BENEFITS OF ATTENDING A CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE.
Have you considered attending a Christian writers’ conference? Perhaps you don’t know where to start, or you can’t afford it? This post is for YOU! I’ll provide links for easy reference.
Whether you’re aspiring to become a writer, or you’re newly published, you don’t want to miss this chance. Christian Writers Conferences are a must. Best-selling author Davis Bunn once impressed this on me. Greatest lesson I ever learned AND put into practice.
The tools we acquire in the many classes and workshops taught by writers who have been-there-done-that are priceless. That’s not the only take away. You make long-lasting, friendships with people who share your passion; meet with editors and agents; and so much more. You might even meet your favourite authors.
Now that I have your attention and you’re all excited, how do you choose? There are so many great conferences out there? Here are the ones I attended, but don’t just take my word for it, follow the links and check them out. I can’t go into great details because this blog post would be way too long.
WRITE TO PUBLISH (WTP), Wheaton College, IL June 8-11, 2016
My first ever Christian Writers Conference: Words aren’t enough to express the amazing time of growing, and learning. A few months after attending, I published Stella’s Plea, my first novel (Christian Suspense). I met authors who write different genre, yet we all clicked right away:
- Rebecca Waters: Breathing On Her Own(Christian fiction);
- Rose Chandler Johnson: God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea(Devotional);
- Gloria Doty: Not Different Enough(Non-fiction);
- Karen Wingate: Built on a Rock (Sunday school resources for children).
You see? You don’t have to write the same genre to feel a connection. You just have to…well, WRITE!
MOUNT HERMON CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, Felton CA (March 2016)
The setting of Mt Hermon is an absolute haven for writers. My room was in a cabin in the woods where I stared at the stars through the skylight in the ceiling. Yes, a true haven. Like WTP, it also features amazing writers, teaching great classes and workshops. They too have meetings with agents, and editors, etc. Many urged me to attend ACFW (listed below). God opened that door.
ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)
If you write fiction, ACFW might be for you. This year it’s in TN (not always in the same State). Little did I know (God knew!!!) the role some of the people I met there would play in my life a year later. Read on, you’ll see what I mean.
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE (BRMCWC) Asheville, NC May 22-26, 2016
Another writers’ haven. Like Mt Hermon, the setting is breathtaking. While I’ve enjoyed every conference, Blue Ridge was the epitome of them all. I had several ‘God moments’ and made more friends while connecting with some I’d met before.
Forgive me if I seem to steer off the main topic but I’m not.
In September last year, I put a post on the ACFW Loop, looking for someone to edit my novel. Several replies later, I connected with the dearest soul one could ever meet. Her name sounded familiar. I’d probably seen her name on the loop, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Finally, I pulled out my business card binder, and started flipping through. I’d met her in person at the ACFW conference in St Louis. A year later, Joy Avery Melville became my editor.
The reason I’m sharing this with you is because you never know who you’ll meet, who will cross your paths, and leave a profound footprint on your heart, on your life. Joy did all this and more.
Is God calling you to write? These events are an integral part of your growing, writing, and learning process. They are there for YOU. Can’t afford it? Many of them offer full and/or partial scholarships to help you. If it’s in God’s plans, He WILL provide. Just ask Him, have faith, and sit back, watching Him do the rest. His Word tells us He already knows the plan He has for us (Jer 29:11) and, if we take delight in Him, He will give us the desire of our heart (Psalm 37:4).
Renee-Ann’s desire began very early but remained nothing more than a hobby until just a few years ago when she wrote her first novel, Stella’s Plea, (Nov. 2012). In February 2016, she released a second, Emma’s Prayer. She’s a member of several writing groups and is no stranger to Christian writers’ conferences where she thrives on learning, and then looks forward to the next conference. She and her husband live in New Brunswick, Canada.
You can find Renee Ann at:
Novel Links: Stella’s Plea: http://amzn.to/18jprie
Emma’s Prayer: http://amzn.to/20UV3VN
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