Shameless Shenanigans

All right, friends, I’m about to indulge in some shameless marketing.  (Deep breath.)  Here we go:

I’ve found out about a conference called The Creative Connection, and I want to win a pass for me (and a friend….it could be you!) to attend.  Why, you ask?  Well, why not?  I reply.

The Creative Connection is 3 days of training and networking for people interesting in making, marketing, or writing about handmade items, decor, cooking, and more. It features workshops and events geared to learning and growing those skills, hosted and taught by experts.  In addition to workshops and a handmade craft market, there is a “Pitch Slam”.  I had no idea what that was, either, so here’s an explanation:

Do you have dreams of becoming an author, fabric designer, illustrator, gift designer or magazine writer? This year THE CREATIVE CONNECTION is excited to offer the opportunity to help make your dream a reality by hosting a Pitch Slam! A Pitch Slam is a fun, fast-paced event that lets you pitch your literary or product idea to a panel of professionals in each field, and receive immediate feedback and expert suggestions for improving and refining your idea. This is a unique opportunity to not only pitch your idea, but to get” face time” with experts, tips on marketing your work and a chance to find professional representation.

Do I want to learn how to pitch my literary ideas to publishers?  YES!  Admittedly, that is not something they taught in the English Education program at Utah State University.  At this point in my life, it might be more useful to know how to sell my writing to a magazine, than how to create a learning unit on The Grapes of Wrath.

How badly do I want to go?  Enough that I’ve written an entire post and shamelessly shared my aspirations of becoming a [more] published writer with all of you–in order to earn extra entries into the contest.  Have I ever won anything besides a 4-H blue ribbon in the Utah State Fair for my snickerdoodle cookies when I was 9 year old?  No!  But I’m not going to let that stop me.  Wish me luck!


  1. Good Luck!

    It would be fun to see you there! :)

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