When: July 7-10, 2005

Where: Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center, Seattle, WA.

The Pacific Northwest Writers Association has been supporting writers and their work since 1956. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the PNWA annual summer writers conference.

Eldon had the following to say about his first experience with the PNWA:

“There are a number of reasons to attend a writers conference, be it to solicit an agent, workshop a manuscript, network with other professionals, reconnect with old friends, or lend encouragement to up-and-coming writers. This year’s PNWA summer conference offered all of the above. From the organizers to the presenters to the keynote speakers, all were friendly and welcoming and full of advice. My thanks go out to Stacy and Meg and all the others who worked so hard to make this event a reality. To authors Douglas Preston and Erik Larson for their lively and entertaining speeches. To agents Donald Maass and Tony Outhwaite, for their kind attention and invaluable counsel. To author-instructors Bob Mayer, Terry Brooks, Elizabeth George, Don McQuinn, and so many of their fellow professionals, all of whom took time out of their hectic schedules to share their knowledge and talent. To the good folks at Barnes & Noble, sponsors of the conference autograph party, for lugging around and exhibiting all of those many tomes—mine included. A special thanks also to Michele Torrey, who made sure that my first official signing was as painless as could be—and to those readers who took the time to introduce themselves and pick up copies of my book. And finally, a warm greeting and debt of thanks to friends old and new who made the trip: Jack and Tracy, Dennis and Kathryn, Lisa, Steve, and of course, Crissy, who filled up that giant Avalanche of hers and brought along our dog, Indy—injured leg and all—so that I could see them both for the first time in weeks.

The hotel and conference center were quite nice and easy to navigate—and the giant cookies were an excellent touch. Also, for anyone staying in the SeaTac area, I strongly recommend the breakfast buffet at the Marriott next door—which, among the cooked-to-order omelettes and Belgian waffles topped with an amazing fruit compote, served probably the best bacon I’ve ever had.

Food and desserts aside, it would take far too long to recount all of the things I learned and to relive every kindness or courtesy, so let it suffice to say that I hope next year’s PNWA conference is every bit as memorable as this one.”