Posted by: Jodi | January 31, 2011

ANWA Writing Conference

“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go…”  (Leaving on a Jet Plane, John Denver)

It’s official, I have reservations to my first ever writing conference for February 25th &26th and I couldn’t be more thrilled. This will be my first writing conference and I can’t wait to spend a weekend being totally submerged in the craft.  For someone who rarely gets more than an hour at a time to work on writing, thinking about it is enough to make me giddy.

ANWA, the American Night Writer’s Association, is an exclusive group for women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as LDS or Mormon) and has chapters in Arizona, Utah, Alabama, and Washington State as well as online chapters for those living too far to meet with a group.   ANWA was founded in 1986 when several LDS women writers found that their needs weren’t being met by standard writing groups.  From their website, ” The purpose of our Association is to encourage, assist, and motivate members to write, and if they desire, to publish their work. LDS women writers, from beginners to published authors, are invited to join.”

I was very excited to finally find a group of women who share my values and love for writing.  I can’t wait to meet with my chapter and start sharing ideas and making new connections in the writing world.

After the conference I’ll be sure to write about my experience right here at My Literary Quest.



  1. Enjoy, it should be a great one!

    • @Michael – Are you attending any conferences this year? I might do another in the fall if I can sneak away for a night or two.

  2. Good luck. I’ve only been to one big writing conference (Asilimar), and I totally wasted the opportunity.

    • Part of me thinks that because I’m still not at a point that I can pitch to an agent that I won’t get as much out of the conference as I could. But I’m glad I waited this long and have put so much effort into both my manuscripts and the blog that I have a much better feel for the industry than I would have even 6 months ago.

  3. i’m so happy to read of your enthusiasm. so glad that you can go!

  4. Good for you. I hope the experience is enlightening and fruitful.

  5. Have a wonderful time. Learn lots.

  6. I went to my first writers convention last September and loved it (League of Utah Writers). To surround myself with other like minded (write-brained) people was incredible. We were all there for the same thing–the love of writing. The tips were valuable and I made several connections along with learning ways to improve my craft. I hope you have a fun experience. I look forward to the LofUWriters conference this coming September (it’s going to be in Logan. That will be fun).

    • I’m just getting started learning about the different Utah writing groups and conferences – I’ll have to look up League of Utah Writers as well. A trip to Logan might be in order!

  7. Learn a lot, make some great contact and above all have fun.
    God bless.


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