Meet ACFW Virginia 2019 Faculty — Keynote Speaker, Lisa Carter

ACFW Virginia is pleased to introduce our 2019 Conference Keynote Speaker, Lisa Carter.

In our general session, Lisa will be presenting both an inspirational and an instructional workshop.

Inspirational Keynote: Writing From Deep Places

Instructional Workshop Title: Hooks, Lines, and Sinkers

About the Workshop

The very first sentence of a story can be extremely powerful. It can stick with you for days, weeks, even years. End your novel poorly and you’ll spoil the whole book; end it well and you will leave the reader satisfied, perhaps even moved. In this workshop, Lisa will review the secret to crafting great opening and closing lines.

Mentor Appointments

Lisa is also taking mentor appointments during the conference. Sign up to chat with this talented, multi-published author about your current work in progress or ask questions about the publishing industry or marketing advice. Click here to schedule an appointment with Lisa.

**Mentor appointments are open to paid conferees only. To register, click the link below.

About Lisa

Lisa Carter is the bestselling author of multiple romantic suspense novels, historical novellas and a contemporary Coast Guard series. The Stronghold won the 2017 Daphne du Maurier Award. Under a Turquoise Sky won the 2015 Carol Award for Romantic Suspense and Beyond the Cherokee Trail was a 4 1/2 star Romantic Times Top Pick. Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales and researching her next exotic adventure. When not writing, she loves spending time with her family and teaching writing workshops. A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball.

5 Fast Facts

  • One of the most interesting places I’ve ever visited—there have been many—the Amazon jungle.
  • I lick the icing off cupcakes first. I’m mainly in it for the icing.
  • I am a huge Indiana Jones fan.
  • The feel and taste of the wooden spoon in ice cream makes me shudder.
  •  I have a Netflix addiction to British mystery series.

You can connect with Lisa on Facebook, Twitter, as well as on her Amazon Author Page or her website.


The 2019 ACFW Virginia Writer’s Conference will be held on November 9, 2019, at Purcellville Baptist Church in Purcellville, Virginia. Click here to learn more about the conference or to register.


Workshop Proposals for 2018 Conference

ACFW Virginia is now accepting workshop proposals for our annual writing conference in Fredericksburg, VA.

Pending approval from ACFW national, the conference will be on November 3, 2018.

You can apply for a teaching spot by filling out the proposal form. The final date for submissions is August 10, 2018 by 5pm EDT.

We look forward to hearing from you.

ACFW Virginia Conference – Appointments

Our editor and head-shot photography appointments are now open. Head here to sign-up for a time slot.

If you haven’t registered for the conference, now’s the time. Early bird registration ends October 15th.

Join speaker, Dani Pettrey, for two craft sessions in the morning. Afterward, we’ll break for The Crown Award Luncheon and announce the winners of The Crown writing contest. Then choose from nine classes for the afternoon sessions.

Find more information on our conference page.

Our first annual Christian Writer’s Conference was a success!

Thank you to all the special guests, speakers and attendees of the first annual ACFW Virginia Chapter Christian Writer’s Conference!  You made it a very successful day!

Comments on the feedback form indicated that attendees found the workshops to be encouraging, informative, and motivating.

We enjoyed meeting so many of you in person that we had only seen on the Internet previously. We look forward to seeing you next year!

12 days until our Christian Writer’s Conference!

On Saturday, July 25, in Woodbridge, Virginia (Northern Virginia, Metro DC), we will be holding our first annual Christian Writer’s Conference!

In addition to 14 workshops, we are offering personal appointment with a Literary Agent, and also appointments with a photographer so you can get a professional headshot for your publicity efforts.

Registration includes a light breakfast, a taco salad bar lunch, beverages, all the workshops, plus access to our special guests and extras tables.

Have you registered to attend?

Will you help us spread the news by telling other writers about it?

Christian Writer’s Conference spotlight: Preslaysa Williams

ACFW Virginia is hosting a one-day Christian writer’s conference in Woodbridge, Virginia, on July 25, 2015.

Early bird registration is open now!  Get more information here:

Today we spotlight one of the workshop presenters:

Preslaysa Williams

Preslaysa Williams is a novelist, and actor and and expert multi-tasker. She writes and edits fiction while her children nap and reads novels during her (almost) daily walks. She graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language & Literature. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina.  A 2013 ACFW Genesis finalist and a 2014 ACFW Genesis semi-finalist, Preslaysa writes inspirational romance and middle grade fiction of the happily ever after sort. Visit her online at

Juggling Books and Babies (For Moms and Dads!): You don’t have to be an empty nester to work on your writing career. Parents with children at home can write too! Participants will learn practical tips and tools to: 1) evaluate the demands on their time and discover their key and intrinsic priorities 2) create a workable writing plan to meet their career goals 3) learn about different methods/techniques to fit writing into their daily life 4) discover time management applications (paper and electronic) that may work for them