Ken and I spent last week in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, teaching at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. I have been teaching at writers conferences for over a dozen years now…long enough to know that each has its own special “flavor” and they are all special in their own way.
Ridgecrest Conference Center near Black Mountain, North Carolina, has to be one of the most special places I’ve ever spent a week. Last week was something like my fifteenth time there (including time at the Autumn in the Mountains conference, and the Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival, which used to be held at Ridgecrest).
Of course, the very best part of any conference is the people! I had some wonderful writers in my classes, and got to spend time with some dear friends—both faculty and conferees I’ve gotten to know over the years. Here are just a few photos of our time there:
Attending a conference can be a mountaintop experience. The group worship twice a day brought tears to my eyes almost every time, and seeing new writers get excited about learning to use the gifts God has given them is so gratifying. It’s sometimes hard to come down from that “mountain,” but it was awfully good to sleep in our own bed again too.
Do you like to attend conferences? What kind, and where?