The Weekend

Finally we reveal details of the finale!

ACW’s golden jubilee year ends on a high note, with a BIG celebration. The planning seems to have gone on for ever, with uncertainties and postponements, but now the contract is signed and it is possible to reserve your place on a residential writers’ weekend jamboree from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 June 2022. ACW president Adrian Plass and his wife, Bridget, will be with us, heading a line-up of keynote speakers you will not want to miss, including:

  • Paul Kerensa – stand-up comedian, sit-com writer for the BBC, children’s book author, blogger, and more …
  • Tony Collins – freelance commissioning editor, publisher of Christian books, founded Monarch Books in 1988 and ran the imprint (now part of Lion Hudson), as well as writer of his own book about walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
  • Jonathan Bryan will also be joining us, the youngest member of ACW to date, we cannot call him a speaker, because he cannot speak in the conventional sense, but found his voice through devoted carers and modern technology to write a book Eye Can Write. Jonathan will be a special guest making an inspiring contribution to the weekend through intermediaries.

There will be a chance to meet these well-known writers in person, maybe buy signed copies of some of their books, as we share the weekend together. You can also sell your own books through the bookstall if you bring some with you. The ACW jubilee compendium Write Well will be available to buy too, to inform your writing for years to come.

Join in with writing workshops, open mic sessions, storytelling, making music, as well as creative worship with input from our speakers on Sunday morning.

The focal point on Saturday will be a gala evening with a chance to put your glad rags on for a wine reception when Adrian and Bridget Plass will host a celebration party. We will raise a glass to Her Majesty the Queen as she celebrates her platinum jubilee during the same weekend. Meanwhile, ACW will be presenting awards, sharing anecdotes, no doubt indulging in some silliness and, we hope, a lot of laughter and joy as we reminisce together about 50 years of Christian Writers.

All this is happening at The Hayes centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire. (Please do not contact The Hayes, or CCT, directly to book.) ACW will be handling the bookings as a group. We have reserved 120 places with en-suite bedrooms in various sizes.  You can share a room if you want to, but you don’t have to. So the first step to join in is to complete the inhouse booking form below and pay £50 deposit to reserve your place using the PayPal button below. In my role as event manager I will be uploading all the data as a block booking, once we know who is coming and have collected your details.  We regret that deposits are non-refundable. 

If you book your place before the end of 2021 there is an early bird discount price of £195 per person for ACW members, £225 for non-members. This includes everything you need for the weekend, except travel to and from The Hayes. When 2022 begins, prices will rise, if there are any places left, to £225 per ACW member and £255 per non-member.  

For those who live locally and would like to join in the fun on Saturday 4 June only, day passes will be available at £60, deposit £15.  Again, we regret that deposits will be non-refundable. This will give you access to all talks and activities with meals and refreshments from 9am onwards (after breakfast) until the end of the wine reception and grand gala party in the evening. Bring your tiara!

The aim is to make this event something to talk about for the next 50 years. If you have any questions before you book please contact Jane Brocklehurst by email events@christianwriters.co.uk.

See you there.

Jane Brocklehurst ~ ACW Events Manager

If you’re not yet a member of the Association of Christian Writers, but would like to join in order to take advantage of members’ ticket prices for this event, and the many benefits of ACW, please contact membership@christianwriters.co.uk before completing this form.

Worth Our Weight in Gold - The Weekend

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