Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Meet me in the mountains by Terry Burns

It's that time again. Each year right after Mother's Day we come up to the YMCA retreat center in Estes Park Colorado for the Colorado Christian Writer's Conference. It snowed on us on the way in yesterday but the sun is out today and the mountains are stacked with snow, the trees are flocked and it is beautiful. This morning the sun is out and the air is crisp but it is going to be a great conference.

Marlene Bagnull is the conference director and it officially starts tomorrow, with some early bird sessions this afternoon, but if you live in the vicinity, walk-ins are welcome. It runs through Saturday. There is a strong faculty of editors, agents and professional writers. I'm doing a workshop entitled "Writing in Obedience" based on the writing book by the same name that Linda Yezak and I just finished.

I've worked mainstream conferences and Christian conferences, and there is a world of difference.At a Christian conference the attendees are so much more open and helpful. They focus as much on spiritual revival as they do on the writing itself. They are very refreshing.

Writers tend to write in a vacuum. Those around us don't really understand the process or our need to do it. Going to a conference can not only be a learning process but gives us a chance to interface with people who "get us." People who understand. Before I became an agent I tried to get to a couple of conferences a year. I do many more than that now, of course. But conferences should be a part of any writers writing strategy if they are serious about it.

Want to know more about this conference? Go to for details, and if you live in the area, it's not too late to join us. 


Davalyn Spencer said...

Enjoyed seeing you again this year, Terry. And as always, I was blessed by the genuine faith of editors, agents, and publishers who love the Lord more than the business.

Terry Burns said...

Good to see you too - it was a great conference