September 17 - 20, 2009
Denver Marriott, Tech Center
The 2009 Keynote Speaker is Debbie Macomber. Here is what the official ACFW site has to say about Debbie!
With more than 100 million copies of her books in print worldwide and her novels translated into twenty-three languages, Debbie Macomber is one of today's leading voices in romance and women's fiction. Readers clamor for her heartwarming books about small-town life, home and family, women who knit, enduring friendship and even stories of humorous angels with earthly missions.
Debbie loves to tell the story of her struggle to get published, and the five-year search to find a publisher who would buy one of her manuscripts. Dyslexic and the mother of four young children, she wrote those early books in her kitchen on a rented typewriter. But her hard work and determination paid off. Her first manuscript, HEARTSONG, acquired by Silhouette Books in 1982, became the first category romance ever to be reviewed by the Publishers Weekly. She was soon featured in Newsweek—and demand for her books quickly exceeded her wildest dreams.
Debbie is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Drawing on her own experiences and those of her family and friends, she demonstrates an almost uncanny ability to see into the souls of women and to express their emotions, values and concerns. In every book her sense of humor enlivens her writing.
In addition to all the outstanding programs offered to writers, ACFW will be hosting a booksigning on Saturday afternoon, September19 from 4 - 5:30. In addition to a world of wonderful fiction, craft books by James Scott Bell, Brandilyn Collins, Gail Martin and others will be available.
A large portion of the profits from each book sold at conference will go to the ACFW Scholarship Foundation. The foundation provides funds for conference scholarships in for attendees in years ahead!
Look for your favorite authors participating on Saturday. My fellow Seekers are bold, italics, and highlighted:
Ruth Axtell Morren
Jeanie Smith Cash
Susan Page Davis
Lena Nelson Dooley
Tina Ann Forkner
Cathy Marie Hake
Jeanne Marie Leach
Gail Gaymer Martin
Robin Miller writing as Robin Caroll
Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Golden Keyes Parsons
Donita K. Paul
Shelley Shepard Gray
Sandra Lee Smith
Betsy St. Amant
Janice (Hanna) Thompson
Susan May Warren
Believe me, this is an event too good to miss!