Friday, May 21, 2010

Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer's Conference

This week I attended my first ever Christian writer's conference. Now I understand why so many people recommend newbies to attend one. It was amazing! Unfortunately, there weren't any teen classes, so I was basically the only teenager there - but it was worth it. I met great people, learned much about the industry... and became one step closer to following my dream.

Since there weren't many agents or editors at the conference that were looking for young adult fiction, I went there mainly with a goal to learn more about writing. But God had bigger plans, which I'll mention later... ;)

The location was perfect. Mountains, cool breezes, and only an hour and a half from home. Not to mention it was about thirty minutes from Lake Lure, the setting of the novel I'm writing! After the conference I was able to visit Lake Lure. It's the most perfect place for my story to take place in.
Sometimes God does such awesome things, it's creepy. I'm so excited for what He has in store for me and everyone I met at the conference!

You who are young, make the most of your youth. Relish your youthful vigor.
Follow the impulses of your heart. If something looks good to you, pursue it.
But know also that not just anything goes; You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.
~Ecclesiastes 11:9

Have you ever attended a writer's conference? How did God work things out for you while you were there? Comment below!


  1. I've never been to one, but this is actually the one I was looking at for next year. I'm really impressed that you went by yourself and are so young. You've got more guts than I do.

    Sounds like you had an awesome time! What a great opportunity!

  2. I haven't been to one yet but am hoping to make it to one this year. :O)

  3. I'll be attending my first Christian Writer's Conference this August. I can't wait.

  4. I was there with you this year. To say it's life changing seems to be an understatement!

  5. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! :) I've never been to a writing conference, but hope to visit one in the future.

  6. I'm very impressed you did this alone. There are plenty of adults who wouldn't have dared.

    Conferences are such a good way to re-charge. It is good to spend time with like-minded people.

    Maybe I'll see you at SCBWI someday...

  7. I've got a one in August and I'm pretty psyched!

  8. Sounds like you're on the right track, Tessa. Best wishes to you! And thanks for stopping by the ScribeSisters blog!


  9. KM: I did! It was great. My mom went with me, I don’t think I’d be able to go by myself either. I definitely recommend it for next year!

    Diane: You should! Trust me, it's worth the money. I had no idea it would be so beneficial.

    Inside the Shrink: Great! Be sure to check out my latest post “What I Learned at My First Conference” which includes tips for conference newbies.

    Jason: Exactly! It was so great hearing about how God worked in others’ lives during the week.

    Mia: I definitely would recommend one, even if it’s just a small conference. You won’t regret it.

    Caroline: I went with my mom, but she had absolutely no idea about how the writing industry worked, haha. She knows much more than she did, though!

    Claire: That’s awesome! Be sure to check out my latest post on tips for conference newbies. I listed things that I learned (mostly the hard way [=) during my first conference experience. Hope you have fun!


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