Friday, September 23, 2011

To Conference or Not to Conference

The Big Sur Writer’s Workshop is coming up December 2-4, 2011.
And I’m dying to go.

I had wanted to go the one they held in the spring at Seabreeze/Monterrey, California, but I’d just returned from a month off in Europe and couldn’t justify the funds. I considered on cutting the kid’s stipends but was terrified that would lead them to life of crime or pan handling. Or more truthfully have them making voodoo dolls with my face stuck on them.

So what does that have to do with now, right?

Well, my other half chose the same day to announce his father had overblown our patio renovations on our retirement home by a “Democratic Party” amount and funds are once again tight. Like hairball tight.

This workshop is unique in that you work with three specific faculty members throughout and it includes critiques! I could go on and on but don't want to do an ad here. And these faculty are not your typical ‘Jane Harlequin wrote a dirty book, epubbed herself, and is now going to show you how do it’ authors. These are BIG name YA and children’s writers with several NYT Best Sellers under their frockcoats.


But it’s pricey. The price without airfare and rental car is $720 and that’s sharing an adjoining bathroom with a stranger. It’s an additional $150 if, “…you have a special reason to be private…” Doesn’t that sound like they don’t want you to get your own room? If you want to bring a friend that’s not attending the conference but wants to view the redwoods, well that’s an additional $390. Of course, that includes their meals. Why can’t I just pay the $150 extra and he get his own meals?

So now, my conundrum…

Which organ do I sell to pay for it?

See you in December at the Big Sur Lodge in California!


  1. Hope you get to go. Raid the silver and gold that is in the house. Did you know sterling silver is worth a lot? Old gold jewelry? Good luck.

  2. You don't really need both kidneys, do you? Selling one would pay for a lot of conferences.

    I have yet to go to one, but hope to rectify that in 2012. The Big Sur is gorgeous. Hope you get to go.

    Are you going to Nationals in Anaheim?

  3. @ Belle, sage advice, but I've already given that to my daughter and she's probably hocked it. Haha

    @ Isis. Thank you so much, I had just found a buyer for my heart and was wondering how long I could survive without it. Kidney? Brilliant.
    And what is Nationals in Anaheim?

  4. Wow, that does sound like a great conference. Maybe you could sell your father-in-law's kidney instead. Sounds like he owes you. ;)