Thursday, May 12, 2016

Conferences by Terri Weldon


The Romance Writers of America (RWA) national conference is in July and the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference is in August this year. These are two fantastic conferences held annually and I’ve been blessed to attend them in the past. Both conferences have unique attributes and I’ve learned so much at them.  
 
There are also a host of smaller conferences available for writes to attend. I’m less familiar with these, but would love to attend a few in the future. Some of the conferences on my “hope to attend” list are:  Mount Hermon, Colorado Christian Writers, and the Oregon Christian Writers. I’ll be honest, I partially want to attend Mount Hermon because of where it is held. I’m telling you go online and look at the gorgeous scenery and you’ll be making plans to go with me. 
 
I’m fortunate that my local ACFW chapter holds a one day mini-conference each year. We just had one in April and Allen Arnold was our speaker. Everything I had heard about his workshop, The Wildness of Writing with God, was true. The conference was phenomenal! If you have the opportunity to hear Allen teach – go for it. You’ll be glad you did.
 
There are also other local conferences in the area that I’ve attended. Local conferences are a wonderful option when vacation days from work or finances don’t allow you to attend a larger conference. There are other perks as well. Oftentimes with a smaller group you have a better opportunity to mingle with the conference instructors. 
 
Don’t get me wrong, there are definite pluses to national conferences such as the opportunity to meet online friends face to face. Plus the sheer number of editors and agents who attend the conference that you can make appointments with or chat with, and the chance to meet your favorite authors. 
 
How about you? Have you had the opportunity to attend one or more conferences? Are you attending one this year? Unfortunately I won’t be at RWA or ACFW, but hopefully next year!
 
 Terri Weldon is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys gardening, reading, and shopping for shoes. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has two adorable Westies – Crosby and Nolly Grace. Terri is a member of ACFW and OCFW, a local chapter of ACFW. Her dream of becoming a published novelist came true in November 2013 when Mistletoe Magic, released from White Rose Publishing.

Readers can connect with Terri: Website: www.TerriWeldon.com Blog: Seriously Write

11 comments:

  1. On the east coast, the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference is a good one and will be taking place in a couple of weeks. One of these days I'll get to ACFW! :)

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    1. Sandra - I've heard of the Blue Ridge. Would love to go sometime. And yes, you will definitely want to make ACFW sometime. Maybe we can both go next year. That would be fun!

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  2. I'm all set to go to the ACFW this year and I'll miss you both! I've met so many friends and made connections in the industry. I met my agent and my mentor at conferences. And the opportunity to talk with other writers is out-of-this world. If you need encouragement, instruction and connections, you need to go to a conference.

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    1. Angie, I'm thrilled you're attending this year! I wish I was because I'd love to see you. Have a fantastic time and you are so right about the need to attend conferences.

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  3. All these conferences sound wonderful. The chance to study your craft, make friends and visit beautiful new locales!

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    1. Loves To Read - you are so right - conferences are fun for all the reasons you listed. You should check out Debbie Macomber's Readers Conference. It sounds like a blast!

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  4. I've been to both RWA and ACFW, as well as smaller Christian conferences in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Both fun. ACFW is less hectic. Disappointed I won't get to meet you in person at ACFW this summer. - Jean C. Gordon

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  5. The above comment was submitted by Jean C. Gordon. I inadvertently deleted it and was unable to get the comment to post. Sorry Jean!

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    1. Oh Jean, I would love to see you in person! Maybe next year we can both attend.

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  6. Mt. Hermon is spectacular. The conference is good, but the place...frankly, I could go there just to walk among the trees.

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  7. Robin, that's exactly what I want to do - walk among the trees. Hopefully I can attend in the near future.

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