Monday, July 19, 2010

American Christian Fiction Writers 2010 Conference

It's hard to know where to start when talking about the 2009 ACFW Conference. Besides the fact that I would be traveling back to my hometown, visiting family, and meeting up with friends, I had many more reasons to be excited about going to my first conference.

As a newbie last year, I decided to head to Denver without expectations. That's right, none whatsoever.

I had appointments set up with an editor and an agent. While trying to still my nerves and keep my knees from knocking together all the way into the room, I was immediately put at ease by both women I met. They listened, gave me ideas, and took the time to answer my questions. I couldn't have asked for more. 

Along with meetings, I attended different classes offered throughout the weekend. I was so excited to learn more about the craft of writing. Some of the best writers, editors, and agents taught classes that were not only fun, but informative.

I saw friends from home and had a lot of laughs. I also met a multitude of new friends, which I immediately felt like I'd known for years. I was encouraged by Debbie Macomber's stories about her rise from unpublished writer, punching the keys on a rented typewriter, to becoming a New York Times bestseller. 

But, beyond the writing, the meetings, the classes, and the friends, I was astounded by the love of Christ filling the hotel. People prayed in the hallways with each other. Editors and agents prayed for the people they met. Competition was non-existent, and a genuine concern for each other's goals and dreams was evident. The music brought us all together to praise God at such a time. 

At the end of the conference I left feeling more empowered to share the love of Jesus with others. I came home on fire for Christ! I didn't expect it, but I got it. And I'm very thankful for it.

Here's a link to the conference: http://www.acfw.com/conference

2 comments:

Dorothy Adamek said...

Thanks Julie,
Great post for a first time conferee like me! I will be coming in from Australia and it's a blessing to read about others' first time experiences.
Blessings
Dorothy :)

juliepollitt said...

Hi Dorothy,

Glad you liked the post. I won't be able to go this year, but I thoroughly enjoyed last year. You won't regret it for a minute! Everyone is so wonderful and welcoming. Have a great time!

Proverbs 16:3

Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established.