Sunday, June 26, 2016

I've Had the Time of My Life

It's Sunday morning as I write this post and I have returned home. The past few days were spent learning and listening and wondering with friends at the amazing All Write Conference in Warsaw, Indiana. 

My trip started in Wisconsin where I got to spend some time with the lovely Jennifer. We road tripped to Indiana and met up with my roommate for the two days, Leigh Anne. This is where I can't even list all of the people I met and saw as there are too many to mention. I made new friends. I met blogging friends. I saw some friends again! Time with these people was good for my soul.

The conference was wonderful. I got a chance to learn from the greats, including: Ralph Fletcher, Penny Kittle, Jeff Anderson, Ruth Ayres, JoEllen McCarthy, and Linda Urban. On Thursday, I got an opportunity to sit and eat lunch with Linda Urban. We shared our experiences with notebooks over some yummy bar-b-q sandwiches. Linda's presentation on Friday was so much fun! Lots of notebook writing time! 

I'm still processing it all and I'll blog more about the sessions soon, but for now, here's my trip in pictures...
Yummy lunch after I landed!

Laughing with Jennifer! 

Peppermint ice cream. I was the only one who ordered dessert at dinner! Mmmmm!

The three, Leigh Anne, and Jennifer ready to start the conference!
Leigh Anne, Holly, Megan and I at the author dinner with Linda Urban. 

Me and Linda Urban after her wonderful presentation about notebooks!

Practicing sketching in my notebook. 

My view at the airport in Milwaukee at 7am on Saturday morning.

The soda can says it all, "I've had the time of my life." 

Thank you to Ruth Ayres for providing this space to share our celebrations. Please join us and share your own!


  1. Love the pictures, glad you were there & had a marvelous time with everyone, including Jennifer & Leigh Anne. I know it's a super time, and missed it very much. Happy Sunday, Michelle!

  2. Your experience was clearly full of learning, energy and joy. Time to reflect will allow emotions and ideas to stay longer with you.

  3. It is delightful to me that these specific words came to you on the coke can, in the airplane, on the way home. As you survey life through your writer's lense it did NOT escape you! In meeting you in person I feel like I caught just a snippet, like with a good book talk it leaves me wanting to explore more. I look forward to that because I know it is going to be fun...

  4. I enjoyed meeting you, and I had such a wonderful time at All-Write, too. That Coke can is great! What a funny source for finding some perfect words to sum up your trip.

  5. I am so glad I got to meet you in person. Those glimpses into your notebook are especially delicious--just like that ice cream! I hope this means you are making this an annual tradition.

  6. Karma put that Coke can in your hands, it speaks the truth. The speakers inspire, but it's the connections to friends that makes this conference a unique experience. I hope we get to meet again next year.

  7. I was so happy to see you at All Write! Your pictures are great, and I'm waiting to read more. It's mind-boggling, isn't it? So much to say and reflect on! What a wonderful time. I'm sure I'll see you again next year! Jennifer Sniadecki

  8. Thanks for sharing the images and warm thoughts about All Write. It sounds like such a wonderful conference. Can't wait to hear more.

  9. I love your collection of images from All-Write. Keep writing and sketching and learning, my friend!


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