March 11 and 12 were two jam-packed, but productive days. The South Carolina Christian Writers Conference, hosted by First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC, was geared for all categories of writers, from beginners to experienced, amateur to professional. Speakers covered the gamut of writing from blogs to poetry, novels to non-fiction, all with a Christian emphasis, though secular writing was more than covered.
Even though the conference is small, nine publishers were represented, looking for everything from magazine articles to blogs to devotionals to full-fledged books, both fiction and non-fiction. Ample opportunity was available for interviews and multiples could be had at no additional cost, unlike other conferences I’ve attended or investigated.
The conference size allows for a lot of one-on-one time with people in the industry, whether in arranged interviews or sitting around the lunch table. Classes were diverse and taught by experienced authors, editors, agents, and publishers, and were generally small enough to allow for plenty of Q&A and interaction.
Bob Hostetler, the keynote speaker, is a pastor and an award winning author who challenged us to close out the conference with “What if John had not Written?” challenging us with the ministry opportunity and the calling we have as writers. What if I don’t write? I am not John, nor do I claim to write under inspiration as he did, BUT I do have a calling on my life and the responsibility to write in such a manner as to convey the message God has for me to share.
Conferences such as this are excellent tools to prepare me for that ministry. I already have it on the calendar for March 10 and 11 of next year.