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With Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas soon to follow, no one is thinking much about conferences. But it won’t be long before conference season will be in full swing, and you don’t want to be risk missing some great conferences because you weren’t prepared. One of those conferences is Jerry Jenkins’s Writing for the Soul Conference, February 10–13, 2011, in Denver.
It looks like they have another great lineup this year: Bethany House nonfiction editors along with fiction editors from Focus on the Family, Harvest House, Tyndale, Zondervan, Waterbrook/Multnomah, Strang, and Kregal, just to name a few. And some of the agents who will be available to meet with attendees include Blythe Daniel, Janet Kobobel Grant, Rachel Kent, and Terry Burns. Magazine editors will be there as well. This conference gives you three appointments, and with that line-up, you probably don’t want to miss this conference. Keep in mind that the Writing for the Soul Conference prefers you wear business casual.
Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference is April 15–19, 2011, in California. This is considered one of the “must attend” conferences for Christian writers. The focus is on learning craft (fiction and nonfiction), and they offer over seventy workshops for all levels of writing.
Regardless of which conference(s) you attend, if it will be your first, you might feel like hiding in your room most of the time. Don’t rob yourself of the wonderful experiences waiting there for you. Read through your conference package and familiarize yourself with the schedule. Find the freebie table—they always have some wonderful stuff there for you to take home with you, including editorial guides, bookmarks, magazines, catalogs, and pens. They don’t last long, so be sure to find that table as soon as you can.
Not sure what to do now? Look around and find others who look as lost as you do. Introduce yourself. They’ll probably be incredibly grateful for a friendly face to share this new experience with. Then, enjoy the conference.
Unless you’re under a deadline, you probably won’t get a lot of writing done during the holidays. But once that Thanksgiving turkey is little more than leftovers and you’re considering Black Friday, you will think about writing . . . but you’ll be writing your Christmas gift list. Have you ever put “conference registration” on your Christmas list? Why not? Maybe your spouse and kids will see it as the perfect gift for you. Print out the registration page of your favorite conference, put it up on the fridge, and see what happens. Santa may be nice to you this year.
January: GLEN EYRIE FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE, Colorado Springs CO – 100; 800-944-4536; www.gleneyriegroup.org
January: MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY WRITERS’ RETREAT, Schuyler NE- 10; 402-727-6508
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