Have you considered attending a writers’ conference? Maybe you didn’t know where to start? Or couldn’t afford it? This post is for YOU! I provided several links for easy reference.
Writers’ Conferences are a must for every writer, aspiring AND published. Best-selling author Davis Bunn impressed this on me when I wrote Stella’s Plea. It was the greatest lesson I learned as a writer. The tools of the trade you’ll learn at these events from other writers who have been-there-done-that are priceless. The long-lasting friendships you’ll make are invaluable. However, how do you choose among the many conferences out there? Davis recommended the following to me:
WRITE TO PUBLISH (WTP), Wheaton College, IL
I attended in 2012. This was my first major writers’ conference. Words aren’t enough to express the amazing time of growing, and learning. Since I attended, I published Stella’s Plea (Christian Suspense). Others I met there:
- 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);
- Some published magazine articles and devotionals;
- Others entered true short stories in OakTara Publishers’ contests, and were selected for two anthologies: Falling In Love With You and My Love To You Always.
MOUNT HERMON CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, Felton CA
Davis had recommended this one first, but I couldn’t make it then. I knew if God wanted me to go, He’d open the door. He did so in April 2014. The setting of Mt Hermon is an absolute haven for writers. Like WTP, it featured awesome writers, teachers, agents and editors. Several of the non-fiction writers I met there urged me to attend ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). I can’t afford two major conferences in one year so I promised I’d look into it later. Oh you of little faith! I may not be able to afford it, but God can. I love the way He orchestrated this.
I’d considered a smaller one-and-half-day conference in Alberta in Sept 2014. When I went to register, a small voice said Wait. So I did. That same week, Karen Wingate, asked our WTP Facebook group if anyone was going to ACFW. I found out it was same week as the one in Alberta. God knew ACFW was where I needed to go. I can’t wait to meet new writers, and again, to learn more from the best. Here’s a bonus: some of the amazing writers I met at both previous conferences will be there. How sweet is that?
Is God calling you to write? These events are an integral part of your writing/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’ll provide. Just ask Him, have faith, then sit back and watch 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).
Blessings always ! Renee-Ann <><