Girls Write Out
Monday, April 07, 2008

Imagine you're at a Christian Book Convention. The place is filled with booths and all your favorite Christian authors are there. There are workshops, events, booksignings, and many readers walking the floor.

Sound like a wonderful thing? Well, Spring of 2009, in Dallas, Texas, this will be a reality. March 20-22 the ECPA is putting on an event called Chrisian Book Expo. (Get more info at
What does this have to do with you other than the fact that you love Christian fiction? Well, three of us are on the Fiction Task Force. Our job is to make suggestions for workshops, panels, events, etc. that readers would enjoy. We figured what better way to find out than to ask readers?

So, we're asking our friends at GWO.
What workshops would you like to attend?
What authors would you like to hear speak?
What topics would like covered?
Would you like to have lunch at an author's table?
Would you enjoy listening to a reading?
Would you like a Q and A panel?

Come on, it's your day. Tell us what your dream day at the Christian Book Expo looks like.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:54 AM  
  Comments (10)
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At 1:05 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

Since I only live 2 hours from Dallas, I am already foaming at the mouth.

That said, I think all of the items you mentioned would be wonderful.

As for which authors? Since I have such an odd taste in books I'll leave that answer up to the masses.

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Oh wow! That sounds like a blast! And it's for readers, not just writers?

Lunch with an author sounds incredible.

Authors - well, you gals, obviously!

Angela Hunt. Nancy Rue. Charles Martin. Tamera Alexander. Cathy Marie Hake. Deborah Raney. Hannah Alexander. Brandilyn Collins.

Any kind of workshops about how they do it! The process - the research.

I'm fascinated by how authors keep things straight who do such multi-book series, like Gilbert Morris and Hannah Alexander's Hideaway - how do they ever remember and keep everything straight when it's several years between books and sometimes they write prequels after the "later" ones?

I love how Angela Hunt does her Book of the Month on her blog and she talks about different aspects of a book and we can ask questions. Something like that in event format would be awesome.

And lots of signings and photo ops, of course!

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Becky said...

I'm sure whatever y'all come up with will be fab. I'd be delighted just to be in the same room with so many wonderful books...and authors...and fellow readers...

...that is if I'm able to get away for it. My hubby gets wind of this, and I'm afraid my account would be frozen (well, perhaps not frozen, but limited to a paltry sum of only $25 or $30 to spend. Which would be torture with that many books!

At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's in March of 2009?

At 8:27 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Yes, Laurien, March '09. And yes, it's just for readers! How exciting is that?

At 8:37 PM, Blogger Gracie said...

Workshops on writing and the publishing process would be awesome.

I'd like to hear you Girls speak, plus Brandilyn Collins, Sharon Hinck, Jenny B. Jones, George Bryan Polivka, Camy Tang, and Ted Dekker. Any topics you would be willing to talk about would be fine -- just being there would be beyond imagination.

Yes to lunch with ya'll. (Would chocolate be on that menu ? ; )

Q and A -- yes! Though the authors might be there for a couple of weeks: I'd have at least a hundred questions for everyone.

At 3:42 AM, Blogger Melanie said...

Don't forget Nancy Moser and Charles Martin.

Lunch at an author's table? Yes
Q&A's: Most definitely.

Workshops, if it's for readers, I'm not sure. Just opportunities for a glimpse into an author's mind.

Wait, no. That would be too scary.

At 6:34 AM, Blogger Katie said...

Hey all, I've been reading the blog for awhile but this is my first time to post a comment; this seemed like a good topic to start with, hope that's cool.

I'm really excited about this idea. I agree that everything mentioned sounds great.

As far as authors... the four of y'all of course. Also I'd like to suggest Creston Mapes(if anyone hasn't read his Rockstar Chronicles series you should definately check it out) and Tracey Bateman, Tamara Leigh, Laura Jensen Walker, Beverly Lewis, Frank Peretti, Lori Copeland.

Any kind of workshop would be great... the process, the business, how to develop interesting characters sounds like a handy thing to learn for readers that aspire to writing.

Lunch at an authors table? Yep

Q & A panel? Sure

I'll definately be there. Books and authors and more books; sounds like a dream.

At 7:17 PM, Blogger allen said...

Lunch with authors sounds good.

At 6:26 PM, Blogger Chelf said...

I think a "Getting Started" session would be in order. For readers who want to be involved in the process. Where to go, whom to meet, when you want to write, proof, edit or design.

I would like to visit with Brock and Bodie Thoene. I have met people who say they are so nice. Frank Peretti. All of you GWO girls. All the friends who support the writers' starving years.

I think readings would be great! But, for some, this is why they write... because they don't want to speak. Still a great idea. Like hearing Maya Angelou reading for the President's Inauguration, awe inspiring for little old me.

Dallas? Stone's throw away. I am so THERE!


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