Though I didn’t actually see much of it today. Instead I spent a happy and very useful day in the company of members of the Association of Christian Writers at their first-ever Scottish Writers Day hosted by Dundee crime writer, Wendy H. Jones.
The event was held at the City Church Dundee which is located in an old Friary.
A goodly number of us from Scotland, the North of England and as far away as Norfolk and London turned up to enjoy (and benefit from) each other’s company, three excellent talks (by Wendy H. Jones, Jane Clamp, and Margaret Skea) and three excellent workshops.
I had forgotten just how energising and inspiring being with other writers is. We were a motley bunch today – wannabes and much-published authors and all stops in between, but everyone mutually supportive and encouraging.
Maybe it goes back to the days when human beings were nomads, hunting and gathering and getting together with others of their tribe for festivals and celebrations… but it still feels good to meet up with one’s tribe. For me, a Scottish Christian Writers day ticks all the boxes!
Over coffee and tea and cake and lunch of home-made soup and a bookstall displaying an impressive range of members’ books, we chatted, compared notes on the various forms of publishing available to us nowadays. Tips and contacts and email addresses were exchanged, and promises to friend on Facebook and keep in touch.
A really good and worthwhile day. The organisers deserve warm thanks and should be made to promise they’ll do it again next year! I’ll certainly be there.