Anticipation

The big, fancy castle where all the meetings will be. From http://www.navigators.org/us/75/gleneyriegroup

Next weekend I will be flying to Colorado Springs for the 2011 Christian Writers’ Workshop. It will take place at the spectacularly beautiful Glen Eyrie Conference Center. Before I even pack, which I have been tempted every day for the last month to start doing, I need to spend some time thinking about why I am going and what I expect to gain from the experience.

This year I seem to find myself at a crossroads with regard to my writing. I am not sure which of several roads to take; even my next step is not clear to me. Unlike many of the workshop participants, I do not have a manuscript in progress. So the most obvious thing I hope to find there is a sense of direction.

But more importantly, and in fact as a prerequisite to gaining direction, I need some time to soak up the presence and love of God. The Workshop schedule has built-in times for hiking, praying… getting away from the usual clamor so I can pay closer attention to the Lord. I anticipate, then, a time of spiritual renewal and refreshment.

Next, four well-respected authors make up the Workshop faculty — with one of my faves among them. This presents an exciting opportunity to learn from the best. Even though the Workshop lasts just a few short days, we will get to interact with these experienced writers. Some will make assignments and budget some time for writing. With this in mind, I anticipate gaining some valuable feedback on my work.

But there’s more than just work. “Keynote” sessions, breaks and social activities will allow us participants to get acquainted. Wherever we stand on the writing scale, from novice to pro, we can all encourage and inspire each other. And so I joyfully anticipate meeting new, like-minded friends.

As if these were not motivating enough to have me waiting at the airport six hours before my flight, now I have an added bonus. Mary, one of my very bestest friends from Back In The Day when we both had newborn babies, has registered to attend the Workshop too. The word “anticipation” is hardly strong enough for this one… I can’t wait to hug me a girlfriend! After many years of separate adventures, we shall have an enjoyable time chatting. (Or, as Mary herself more aptly put it, “They should be very very afraid.”)

Thanks for reading!
Jan

PS: Join me at Rachel Anne’s for Company Girl Coffee — and see what Flash the donkey is up to now!

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10 Responses to Anticipation

  1. Jen says:

    Oh, how fun!

    It is interesting — I have several writing friends who seem to want direction and I think all of them have come to the realization that first they need some time with Jesus. SOOOOO glad you are going to get that in CO!

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  2. Jeannine or Grandma Johnson says:

    Jan,
    I am so glad you are getting to go to this Christian Writers confrence
    and the bonus is getting to see your friend Mary. How wonderful.
    Blessings and Love to you Mom

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  3. Marianne says:

    What a blessing to be able to go to this conference. I have decided to try and get to a few of the scribers meetings at my church this year. I need some inspiration and direction with my musings in the MOPS newsletter that I’m editor of at my church. Hope you have lots of fun and get filled to the brim.

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  4. Melissa says:

    What a wonderful opportunity! I pray God gives you the direction that you seek. I also love to write…devotions mostly. One day I hope God will lead me to put them all together in a collection. For now, I just share them when He lays it on my heart to do so.

    Can’t wait to hear back how it went. Blessings!
    Melissa

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  5. Steve Bato says:

    Good thoughts, Jan. I’m envious of the air you will breathe in Colorado. Maybe you can jar some of it, along with some of the inspiration you get at the conference. Then bring it back and share it with me! A fresh air of inspiration is just what I’m looking for.

    You are doing the right thing, though. If you set expectations before you go, you are more likely to be looking for the things that will meet them. If you just go to see what happens, great things could pass by unnoticed.

    Have a great time!

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