By Virginia Parker Staat
RMOWP is just a few weeks away from its 2021 conference. Are you making plans to attend? I do hope so.
After a year with the pandemic, you may have trepidations about your safety. Your RMOWP staff and Board share your concerns and want to assure you that we are taking precautions at every level. Meals will be boxed or plated. Social distancing will be encouraged. We have also planned more outdoor activities than usual, including a visit to the Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and workshops in an outdoor pavilion at the Alameda Park Zoo.
What are other reasons for you to attend? Our RMOWP conference offers each of us the opportunity to connect with friends, both old and new. We’ll be sharing our year’s best work with contest entries and critiques. We’ll hear about new techniques in an Independent Publishing Panel and writing and photography workshops.
Perhaps most importantly, when we connect with folks who share our passion about the outdoors, it can revitalize our energy for our craft and creativity. Being around like-minded people is both inspirational and validating.
This year’s RMOWP conference will be filled with fun, good food, informative workshops, photographing and writing events, an opportunity to explore one of our nation’s newest national parks, and lots of networking opportunities. I’m looking forward to seeing each of you there.