Sunday, September 22, 2013

ACFW Conference 2013 -- Frank Peretti, James Scott Bell, and Robin Jones Gunn...Oh My!

The past week or so has been a huge blur to me. Before heading out to the ACFW Conference on September 12th, my good friend and writing buddy, Ane Mulligan flew into O'Hare on Tuesday and spent two nights with me.

We first went out for some Chicago style pizza at Lou Malnati's, and then on Wednesday I took her to Lake Geneva, WI, about an hour away, so she could see my hometown and setting for my book in person.
View of the Lobby from overhead ramp

We hit Indy on Thursday and got registered for the conference and settled in our room. A good part of that day was spent hanging out in the hotel lobby giving hugs, and having great conversations about writing.

Thursday night, we headed for P.F. Changs with several other authors for dinner. Dummy me, never brought out my camera
Robin Jones Gunn

The next day Robin Jones Gunn gave the first of her two keynote addresses. I have never heard Robin speak before, but I hope it won't be the last time I do. So encouraging, so insiteful, so uplifting. So transparent.

Me Dressed as my Character with Ane Mulligan
That night, people could dress as their character from their book. What a hoot to see all the different outfits from all times in history and even the future from the speculative gang. I dressed as Meg Alden, my heroine from my 1933 historical romance,  Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Just two weeks earlier, I'd found the coolest hat from that time period in a consignment shop in downstate IL. That hat was the hit of the evening.

Saturday I spent the whole day in James Scott Bell's Quantum workshop on setting the plot for your story. An awesome instructor. I had to leave a couple times for editor or agent appointments, and I really hated to step out.

Saturday night my Penwrights critique group went to an Irish Pub that has been featured on the Food Network and had a great time.

Sunday was more editor and agent appointments, and I ended up playing hooky from the workshops I'd signed up for. I am getting the recordings and will listen to those. So much great teaching I can't wait to hear them all.

Another highlight for most everyone was meeting author Frank Peretti in person. Frank was the recipient of this year's ACFW Life Achievement Award. He spent the entire weekend hanging out and having his picture taken with just about everyone, including me!
Frank Peretti & Me at the Gala

Sunday night was the Awards Gala and my role as Genesis Head Coordinator gave me the huge blessing of being able to announce our nine category winners and give them their award plaques! What a joy to meet most of them in person and see their smiling faces when I announced their names.

Monday, I returned home exhausted, but praising God for yet another glorious ACFW conference.

Hopefully, in the near future I can report some news here, but for now it's all in God's hands. I can't think of a better place to be.


Linda Yezak said...

Sounds like a whirlwind! Glad you had a good time. Great being with you and the rest of the Pennies who made it to the Pub.

Can't wait till next year!

Pamela S. Meyers said...

I can't wait for next year either, Linda! St. Louis here we come!!!

jude urbanski said...

Pam, thanks for sharing and hope Ms. Ane loved our Midwest. It sounds like the conference was stellar.

Kristena Tunstall said...

Pam, I loved your post and I love hearing about all the great things that happened at conference. I wasn't able to go this year due to the big move from Fort Knox, Kentucky, to Alaska. However, hubby has said it's okay to take money out of our tax return next year and I get to go. Yea!! So maybe we'll get to meet. Thank you for sharing your experience there and loved the pics. :)

Pamela S. Meyers said...

Kristena, I'm glad you were able to experience the conference vicariously a bit through my post and pictures. I will indeed give you a big hug next year in St. Louis!

Pamela S. Meyers said...

Jude, I'm pretty sure she enjoyed herself. She loved Lake Geneva and the boat ride I treated her to up there. I'm not sure she's ready to leave Georgia yet, but she did enjoy herself :-)

Cherie Burbach said...

Thanks for sharing this, Pam. Loved your thoughts. This was my first conference and I couldn't agree more with this: "I returned home exhausted, but praising God for yet another glorious ACFW conference."


by Pegg Thomas said...

I don't think we ever officially met at the conference, but it sounds like your weekend and mine were pretty much the same! Loved-loved-loved James Scott Bell's class. Wow!

Pamela S. Meyers said...

Pegg, I don't think we've officially met either! It's so hard to actually meet everyone at conference in only a little more than two-day's time. Sad. But maybe next year. At least we shared the same satisfaction gained from JSB's class. :-)

Ane Mulligan said...

We had a blast, didn't we? :)

Pamela S. Meyers said...

Yes, Ane, we sure did have a blast. It all went so fast!

JoyAveryMelville said...

So nice to have FINALLY met you in person.
I can relate to what you've posted here and am thrilled that we're connected by ACFW.