Monday, June 27, 2011

Thanks, Midwest Writing Center!

We just returned from Davenport, Iowa, the location for the Midwest Writing Center’s David R. Collin's Writers' Conference. It was an amazing four days, and we so appreciate getting to connect with old friends and meet some new. If you've never been to the Quad Cities, you're missing a great experience. It's an area like no other.

There were so many highlights, but mostly what makes this conference so resonant is the people--writers, organizers, speakers, faculty, everyone. They've got the river (Mississippi), the train, and a thriving arts community, and it's all reflected in the people, who put tremendous effort into growing and maintaining that community.

The conference was held on the St. Ambrose University campus, which has some of the most tech-enhanced and tech-friendly classrooms we've ever had the pleasure of teaching in throughout the many conferences we've attended . It's a beautiful campus, and those who work there are extremely helpful (a special shout out here to the kind person who helped me recover a lost item--THANK YOU!).

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we'll stop here and simply let you take a look at our journey in photos. The first one to the right is a snapshot of keynote speaker Kimberly Ostrom, aka Kimberly Cates, and the rest will be described beneath each photo.

Skywalk crossing River Drive

Mississippi River-powered hydroelectric plant

Rhythm City Riverboat Casino

Evidence of flooding from decades past--a high water mark taller than both of us
A bust of local legend Bix Beiderbecke near the bandshell where a jazz festival is held every year in his honor

The Figge Art Museum is the square building to the right--a must see if you visit!

The bandshell where the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival is held every year

Hear no evil; speak no evil; see no evil? Or just some birds hanging out on the river?

The walking path by the river

A bridge to Illinois

The River Drive Skywalk entrance

A very photogenic bird

The River Drive Skywalk with the Figge Art Museum as the backdrop