I had the pleasure of meeting Robert Dugoni today.
He’s a Seattle writer who has come to the Surrey International Writers’ Conference to teach a few master classes, inspire some writers, and maybe blow a few minds along the way.
Earlier in the morning I had checked out his website while battling a vintage brew of instant coffee in my hotel room. I had read that he was giving the key note address to the conference in a few short hours and I wanted to do a little research to give myself some context for his speech.
The first thing that I see when I land on his site is a reference to Scott Turow and Basic Instinct.
And while I will reserve public comment on Mr Turow’s occasional pronouncements on behalf of the American Author’s Guild I certainly enjoyed Presumed Innocent when it came out and I liked the notion of mixing it with something as ballsy as Basic Instinct.
So, he had my attention.
A little later he sat beside me at breakfast and we chatted about this and that with Robert Wiersema, and some of the great people who organize this conference.
I asked Mr Dugoni if he’d mind if I recorded his key note on my audio recorder and he told me that he didn’t mind at all.
Soon I sat at the front of the grand ballroom at the Surrey Sheraton. Near the stage where Bob would soon speak.
The rest of the room was packed with writers and agents. Aspiring writers, well published writers, people with novels in their heads, stuffed into their backpacks, saved on hard drives and tucked under their arms.
Bob Dugoni was sitting to my left. We were jabbering about Jim Harbaugh and Jerry Rice, Bernie Williams and Jim Kelly. Just bullshitting away. A couple of sports fans passing the time.
Then Ian Weir sat down with us at the table. Always good to see Ian. Such a talented writer and wonderful person.
After the opening speeches and a few preliminaries were attended to Bob was introduced.
He delivered this incredible and inspiring speech.
Listen to: This Day We Write! by Bob DugoniThis Day We Write! by Bob Dugoni.