Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Reader? Writer? Both?

I know a lot of our blog readers are also writers so I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about a couple of great opportunities that are coming up. The first one is the Carolina Christian Writers Conference at First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC on April 20-21st. For more information and a line up of the faculty, go to www.fbs.org/writersconference

Another great conference is the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference held May 20-24 at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain, NC. It's going to be an AMAZING time. This is the first conference I ever went to and I can honestly say it helped me get published. This website is www.brmcwc.com.

I remember that I saved and saved for that conference, a little here, a little there. I sold stuff on ebay, had a couple of yard sales, asked for money for Christmas and birthday that year. It was a something I REALLY wanted to do so I had to find a way to get there. You see, my husband's in the ministry and we had VERY LITTLE money. I was staying home with my two small children. I think my youngest was two and a half and my daughter was four and a half. It was a real struggle, an investment...and an answer to prayer. And I have to admit, over the years, I've been to many conferences, but that first conference, the one that I had to work so hard to get to, is the one that I remember the fondest.

I'm just curious as to how many ladies on here are published as a direct result of going to a conference?


  1. I'd sent a full to Barbour and never heard back. At a conference in Anaheim, I signed up for an appointment with Becky Germany. I pitched the book and told her she already had it. She asked me to send again. That's the first book I sold.

  2. Great stories Lynette & Pamela!
    I've never been to a conference...yet :)

  3. My first conference was Moonlight & Magnolias here in Georgia. I still go every year!

    Lynette, I wish I could attend the Carolina conferences with you!

  4. Great info. I am going to check these out because they are in my neighborhood! And if I can't get to them this year, I am going to put them on my calendar for next!

    Peace and thanks, Julie in NC

  5. I'm a GRW member and, as Missy mentioned, the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference is always fantastic! I learned how to write and the business aspects of publishing through GRW and the yearly M&M Conference.

    Lynette, aren't you one of the speakers at the Spartanburg conference?

  6. The first conference that I ever attended was Romance Writers of America. In those days you could register as a walk-in. I read about it in the paper and went to the hotel to check it out. I joined RWA, and I've been a member ever since. I have always wanted to go to the Blue Ridge conference, but every year I have a conflict. This year my daughter is having a baby in May, and I will be helping her.

  7. Hey guys, thanks for the comments. And yes, Debby, I'm teaching at both conferences. Huh. Didn't really think about that when I posted them. HA! But sure wish y'all could come see me and we could hang out! Eva, hope you make it to a conference soon! Julie, that would be AWESOME if you could come to one. :) MISSY! Come on, girl! LOL.

  8. Merrillee,
    Congrats on the new baby! Won't you have fun spoiling that little one!!!

    You walked into an RWA conference and joined on the spot? Go you, Merrillee!

  9. Thanks for the shout out about our Blue Ridge Writer's Conference!


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