by Cynthia A. Lovely
2007 – Win scholarship to Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Joy. Terror. Excitement. Doubt. Struggle. Stretch. Learn. Grow. Amazing experience. Writer’s Happy-Land. Fall in love with Blue Ridge.
2008-2012 – Drawn back each year to Blue Ridge. Can’t miss. New friends. Mentors. (waving at Vonda) Challenges. Different directions in writing. Fiction? Why not. First pitch to fearsome editor. Terror. Joy. Relief. Survived.
Writer’s buzz. Late night chats. Little sleep. Many visits to Clouds. Much caffeine. Sworn in officially as Writer (thank you, Michelle Medlock Adams.) Constant Writer-Speak. Laughter. Tears. Support. Camaraderie. Confidence. Published article clips. Actual portfolio. Progress. Inspiring teachers. Zany Speakers. Deduction: Writers are a strange and quirky clan. Fit perfectly. Love my Blue Ridge.
2013 – Blue Ridge Blues. Never made it to conference. Sorrow. Depression. Missed opportunities. Missed friends. Missed Classes. Missed motivation. Just plain…missed it.
Blue Ridge Withdrawals. Shaky. Uncertain. Floundering. No inspiration. Lack of words. Well run dry. Make reservations for 2014.
2014 – I’ve been registered since October 2013, having learned the hard way not to miss a year at Blue Ridge. It is not just a conference, it becomes a family. Because I was unable to attend the scheduled dates last year, I researched several other conferences near and far. And honestly, Blue Ridge is one of the best. The location is perfect. It is a writer’s dream in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge Conference has the ideal set-up at Ridgecrest with everything centered in one place. The Campus is lovely with comfortable accommodations. If you’re tired of one building, there are countless others to visit, including areas with rockers set on porches and tucked in secluded corners. If you need a quiet time, you can visit the Prayer Garden for reflection and a break from the frenzied pace. Or slip into the Chapel on the hill and refresh yourself in God’s presence.
Many of the classes are held in the newer buildings and the main meeting room is modern and spacious. Blue Ridge offers a variety of classes to cover a wide area of writing. The most difficult part is narrowing down your schedule because you can’t take them all. The banquet is a wonderful end to the conference and the Lifeway staff does an incredible job with the décor and the delicious meal. "And the best news of all: this conference is one of the most affordable ones out there. If you’ve been to Blue Ridge before, it’s time to come back. If you’re new, don’t hesitate to register. Trust me; you don’t want a case of the Blue Ridge Blues.
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