I went with a fellow writer from Indiana -- a gal I'd met once or twice -- yet, we became fast friends in the six hour drive to Nashville. I met Tracie Peterson for the first time looking like a drowned cat -- boy, would I like a photo of that first impression! Am I ever excited that she is the keynote speaker this year!
- Because it's the one time a year, I get to spend time with many of my dearest writing friends. It really is like a giant (we're expecting 700 this year) family reunion.
- I learn so much from the workshops and speakers.
- I get to give back a fraction of what has been given to me. This year I'm co-teaching three workshops: one on research with Tricia Goyer (love her!) and two with super-agent Steve Laube and fellow author Rick Acker on publishing contracts and e-books.
- I get to celebrate with friends as the Carol and Genesis Awards are handed out at the Gala.
One thing I know with certainty. God always shows up and works in amazing ways at ACFW.