By the time the date for the afternoon workshop was drawing near, my presentation was shifted to first. This was to accommodate another writer who was travelling from North Vancouver to be the second part of the afternoon session. Shelley O’Callaghan had recently published a memoir that was about history and family memories of Chilliwack Lake in “How Deep Is The Lake.”
I had also been invited to participate in the evening reading session after there had been a cancellation. The two of us writers from the afternoon workshop joined the local writing team of Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat to read selections from our published material and discuss our research and writing methods. I chose to focus on my ghostwriting and read some of that work.
In the afternoon workshop I actually made two presentations. The first one I intended to use in the evening until I discovered that the format for the readings was different from the workshop. So I just ran both of my PowerPoint presentations back-to-back. The first one was titled, “The Adventures of a Ghostwriter” and I tried to make it light and funny with minimal copy.
The second one was “How To Self-Publish An eBook” and it went through the step-by-step process. The questions that came from those in attendance regarding ghostwriting and freelance writing in general were pretty amazing. Brenda was with me for the entire festival and she even remarked to me later that there was a great deal of interest in what I was sharing.
I don’t normally think much about the way I have built my ghostwriting career as I am still actively working it and fine tuning as I go. It was obvious to me that I may have opened the doors for other local writers who had no real idea of how to turn their talent into a source of income. I had to say more than once that the methods I’ve used were all self-taught.
It was a good feeling to be able to pass on some tips and suggestions to help other writers to get somewhere with their work. I know it would have probably saved me some time. The local library did a great job in setting this event up and although the attendance figures were not huge, those who went were truly interested in what each writer had to say and share about their work.