Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!
The 2020 Christian writers conference season is at the starting line. And this year, it presents writers with six distinct and geographically diverse opportunities to meet me! And pitch to me in person. What could be better? I ask you (and I’m still waiting for an appropriately enthusiastic response. Still waiting).
But seriously, folks, there’s so much to know about writing for publication—not just how to write but also information about submitting your work; mistakes to avoid; working with agents, editors, and publishers (and meeting them!); and more—that those who’ve never attended a writers conference just can’t imagine. The experience will blow your mind and maybe set you on a course toward publication, which is why it is one of the most frequent pieces of advice I give to developing writers.
And even if you’ve already attended a writers conference sometime, somewhere, it’s my suggestion that you consider not a one-and-done strategy but regular frequenting of writers conferences as a part of your plan for writing and publishing development and success.
So here are six opportunities to cross paths with me (in person, no less!) in 2020:
February 21-23, 2020 Asheville Christian Writers’ Conference (Asheville, NC)
February 28-29, 2020 West Coast Christian Writers Conference (Livermore, CA)
March 25-28, 2020 Blue Lake Christian Writers’ Retreat (Andalusia, AL)
June 18-20, 2020 Kentucky Christian Writers’ Conference (Elizabethtown, KY)
June 24-28, 2020 St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference (Grove City, PA)
October 20-25, 2020 Florida Christian Writers’ Conference (Leesburg, FL)
Those are all fine conferences (and this blog post I wrote last year offers a little more descriptive detail on some of them). They’re not the only ones, of course, as others I regularly recommend include Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers’ Conference, Mt. Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference, Write-to-Publish Conference, Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference, and others. (A much more comprehensive listing is available in The Christian Writers Market Guide.)
Hope to see you soon!