ACFW Conference
Cara Putnam

Cara graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!), moved to the Washington, DC area, married the man of her dreams, worked in the non-profit world, went to George Mason Law School at night. Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, women's ministry leader, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids. Heartsong Presents is publishing her three book series of World War Two romances: Canteen Dreams (October 2007), Sandhill Dreams (May 2008), and Captive Dreams (September 2008). Love Inspired Suspense published her first romantic suspense in May 2008. Now she’s working on the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Law (don’t ask!) and the first book in an Ohio World War Two series.

The ACFW Conference Is What's Happening


When people learn that I’m an author, they often ask how I got started writing. I can relate to their curiosity. I know many people who care about the Academy Awards and various music awards. While that’s all well and good, I’ve always been intrigued by writers and publishing.

Now that I’m an author, I find the industry even more fascinating.

But how do you get started in this crazy field?

My best answer is to surround yourself with other people who are chasing the same dream and are at different spots on the journey. For me, that came through American Christian Fiction Writers. I firmly believe that I would not be published had I not joined ACFW in May 2005 and taken advantage of all the benefits the organization offers. And I know I am not alone among Christian authors.

The best way I know to meet editors and agents is to attend the ACFW national conference. This year it will be held September 18–21 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Sheraton Bloomington.

The agenda is jam-packed with an amazing lineup of speakers and presenters. Angela Hunt is the keynote speaker. Deb Raney, Tamera Alexander, James Scott Bell, Gail Martin, John Olson, Mark Mynheir, and Kathy Mackel are teaching continuing education sessions. And then more than forty workshops will be taught by agents, editors, and a great lineup of published authors. There truly is something for everybody, no matter whether you’ve decided to dip you toe into the writing pool or you’ve already gotten a dozen or more published books under your belt.

Saturday afternoon we will hold a book signing at the Mall of America. Yep, the Mall of America. We are very excited about this and anticipate approximately 100 authors will participate. It should be a wonderful chance to meet your favorite authors—all in one location!

And Saturday evening, we’ll hold our capstone event: the Awards Banquet. After eating a fabulous meal, we’ll learn the winners of the Genesis Award (for unpublished authors), Book of the Year winners (for published authors), Agent of the Year, Editor of the Year, and Mentor of the Year. This event has become the highlight of the conference.

So if you’re considering writing or have a manuscript in progress or are ready to shop, then come be a part of ACFW. We want to help you pursue your dream.

And hopefully, we’ll get to meet in Minneapolis!