They rolled out the red carpet with an amazing soup and salad lunch. Did I forget to mention the brownies? DECADENT!
The thing that amazed me most about this wonderful group is how much I learned just by spending time with them.
Top Five Things I learned In Tulsa:
1. A Servant’s Heart always leaves an impression. In the Tulsa group was the sweetest woman of faith, Kathy Cohea. While others visited and talked story, she worked to put away tables and clean up. Never asking for help. A smile on her lips. I have to admit, she challenged me to always remember to have a servant’s heart.
2. Dedication doesn’t know distance. When you are really committed to your writing career, you continue to work hard to grow even if it means going out of your way. There were several there that drove quite a distance to join the workshop. ‘
3. Sacrifice is part of the journey. One particular writer stood out to me, Laurie Tomlinson. She just finished her first manuscript and struggles to balance the responsibilities of a mom and writer. As Mom’s we often sacrifice sleep and down time to be a writer.
4. Experience doesn’t end a writer’s need to grow. Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner and several other published authors that attended our group amazed me with their tenacity. They continue to strive for excellence to become their personal best.
5. There are some really strange festivals in small towns around the country. LOL! Don’t believe me? Google a few.
In our writing community there are so many things that we can learn from each other. We never arrive. Never quit needing one another. I’m so grateful I got to enjoy a taste of that in Tulsa!
What have you learned from your writing community?