ACFW Conference Experiences - day 1

Welcome to the first of five days spotlighting some of our members' experiences attending the ACFW national conference.

This year's conference will be held in Indianapolis on September 17-21, 2010. Several of our members are already signed up for the 2010 conference, and when you read their posts, I think you'll see why.

Today's post is from ERIN YOUNG:

Last year, I finally did it. I went to my first ACFW conference. There was something about scraping my money together, poring over workshop offerings, choosing editor/agent appointments, and clicking my way through the registration screen. Something that said…commitment. I was going down the writing road.

No more maybes or somedays.

I overcame my hatred—er, discomfort—of flying. If that stupid plane was going down, it was going down with someone following her dream on it. Someone willing to risk it all—rejection, fear, a hideous flaming death—to see if my writing was good enough, or could one day be good enough to rise to publication.

Don’t we all want to know? We sit in our lonely writing world and wonder if what we’re doing will ever matter, will ever make a difference in someone’s life. Sooner or later we have to step into the network of authors, editors, agents, and wannabes like us. For me, the ACFW conference was my giant step. My initiation.

And it was awesome.

I didn’t suddenly get discovered. I didn’t have agents falling over themselves to sign me. Editors did not hunt me down and thrust book contracts in front of my eyeballs.

But I did meet people. Friendly people. Welcoming people. Buddies.

I absorbed and learned and grew. I joined the pilgrimage, walking alongside those whose skills surpassed mine and those whose abilities had yet to reach my level.

In the midst of it all, I looked around and felt a perfect peace. I had joined the journey, and it was right where I belonged.

- Erin

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  1. Very eloquent! I'm glad you got to go.

  2. "If that stupid plane was going down, it was going down with someone following her dream on it." I love it!

  3. Lovely post! This will be my first ACFW conference. I am so looking forward to it. And by the way, I also don't like flying...especially without hubby next to me holding my hand. Thanks for prepping me with your first timer experiences. Mary Ellis


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