Another wonderful experience from the Southeastern Writers Association Conference last week.
Let me start by making a little fun of myself. Last year at the SWA Conference I’m pretty sure I was ~scared out of my wits.~ The entire time I felt completely out of my depth and overwhelmed but at the same time inspired and determined any kicking, spitting mule you’d like to imagine.
I was also awkward as hell.
This year my awkwardness had dropped dramatically from their previous As Hell levels. Thanks to a great shift in attitude and the experience Model UN gave me, I’ve actually finally learned how to talk.
I realized I’d changed a bit when I found myself sitting next to Chuck Sambuchino, one of the biggest names there, the first night of the conference–and he was teaching me to play Poker.
I still can’t say I’d be able to win if I sat down at a Poker table now. No, I’m afraid I definitely would not have the confidence to engage in any alternate forms of the game. Cough. But I did pick the gist of it up and when I started making decisions we started winning. Of course, the stakes weren’t high. It was also fun watch Mr. Sambuchino dramatically slap down an immense bet of 50 cents.
My mad Poker skillz aren’t the only thing I picked up from him last week, however. Even though he had to leave the conference Wednesday morning, he taught four classes: Screenwriting, Nonfiction, Business of the Business – Agent Focus, and Business of the Business – Editor Focus.
I have notes on all the classes, but I have a TON of screenwriting stuff. They’ll definitely fill a post or two in the future. I enjoyed the classes and liked Mr. Sambuchino’s teaching style. He’s laid back and very open to questions. He makes jokes and laughs at the business and himself. He also played the piano before class–medleys including Coldplay’s Speed of Sound and Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit.
I’m sorry. That’s awesome. As an eighteen-year-old, I find it simply epic. =)
I’d highly recommend Mr. Sambuchino as a class instructor–and the good news is he’s going to be teaching at the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop at Myrtle Beach in October! Hopefully his classroom will have a piano.