Two months from today I’ll be packing my bag, eager for my flight to St. Louis the next day where I’ll be attending my second ACFW Conference. I’ve been looking forward to this event since the day I flew home from Indianapolis last September.
I’ve attended a number of conferences in the five years since I began writing. Each has been enjoyable and memorable, but none has been as thrilling as the ACFW Conference.
For those who’ve never been before, I thought I’d take a look back, using photos to highlight some of the many benefits of attending this gem of a conference.
ACFW chooses great locations for the conferences. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Indianapolis and was able to take in a few of the city’s many sights, including some of the older buildings that cause this historical writer’s heart to take off like an Indy race car.
Friends, Friends, and More Friends
The sights are interesting and the workshops enlightening, but my primary reason for attending the conference is the people. Seeing friends again and meeting others in person for the first time is wonderful.
You meet the nicest people at mealtimes. Look who was at my lunch table one day.
Meeting the authors of the books I love to read is such fun. Here’s just a small sample of the many talented author who attended the 2010 conference.
The Publishing Professionals
One of the many benefits of attending the conference is the opportunity to meet agents and editors, getting that all-important face-to-face time. I got to meet my agent in person for the first time at the conference, which was one of the highlights.
If you summon your courage as I did, you might get a picture with the man in the kilt, aka agent Chip MacGregor, who graciously posed for this shot with me.
Editors are in attendance, too, and it’s reassuring to find out they’re very nice people. 🙂
Fun with Friends
I learned that the bar is the place to hang out after a busy day at the conference. Since I’m not one to visit bars back home, I asked a friend to snap this shot to prove I was having lots of fun. I smiled so much during the conference that my cheeks hurt. 🙂
The Awards Ceremony
It’s such a thrill to cheer for those who are finalists for the Genesis and Carol Awards.
Getting dressed up in our finery is fun. The atmosphere in the ballroom is super-charged.
A Look Ahead
I’m counting down the days until the 2011 ACFW Conference and am eager to see my many friends. I’ll be rooming with a new writer who lives not far from me, and I’m looking forward to serving as her guide.
I’m anticipating many helpful workshops. I signed up to volunteer this year and am excited about being able to give something back to ACFW.
I’ve had a Victorian gown made and am eager for its debut at the Awards Ceremony. My awesome agent, Rachelle Gardner, is one of the finalists for Agent of the Year, and I’m ready to cheer myself hoarse for her. She’s already a winner in my book.
The Conference is one of the highlights of my year!
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Are you planning to attend the ACFW conference? If so, what are you looking forward to?
If you’ve attended other conferences, what did you enjoy the most?