There are several different kinds of conferences. They are scattered across the United States. No matter where you live, you can find a conference close to your area. If you’ll Google “Writer’s Conferences” you’ll find them from Alaska to Florida, Maine to California.
Investigate and read as much as you can about the conference before you decide to go. There are some that are pure Christian and others that are a little of both. I can recommend American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. It is held this year in Nashville, Tennessee. ACFW is now alternating between Nashville and Dallas, TX. There are several in Asheville, NC. I’ve attended Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference. There are others held at Ridgecrest Conference Center. If you Google Ridgecrest, you should find some.
Some conferences are extremely large, and others are more on the side of a retreat. If you want to learn the craft of writing, I’d suggest a small conference. Look at their program and decide if it is something you want to attend. Many writers forget about the craft and instead think about the business end of writing. If you don’t learn the craft, you’ll have a hard time writing a book that will sell.
I will be speaking at a retreat/conference next month in Arkansas. This is a small retreat. Most of the classes are on the craft. Our writers group has a small retreat/conference in June of each year. We’re making plans now, but it will mostly be about learning the craft of writing. We do not have any agents attend. We want to concentrate on the craft of writing and not have to have people coming and going during a session.
There is also the cost. A large conference costs you between $1,000 to $2,000 depending if you have to fly. They are usually held in a large city at an expensive large hotel. Food and air fare have to be added into the room and registration fee. A small conference usually runs from $200 to $500. Again flying may make it a little more expensive.
Conferences can be good or bad. I love the small ones. I don’t like large crowds. In a smaller retreat/conference you get to know the attendees better.
I hope these blogs about writing have helped you with your writing. Continue to study the craft even if you don’t attend a conference.