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Sunday, September 28, 2008

2008 ACFW Conference

Last weekend I attended the 7th annual ACFW conference held in Minneapolis, MN. I want to share a few of the highlights with you and some pics, too.

I again had the privilege of traveling from Kentucky with Ruth Seamands, who at 91 is the Mama of our group. We arrived on Wednesday, and I spent part of the afternoon helping ready the bags for the attendees. That night a group of us went to TGIF's for supper. Here are Ruth and I with Kim Sawyer (check out her site at http://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/) and Margie Vawter.

On Thursday morning I was honored to introduce Margie Lawson as our Early Bird speaker for the second year in a row. After taking her class last year at conference, I devoured all three of her online classes this past year, and rewrote my WIP using her techniques. I am already signed up for her October advanced class. If you have taken a Margie class before, you know how helpful this will be, so hurry on over to http://www.margielawson.com/ and sign up!

The third picture was taken at our awards' banquet. Mama Ruth in the middle is dressed in her sari, flanked by me and my wonderful roomie, Jennifer Johnson. Check out Jen and her books at http://www.jenniferjohnsonbooks.com/

The only bad part about conference is leaving and knowing that you won't see many of your new and old friends for another year. But, we have our ACFW loop to keep us in touch. If anyone is reading this who is interested in writing fiction, hurry on over to http://www.acfw.com/ and sign up for the best writing organization in the world!


Kim Vogel Sawyer said...

It was good to see you, too, Rose...and I'm eagerly anticipating the day your first sale is announced!

Robin Johns Grant said...

I'm glad you had a good conference, Rose. Sorry I didn't get to see you there--maybe I'll get to go next year!

Margie Vawter said...

It was great to spend time with you this year, Rose. I'll probably "see" you in one of Margie's online classes this year, too.

Megan DiMaria said...

What a fun conference. It went by all too quickly, not leaving enough time to visit with old and new friends.

See you next year, Rose!

A prisoner of hope,

Anonymous said...

Hey, mom! Glad you had a great trip and you are back safely!
Christy K.

Trisha (SMW) said...

Thank you for sharing about the conference. I really wanted to go, but was unable to this year. I enjoyed hearing your thoughts.

dedelm said...

What a great place to have your conference. I was born in Mpls. and now live in Birmingham, AL. I love Susie's books too. SMW

Diana said...

You know what's funny? I was at TGIF's that night and kept looking at your table and thinking...I think I know those people but I'm not sure! You guys seemed to be having a great time, wish I would have been brave enough to introduce myself!

Diana said...

ah! I just looked at the photo and my husband is in it! LOL, he's wearing the cream color shirt, I'm across the table from him but you can't see me! :)