By Friday things had shifted into high gear at the RWA conference. I spent Friday in two double-length workshops given my screen writing guru Michael Hauge. If you frequent this blog, you’ll know how I rave about his approach to storytelling. I’d heard his workshop about internal conflict and romantic comedies before, but I always get something new out of it. And in the afternoon I listened to him give a breakdown of Pretty Woman, showing how it applied to his ideas – something he’s never done before, so it was really worth attending.
At the end of the second session, I decided to buy Michael’s book, Writing Screenplays That Sell, as I don’t have a copy yet, and I asked him to sign it for me before I left. When I told him my name, he said: “Fiona? Like the princess!” Consider me completely won over. (I don't care that she's green - the crown is all that matters!)
In between my day of workshops was the annual Awards Luncheon with speaker Robyn Carr. Another inspiring and entertaining speech!
|Robyn Carr at the Awards Luncheon|
I had just enough time to nip back to my room and get ready to go out to dinner before the Harlequin party. Donna and I joined Jennie Lucas, Lynn Raye Harris and Jenette Kenney for dinner at the Hyatt to toast Donna’s status as a “RITA princess”. The champagne was our unofficial sixth guest, as it got a chair of its own at the table. Here we all are, looking pretty and serene before a night of partying.
|Jennie, me, Donna, Janette and Lynn|
|And for the RNA bods: Jennie and Lynn's shoes!|
What can I say about the Harelquin party at RWA? It's simply the best night out ever. Let'a just say that everybody dances like there's no one looking. All night. Since a picture says a thousand words, I'm just going to post some of mine:
|Hyatt ballroom at start of the party|
|The cupcake dessert table - DIY decorations|
|Jennie Lucas caught in the act with her cupcake!|
|Dance your hearts out, girls!|
|Donna Alward, me and my lovely editor Lucy Gilmour|
|"We're lost in music..."|