C.V. Rhodes served as the keynote speaker at the Festival. The title of the speech was "Follow Your Dreams, but Take Care of Your Business". Since Evans and Rhodes are both authors and playwrights, in that speech important suggestions were made for those who aspire to become writers.
If you choose to follow these suggestions, no matter what type of creative artists one might, remember that your work is valuable. Know your worth. Live your dreams, but take care of your business.