Saturday I attended the 1-Day Intensive Writers Conference with suspense author Mike Dellosso that I posted about a few weeks ago. It took place in Harrisburg, PA. When we arrived, Mike had a custom-made notebook for us to take notes on all of the topics he covered for the day. It is a very attractive notebook and was extremely helpful for note-taking, with the topic titles and a few main sentences listed.
There was a small attendance, and I have to say that I had never attended a conference that had a single speaker so I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, due to the small group, it was a wonderful opportunity to not just hear what Mike had to present, but also to ask questions.
It was a wonderful experience to learn more about the writing craft as well as the publishing options and marketing ideas. Since Mike has both Traditionally and Indie published, and has worked with an agent, he was a wealth of experiential information. Also, because Mike is very open and honest and has a good sense of humor, not only was the conference educational, but it was also lot of fun.
My favorite thing is that, because Mike speaks from personal experience that comes from nine years in the writing and publishing world, some of what he shares is unique compared to many things I have heard over and over again, that I question. For instance, I’ve been told many times that I should read mostly or only the genre I want to write. I have issues with that because I love many genres. Therefore, when Mike said, “Read in a variety of genres and read to learn, not just to be entertained,” that made sense to me because even though I’ve been told to read mostly or only the genre I want to write, I have continued to read many different genres and I learn something from each one, which is also quite helpful in my editing business because it allows me to be familiar with how different genres are done and allows me to be more effective in my editing.
Mike’s writing tips and advice make a lot of sense and are helpful no matter where you’re at in your writing journey. I have been active in the writing world for four years, even though I’ve been writing since I was in junior high school, and I learned something about how to really find my writing voice, how to be sure each of my characters has their own voice, and how to improve on how I create my setting and mood, which is one of my weaknesses.
Mike has two books coming out in March of 2018. These will be books 14 and 15 of his, not counting the ebooks he has on writing. He’s known for his suspense novels, and one of the upcoming releases will be a suspense novel. He has also written one Southern Fiction story in the past under the pen name Michael King, and one of his upcoming releases will be a Southern Fiction novel, but this time he will use his real name, Mike Dellosso, for this book as well.
If you ever get a chance to attend one of Mike’s workshops or conferences, I highly recommend it. I have heard him several times over the past four years, and I always learn something from him. I appreciate his openness and honesty.