Whew! What a weekend. For those who aren’t regular followers, I attended “Writers Advance! Bootcamp” at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC. As promised, I took many photos, though my jammed-packed schedule didn’t allow for blog postings.
|Guard house at entrance|
I arrived at The Cove around 3:00 p.m. on Friday, an hour later than I’d planned.
After check-in, I rushed off to the first early bird class at 3:30, “Writing Big in a Little Space,” taught by the brilliantly gifted writer, editor, and social media guru Edie Melson.
Dinner, the opening session, and the keynote address followed, “Your Writing Career and its Longevity,” by the acclaimed Christian fiction author Yvonne Lehman. Yvonne published her 50th book, Hearts That Survive: A Novel of the Titanic last spring. It's always a pleasure to hear her speak.
Evening networking began at 9:30, followed by Christian Devotions staff meeting, after which I fell into bed around 11:20 p.m.
At 6:20 a.m. I was ready for day two. Or maybe not. You be the judge of how tired I already looked at breakfast on Saturday morning. LOL.
I attended another wonderful day of classes, ate incredible meals, and enjoyed a brilliant keynote address given by Vonda Skelton, followed by fireside chats with fellow authors during snack time at 9:00 p.m. Exhaustion had definitely set in, but the Holy Spirit had given me much to think about when I went to bed around 11:00 p.m.
Sunday morning we awoke to a beautiful snowfall...
...and a time of worship and receiving our bootcamp marching orders, which were based on Isaiah 6:8:
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Despite the condition of the world around us or, more importantly, because of society’s spiritual state, Christian writers don’t retreat—we advance with God’s power supporting us.
I’m eager to see where the Lord continues to lead me on this writing journey He gifted me with. I’m happy to be sharing my journey with you.
|needlepoint gift portrait|
Below are more Cove photos, if you’d like to look at them.
|prayer room in the training center|
|writers (and friends) from Anderson, SC|
|Samaritan's Purse missions|
|One of many memorabilia displays|
|Ruth Graham's funeral|
|"End of construction. Thank|
you for your patience."
|At the chapel|
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