Friday, September 30, 2011

ACFW Conference

I just returned from the 2011 American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. In one word, a-maz-ing. Okay, three syllable breakdown. You get it. I loved it.

I joined ACFW in 2004 and at the time around 400 people were in the group. Now, they boast over 2,500 peeps. Serious writer peeps. The conference was the largest yet with over 650 attending. We loaded up and landed in St. Louis. The hotel was steps from the arch, which is close enough for me, because I am pretty darn sure I am not going to go up in the sit down elevator. Nope.

For several days we took classes, met other authors, listened to our keynote speaker, Tracie Peterson, and best of all, we worshiped. It was awesome. I love the fact that I can walk in to a bookstore, check out the Christian fiction and know that the books have been prayed over. By several people. The author, their friends, their editor and the publisher. Once the bookstore owners get it in their hands, they are doing some praying as well. I love it!

ACFW has to be one of the finest groups I've ever been a part of. The Awards Gala was so professional and Oscar-ish this year. They even had a live blog going. Pretty cool, eh?

So, this is my plug for ACFW. They are an amazing, mentoring, Jesus-loving group. And I am happy to be a part of it.

Proverbs 16:3

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