LitReactor Takes Portland: Notes On Our Second Meetup And Our Wordstock Appearance
This past weekend LitReactor descended upon Portland, for its second meetup and its first convention appearance. Both went extremely well!
The meetup was a huge success. All told, around 40 people stopped by, including a number of our class instructors--Bree Ogden, Jon Gingerich, Lidia Yuknavitch, Suzy Vitello and Johnny Shaw (whose class starts next week, by the way). It also featured our co-founders Dennis Widmyer and Kirk Clawes, and our education director, Mark Vanderpool. And Kara Kilgore! And Taylor Houston! And Dakota, the guy who got the LitReactor logo tattooed on his forearm! And a whole bunch of other people! (The pictures are a little dark; blame Dennis.)
We'd like to tip our hat to Chester Pane for setting it up, and to the nice folks at Radio Room for hosting us. Great drinks, great food--if you're in the neighborhood, check it out. Try the polenta.
Wordstock went very well, too. We learned a good lesson: When you have a banner over your booth, keep it a little vague. Then people have to come ask you what you do! People expressed a lot of interest in what we were doing--specifically, our workshop and our classes. Again, Bree, Jon, Lidia, Suzy and Johnny were great, hanging around and talking us up.
More pictures at our Facebook page
We also unveiled our new t-shirts! Which are awesome and everyone wanted and we didn't have enough. More on that, soon.
It was another great chance to meet our members and make some new friends. But more importantly, it fostered that thing that we've been driving for ever since the beginning--a sense of community. It's great to get together with some like-minded individuals and realize that, despite all the bits and bytes between us, we're all struggling with similar issues and striving toward similar goals.
If you were at the meetup or met us at Wordstock, why not reminisce a little, down in the comments?
And if you weren't at the meetup, where should LitReactor go next?
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