Sunday, June 18, 2023

Storyfest Epic Launch

 About the Event

Created with Christian Fiction Reader-Fans in mind: the 2023 ACFW Storyfest! Come be part of

ACFW Storyfest (formerly the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat). It all takes place Thursday afternoon,

August 24, 2023-Saturday, August 26, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

Come celebrate story and your favorite CF authors right on the premises of the ACFW

conference—where hundreds of CF authors gather each year.

Learn more here!

More from a Participating Author!

Some writers are extroverts—no really!

Readers think of writers as people who

wander around in their pajamas eating

cookies while they pound out stories on

their computer, but that’s wrong. It’s

really chocolate we eat. 😊  I’m one of those extroverts,

and the hardest part of writing is that

whole alone part. So when I

get the opportunity to see

my readers face-to-face, it’s a happy day. I

throw confetti and give extravagant hugs.

Okay, maybe I don’t have access to confetti,

but you can expect the hugging. 

ACFW Storyfest is something I look forward

to every year because I get a chance to talk

to the very people who drive my desire to

write. Last year I met a reader whose dream

was to be in a novel. I wrote down her name

and created a villain in the early chapters of

Fragile Designs then proceeded to kill her as well (I write

suspense, by the way). It was beyond her

wildest dreams to be a villain and be killed off. That happened because we had

an opportunity to get to know one another

and share dreams and hopes. I know being

killed in a novel isn’t your usual sort of dream,

but we writers and readers are an odd bunch,

aren’t we? No one gets us like others who care

about books and characters. 

Storyfest is coming up in August, and I can’t

wait to chat with you there and get to know

you. Who knows, maybe I’ll write a character

around you. 😊 

—Colleen Coble

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What Authors Are Participating?

Sami Abrams, Kate Angelo, Pepper Basham, Laurel Blount , Sara Brunsvold, Colleen Coble,

Sara Davison, Lynette Eason, Loretta Eidson, Joni M. Fisher, Liana George, Sarah Hamaker,

Sarah Hanks, Rebecca Hemlock, Pam Hillman, Angela Hunt, Denise Hunter, Kelly Irvin, Dana

R. Lynn, Tracey Lyons, Joy K. Massenburge , Nancy Mehl, Shaen Mehl, Dana Mentink, Robin

Caroll, Dineen Miller, DiAnn Mills, Carol Moncado, Lenora Worth , Mindy Obenhaus, Candice

Sue Patterson, Lisa Phillips, Deborah Raney, Shannon Redmon, Terri Reed, Helena Smrcek,

Betsy St Amant, Brandy Heineman, Melanie Stevenson, Carrie Turansky, Marilyn Turk,

Kathleen Turner, Darlene L. Turner, Virginia Vaughan, John Walker, and Kimberley



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Sarah Hamaker said...

So excited to be included in this wonderful list of Christian fiction authors. I hope to see many of you in St. Louis later this summer.

Joni M Fisher said...

My first StoryFest and I'm so excited. See you there!

Pam Hillman said...

Loved this, Colleen! Reminded me of plotting out one of my first efforts years ago and asking my pre-teen son and his best friend Dan what would they name the characters. They named the heroine for what later became one of my published novels, but Dan wanted to be the villian. And so he was.

I used his middle name, and come to think of it, the villian died in the end of that book as well! lol

Sarah, Joni, Colleen, and BECKY (yes?), can't wait to see you all in St. Louis!!!