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Rose McCauley’s Top 10 List

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Top Ten Things I’ve learned from ACFW conferences:

10. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation with anyone attending the conference. You’ll make a lot of new friends that way. And you can usually find someone to reach out to who looks even more alone than you feel.

9. Participate in the classes as much as possible to speed your learning curve, but . . .

8. Don’t be afraid to skip a session to get some needed rest or chat with a friend.

7. Be sure to visit the prayer room where you can pray for others or have someone pray for you, or just have a private talk with our Father.

6. If you love chocolate, (and who doesn’t?) be sure to check with Michelle Sutton for the location of the big chocolate party!

5. Volunteer. Your donation of time helps the conference run smoothly and gives you an added chance to meet and work with some really nice people.

4. Save some money for the book signing and the silent auction.

3. Before you leave, order some audio recordings of those sessions you missed or couldn’t take notes fast enough for!

2. Bask in the Christian fellowship.

1. Give thanks and worship Him Who gave you the opportunity to attend, so you can leave to serve Him better.

Rose McCauley thanks God she has been blessed to attend all of our national conferences and looks forward to meeting some new friends in Minneapolis. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and retired teacher who has several selections in non-fiction books while pursuing her dream of being pubbed in fiction. She invites you to check out her website at and visit her weekly blog (I’m not as verbose as Kaye! LOL) and leave a comment for her monthly book drawing at

  1. Tuesday, August 12, 2008 10:07 am

    I can’t believe it is almost upon us. Must…write…faster…


  2. Tuesday, August 12, 2008 12:13 pm

    Great list, Rose! My first conference I volunteered, and it made ALL THE DIFFERENCE in making me feel like I was actually “part” of the conference, and helped me make friends much more easily.


  3. Tuesday, August 12, 2008 12:48 pm

    I won’t be at ACFW this year but I’m attending the Faith & Fiction retreat in FL this weekend. It’s my first writing conference attended in person. So this post is right on time.



  4. Tuesday, August 12, 2008 1:32 pm

    I’m really looking forward to being there next month (yes, I’m a guy….gasp! *G* ). Can’t wait to meet you all!


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