Thursday, September 15, 2011
Christian Authors Guild in Atlanta by Terry Burns
I knew I was at a special place when the front door was a carved . . . yes carved relief of Jesus rising from the door. Amazing!
The Lodge at Simpsonwood is a Christian adult and family retreat center on the outskirts of Atlanta associated with the United Methodist Church. It was a perfect place for a Christian Writing conference. Set in peaceful woods with no hint of the presence of the large city just outside the grounds it was a time to work on our craft with presentations from a great faculty, great worship time, and just a time to de-stress.
Bestselling author Cec Murphy did the Keynote and taught several sessions. Editor and Author Lin Johnson, editor or Christian Communicator and author of more than 70 books was on the faculty as was writing coach Tiffany Colter. Other faculty included editor and author Mary Lou Redding, editorial director for Upper Room Magazine and author of six books, and Les Stobbe and I were the literary agents in attendance, taking appointments and teaching sessions.
The Christian Authors Guild is an organization in the Atlanta area that meets monthly and has a very strong membership. While they have had extended workshops before this is their first venture into a full writing conference, but judging from the comments from the attendees it surely won't be their last.
It was well organized, in a perfect setting, and is a conference that is easy to recommend. Pit on your schedule for next year, and you can find out more at http://www.christianauthorsguild.org/