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.