Autumn Gathering and AGM

Saturday, 12 October 2024, 10am to 4pm

(With optional event on evening of
Friday, 11 October 2024.)

Theme for the Weekend: Zoomed Out

Every year, we love to gather to invest in ourselves, in our own writing and to seek God for his wisdom, guidance, inspiration and creativity for the next step. We do this together because writing can be a lonely business and we need one another’s support and encouragement to keep going through the winter months.   This Autumn Gathering will be a time to glean from our speakers and each other, to store up words like wheat at harvest, ready to sow them generously when the time comes.

Friday Night (Optional)

At Rugby Hotel we will gather in the Warwick Suite for an evening of relaxing, mingling, and inspiration. There will be enterainment provided by Annmarie Miles (Vice-Chair of ACW) and Susannah Hallcroft (script-writer and actor) and a literary quiz with prizes (so brush up on your classics!).

This will be followed by a real special treat: a reading, story-telling and sing-a-long music from Bryony Wood taken from her book-based show “The Sound of Musings”.

Plus: there will be a dessert buffet with the option to buy your own drinks. (The hotel does have a restaurant so if you want to check-in early and grab yourself some dinner, I am sure you won’t be the only one so please book a table in advance. Other restaurants and food establishments are also nearby).

The hotel has offered all our attendees a preferential rate so please phone them to book your room, stating that you are a part of the Association of Christian Writer’s event. This way you can relax for the evening, safe in the knowledge that your bedroom is only a few steps away.

The hotel does offer parking and details will be sent to you after you have booked.

https://www.therugbyhotel.co.uk

Saturday’s Main Event

At Rugby Elim Church on Cambridge Street, Paul Kerensa will deliver a talk and an interactive workshop in the morning on our ‘Zoomed Out’ theme.

There will be a long lunch (included in the price) where you can sell your books and buy books from other ACW members. You can meet other professionals in the writing world as well as writers.

After lunch, members will gather for the 45-minute AGM.

This will be followed by a practical workshop. You can choose from the following 3 workshops:

  • How to create spin-offs from your book with Bryony Wood
  • Ready, Set, Write! 15 ways to generate your next idea
  • Writing your story down in memoir.

The afternoon will finish with the chance for the ACW-affiliated groups to gather and share their feedback from the morning. If you’re not in a group, you can find a nearby or genre group to join for the day. There will also be opportunity to pray together in our groups, as you feel comfortable.

Shuttle runs will be available to take you back to your car or the train station.  (Booking required, nearer the time).  You are welcome to park on Clifton Road, which is the closest street without parking restrictions and only a 2-3 minute walk away, but be aware that parking here is limited.

Ticket Prices:

  • Saturday only (ACW Member price): £39
  • Friday and Saturday (ACW Member price): £49
  • Saturday Only (non-member price): £79
  • Friday and Saturday (non-member price): £99
  • Bring-a-friend/couples price for Friday & Saturday (one person must be an ACW Member ): £85
  • Group of 5 (at least 4 people in the group must be members of ACW): £145

Please book your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/acws-autumn-gathering-tickets-884412560777

 

Annual General Meeting

AGM agenda
Draft Minutes of last AGM, held on 10 October 2023

The AGM Agenda, draft minutes of the last ACW AGM (10 October 2023) and the Draft Annual Report will be available on this webpage nearer the time.   Please be aware that the Draft Annual Report is available to ACW members only; members will be sent a password to the draft report in a special eNews beforehand.

The AGM is an opportunity for members to discuss the reports and ask questions.  Also, it is also where new committee appointments are ratified by members.  So it would be great to see as many of you as possible.