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April Conference Corner
Spring is teasing us with warmer days, less snow, and more daylight. Any day now, the forsythias will bloom, the tulips will sprout through the mulch, and pollen will dust our cars and annoy our allergies. Currently, most of my days are spent sorting through appointment requests for the Colorado Christian Writers Conference coming up in May. This will be the first year I won’t be able to attend and I’ll miss the mountains, the fellowship, and the long days of classes, worship, and laughter.
Have you picked your conferences for the year? I’ll take that as a yes. Which means now you have to prepare a few pages of your manuscript and a short proposal to show a few editors /agents. Maybe whip something up for one of the writing contests. Not ready to show your work? That’s okay. There will be plenty of classes to attend to help get you ready for the next time.
But let’s say you have something you’d like to show. Let’s make sure you have the best possible chance at getting an editor or agent’s attention.
your Find feature, go through your work and delete the word suddenly
every time you used it.
And here’s one more tip that might save you some angst at a conference. Make sure you have a copy of that proposal on your laptop. Or if you’re not taking your laptop, put it on a flash drive and take it with you. Just in case (and I’ve seen it happen) you lose, ruin, or forget your proposal, there is always a place at the conference where you can print it out.
April 1–2: Called to Write Pittsburg, KS Featured speakers: Terry Burns and Jeanette Littleton http://www.christianwritersfellowship.blogspot.com
April 1–2: American Christian Writers’ Conference Ft. Wayne, IN, Marriott Hotel 20 workshops/sessions; night owl sessions www.acwriters.com
April 8–-9: ACW Mentoring Retreat Nashville, TN Only 4–6 students per instructor; writing intensive weekend www.acwriter.com
April 8–9: Quad-Cities Christian Writers Conference Eldridge, IA Speakers include Mike Brewer and Gail Hayes www.qccwc.com
April 13–14: Mt. Hermon Head-Start Mentoring Clinic http://mounthermon.org
April 15–19: MT. HERMON CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE 37 Conference Drive, Mount Hermon, CA 95041 450 expected to attend email@example.com http://mounthermon.org/adult/professionals/writers-conference
April 16: MERCER COUNTY ANNUAL ONE-DAY WRITERS WORKSHOP; Stoneboro PA; http://www.gloriaclover.com
April 29-30: OC CHRISTIAN WRITERS FELLOWHSIP SPRING CONFERENCE; Irvine CA; http://www.occwf.org
April 30: AMERICAN CHRISTIAN WRITERS GREENSBORO CONFERENCE; Greensboro NC; http://www.ACWriters.com
May 9-13: BLUE RIDGE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE; near Ashville, NC; www.brmcwc.com
May 20-21: ANTELOPE VALLEY CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE; Lancaster, CA; firstname.lastname@example.org; 661-722-4896
June 21-25: ST DAVIDS CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE; Grove City College, Grove City, PA; http://stdavidswriters.com
June 24-25: KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE; featuring Cecil Murphey; College Heights United Methodist Church, Elizabethtown, KY;
June 24–25: American Christian Writers Conference Grand Rapids, MI; Howard Johnson Hotel w/Bob Hostetler and Jim Watkins 20 workshops and sessions www.acwriters.com
August 6-11, 2011: GIDEON MEDIA ARTS CONFERENCE, Ridgecrest NC, www.gideonfilmfestival.com