Life at Home After a Writing Conference

by Mary Jedlicka Humston

An air of magic settles over a conference hall or classroom at a writing workshop. It nurtures a cocoon-like feel, a separation from real life, and the ability to focus on what is directly in front of you instead of the revolving door at home, a ringing telephone, email, TV, errands, and obligations.

mary at conference
It transcends the mundane, allowing attendees to experience the great events and minds centered on the same topic: writing. It is easy to soak up the creative ambience in a room filled with writers. Hob-knobbing allows the unique avenue of networking and a sharing of ideas, encouragement, and addresses. Classes, workshops, and presentations are beneficial, but so are the conversations at lunch, with seatmates at conference tables, lingering after sessions, and, yes, even waiting in line during bathroom breaks.
Arriving home from a writing conference is difficult. Minds have been inundated with ideas, ideas, ideas. So many of them. Time is needed to settle in amid the noisy re-entry of the real world.
That’s what I’m trying to do after attending the Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop this past week where I presented two different workshops. I also taught a 90-minute workshop in Des Moines at the “Wonder of Words Festival” the day afterward.

conference presenters

photos courtesy of Cherie Dargan, pictured here (seated 2nd row, right) with other presenters at this year’s Cedar Falls Christian Writer’s Workshop, where both Marys (back row) did workshops


If you’ve attended a conference lately, how has your re-entry gone? What ideas came home with you? What can you implement now? What plans are you putting into action?
Drop us a line and let us know. We’d love to hear from you.