Almost three years ago, I joined a writers group called the American Christian Romance Writers. Shortly after that, they became the American Christian Fiction Writers. Until that time I'd only attended one secular writers conference and had unsuccessfully attempted to find my footing in a couple of local writer's groups.
After joining this amazing organization, I found an incredible core group of writers who have not only become my critique partners, but my closest friends. They get my writing. They get me. I've grown leaps and bounds in my writing and in my faith since knowing these amazing people. I now also have a superb agent who believes in my work and is determined to see my latest story published. None of this would have been possible without joining this incredible organization of talented writers and authors, and attending the conferences.
Which brings me to the point of this post. September 20th marks the beginning of the 2007 ACFW Conference. If you want to meet other writers, learn and grow in the craft of writing, and make connections in the publishing industry, then I encourage you to attend. This year's theme is "Preparing the Way." That's not a boast, but a truth. If you want to write and work in the industry, the conference is a must.
This year will be my third time attending, and I can't wait to see what God has in store this year. I've come to expect nothing specific and anything amazing. I hope you'll consider attending and begin preparing the way for your own writing journey.