I spent last week in writer’s heaven, otherwise known as the Cape Cod Writers Center (CCWC). The Center was started by a small group of aspiring authors in 1963 at the Craigsville Conference Center. This year the CCWC is celebrating its 50th anniversary. For the first time, the conference moved from Craigsville to the Resort and Conference Center of Hyannis.
Though CCWC activities are held throughout the year, the annual conference is the Center’s signature event. I’ve met writers there from all around the country and one from Montreal.
I took two classes presented by Michelle Hoover: The Dreaded Beginning and Plotting the Novel. Michelle is a full-time writing instructor at Boston University, and teaches classes at Grub Street. She is an award-winning published author of short stories and a literary novel, The Quickening, published in June 2010. In her spare time, she is working on a second novel and teaching at the CCWC conference.
Michelle’s classes were the best I’ve attended at any conference. She was dynamic, funny, detailed, and patient. The course, Plotting the Novel, was appropriate for those only thinking about writing a novel, but also for those of us who were writing their fifth.
Writing is an active process of learning and practicing. I came away with the certainty that my writing ability was enhanced with the knowledge Michelle passed to us. I know she will return next year. As will I!