by Anita Mae Draper
Registration is open for the American Christian Fiction Writers(ACFW) 2012 Conference in Dallas, Texas on September 20-23, 2012.
I’m registered and excited as this will be my 5th attendance. My first time took a lot of bravado and B Vitamins (stress buster), and I loved every minute of it. Well, maybe not the editor/agent appointments so much, but the rest of the time was a blessing. I knew some people from the internet, namely Margaret Daley, Danica Favorite, and Cheryl Wyatt, who took me under their wing and allowed me to shadow them around. Through Cheryl, I discovered the wonderful ladies at Seekerville. All these women will forever be fixtures in my heart for the warmth and friendship they extended to a loner from the Canadian prairies.
What sets the ACFW conference apart from others I’ve attended is the Worship sessions. The best way to start a hectic day is with a brief devotional followed by 600 voices soaring in worship.
The culmination of the conference ends with a truly wondrous choir presentation led by Rachael Phillips, Choir Director. After the 2011 ACFW conference in St Louis, Rachael said, "They are a wonderful, gifted group, and I love working with them. I send them music and mp3 files beforehand, which they rehearse on their own, and in four/five crazy conference practices wedged in between classes and appointments, these singers from all over the country blend their diverse talents and spirits into a single voice of praise. SO proud of them!"
I taped this video of the 2011 ACFW choir on my little Lumix camera while sitting at the Beyond the Border zone table in the back corner of the room. Because I was so far away, the faces in the choir are barely discernable. And the video is shaky since I didn't have a tripod. However, the music is a beautiful outpouring of the spirit. I hope you can look past the inadequacies - perhaps just close your eyes - and receive the blessing of these gifted singers.
If the video isn't working, try http://youtu.be/8PWU1chmhYc
Whether you want to attend the conference for the craft and industry workshops, the editor/agent appointments, or to visit with 600+ other people in the Christian writing and publishing industry, registration is open.
If you want to be in this year’s choir, contact Rachael or watch for her emails on the ACFW loop.
And if you’re going, let me know. I’m always on the lookout for new friends.
Are you registered yet? Have you sang in any of the ACFW choirs? Let's talk conference!