My blog is going to be a little different this week. Instead of the usual devotional I am going to write about attending a writers’ conference. This week I will be attending the Christian Writers’ Conference at Maranatha Conference Center in Muskegon, MI. I’ve been waiting for this week all year. When I get my income tax return each year I always set aside money for this conference.
The conference is four days and the setting is beautiful. Lake Michigan is just a very short walk down the road. It is an intense four days with speakers and several workshops. Author, publishers, agents and editors come from around the country to share information. We even have time to meet one-on-one with the ones we choose to briefly discuss our writing.
The days start at 8 AM with devotions and music, followed by a speaker or panel discussion. The rest of the day (until supper) is the time we attend the workshops. After supper is another speaker and then something fun, like a campfire and making s’mores.
Descriptions of the workshops were posted about 6 weeks ago. I spent a great deal of time reading about each one and choosing the ones I will attend. Throughout the conference there are nine time slots for workshops with 3-4 to choose from in each slot. That’s nine different topics on writing to learn about, from the basics of writing a story to setting up an author page on social media sites to learning which form of publishing is right for you.
There is also plenty of time to network with other writers, to encourage each other and to find out what’s worked or not worked for them in their writing journey. People from several states and even from some foreign countries attend this conference. I can’t wait for tomorrow when it begins.
If you have a passion for writing I strongly encourage you to attend at least one writers’ conference a year. You can just goggle “writers’ conferences” and you’ll find there are many to choose from all over the country and various times during the year. Once you attend a conference you will want to go again and again. The excitement for writing at these conferences is contagious. You will leave inspired and motivated to continue writing. Whether you are a beginner or a published author writers’ conferences are beneficial and very fun.
Over the next four days I will share my experience at the Maranatha conference and post some pictures. By conference end on Thursday I hope you, too, will be inspired to find a conference to attend in the near future.