ACFW conference. A few years ago we realized that approximately a third of our attendees any given year were first timers. I'll never forget my first time at conference in 2005.
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! That first conference launched my writing career...introducing me to editors, agents and other writers. Finding out that I wasn't crazy for thinking a bit differently from others.
I'm excited that this year's keynote speaker is Michael Hyatt. His blog is always worth reading, packed with leadership tips. I can't wait to hear what he shares with us.
There are so many reasons to come if you are a Christian fiction writer. I've attended each one since 2005. Why?
- 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 a continuing education session with the amazing Tricia Goyer (love her!). In four hours we'll try to cover the basics on taking a book from an idea to publishable.
- 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.