Friday, July 11, 2008
ACFW National Conference - 68 Days and Counting!
Yep, in exactly 68 days the American Christian Fiction Writers will invade the North. After two years in the Lone Star state we're setting up in Minneapolis and we can't wait to get there!
I've been fortunate enough to have attended all ACFW conferences since our very first one in Kansas City back in 2002 when 100 people attended and ACFW was just starting to grow into the 1600+ membership we have today. This year we expect 500-600 attendees and the conference is better than ever.
This year's keynoter is Angie Hunt. Angie is a prolific author and a great encourager to writers of all levels. I had the honor of sitting in a writing clinic that she taught at the Colorado writing conference I attended last year.
For any Christian who writes fiction, the ACFW conference is the one conference you should be attending this year. Continuing classes and workshops will be taught by the best professionals in the business. Nearly every CBA publisher intends to have representation there. Think Bethany House, Whitaker House, B&H, Zondervan, and Tyndale, just to name a few. Agents such as Chip MacGregor, Steve Laube, Alive Communications, Hartline, Browne & Miller, and a lot more. Awesome worship. Networking opportunitites. Massive 100-author book signing at the Mall of America coordinated by Barnes and Noble, and much, much more.
There is still time to sign up! Just go to the ACFW Conference Web Page and first study the offerings by clicking on the links in the sidebar menu. Then click on the registration link and get started.
It all takes place in the 5-star Sheraton Bloomington Hotel. I spent several days at this hotel last March and I can promise you a comfy bed in a well-appointed room. comfortable meeting space, an awesome dining experience with great food. All that along with a very splashy and exciting award banquet on Saturday night where we'll announce the winners of the Genesis writing contest, Book of the Year winners, Agent of the Year, Editor of the Year, and Mentor of the Year. ACFW has a block of rooms held at a special low price so don't wait too long to make your reservation!
Have I whetted your appetite yet? Good! See you in September in Minneapolis!