Thursday, July 8, 2010

Learning at the ACFW Conference

Missy Tippens, here. I recently registered for the  ACFW conference coming up in September. I'm really excited about all the opportunities! Especially the list of workshops.

The continuing ed sessions are multi-session workshops. Among the choice of these in-depth classes are:

Basic Basics for Fiction Writers—Jim and Tracie Peterson

Mastering Structure, Symbols, 3-D Characters Identified with Literary Fiction Writing—Dr. Dennis Hensley

12 Crucial Questions to Ask about your Novel—Gayle Roper

Scene Therapy—Rachel Hauck and Susan May Warren

Marketing your Fiction—Chip MacGregor and Jim Rubart

Six-stage Plot Structure (for multi-published authors)—Michael Hauge

In addition to these great classes, there are also elective workshops and late-night workshops. To check out the full list of electives, click here. And to check out the late night workshops (which are spotlights on publishers and agents), click here.

One of the electives I’ve signed up for and am looking forward to is one offered by Barbara Scott (Senior Acquisitions editor for Fiction at Abingdon Press). For her class, The Art of Self-Editing, she recommends the book by Susan Bell titled The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself, ISBN: 978-0393332179, published by W.W. Norton.

To prepare for the class, I ordered the book and have already dived into it since I’m in the middle of revisions for my upcoming Steeple Hill book. Talk about perfect timing! I highly recommend the book.

I’d love to hear what classes you’re considering taking or have already signed up for at conference. Remember to check out my links above if you’re interested in finding out more! Or check all about the conference at


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  1. Good morning, Missy! It's too early to be up during summer break, but my husband's continual alarm clock which didn't get him up pushed me out of bed. I'll do my best to think clearly and catch all of my typos.

    I agree that the workshops all sound great. I've never been to ACFW before so I'm excited to be able to participate this year. I've signed up for classes like- humor in fiction, writing suspense, deep and wide for characterization. There are others, of course, but those are the main three that originally caught my eye.

  2. Sounds good, Dianna! I'm always amazed at the variety of offerings.

    I'm sorry you had a rude awakening this morning! :)

  3. I'm registered! Don't have a clue what I signed up for, but I know it was really, really hard to choose.

    Can't wait to see everyone!

    Hey, Missy, my word veri is miesse.

    Concidence? lol

  4. LOL, Pam! That's my name with a heavy accent. :)

    Yes, there are so many great workshop offerings it was hard to choose! I had to pull out my file to try to remember.

    see you there!

  5. There is so much to learn every time I go to ACFW! Can't wait!

  6. Missy, do you really expect me to remember what I signed up for? But whatever it was, I know it'll be GREAT. ACFW offers nothing but the best.

    I can't wait!

  7. LOL, Mindy! Like I said, I had to pull my list out of a file folder. :)