Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Why I LOVE the American Christian Fiction Writers conference!



This is both simple and complex. The simple answer is that when I walked into my first one, I felt like I was at home with kindred spirits.

The more complex answer is everything I've learned and taken away (Take Away Value) from it.

This year's conference has over 500 people registered for Minneapolis. It's going to be huge, yes, but something I expect to stay the same is the "at home" feel. People are the easiest to get to know than anywhere else I've ever been. They're approachable, kind and helpful.

The sharing and caring is astounding. The attendees, organizers, presenters all are there to give to others. I've never gone anywhere that was so easy to learn and grow. Plan on going with the goal to share with someone else something you know, even if you have never been before. As soon as you tell anyone where you are from or what you do for a living or your favorite hobby, they will want to know all about it.

Why?

Um, you're around authors. Authors love to explore things. They are seriously curious creatures, lol. Take that one step further. You are around a group that chooses to put value into others. You won't feel like people are sizing you up, you'll feel like they want to know you as a person and help you grow as a writer.

So when you show up in Minneapolis this year, expect something a little different. You won't be just a face in the crowd. The crowd will envelope you in friendship.

And please say hi to me too. Visit me over at God uses broken vessels, I'm putting together a walking team for the National Alliance for Mental Illness in Helena MT on Sep 28th. Come play :-D
Angie

3 comments:

  1. Rebecca Yauger (ACFW Membership Director)August 27, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Hi Angie,
    It is hard to believe that the conference is a mere weeks away. It's such a highlight of my year. To clarify though, there are not 900 people registered. We're not quite that big yet, LOL. We're hovering near 500, is my best guess. Look forward to seeing everyone!

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  2. Wow! 500 is an amazing number, too! Thanks, Rebecca.

    Missy

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  3. Oops, I must have misunderstood the number. They sound alike;-) I'll fix that.
    Angie

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