I spent last weekend in Elizabethtown, Kentucky at the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference. This month has been crazy busy, and I’ve been running around with no down time, so I arrived breathless and exhausted.

Friday morning they placed the appointment schedule sheets on a table and opened it for attendees to sign up for 15 minutes appointments with the faculty. I teach screenwriting and visual storytelling, which sometimes makes me feel like the odd woman out at writing conferences. The editors’ and agents’ sheets fill up while mine remains open. This time, though, I had names! Even more surprising were the people who just popped in when they saw me free. Each person had a specific question, and I was able to answer their question and direct them to more resources.

I was scheduled to teach my screenwriting class Friday afternoon. I’ve taught screenwriting plenty of times, but I’d changed it up a bit, so I was a little nervous about that. Then, I had breakfast with Susan May Warren (yes, THE bestselling author Susan May Warren!) and she mentioned she was looking forward to attending my class. Ok, no pressure there! Fortunately, it flowed well, and I didn’t say anything dumb (I don’t think…).

Susan was the keynote speaker, and each one of her addresses spoke to me personally. In her first presentation, she even talked about storms and walking on water which tied in so perfectly with my upcoming storm-themed prayer retreat this next weekend.

When I wasn’t holding appointments with attendees, I was able to attend workshops. I learned about newsletters from prolific romance writer Hallee Bridgeman. I gained insight about writing devotionals from author Charis Rooks. And I received valuable information about Amazon selling from author and friend Hannah Conway.

It’s a good thing I was teaching visual storytelling on Saturday, because I looked at my feet during the opening assembly and realized I was wearing one blue shoe and one black shoe. It was raining all day so I couldn’t really go out to my car to change, so I spent the day in mismatched shoes. Yeah… I called it a visual lesson, although what that lesson is, I’ve yet to discover. 🙂

If you’re a writer looking for a great writing conference, be sure to check out Kentucky Christian Writers Conference and make plans to attend next summer. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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