Christian writers from the U.S., Canada, and four other countries, gathered in Denver in early February to be challenged and encouraged through speakers, classes, and clinics designed to hone their skills.
Writing for the Soul
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This was my first Writing for the Soul conference and my first at all where I served as other than a conferee or newspaper reporter. I was struck by the warmth of the CWG community.
Though I scarcely had a free moment, I was frequently welcomed by Guild members, mentors, students, editors, and agents.
And, like everyone else, I soaked in the messages of the keynote speakers.
In the first session, author and encourager Liz Curtis Higgs marveled at the reality of God’s love.
“Isn’t it wonderful God loves us just as we are?” Higgs said. “Whatever age you are, size you are, hair you have or do not have—published 50 times or rejected 100 times—God loves you.“
In another keynote, Christian comedian Ken Davis noted that many Christians spend their lives imploring God to “show me your will, show me a door, show me what you want me to do.’ Me? I am going 100 m.p.h. toward a door, and I’m saying, ‘God, if you don’t want me in there, then shut it.’”
Given that God’s will brought me to Colorado in August to join this organization, that illustration rang true for me. I ran full tilt toward this door and have been grateful since.
Many conferees came away with stories about how God met them here and how they were inspired. Many were asked by agents and editors to submit their materials for consideration.
Anne Watson, who completed the Guild’s Apprentice and Journeyman courses and is enrolled in the Craftsman course, said, “The Writing for the Soul conference ranks far above any other. It is a joy to attend.”
If you’ve attended one of our conferences, share a highlight from your experience below. 1 Thessalonians 5:11: So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it (The Message).
Michael Ehret has written for newspapers and other print and online outlets. He edited several nonfiction books, was the senior editor for a faith-based financial services and insurance organization, and is the ezine editor for American Christian Fiction Writers. He joined the Guild staff in August.