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.

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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?

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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: https://acfwvirginia.wordpress.com/acfw-virginia-writers-conference/

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 http://www.preslaysa.com

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

Christian Writer’s Conference spotlight: Lynellen Perry

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: https://acfwvirginia.wordpress.com/acfw-virginia-writers-conference/

Today we spotlight one of the workshop presenters:

Lynellen Perry

Lynellen Perry’s education is in Math and Computer Science, with a BS, MS, and PhD. But she has been an editor and non-fiction author for more than 20 years. She is the President of Chalfont House Publishing, a traditional royalty-paying non-fiction house with fiction imprint called HopeSprings Books. HopeSprings Books is looking for story lines that address a hard topic in a central way. We want to see characters learn, grow and develop their faith into a relevant and vibrant expression of Christianity. We want characters who struggle, who are dealing with tough situations… people just like you. Whether these stories are embedded in the genre of romance, mystery, science fiction, or whatever, the central theme is characters who find redemption and hope.
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http://www.Facebook.com/groups/ChalfontHousePublishingFans
http://Twitter.com/HopeSpringsBook

Email Newsletters: Opt-in email newsletters are a vital part of an author’s platform. With Facebook posts being shown to a smaller and smaller percentage of people who “Like” your page, and the limited content size of Twitter, email newsletters can be more effective at pushing information to your audience. This workshop will compare two of the most popular newsletter services (Mailchimp and Constant Contact), and define the essential components of a newsletter.

Christian Writer’s Conference spotlight: Sarah Norkus

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: https://acfwvirginia.wordpress.com/acfw-virginia-writers-conference/

Today we spotlight one of the workshop presenters:

Sarah Norkus

Sarah Norkus grew up in Lexington, KY and credits her father, Robert Hackett, the former editor of the Horseman and Fair World Magazine and her cousin, Stephen Ambrose, author of Band of Brothers, for inspiring her to become a writer. She now resides in Colonial Heights, VA, with her husband, Michael. Sarah is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, the treasurer of the Colonial John Banister Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Vice President of Education for her Tricity Toastmaster Club. She has four published books: a creative non-fiction, a young adult fiction, and two historical fiction/fantasies.

Researching Your Historical Novel: There are no hard and fast rules for researching your historical fiction novel. I will talk about two different methods I utilized while researching my historical fiction trilogy.