Writers conferences have been scrambling to maintain a connection to writers in two years of COVID restrictions, but maybe we are working our way toward a day when most can meet in person and get back to the best part of conferences: the planned and unplanned conversations that lead to inspiration and encouragement for everyone taking part.
How will I spend some of my summer this year?
May 11-14, 2022
The Colorado and Greater Philly Christian Writers Conferences will be combined in one virtual conference. Click here for information and registration. I’ll be doing a five-session, continuing class over three days on becoming a successful nonfiction author. I’ll also take part in an agent panel and doing several individual meetings.
May 20-21, 2022
The Northwest Christian Writer’s Renewal Conference will be held near Seattle, Washington. Click here for information and registration. I’ll be doing two workshops (Developing an Author Brand and How to Be a Reader’s Favorite Author), as well as participating in other meetings, both with groups and individuals.
June 15-18, 2022
Write-to-Publish Conference is in my hometown of Wheaton, Illinois, at Wheaton College, so I save a lot of time and money on travel, room and board! Click here for information and registration. I’ll be participating in an agent panel and another panel for acquiring editors. I’ll also be holding individual meetings throughout the conference.
July 7-9, 2022
The Speak Up Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be held on the campus of Calvin College at the Prince Conference Center, as usual. The conference will be both in-person and as an option for a virtual conference. Click here for information and registration. I’ll be doing a workshop on “Do I Need an Agent?” both in-person and recorded for virtual attendees. I’ll also hold individual and other meetings throughout the three days.
So, there you have it. Four great conferences with wonderful, smart people to help educate and encourage writers of all experience levels. How I find myself included on the faculty of these conferences is not only a mystery to me, but shocking to my high-school English teacher and college writing professors.
Pick one (or more), and sign up today!
Conferences would be great,
to greet y’all would be a grace,
but to now it’s been my fate,
seeing just one writer face to face.
I’d listen to the conversations
(too shy to introduce myself),
the fun and hopeful speculations
of what’s next for the bookstore shelf.
And I might meet an agent!
Shake the cool and august hand,
and hope he might be patient
and in compassion understand
that so much awe in me abides
that it my tongue so firmly ties.
You left off Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference May 29-June 2, Montrose Christian Writers Conference July 17-22, the AWSA (Advanced Writers Speakers Association for womenconference August 12-14, and CPE (Christian Product Expo) August 14-16.
Kristen Joy Wilks
I have enjoyed the Northwest Christian Writer’s Renewal for many years. You are going to have a great time! This year, I’m attending the Cascade Christian Writer’s Conference near Portland Oregon. It is such a delight to be back in person after over two years!
I’m on faculty for Colorado/Philly next week! Woot! I’m teaching a continuing session on writing for children. Disappointed it’s virtual. Was looking forward to the Rockies.
I love the Montrose conference, too! Have been there twice on faculty and twice as a conferee.
And for those who write Christian Spec, there’s Realm Makers in July. It’s our 10th anniversary! We started off with about 50 people total (including faculty) and now have over 400 conferees plus faculty. It’s been an amazing ride! Just ask Steve Laube! http://www.realmmakers.net
Some sweet day, I’ll make Blue Ridge and the Florida conferences.
Thank you for including the NCWA Renewal Conference in Seattle! We aren’t the largest or most well-known, but it never fails to be inspiring and welcoming to beginning and experienced writers. The conference has played a significant role in my writing journey, including helping me find a publisher and my wonderful agent!
Note that the ones listed are only the ones where Dan will be in attendance as faculty.
He was not attempting to be comprehensive. That is where the Christian Writers Market Guide comes in handy. (www.christianwritersmarketguide.com)