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In this edition…
In her State of ACFW speech, our President, Margaret Daley, shared about the organization's accomplishments in 2011 and looked ahead to 2012.More...
Stanley Williams, PhD, shared about what may be the most important story principle of all: The moral premise.More...
Write. Learn. Never give up. That's Tracie Peterson's advice to ACFW members.More...
September 22 | 7:00-8:00 p.m. | Spotlight SessionsOn Thursday evening, eleven publishing houses shared with conferees about the types of books and authors they are seeking. Find out what you need to know!More...
- Spotlight 1: Abingdon Press by Joy Avery Melville
- Spotlight 2: B&H Publishing Group by Christina Nelson
- Spotlight 3: Barbour Publishing, Inc. by Trish Perry
- Spotlight 4: Bethany House Publishers by Kate Hinke
- Spotlight 5: Guideposts/Summerside Press by Donna Schlachter
- Spotlight 6: Harvest House Publishers by Ane Mulligan
- Spotlight 7: Love Inspired by Lisa Jordan
- Spotlight 8: Marcher Lord Press by Elaine Baldwin
- Spotlight 9: Revell Books by Valerie Comer
- Spotlight 10: Thomas Nelson Fiction by Jeannie Campbell
- Spotlight 11: Zondervan by Deb Kinnard
September 22 | 8:30-9:30 p.m. | Evening WorkshopsOn Thursday evening, six workshops were held dealing with research, writer’s block, plotting, adversity, unplugged fiction, and kissing—or not. Get the scoop here.More...
- Workshop 1: WS1: Historical Research by Carla Stewart
- Workshop 2: WS2: Fried Brains and Ham by Becky Dean
- Workshop 3: WS3: Plotting Your Fiction Career by Elaine Baldwin
- Workshop 4: WS4: Adversity by Gail Kittleson
- Workshop 5: WS5: Christian Fiction Unplugged by Colleen Coble
- Workshop 6: WS6: A Kiss is NOT Just a Kiss by Carol Moncado
September 23 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Continuing Education SessionsOn Friday and Saturday mornings, conference attendees had their choice of five continuing education sessions on writing bestsellers, snowflakes, plot vs. character, telling/showing, and the hero’s path. Learn about them all.More...
- Continuing Education 1: CE1: How to Write a Bestseller! by Sandra Heska King
- Continuing Education 2: CE2: The Snowflake Method by Kim Zweygardt
- Continuing Education 3: CE3: Plot Versus Character by Mark Lundgren
- Continuing Education 4: CE4: Sometimes It’s Better to Tell Than Show by Rachel Wilder
- Continuing Education 5: CE5: The Hero’s Path by Becky Melby
September 23 | 1:15-3:15 p.m. | WorkshopsOn Saturday, right after lunch, conferees headed into their extended workshops to learn about seat-of-the-pants writing, research, get therapy, winning awards, blogging and branding, and evangelism. Read on!More...
- Workshop 7: WS7: There’s Nothing Wrong With You! by Lisa Carter
- Workshop 8: WS8: Research: The Ins and Outs of Making a Book Come to Life by Lee Carver
- Workshop 9: WS9: Book Therapy Live by Delores Topliff
- Workshop 10: WS10: How to Write an Award-Winning Novel by Michael Ehret
- Workshop 11: WS11: Blogging, Branding, Marketing, and Publicity by Meg Moseley
- Workshop 12: WS12: Using Fiction to Reach Unbelievers by Pamela Meyers
Go write the story of your heart. Go write," Tracie Peterson advised ACFW members.More...
September 23 | 8:30-9:30 p.m. | WorkshopsOn Friday evening, workshops taught about using humor, romantic suspense, medical facts, rejection, muddle/middle, and writing for tweens. Conferees showed no signs of slowing down yet—you still with us?More...
- Workshop 13: WS13: A Merry Heart: Writing and Selling the Humorous Novel by Hope Dougherty
- Workshop 14: WS14: Romantic Suspense: Suspense So Good It Hurts by Heidi Main
- Workshop 15: WS15: Medical Mayhem: Strategies to Accurately Depict Medical Facts by Carla Stewart
- Workshop 16: WS16: Rejection: The Key to Your Success by Anita Mae Draper
- Workshop 17: WS17: Working the Muddle Out of Your Middle by Kiersti Plog
- Workshop 18: WS18: Writing for Today’s Tweens by Sandra M. Hart
September 24 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. | WorkshopsSaturday afternoon, we learned about dialogue, branding, ebooks, description, agent emergencies, and how to love our readers. Share the knowledge!More...
- Workshop 19: WS19: Dos and Don’ts of Dialogue by Mark Lundgren
- Workshop 20: WS20: Author Branding by Beth K. Vogt
- Workshop 21: WS21: Understanding Ebooks by Deb Kinnard
- Workshop 22: WS22: FOCUS on Description by Paula Moldenhauer
- Workshop 23: WS23: Red Alert: When to Contact Your Agent by Pepper Basham
- Workshop 24: WS24: Do You Love Your Readers? by Martha Rogers
September 24 | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | WorkshopsSaturday late afternoon, conferees learned to work with an agent or the media, got glammed up, tracked the careers, got down and dirty with POV, and puzzled out a publishing contract—and that’s all before the Awards Gala!More...
- Workshop 25: WS25: Working With Your Agent by Heidi Kortman
- Workshop 26: WS26: Media Training by Dani Pettrey
- Workshop 27: WS27: All Glammed Up! by Lisa Jordan
- Workshop 28: WS28: Career Tracking by Christa Allan
- Workshop 29: WS29: Nitty Gritty POV by Colleen Scott
- Workshop 30: WS30: Deciphering a Publishing Contract by Lyn Cote
Jordyn Redwood shares about some of the divine appointments she experienced at the ACFW conference.More...
ACFW does something unique. The conference offers Paid Critiques--the opportunity to submit a manuscript to a working writer before the conference for a very nominal charge and get face-to-face feedback. Some of the critiquers talked with Linda Rohrbough about what they saw.More...