Reflections From OTWCs Write-a-thon

As anyone who’s planned events before knows, the final days leading up to an event are when everything comes together. This period is stressful, chaotic, and exhilarating, though it can be overwhelming at times. During this time, I’ll question why I keep putting myself through this.

I was talking to my friend Y, who’s hosting an event of his own, and he told me that if you don’t feel anxious or scared about an event, then is it even worth hosting? It’s a good point. For me, hosting events is a form of world-building where I can control the laws, the atmosphere, and the guest list.

The day beforehand, my mind can’t help but run through worst-case scenarios but most of the work is done at this point. Now, you must trust in your preparation and ensure the event goes smoothly.

We were worried about the 9am start time on a Sunday, would anyone show up at that time? Most people showed up at the start or very near to it.

We were worried about the schedule for the day, would people begin to drop off and get tired during the afternoon? Everyone worked hard throughout the day, not just in the morning.

We were worried about hosting the open mic at the end and if people would sign up. 8 writers signed up and delivered inspiring performances, which were well-received by the supportive and fun group in attendance. I too shared a piece I was working on and I had blast reading it.

At the end of the night, people praised the event, expressing their enjoyment and satisfaction with the work produced during that time. And that’s honestly all that matters.

February 28, 2024

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