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Fall Conferences 2017

Have you attended a writers conference this year? I have had conflicts at every turn. I’ve been looking for fall Christian writers conferences that are no more than a day’s drive from my home, offer inspiring keynote speakers and/or faculty. As it turns out, there are some possibilites

Ohio Christian Writers Conference (New)

To be held at First Baptist Church, Mason, OH, near Cincinnati, the Ohio Christian Writers Conference is brand new this year. But, it appears that the organizers want to start with a bang. Three (count ’em) excellent keynote speakers are slated: Bob Hostetler, Michelle Medlock Adams, and Edie Melson. Other faculty are shown on the site’s faculty page (hover over photos, and names/roles will appear). The schedule is published, and the workshop titles are available. Dates are November 2, 3, and 4. Cost is $99-$249, depending on how many days you attend. The site is being updated regularly.

Heart of America Christian Writers Conference

Overland Park, Kansas, is the location of the HACWN annual conference October 19-21. The venue is Colonial Presbyterian Church (Quivira Campus) on the south side of Kansas City. Partial faculty list is here. Again, they are updating the site regularly. Workshop information is not available as of this writing. Cost for non-members of the local network:  early bird (before 10/10) $275, (after 10/10) $300, and at the door, $325. Check out this page for testimonials by former attendees.

ACW Mentoring Retreats, Alternative to Conferences

American Christian Writers is offering three more mentoring retreats this year. Cost is somewhat higher than regular conferences, but you get more individual attention at the retreats. Quoting from their website:

“ACW’s mentoring retreats feature more than twelve hours of small group and private manuscript consultation work; professional editing and critiquing of your manuscript during the retreat; teaching on how to evaluate, copyedit, and proofread manuscripts; plus the rewriting of your manuscript several times. This is a rare opportunity to have your own mentor/instructor. Only four to six students with each teacher. Personal attention and free consultations. Critiquing and rewriting of your manuscript. Learn how to think like an editor. A hands-on writing experience. Ideal for the struggling writer.”

September 8-9, 2017, Phoenix, AZ:
Faculty includes Dennis Hensley, author, chair of Professional Writing at Taylor University; Lin Johnson, author, editor of the Christian Communicator; Reg Forder, director of American Christian Writers.

October 13-14, 2017 Nashville, TN:
Faculty includes Dennis Hensley; (see above); Lin Johnson, (see above); Holly Miller, author, contributing editor of The Saturday Evening Post; Reg Forder, director of American Christian Writers.

November 17-18, 2017 Orlando, FL:
Faculty includes Lin Johnson (see above) and Reg Forder, director of American Christian Writers.


The conferences I’ve mentioned are the ones I’m considering because they are within a day’s drive for me. Check out these lists for conferences in other areas.

Readers, are you thinking of attending any of the above conferences? Are you planning to attend a conference not listed here? If so, I’d like to hear from you. My email is akinemily(at) Or contact me by commenting on this post. If you receive this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

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4 Responses to Fall Conferences 2017

  1. Terry Whalin August 5, 2017 at 8:13 am #


    I’m looking forward to speaking and attending the Ohio conference in November. Last week I learned the faculty (including me) will be doing video critiques (something I’ve never seen at conferences).

    I have two more conferences to call to your readers for this fall. I will be with the Dayton Christian Scribes at the Write On Writers, Sept. 29th and 30th. Learn more at:

    I will also be on the faculty of the Indiana Faith & Writing Conference at Anderson University on October 21st:

    There are many great choices for conferences this fall and thank you for this post about it, Emily.


  2. Emily Akin August 5, 2017 at 8:30 am #

    Thanks, Terry. I’ll include these two in next week’s post.

  3. Cecelia L. Lester August 5, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

    Emily: I just returned this evening from Taylor University’s Professional Writing Conference. It was very informative and I learned a lot of things I needed to know. Doc Hensley and his crew did a superb job of presenting what a lot of us needed to hear.

  4. Emily Akin August 5, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

    So good to hear that you enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. Did you take any of Larry Wilson’s classes? He’s a great teacher.

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