Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Conference Season Begins
I'm flying across country tomorrow to attend the Christian Writers Guild conference in Colorado Springs. This seems to be the first of the annual conferences to hit in the new calendar. This year it is the only writers conference, besides ACFW, that I plan to attend. I went to CWG a couple years ago and found the atmosphere very different from ACFW.
For me ACFW is like a family reunion. Around every corner I can meet up with a friend I've made while being in CBA fiction publishing for the last 15 years. Many of the published authors attend. And, as it usually is where a lot of friends gather, there is a lot of laughter and fellowship. You may even get drawn into a pajama party where the chocolate flows endlessly.
I found CWG to be a more subdued environment. There isn't the long history of connections that the fiction writers seem to have to celebrate. The majority of these authors are not yet published. Most have spent the past year in online classes, and this conference is a culmination of all they have learned. Now they are ready to start talking to publishers about their book ideas.
Last time I was there, these CWG authors really showed that they knew how to pitch an idea. They were very professional. I made a couple contacts that turned into writers we could call on for devotions and other material. So, I look forward to the conference and to enjoying the luxury accommodations at the Broadmoor. Robin Jones Gunn is the fiction keynote speaker, which should be very enjoyable.
But getting ready for a trip is always a pain. There is so many little things to prepare.
Last night I stood over my suitcase without a clue as to what I wanted to pack and what I might need. Then I learned my mother would be hosting family guests while I'm gone, using my bedroom. That meant I needed to clean some things up that have been neglected during the holiday rush with only about 4 hours to do it all with my back already aching. Talk about stress. And my puppy could feel it. He followed me around, taking socks out of my suitcase, moving laundry that needed folding, ripping up tissues, and more.
I'm always up for a trip--especially when I get to see mountains--but it is always hard to get ready to go and not worry about things at home while I'm gone.
So, what writers conference(s) will you attend this year? How do you decide if a conference is worth the investment to your writing?
Editor Du Jour Becky