Be Audacious

Jamie Cat Callan, author of Ooh La La!:: French Women’s Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day, presented at my conference yesterday and one of her pieces of advice summarized the entire event for me:

“Be audacious. Even if it seems crazy, ask for what you want!”

All I knew was that I wanted to host a conference to promote talented writers and motivate aspiring writers. I didn’t know where it should be, who should speak, and what message I was trying to share. I started with a simple question “will you join me?” and one by one I amassed a panel of eight amazing speakers.

me at conference

Yesterday I was blown away by the level of insight the speakers had. Each presentation was unique and the speakers shared their personality as well as their knowledge. Looking out at the audience, I was touched to see over 40 strangers eagerly taking notes the entire time. During the social hour, so many audience members came up to me and said they couldn’t wait to go home and write (exactly what I wanted to hear).

The audience members taking their seats.

The audience members taking their seats.

I can’t tell you how many times I told people I was hosting a writers’ conference and they gave me a look like I was crazy. After all, who am I? I don’t have the backing of a credible publishing house, I don’t have thousands of dollars from sponsors, I don’t have 100,000 followers on Twitter. Who am I? I’m audacious :) and it worked!

If you have a dream, start doing whatever it takes to make it happen. It might not look like how you envisioned it, but remember you are just taking the first step and that’s what will make the next step possible. Waiting around for someone to give you permission to do something is a waste of time, and it probably won’t ever happen.

Now I know that I can do this, I’m looking to expand. I would like to host the next conference in 6 months. Here’s how you can help me:

  • If you know of potential sponsors who would like to be associated with a conference that’s inspiring and motivating, one that promotes working hard for what you want, please put me in touch with them!
  • If you know engaging, approachable and inspiring speakers who are in some way connected to the writing world (publishers, agents, writers, freelancers, or something totally crazy that I can’t come up with), please put me in touch with them!
  • Follow me on Twitter and Facebook. The more followers I have, the more credible I look and the more great content you get to keep up with ;). The hashtag for this event is #writerswork

Lots more pictures will be coming! I can’t thank Jamie Cat Callan, AnneLise Sorensen, Jen Doll, Whitney Jacoby, Gayle Squires, Melissa Baumgart, Tricia Remark, and Christina Bryza enough! Also a special thanks to Capital One 360 for the venue, and Amy Stockhaus for the photography.

11 comments

  1. The second paragraph after the audience member photo is exactly what I needed to hear, so thanks – I even copied it and saved it to my inspirational quote book. :) I’m so happy your conference turned out to be more than you expected! Keep it up, and keep inspiring us to be more!

  2. I really wish I did not live on the other end of the world, so that I could attend this! I would really love to be there. But I want to really congratulate you on the vision and the guts to live this dream, and giving it wings! Well done!

    1. Thank you!!! Well one of my dreams is to have an international conference so maybe one of these days I’ll be in your neck of the woods :)

  3. Tracy, you are an absolute inspiration. Your energy and heart are in such a powerful vibration. Your conference shifted me from a place of fear and uncertainty to green light mode. I cannot even begin to express what that means to me, well, it’s everything and more! I am so deeply grateful for your ability to create such an empowering space for soulful creation, for dreams to come to life. I will absolutely hold the vision for this to be international, because I can tell that you have the innate ability to transform lives on a massive scale. I look forward to continuing to be a part of this amazing journey and can’t wait to see your next level shine through. During a web conference today I heard that these days, transformation is much more likely to happen from a roots level. Thanks for being brave enough to create this conference from your big, beautiful, generous heart! <3

    1. All I can say is WOW! Thank you so much for your heartfelt words. It means so much to me that the conference had such a meaningful impact on you. I will remember your kind words in the future whenever I doubt if something is worth all the trouble. I wish you all the best with your book, and I know with your positive spirit it will be a great success!

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