Sunday, October 23, 2011

A thank you letter to the members of the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group

It’s the day after our first “I’ve Always Wanted to Write a Book” conference.  As president, conference committee member, GRRWG member, author and reader, I could not be more proud of the professionalism, enthusiasm and pride shown by our participants.  Whether sharing their knowledge in a workshop, moderating or simply taking the time to make sure a first time attendee felt at ease, they showed themselves to be first class all the way.
Friday evening’s wine tasting started the weekend’s success.  The private setting allowed us the freedom of getting to know strangers, share stories and much laughter.  We enjoyed the wide selection of Michigan wines provided by Kent Beverage Co and the expertise of their representative.  Nothing could have set the tone better.
Saturday’s workshops were informative, fun and varied.  Thanks to all the presenters, moderators and attendees.  I heard a lot of laughter and positive comments.
The Radisson provided an awesome, varied buffet of delicious food for both breakfast and lunch.
Keynote speaker Jacqueline Carey admitted to not being a "professional speaker", but she had us fooled with an eloquent, very funny tale of her writing career.  She showed that hard work, perseverance and good writing can pay off.
A big thank you to literary agent Michelle Grajkowski.  She was gracious, funny, classy, and most importantly, approachable.  I heard a lot of talk in the hallways of proposals she’d requested and encourage everyone to submit as soon as possible (all the quicker to be accepted as her newest client).
Thanks also to those who donated raffle prizes.  They underscored the generosity of our group.
Lastly, I’d like to express my sincere appreciation to the conference committee, Jennifer Armintrout, Bronwyn Green, Temple Hogan, Sydney Ayers and Ginny Hebert.  Without your hard work, dedication and ability to perform miracles, this conference never would have happened.  You are classy ladies, and I was privileged to work with the very best!

Cheryl Sterling,
President, Grand Rapids Region Writers Group


Stephanie Michels, author said...

Very nicely said, Cheryl. It was a wonderful day.

Patricia Kiyono said...

I had a wonderful weekend! Now you can relax after a job well done.

J.C. Hanks said...

I hope you went home and had a drink later. It went very smoothly, great job everyone!