Hello and welcome to the 28th annual Florida Christian Writers Conference.

You may be asking yourself, "What's so special about FCWC?" That's a question with an easy answer.

1. We are bringing in one of the best-known, most beloved names in our industry as our keynote speaker. Robert Benson has spent his life writing and speaking about one thing: paying attention for the things in our everyday lives that point us to the presence of the Holy in our lives. About our practice and ritual and work and contemplation and the way such things can be reminders of who we are and who we are to become.*

2. We feature two pre-conference classes worth their weight in gold: 1) Book Proposal Studio (walk in with an idea, walk out with a book proposal), and 2) Book Pitch Workshop (walk in with an idea, walk out with a pitch for the writers and editors you'll meet over the next few days).

3. We bring in the top names in publishing--agents, editors, freelance writers, marketing geniuses, website designers ... just to name a few.

4. This year we will offer a writing/critique workshop that runs simultaneously to the conference. Conferees can choose by pre-registration to attend an intense time of working specifically on your work with trained critique experts from the Word Weavers International community. These sessions run during the blocks of time set for continuing classes. Afternoons are free to write, to attend workshops, to meet with agents, editors, etc. 

5. Finally, this year, like every year is guaranteed to feed your spirit, your craft, your relationships within a special communityof writers, and your need for fun! Our theme is Dancing on the Head of a Pen ... and to that end, we'll kick off on Wednesday night with a sock hop.

We look forward to either meeting you for the first time or seeing you again!
Eva Marie Everson
Mark Hancock
Directors, FCWC

*Taken from: http://books.upperroom.org/book-author/robert-benson/

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Why Should I Attend a Writers Conference?
Monday, November 30, 2015
Andy Lee

by, Andy Lee, Word Weavers International Mentor


He made me nervous.

I handed the acquisition editor my proposal and sat in jittery silence as he began to read my prose. I could hear my heartbeat. Could he?

After a few minutes his steal blue eyes with Superman powers able to burn a hole through a person, or her book, looked straight into my eyes. His stare didn’t cause damage, but his words seared my newbie writer heart.

“Who are you to write this book?”

I fumbled to find an answer. Ummm . . . education? . . . gender? . . . experience? Each attempt failed to fit the response he was looking for.

You don’t have a platform,” he explained.

I really hated that “p” word. 

He pointed around the room. “Look around you. There are great authors here. You need endorsements.”

I felt mortally wounded, but it was really just my audacious, naïve pride. My physical heart was fine. I fought back the tears. I would cry later when the steal blue laser eyes couldn’t see me. I thanked him for his time and dashed to the doors.

Soft breezes, blue skies, and trees always calm my mind and perspective. After a few minutes I could pray.

“God, please show me what to do with his words. Use them for good. What do I do with that terrible appointment?”

God’s answer was gentle and redeeming.

Go get endorsements . . . no time like the present . . . he gave you a gem. Use it.

And that’s when I learned one of my most valuable pieces of information at a conference. Getting endorsements was a brilliant idea, but more importantly I learned to glean the good from every piece of advice I received no matter how painful it first appeared.

This was my second year to attend. So, though I didn’t know all of the authors personally, I had participated in classes, and had met faculty during appointments. Throughout the rest of the week, I approached the authors I had met as well as the authors the editor had mentioned to endorse my book. His advice didn’t seem so terrible anymore.

That was three years before my book was contracted. But each year I attended the conferences and continued my relationships with those authors as well as new ones. I was also able to include those approached for endorsements in my proposals sent to publishers.

But if I had never attended conferences, I would not have received this advice nor known anyone to reach out to. Before I began learning about publishing, I assumed the publisher got the endorsements for the authors, but they don’t. The majority, if not all of the endorsement gathering, falls upon the author.

If you have been asking, “Why should I attend a writers conference?” This is why:

Relationships play a big role in the publishing industry.

The advice you receive during appointments is monumental to your career—even if it hurts at first.

Classes offered help attendees become better writers and further their knowledge of the industry.


Though writers conferences are not cheap, they are priceless for those called to this profession—even if it’s just one book. And honestly, writers conferences are like potato chips—you can’t stop at one. 


Your turn: If you’ve attended a writers conference, what was the most painful yet best advice you received? 


Andy Lee is an author of two new books. The Book of Ruth Key Word Bible Study: a 31-Day Journey to Hope and Promise (AMG December2015) and A Mary Like Me: Flawed yet Called (Leafwood Spring 2016). She’s a mom, wife, blogging mentor, and inspirational speaker. She lives on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and kitty named Hank. Her three kids are all grown up. She loves for them to come home so she can feed them. Read more of Andy’s faith encouragement at findingpurposebetondtoday.com.