“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”
It almost didn’t happen, then it did, but not how we had originally planned.
I’m not sure who in our writers’ critique group suggested it first, but when our one-day Annual Writer’s Conference didn’t get enough registrants to make it a ‘go’, we decided to offer a scaled down version — for free.
Besides, we had already paid for the conference insurance (non-refundable) and had a location reserved.
Of course several of the bigger-name speakers had to be axed, but one decided to come and donate her expertise. Nice!
Several in our writers’ critique group are published authors with a lot of know-how. They offered to teach most of the workshops.
We spread the word to come, free of charge—and bring a bag lunch, or chip-in for pizza and soda. We provided homemade goodies, coffee, tea and bottled water.
Around twenty folks attended. Everyone learned something, and we all enjoyed meeting other writers and hope-to-be writers.
So…our lemon turned out better than lemonade, more like lemon-meringue pie.