Recently, a group of writers and I went to the Nimrod Writers Conference. I went last year and enjoyed it, but this year was much better. Each year, they choose 1 novelist and 1 poet to come and share about how they write and read a little bit of their upcoming books. The novelist this year was Laura Van Den Berg. Laura's recent novel is a mystery called 'Find Me'. I haven't had a chance to read it just yet but when she read a small piece of it, I loved it. The story flowed well and had a lot of depth to it.

The poet this year was Jericho Brown. His upcoming poem collection is titled, 'The New Testament'. I didn't get a copy of this because we had to choose between one or the other and I'm more of a novel reader, but the poems he read, made me want to buy it. He read a few and all of them were deep and meaningful. He read one that stood out to me because it was about something we all know about. It was about how some black men were shot down by white cops. It dealt with real problems in our world and with the problem of racism that just seems to never disappear.

Both of the writers did a wonderful job keeping the crowd entertained with their answers and with their works.

The next day, we went to some of the seminars. I went to a few but my favorite one was about writing dialogue. In the seminar, the few of us that went learned that we shouldn't try and force the characters to have a conversation because it just sounds fake and odd but when you just let the conversation flow, it seems more natural and real giving the reader a sense as if they were right there listening in on the conversation rather than sitting in a chair and reading a book. If you can make the reader forget that their home and make them feel like they're at Hogwarts in the Gryffindor tower listening to Harry and Ron talk about Quidditch or make them feel like they're in the boiler room with Jack Torrance at the Overlook Hotel when he discovers the newspapers and articles about the hotels history, then you've done your job as a writer.

All in all, I enjoyed getting to meet the authors and spend some time with other writers that are on a similar level of writing as me. If you get a chance to go to the Nimrod Writers Conference, I highly recommend that you go because it's a great learning experience and you'll get to meet other authors just like yourself.