Oh there are so many Christian writer conferences I’d love to attend – I could spend all year traveling and learning! Wouldn’t that be fun?
Over the past few weeks we’ve touched on several excellent conferences including:
*Christian Fiction Readers Retreat
*WordSowers Christian Writers Conference
But there are so many more out there for writers to choose from, from all regions of the country, that deserve a mention. I can’t list all off them here, but the list below highlights some of the more popular conferences.
American Christian Fiction Writers Conference (ACFW) August 25 – 28, 2016 in Nashville, TN. — This is probably the biggest one for Christian writers, editors, agents, publicists, etc. I’ve met most of my writing friends through ACFW so going to this conference is always like a family reunion. Here you’ll also find a top-notch setting, delicious food, high-quality courses, opportunities to meet your favorite authors and to pitch your work to editors and agents.
Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, April 7 – 11, 2017 in Mount Hermon, California — I haven’t ever attended this conference, but everyone says it rivals ACFW for best conference. Someday …
Colorado Christian Writers Conference, held this past weekend May 11 – 14 in Estes Park, Colorado — Probably my favorite conference experience. Where ACFW is bigger and fancier, this conference is cozy and laid back. The Rocky Mountain setting with oodles of wildlife can’t be beat. It was at this conference that I took advanced courses with Angela Hunt and Nancy Rue, had a continuing ed class with James Scott Bell (I also had an author appointment with JSB that encouraged me to keep writing), sat in on a talk by Ted Dekker, and, best of all, met friend and critique partner, Stephanie Prichard and her husband, Don. Look for this conference next year in mid-May. A similar conference is held in Philadelphia annually (August 3 – 6 this year.) Register here: Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.
Oregon Christian Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon, August 15 – 18, 2016. — This is the conference I’d love to attend this year. Just look at some of these names on the faculty list: James Scott Bell, Angela Hunt, Karen Ball, Lynn Austin, Susan May Warren, Jeff Gerke, James Rubart, Chip MacGregor, and so many more.
Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, near Asheville, NC, May 22 – 26, 2016 — This is another conference I’ve always wanted to attend, but being it’s held in May which has been a very busy month for the past several years., it hasn’t been an option yet.
Breathe Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, October 7 – 8, 2016 — a smaller conference I’ve wanted to attend. They usually have fabulous keynote speakers–this year it’s James Scott Bell–and it’s a drivable location for me.
Which conferences are your favorites? Would you add any to this list?