Monday, March 22, 2010
ACFW Conference "Sneak Pique"
I've just returned from the spring joint boards meeting for American Christian Fiction Writers. Our spring meeting is always held in the hotel where we'll meet for our writers' conference in mid September. Have to say--the hotel is wonderful!
The conference is set for September 17-20, held at the Hyatt Regency, downtown Indianapolis. This Hyatt is the biggest hotel in which our conference has ever been held. We will have the second and third floor meeting rooms off the large central atrium area--all very easily accessed and connected by an escalator. The hotel is connected by walkway to the downtown mall and the Indianapolis convention center. Many restaurants are in the area. (Yes, there is a Starbucks in the hotel lobby.) Conference attendees won't need a car to go out to dinner or go shopping. Also, the hotel is convenient to the airport--about 15 minutes away.
Our keynote speaker this year is Christy Award-winning Tim Downs, author of Plague Maker and the Bug Man novels. Tim's crime/drama "Bug Man" series, featuring forensic entomologist Dr. Nick Polchak, includes the books Shoofly Pie (2003), Chop Shop (2004), First the Dead (2007), Less Than Dead (2008), and Ends of the Earth (2009). Tim is also the founder of the Communication Center, a communication training and consulting ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ and has authored numerous books on Christian relationships and communication both on his own and in conjunction with his wife, Joy.
Once again the conference will have five levels of teaching--from beginning "A" level to professional "E" level. Continuing morning tracks will cover all levels, as will the many workshops in the afternoon. On Sunday the Book of the Year and Genesis Awards banquet will be held.
Last year we had 550 attendees at the conference. We've grown every year, and it was amazing to see how many more came last year even with the down-turned economy. The ACFW conference is the conference to attend for fiction. You won't see the line-up of fiction editors and agents at any other conference that you'll see at ACFW.
Registration begins in early May. Continuing tracks, workshops, and teachers will soon be announced on the ACFW web site. I will once again serve as emcee. Hope to see you all at the conference.