4 Tips For Those Not Attending A Writer’s Conference

Photo by Vicky johnson

Photo by Vicky johnson

It’s almost that time of year again when everyone is gearing up for the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference.  And the speaker this year is Ted Dekker! This is one of my favorite conferences and I can’t wait to see many of you there.

Unfortunately, there are times as a writer when you are unable to attend a conference due to schedule or financial challenges. You may feel as if the writing community is moving on without you, but in truth it will still be there the next time you are able to go to a conference. There is no reason your writing should grow stagnant.

But what can you do to boost your career if you can’t attend a conference?

  1. Review what publishers and agents are looking for. Often conference websites will give information about editors and agents in regards to what they are looking to acquire. Take the time periodically to look up different conferences and peruse this information. The industry is constantly changing and this can give you a boost.
  2. Purchase the conference lecture CDs. Even if you can’t afford to go to a conference, select those courses you need the most and purchase the CDs. If possible purchase the package, but only if you are going to listen to them. These are only as good as your dedication to listening.
  3. Send cards to your network of friends. One of the benefits of writing conferences is the networking that occurs. Use this time of year as a reminder to send cards to friends in the writing industry. This allows you to make meaningful connections.
  4. Read conference reflection blogs. Many writers and agents blog about conferences after they have finished. Benefit from their knowledge by reading more blog posts than usual about writing craft and industry, especially from those you know attended the conference.

Are you attending ACFW this year? What tips can you give others about boosting their careers when they can’t attend?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

3 thoughts on “4 Tips For Those Not Attending A Writer’s Conference

  1. Donna Yarborough says:

    Thank you for the timely blog post, Michelle. It’s so easy to feel left behind. Especially for me and anyone else who cannot attend ACFW Conference this year. I’m already missing everyone but your post was encouraging and filled with practical solutions to keep moving forward. Thanks again and I pray God’s dreams are fulfilled in all of us this year.

    • Michelle Lim says:

      Sweet friend, you have no idea how much you will be missed! I am sure that you will love the time you have with family and the special event that’s coming. Keep writing!

  2. bethkvogt says:

    If you can’t attend ACFW this year — or any other writers conference — then maybe plan a get-together with some writing buddies. Have a meal together. Catch up with each other and what you’re doing, writing-wise. Talk about your dreams and your goals. What about watching the gala together? I did that last year when I couldn’t go to ACFW. It was a fun way to feel a part of the celebration.

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