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Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement

ACFW's mission is to advance Christian Fiction by inspiring writers to join with God in the creative process, training them in the craft, and educating them in the publishing industry.

Statement Of Faith

Jesus is God incarnate; salvation comes through him alone:
Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6 NIV

The Bible is God's Infallible Word:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness
2 Timothy 3:16 NIV

Overview of ACFW

From airport newsstands to Newsweek, Christian fiction continues to grow in popularity, resonating with readers looking for both faith and fiction. The growth of the genre has birthed many new writers, as evidenced by the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

ACFW has over 2600 members worldwide, consisting of authors, editors, agents, publicists and aspiring writers and was organized in 2000 under the name of American Christian Romance Writers (ACRW). In 2004, the group changed the name to American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) in response to the diverse needs of its membership, who write across many genres.

The group offers a variety of services and benefits to members in an effort to fulfill its mission to encourage writers of Christian fiction, develop their skills, educate them in the market, and serve as an advocate in the publishing industry. Members are invited to join an e-mail loop and participate in the forums, both of which provide venues for discussions about writing and the business of publishing. Mentor groups, critique groups, and monthly online workshops offer aspiring authors the training and interaction they need to develop their craft to a publishable level. Further, members can join regional and local groups and develop relationships with other writers in their area.

Published authors enjoy the promotional benefits provided by the group which include announcing new book releases, the opportunity to have a book featured in the ACFW Book Club, and the Featured Author interviews published on the web site, which attracts thousands of visitors each month.

In addition, ACFW hosts an annual national conference that has become the premier event among Christian fiction writers and other industry professionals for the quality classes and networking opportunities provided there. The first national conference, held in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2002 attracted 100 attendees. In September 2014, ACFW hosted over 500 conferees in St. Louis. Past conference keynote speakers include Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Karen Ball, James Scott Bell, Robin Jones Gunn, and Angela Hunt, as well as other popular, best-selling authors in the inspirational market. The 2015 conference will take place in Dallas. Details can be found here.

ACFW Testimonials

What am I getting from ACFW? I get amazing support, encouragement, direction, and guidance. There's a plethora of amazing people who have the experience and willingness to answer questions. Through ACFW, I gained all my critique partners, made best friends, met/signed with my awesome agent, and have even garnered my first book contract. Ronie Kendig