Our Mission Statement
To promote Christian Fiction through developing the skills of its authors, educating them in the market, and serving as an advocate in the traditional 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 traditional 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 2012 ACFW hosted 700 conferees in Dallas, where former CEO and now Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, Michael Hyatt served as keynote speaker. Past conference keynote speakers include Francine Rivers, Robin Lee Hatcher, Karen Kingsbury, Karen Ball, James Scott Bell, and Angela Hunt, and other popular, best-selling authors in the inspirational market. Our keynote speaker for our conference in September 2013 is multi-published author, Robin Jones Gunn. This year's conference will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana. Details can be found here.
One of the reasons that I waited so long to begin my personal novel journey was because I believed that writing was something that I would have to do in isolation. I believed that I wouldn’t have any support or help. I was so wrong!! When God finally broke through my hard head and made it clear that I was to rewrite my screenplay into a novel, I went to Google and searched, “Christian Fiction Writing” and it brought me to you (ACFW). And here I am! And oh, how my life is infinitely richer! I have fallen in love with writing again. And I have found a great big group of cheerleaders! I am fully supported and far from isolated.