By Janie Reinart
At this four day event, our own GROGer, Pat Miller lassoed us up tight in southern hospitality.
Now here comes the excitin' part. Pat created, hosted, and presented at the conference with her stellar faculty.
NF4NF had it all covered, from the esteemed author of the Anatomy of Nonfiction, Peggy Thomas to the entertaining singing Zoologist, Lucas Miller!
|Lucas Miller, Steve Swinburne, Damon Dean|
Now you can just start to get a kinda pretty picture up inside your head about the sixteen main power sessions we had.
We commenced to havin' a whole heap of fun with critique groups, an ice cream social (peach pecan),Texas BBQ, line dancing, prize drawings,and an assignment while exploring Fredericksburg.
Here are some golden nuggets from the faculty:
Pat Miller: "Use layered text such as charts, tables, graphs, timelines, diagrams, and text boxes in your nonfiction writing."
"Infuse an image system into your story." Peggy subtly wove in agricultural words in her book, Farmer George.
Kristen Fulton: Recommends having three primary sources, two secondary sources and one other source like the internet.
Steve Swinburne: "Devise a photo want list for your story. Think ahead. Scout locations. So shoot, shoot, and shoot some more. Digital has made life easy."
Kelly Loughman: "If you've got the hook, you've got the book." Know thy publisher. Make sure your story is a good fit.
Kristi Holl: Assess where you are in your writing career. Keep track of how you are using your time. "Time is like a walk-in closet. If you keep pushing things in and not taking things out, it will explode."
Lucas Miller: Your story/song should "be compelling and entertaining with an emotional impact to make an enjoyable experience with science."
|The Hill Country University Center, built in 2010, is home base.|
"Informational, entertaining, inspiring, and approachable presenters spoke, sang, counseled and chatted. (A few danced, but that's another story.) Pat welcomed us with great food, facts, and fun."
Pat, we all are a fixin' to say,"Thank you, Ma'am, for a boot scootin', rip roarin' great time."