We are excited you’re considering the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, and wanted to be sure to provide you with the following valuable information. We hope it will make preparing for the conference stress free.
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- 15-Minute Appointments
- Paid Critiques
- Awards Banquet
- General Info:
At BRMCWC, we do NOT require you to sign up for classes beforehand. We actually encourage you to begin praying and asking God to reveal what classes He would have you participate in. You can find a list of classes on our website, and opening night we’ll have the faculty introduce themselves and give you a brief description of what they’re teaching.
The only exception to this is practicums. There are some that require advance sign up. To sign up for those, email the instructor directly. (Their information will be listed with the class listings.)
All of our classes are labeled with two distinctions:
- Practicum, Continuing Class, or Workshop.
- A practicum is a hands-on class. It can be offered as a workshop (a stand-alone class) or a continuing class.
- A continuing class is just that—a class that has new material every day that builds upon itself. These can be 2, 3 or 4 days in length.
- A workshop is a class that is possibly repeated more than once, and it will be the same material every time.
- Act I, Act II, and Act III.
- Act I classes are for beginning or new writers in that specific area. For example, an established non-fiction writer who has lots of experience might be a beginner when it comes to writing fiction.
- Act II classes are for intermediate writers who may or may not be published in that specific area, but have writing experience.
- Act III classes are for advanced writers who have published multiple books and articles and such.
These are scheduled times when you can sit down with the author, agent, or editor of your choice and discuss your writing or brainstorm or have them answer your burning questions. You do NOT have to pay for these appointments, they are included as part of your conferee experience.
You will NOT sign up for 15-minute appointments until you get to the conference.
In the meantime, consider who you may want to schedule an appointment with, because after our first group meeting on opening night, you’ll be able to choose two people to meet with and sign up for those appointments. The next morning, after breakfast, you’ll be allowed back into the room to set up any more appointments you’d like. We request you only sign up for two the first night so that everyone has an opportunity to meet with the faculty members they would like to.
Several of our faculty members offer to critique your writing and meet with you at the conference. Critiques cost $30 each, and you can find the list of faculty and what type of writing they will critique on the Blue Ridge Conference website soon. Please be sure to follow the guidelines when you submit your request to the faculty members.
These will be IN ADDITION to your regular 15-minute appointments and are paid appointments.
If you sign up for a critique, you will want to check the faculty member’s appointment sheet BEFORE you sign up for your chosen 15-minute appointments opening night. They will have already designated a time to meet with you on their appointment sheet. Once you know when your critique appointments are, then you may sign up for your two chosen appointments. Critique appointments don’t count as those two appointments.
Eva Marie Everson is our contest director and works very hard every year to organize our contests. Please see the website for how to enter, and again, be sure to follow the submission instructions.
Here are the 3 contests we offer:
The BRMCWC Foundation Awards Contest: This has previously been known as the Unpublished Contest. You must be registered for the entire conference in order to compete. If you have been paid for your writing in any publication category, then you are ineligible for this contest in that category. (For example, if a publication paid you for a devotion, then you may not enter the contest in the devotion category, but you may enter in a different category.) You may enter in more than one category but we accept only one entry per category.
The Director’s Choice Award: The Director’s Choice Award is given to a published writer who is a past or current conferee. You’ve worked hard and it is our pleasure to recognize your achievement. We accept both fiction and non-fiction books for this contest.
The Selah Awards: The Selah Awards are open to all published authors whose books were published between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 with either traditional or nontraditional publishers. If the book is co-authored, both authors must sign the entry form.
The 2018 Awards Ceremony and Dessert Reception
This event takes place on Wednesday evening and isn’t something you must register for separately. It is an opportunity to dress up—IF YOU CHOOSE. You’ll find our faculty in glittering evening wear and this is our chance to come together to celebrate all of our authors’ hard work by honoring them with awards. The results of all 3 contests will be announced during this time. There isn’t a formal dress code for the Awards Banquet. It’s as dressy as you want to make it. Some will wear tuxes or cocktail dresses or gowns. Others will wear their Sunday best, and still others will be in nice jeans and a polo or dress shirt. It’s really up to you how you would like to dress, but we want you to have the information you need to be comfortable in all situations.
General Conference attire is business casual. This isn’t, but is what everyone seems most comfortable with. There is a lot of walking up and down hills, so be sure to pack some comfortable shoes.
One opportunity that we like to offer our conferees is the chance to have professional headshots taken by our conference photographer. You will notice Mary Denman snapping pictures throughout the conference. She will also have an appointment sheet so that you can sign up to meet with her and have your picture taken. There is a minimal cost for this service, and we will have more information for you shortly.
Bookstore: Our bookstore will operate out of Johnson Spring this year. Lifeway Asheville will be coming in for our conference and will have books for sale near the appointment room. If a book you would like isn’t available on site and they have it at the local bookstore, you will have the option to pick it up at the conference bookstore the following day.
If you’ve attended the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in the past, you’ve grown accustomed to receiving a conference booklet in your registration packet that is distributed upon arrival. All of the faculty bios, class descriptions, etc. will be available here online at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference website. At the conference, the schedule will be provided to you as a hard copy, tri-fold brochure. In addition, there is an app for your smart phone to help you with maps and other valuable information.
Stay Current on Changes:
In light of that change, we encourage you to please frequently check this website for new information. There is a place there to sign up for email updates when new information is posted. We strongly urge you to do so. This is the first place we share new information.
We also encourage you to LIKE our Facebook page, another place where we disseminate information regularly.
Again, if you have any questions concerning the conference, we encourage you to join our official Facebook group. That is the best place to receive an answer, as we have moderators keeping an eye on the conversation at all times. Conference planning is hard work, and we may not always be available answer individual questions quickly, although we do try!
We truly look forward to seeing you discover God’s path for your writing life!
Thanks & Blessings,
Edie Melson & DiAnn Mills
Directors, Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference