Friday, June 11, 2010

An ACFW Friday Five

In just over three months, the annual ACFW Conference will be in full-swing in Indianapolis. With great speakers like Tim Downs and James Scott Bell, Camy Tang and Margaret Daley, Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck, and so many others, the ACFW Conference is THE premier Christian Fiction Conference in the world.

Because this is Friday, I thought it might be fun to do an ACFW Conference Friday Five for you.

Here are Five Reasons I Love the ACFW Conference.

1. A chance to see friends I only see once a year. I love putting faces with names of people I've met through blogging, and I love catching up with folks I've met at previous conferences. Writing can be a lonely pursuit, and having friends along on the journey with you makes it easier.

2. Networking. (Author note: this is not self-serving schmoozing, which I loathe.) Networking involves being polite, expressing genuine interest in another person, and being available to help. Networking involves paying attention to other people, learning names, connecting with people who like the same things you do.

3. The classes. Some of the best teachers in the country. I've been blown away from the very first class every time.

4. The feeling of community, identity, and knowing there are other people who 'get it' when I talk about writing. Don't get me wrong, my family is great, but nobody gets novelists like other novelists.

5. The rejuvenation and encouragement to press on even when things are hard. Having great conference memories and the next conference to look forward to energizes me.

You can learn more about this year's ACFW Conference at http://www.acfw.com/index.shtml

9 comments:

  1. That's a great list Erica! It's how I feel too, definitely.
    I hope you have an amazing time this year. :-)

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  2. You need a conference countdown widget!

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  3. More than anything, I'm looking forward to meeting many of the friends I've made online. Isn't life is about people, about relationships?

    I'm excited to meet you, Erica!

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  4. Your making me that much more excited. Registered a few days ago. Jessica, Heather...you guys will be there too? I'm so pumped!
    ~ Wendy

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  5. woo-hoo!! I can't wait to see you again friend!

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  6. You're making me even more excited than I already am. I get to go for the first time this year. And yay, so much fun to meet blogger friends!

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  7. I'll be there. I can't wait to meet everyone!

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  8. I SO wish this was closer~! It's on my son's b-day so that makes it a double whammy. Will it ever come to California? I'll have no excuses then. =)

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  9. I'm sharing your excitement, only for a different conference. I'm registered for the Surrey Int'l Writers' Conference here in Canada in mid-October. I'd love to get to the ACFW one sometime, if it weren't so far away.

    (Would you believe my word verification for this post is 'uniting'? How appropriate is that?)

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