It’s that time of the year again. Right now I’m at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, helping Marlene Bagnull with the second conference she runs each year. I arrived last Wednesday night, and we’ve been scrambling ever since to get the details taken care of. We have a record number attending this year at 283, and we are rejoicing in God’s provision. Of course it makes for more behind-the-scenes work. This year, Marlene also put me on faculty, and today I taught my editing workshop on punctuation. Would you believe around 50 people attended that class? We had great participation, but goodness, my mind still boggles at that number. And today I had a good number of appointments, as well. I’m excited about those I spoke to today.

As always it’s good to connect with other writers, editors, agents, and publishers—people who understand and love this wonderful world of writing and the unique minds that go with it. And I’m loving seeing my Colorado friends here in Philly, many of them for the first time: Jeff Gerke, Tanya Warrington, and Shannon (Hill) Marchese. And I’m probably missing someone. Though I’m too tired to go look at the list.

Next month is the annual ACFW Conference in Denver! And I already can’t wait. I’m looking forward to more wonderful times with my writer friends. This is the one conference I attend that I pay for. But even then I won’t be sitting idly in classes. Since Colorado is hosting the conference we have many unique opportunities to volunteer and give back to a great organization. Some of the opportunities we’ve already let you know about through our chapters and the ACFW Colorado loop. Others we will try to keep you updated with here on the blog as they come up. If you are interested in helping out in some way, please leave a comment on the blog, and I’ll get back to you with the possibilities. Many of you have already volunteered. Thank you to all of you for making ACFW Colorado a great place to be!