Lake Annie Writer’s Workshop

A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to attend a writer’s workshop held on beautiful Lake Annie in Hawthorne, Florida.

The first thing that blew me away was the view from the back porch:

lake annie

After the sun reflecting off the water stopped distracting me from the task at hand, I was ready to have Within Emerald Forests critiqued and volunteered to go first!

There were a total of six workshop participants led by Laura Smith, author of Heart of Palm.

There were a total of six of us, sharing our work while critiquing others.  One of whom is a great friend of mine, writing under the name Katelin Maloney.

It was a wonderful, informational day.  I left my ego in the car and prepared to hear what others thought about Within Emerald Forests (book three of the crypto-zoology series).  Some loved it – others not so much!  I heard my similes were trite and then was compared to Tolkien in the next breath.

Lesson learned:  Everyone has an opinion – learn from others but try not to take the criticism too seriously since others will love it…sometimes for the exact same reason!



About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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