Dublin Writers’ Conference

I arrived in Dublin on the 22nd, after an overnight flight – Key West to Atlanta, Atlanta to Dublin. Only Delta has that connection. It beats flying to Miami, to NY to Dublin. No matter how you fly, you arrive the next day.

Before I left, Ireland was having a heat wave. Of course, the weather returned to normal on the 22nd.

The conference started Friday afternoon and offered good speakers in their field. Subjects included: Storytelling and Our Evolving Business. It was interesting to see how different writers felt about the evolving business. The one thing they all seemed to agree on is that publishing has changed and is continuing to change.

After the formal session, everyone headed to the restaurant and writers read from their works.

Saturday began at 10 am. Subjects the panelist talked about were: Self-Publishing Vs. Traditional Publishing and Creative Elements.  Those two subjects took up most of Saturday’s conference. There were speakers with a lot of knowledge of subjects about self-promotion and how to set up book-signings.

An informal dinner was held Saturday evening and was well attended.

This conference gave me somethings to think about but also to network with other writers and a chance to catch up with some friends. My five weeks in Ireland will involved a lot of catching up.

There are actually large and small bookstores to visit and signings to attend and pub conversation with other writers.People actually buy books here! If the sun gods return, I might even take a tour of southern Ireland. If not, it’s always warm and snug in a pub.

Sorry about the poor quality of the image, but it was the best I could get from where I sat. That’s Laurence O’Bryan, conference founder, talking about promotion.

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