Even though I am much closer, Surrey is still a bit of a trek, so for my first year, I decided to book only the Saturday at the conference. So, this Saturday, I woke up at 5:45 a.m. and walked, in the dark, to the ferry. I was very grateful for my phone's flashlight app! After the 6:30 ferry, I took the city bus to Burrard Station in downtown Vancouver. Here is the only photo I took, which is a lovely fountain across from the station.
Next, I attended a session called Collecting Seeds: How to use Images and Occasions to Create Story with Danika Dinsmore. After an entertaining introduction of her work and passions, she began to lead us through a writing exercise focused on remembering a place from our past and all of the objects in it. Unfortunately, I was not able to finish the exercise as it was time for my Blue Pencil meeting with author, Gigi Pandian.
It was a rare treat to meet with Gigi. She read the first three pages of my latest novel project and gave me some great suggestions about revisions I could make. She was very warm and encouraging (she told me I was a great writer!) and directly after our meeting, I went to the conference trade show to buy her book Artifact.