September 11, 2011

The Creative Connection: 2011

I'm so pumped!!!  Can you believe it?  We're just days away from The Creative Connection Conference in St. Paul Minnesota, September 15-17 at the Crown Plaza Hotel.  This is a national conference and market, celebrating creative women and entrepreneurs.  Hundreds of women who have a passion for the creative process will gather together for a 3 day extravaganza filled with hands-on workshops in cooking, sewing, knitting, jewelry making, creative writing, journals, book publishing, photography, baking, canning, food styling and more.  There will be social networking and business panels that focus on the practical details of setting up, running and marketing a business and leveraging its impact through the social media and blogging.

The 2011 Market Place will feature over 70 craft and handmade vendors, including: knitting, sewing, jewelry. fabric arts, paper goods and mixed media artists.  Other fun and exciting mini events happening in the Market Place will be blogger parties, book launches, craft demos and workshops.  New this year will be a Market Place Kitchen, which will feature demonstrations from food experts and cookbook authors.  This unique shopping experience is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC for a $10 admission fee for one day, or $15 for two days.  The market is open from 1:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept 16, and 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 17.

"Jo and Me" 2010
 The Creative Connection is the brainchild of Jo Packham of "Where Women Create" and "Where Women Cook" magazines and Nancy Seriano launched The Creative Connection 2010, an event that united creative women entrepreneurs who are passionate about a creative life.  Now in its second year the event has joined forces with BlogHer.  BlogHer, the largest women's social media network.  I am somewhat new to BlogHer and I look forward to a full day of learning with the BlogHer Handmade Panels.  Friday and Saturday I will spend the day in the classroom learning techniques in "How to make a living as an artist", "Creative Writing classes, "Professional Imaging Workshops" and "How teach in my very own cyber classroom".  I was fortunate enough to attend last years event and would not miss it this year. If this is something you might be interested in, its not to late to join me and other Creative Chick Cafe artists.  Flexible packages are available, including a Weekender Pass or various 'a la carte selections.  registration and fee information, a complete schedule, and course and panel descriptions can be found at  Also, check out our new landing page at  There under the "Gallery Section" is a photo visit with the happens of last years event.

I am looking forward to making some new connections with some new amazing creative people and re-visiting with the ones I met last year.  I will post activities and my experiences throughout the weekend so you will not miss a thing!

Now go "Create Something",


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