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March Conference Corner
When I was growing up, my grandfather used to say, “If you don’t like the weather in DC, wait a minute.” I’ve discovered that a lot of cities say that, but in my experience, it’s especially true of the DC area. A few days ago, it was nearly 70 degrees outside. Today, there is snow on the ground.
The weather isn’t the only thing that changes fast. Keeping up with the publishing industry is nearly as hard. Editors come and go. Companies are bought, sold, or just close up shop. Bookstores are going bankrupt. E-books are taking the industry by storm. How do you keep up?
In today’s economic climate, you almost can’t afford NOT to attend conferences. In addition to craft workshops, meetings with editors and agents, critiques from industry experts, and great fellowship, it’s the one place you are going to get the latest in what’s going on, what’s coming up, and what’s going out fast.
And if you’re thinking of jumping into the E-book ocean, a conference is where you’ll find the best information on which e-book companies you should be taking seriously and which ones you should avoid. As with any trend, there are plenty of people looking to jump on to the bandwagon, but not all are reputable or financially sound. Buyer beware!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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; email@example.com; 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