I have long decried the fact that in most high schools today, students have a chance to develop and showcase their talents in art, music, drama, and athletics but very seldom writing. So I was delighted to have a couple of high school girls there (actually half of a set of quadruplets). We did some tweaking of our afternoon sessions to suit the audience and I sat in on a discussion where one of the young girls described the fantasy book she is working on and received excellent feedback and support from Rob Cline, Erik Therme, and Lennox Randon. Dennis Green demonstrated Scrivener software to another group and Carol Gorman and Debra Barry talked with several about writing for children.
Elaine Orr, Nancy Parra, Mary Howard, Misty Urban, Megan Zalzala and Jodie Toohey shared great tips on character development, plotting and editing. Rob, Randon, and Dennis described the formation and workings of their unique writing group. All of this adds up to the kind of boost that fires us writers up and keeps us plugging away on the next chapter.