To the ACFW Conference in September. I’ve registered. I’ve bought my airline tickets. I’m committed. Gulp.

It will be my first ACFW conference, though not my first conference by far. I’ve been to… well something like four or five OCW (Oregon Christian Writers) Summer Coaching Conferences, where we had great keynote speakers like Lonnie Hull Dupont and Francine Rivers, and I’ve attended one Mount Hermon Conference, which was so peaceful and laid back, situated among the redwoods near Santa Cruz, CA, that it felt a lot like attending a summer camp, only with a bunch of writers, editors, agents, teachers. The class I took on fiction writing, taught by author Davis Bunn, was one of the best I’d ever sat through. Got the CDs. Even listened to them again, twice.

I blogged about that experience here, and here, and other places.

Now though, it’s ACFW. Indianapolis. It’s going to be held at a ritzy-looking hotel that is way over my normal glamour ceiling. I mean, there’s going to be a banquet, where I’ll probably have to wear a dress. Something besides blue jeans anyway. I better check my closet. Do I own something besides blue jeans? Rustic Oregon Girl Buys Dress and Goes to the City. But first… she goes to Nashville, and takes a road trip with her friend Joan (aka J. M. Hochstetler, author of the American Patriot Series and publisher and editorial director of Sheaf House), from her home in the Nashville area north through Kentucky and thence to Indy. I’m so looking forward to this part. Road Trip! And on the way back from ACFW we plan to visit Locust Grove, a 1790s plantation house in Louisville. I Can’t wait to step foot in this house. Living way out on the Left Coast, it can be years between my chances to do this sort of on the spot 18th century research.

A few other things I’m looking forward to in Indianapolis:

~ Meeting many writers in person I’ve known on line for months or years. Topping this list is my dear crit partner, Laura Frantz.

~ The Early Bird session with James Scott Bell. I already know this will be instructive because Jim Bell’s books (The Art of War for Writers, in particular) are some of the best writing craft books out there.

~ The glitz and glamour (you may laugh, but it will seem like g & g to me, who am much more suited to a cabin in the redwoods). Being intimidated is no reason not to look forward to it. πŸ™‚

~ Meeting my agent in person (though we did meet very briefly a year before she became my agent).

~ Learning. Can’t get enough of that.

~ Hanging out with other writers for a long weekend. It doesn’t get more fun than that.

So who else is going? What are you most looking forward to? Have you been to an ACFW conference before? Got any pointers for an ACFW newbie?

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