In My Words: Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference
I’ve never heard a negative comment about the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (BRMCWC) — and now I know why.
I attended my first BRMCWC last week — and I hope it’s not my last one! I taught four “A Writer’s Life” workshops, each themed to a different segment of The Princess Bride movie:
- A Writer’s Life: The Cliffs of Insanity
- A Writer’s Life: The Fire Swamp
- A Writer’s Life: The Pit of Despair
- A Writer’s Life: Waiting for Vizzini
Alton Gansky, conference director, Edie Melson, conference co-director, and Eva Marie Everson, conference contest coordinator, put a lot of time, energy and prayer into making BRMCWC successful. The faculty roster is impressive and the list of classes — both continuing classes and one-time workshops — boggles the mind.
But the thing I will remember most about the conference?
How a sense of caring, of concern for others, was woven through each and every moment. I didn’t see a single ego show up last week — not a bit of “me first.” Instead, there was a continual attitude within the group (both faculty and attendees) of considering others more important.
There was laughter. (Think a faculty “un-talent” show.)
And worship. (I was so touched by Lynn DeShazo, who led us in worhsip, I invested in four of her CDs.)
And insight. (Keynote speakers who spoke with transparency and humility. And, yes, humor.)
I know we’re only (almost) half-way through 2012. But when you start thinking about 2013 and what writing conferences you want to attend, put the BRMCWC at the top of your list!
In Your Words: Did you attend BRMCWC this year or in the past? Any favorite memories? What other conferences do you have on your “must attend” list?
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