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American Christian Fiction Writers or ACFW is an organization for the writer...published or unpublished and is holding its annual Writers Conference in Nashville on August 25-28.
I've written five books with many more on the way, but without ACFW, I don't know what I would have done. The people who make up the organization help you...period...no matter where you are in your writing journey.
With conferences come opportunities to meet editors, agents, and mentors as well as workshops that are taught by seasoned authors. The knowledge you take home may change your writing career as well as your walk with Christ. If you want to be a Christian author, then ACFW is the place for you.
Here's a bit of what you have to look forward to in Nashville this year:
Don Maass will be teaching the early bird class, Writing 21st Century Fiction, based on his latest craft book. This intensive hands-on workshop teaches the techniques that give multi-year best-selling novels their high impact, resulting in both strong story and beautiful writing regardless of category. A literary agent in New York, Donald Maass's agency sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas. He is the author of The Career Novelist (1996), Writing the Breakout Novel (2001), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004), The Fire in Fiction (2009), and Writing 21st Century Fiction (2012). He is a past president of the Association of Authors' Representatives, Inc. You can learn more about Don here.
The keynote speaker of the conference is none other than Ted Dekker. He will be sharing during two general sessions about the inner life of a writer.
Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of over thirty-five novels. He is best known for stories which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans. Ted's latest work, a historical fiction based on the teachings of Jesus, is a radical departure from previous outings and is receiving critical acclaim. Dekker's novels have sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Two of his novels Thr3e and House, have been made into movies with more in production. Dekker and his beautiful wife, LeeAnn, reside in Nashville, Tennessee. Find out more about Ted here.
In addition to these fabulous speakers, there are editors (currently 16!), agents, (14 slated at the moment), mentors, and specialty appointments. These meetings can do so much for your conference experience but aren't even the main part!
On Friday, partake in the 5 continuing education sessions with authors such as Cara Putnam and Deborah Raney. Each session is designed for a different level and style of writer...beginners, multi-published, independent, self-editing, spiritual aspects. You can find something to fit your needs or interests.
Saturday, hold on to your hat! There are 20 workshops scheduled. Truly! ACFW strives to meet every fiction writer's needs, regardless of his/her level. Add in the Gala and an amazing post-conference session with Rachel Hauck and Susan May Warren and you have the makings of a very full learning experience.
What else could this conference offer? What about a headshot? The talented Emilie Hendrix will be taking pictures for $40 to those who need a new fresh shot (or just want one.)
If this is your first year to attend the ACFW Writers Conference, let ACFW know! You'll want to participate in the orientation email loop six weeks prior to the conference (facilitated by Cara Putnam and Brandilyn Collins). The loop will give you a chance to ask questions and find out about the ins and outs of the conference so you can make the most of your experience.
So...how's your checklist going for conference? Almost done? I hope so! I'd love for you to go. Remember...August 25-28, Nashville, TN. Wondering how or what to do? Click here to find out more.
Are you going to the ACFW Conference in Nashville? To another conference? If you've been to a conference before, what have you learned about preparing for one?