

Me reading at the luncheon--getting dramatic here!

Me reading at the luncheon–getting dramatic here!

In addition to making friends, I also loved how we ladies took over the men’s restroom at the hotel!

Why I love Story Circle. Over 100 women--taking over the men's restroom!

Why I love Story Circle. Over 100 women–taking over the men’s restroom!

Mums for Moms and sisters in the urinals of the men's room!

Mums for Moms and sisters in the urinals of the men’s room!

Can’t wait until the next conference–in 2018. Now…I’d better get writing!

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