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January Conference Corner
Welcome to 2011. Another year down, another year dawning. Time to make those resolutions and most likely, being writers, one of your top resolutions was to “write more this year.” One of mine was to attend a new conference this year. I haven’t decided which one but I’m ready to experience something new. Something different. How about you?
Well, whether you’re sticking to the tried and true or looking to try something you haven’t experienced before, there are a lot of choices, which doesn’t make it easy.
But getting published isn’t easy, either. And it’s getting harder with this economy. Which means, if you want a publisher to buy your work, it has to be the very best it can be. And that means getting all the training in craft that you can. There’s no better place for that than at a writer’s conference. I know things could be tight for you financially this year. So maybe instead of looking at one of the big conferences, check out some of the smaller, more local conferences. Cost less, but you can still get some great workshops by the same teachers who teach at the major conferences.
I’m going to plug two conferences I think you should consider if money is an issue, so I’m going to tell you up front that I’ve worked as the Appointment Director at both of the conferences for over ten years. But the truth is if you want a lot of conference for the money, you can’t go wrong with either the Colorado or Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer’s Conferences. Marlene Bagnull works very, very hard to give her conferees top editors, teachers, agents, and workshops for the best possible price. I can honestly tell you that sometimes, she barely makes any money for herself. She is just totally devoted to making sure that if you need to be at a conference, you can afford to attend. You won’t be staying at the Hyatt or eating five-star meals, but the accommodations are comfortable, the food is good, and she offers working scholarships to help with the cost if you want to go that route. Just something to consider…
Not everyone has given me their 2011 schedule yet, but as you can see from the list below, there are still plenty for you to look at. Go to their websites, look at their faculty and see what workshops are being offered. Chances are you’re going to find something you need at one or more of them.
See you somewhere this year!
March 3-6; FLORIDA CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE; Leesburg, FL; www.flwriters.org
March 18-19, 2011; CAROLINA CHRISTIAN WRITERS’ WORKSHOP; Anderson, SC; Fee- $125, early bird $99; discount for ministers and students; speakers include Dr Dennis Hensley, Agent Tamela Hancock Murray, Editor Rick Steele, more info at www.upstateSCchristianwriters.com
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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
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;
August 6-11, 2011: GIDEON MEDIA ARTS CONFERENCE, Ridgecrest NC, www.gideonfilmfestival.com