Bookings for the Worth Our Weight in Gold main Jubilee event at The Hayes, from Friday 3 June  to Sunday 5 June are now open.

Click here to book.

The golden jubilee year for ACW celebrates fifty years of Christian writing in an encouraging and inspiring fellowship. Recognizing the support, friendship, and opportunities offered within the association.

As with everything planned during the pandemic, there are still questions surrounding this year’s events. We wanted you to know that plans are progressing on various fronts – it’s not laziness that prevents us from sharing them with you – we don’t want to share anything until we are as certain as we can be that it can go ahead. Everyone has been subject to the same uncertainty.  Thank you for your patience while we are finding a way through this.

June, July, August 2021

There is no single, central ACW-organised event this summer. The decision not to organise one is based on feedback from previous events, where we learned that most people are unwilling to travel far to an event, even when there isn’t a pandemic keeping us locked in. Travelling long distances is time-consuming and too expensive for many ACW members.

So, ACW is trying to enable as many people as possible to take part in this summer’s events. We have handed over planning to you, in local groups, to put on events that suit your people in your place. It doesn’t have to be lavish. Think of it as a single bead in a beautiful necklace. The overall celebration will be grand when we consider all the individual contributions together, especially if there are lots of smaller events. There is help available from committee members to plan and launch your event. Please ask for what you need: publicity@christianwrites.co.uk, or groups@christianwriters.co.uk or events@christianwriters.co.uk.

If you don’t have an idea that suits your situation, Jane Brocklehurst has written a booklet called How to Organise a Writers’ Day, to provide models for writers’ days with differing emphases, which you can adapt to your own group. It’s offered as a starter for your thinking. The limit is how far your imagination can stretch. Available in PDF as an email attachment to anyone who requests a copy.

ACW publicity platforms, such as eNews – the next one is in July – through the Christian Writers website and social media, are available to you if you send details to any member of the ACW committee.

October 2021

The Annual General Meeting for ACW always takes place in October. Last year we used Zoom to meet virtually. This year we are going for a live, face to face event and, because it’s the golden jubilee, we are trying to make it special and different. In 2021 the AGM will share the stage with the book launch of Write Well, our jubilee compendium. Former ACW chair Angela Hobday has agreed to be our speaker, it promises to be a day to remember. Final arrangements for this are still being put in place because we have all been waiting to hear what pandemic restrictions we would be under when trying to arrange real live meetings.

As soon as arrangements progress far enough to include details here we will update the page to let you know.

Into 2022

Beyond the calendar year, but still in our year of jubilee, we have pencilled in another Zoom event (or possibly two?) for February 2022. Zoom events in March 2021 were well-received and the turnout broke all previous ACW records!

Worth Our Weight in Gold

The grand finale to the jubilee will be a residential weekend with a party atmosphere, from 3–5 June 2022. The title is WOW. The plan (please don’t laugh, Lord God) is to put booking arrangements on to this website before the end of 2021. Watch this golden space …

 

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Jane Brocklehurst

ACW Events Manager

May 2021