Keli Gwyn
Friday Fun Post-Conference Style

The American Christian Writers Conference was awesome!

I’ve enjoyed reading the post-conference updates of others who were there.

One thing that’s stood out was how much fun everyone had seeing friends again and meeting online friends in person for the first time. I quite agree.

Here are but a few of the awesome people I was able to spend time with.
As you can tell from my mile-wide smiles, I had a blast.

Me with my lovely roommate, Sarah Forgrave.


Erica Vetsch and me at the Books & Such Dessert. Love her!


Lindsay Harrel, Casey Herringshaw, and Melissa Tagg. Awesomeness x3!!!


Me with Jessica Patch. Oooh, is she ever fun!


Me with Gabrielle Meyer. What a warmhearted woman.


Me with Marji Laine. They don’t come any nicer.


Me with Donna Pyle. She’s sunshine and smiles all in one.


Krista Phillips and Cathy West. Talented authors x2!!


Helen Gray and me. Yes, she’s the Helen who puts the coffee on in Seekerville each day. I told her she’s a celebrity.


The Awards Banquet and Awards Ceremony were wonderful. I was privileged to sit with two of Rachelle’s clients who were Carol Award finalists–and winners! I wept so many tears of joy I had to restock my tissue supply.

Me with double Carol Award winner Rosslyn Elliott–a class act!


Carol Award winner Lisa Jordan and me. What a sweetheart!


Love Inspired Senior Editor Melissa Endlich and me. Yes, I got to sit beside her at the Gala. I loved her dash to the table to grab her speech when her second author in a row won a Carol.


Another of my conference highlights was seeing my agent. We had a great talk.

Me with my agent, Rachelle Gardner. Doesn’t she rock that red?


I had some fan-girl moments. It’s hard not to when you’re surrounded by so many awesome authors who write amazing stories.

Me with NYT & USA Today bestselling author Julie Cantrell.


Dan Walsh and me. See what wonderful people you can meet at the ACFW conference?


The worship times are so uplifting.

The ACFW Choir. They blessed me BIG time!


And there were a few milestones moments for me, this being one of them.

Me with my debut novel in the ACFW Bookstore.


After five days of hotel food, I was happy to spot one of my favorite hangouts on my way home.

Me at Taco Bell in the Dallas/Fort Worth airport.


This was my third ACFW conference, and it was by far the best so far. Yeah, yeah. I’m sure I’ll say the same thing next year. I can’t help it. This is an awesome organization, and I’m thrilled to be a member of it.


What makes a conference a success for you?


Keli Gwyn


  • Melissa Tagg says:

    Oh, I loved seeing all your photos, Keli…and I loved seeing YOU in person! What makes a conference a success for me? Great times with awesome people. 🙂 Knowing I made an effort to bless others as much as they blessed me. And, yes, good appointments, too. 🙂 This was my third conference, too, and like you, I can definitely say it was my best!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Seeing you was wonderful, Melissa. I didn’t realize this was your third conference. Were you there in 2010 and 2011 when I was? If so, I really missed out on some fun, since I didn’t meet you.

  • Loved the photos and meeting you was such a highlight for me! I was blessed beyond measure and only hope I blessed others. This was my first time to attend! Oh, I’ll be there next year, Lord willing! 🙂

  • Erica Vetsch says:

    Yay! Love the pictures! You were a big part of my conference being a success. 🙂

  • Amy Leigh Simpson says:

    Great pictures, Keli! Enjoyed seeing you!

  • I LOVED meeting you and getting to sit by you not once, but twice during meals!! You are so kind and sweet and I just was so encouraged by you.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Lindsay, meeting you in person and getting to spend time with you was high on my list. So glad we were able to share those two meals and some great conversation. Love ya!

  • Keli, love your photos! Wasn’t it wonderful connecting with our friends again?!

    Blessings all over you today!

  • Being your roomie was a conference highlight for me, Keli! Thanks for putting up with my early-bird chatteriness and listening and talking. 🙂

  • Sherrinda says:

    You have the biggest smiles in these pictures, but your smile at Taco Bell is PRICELESS! 🙂 I love it!

  • Casey says:

    I love these pictures, Keli! Your smile just says it all. And aren’t Melissa and Lindsay the sweetest?

  • Ganise says:

    SOO fun, Keli! I was watching online last Sunday.. cheering the authors! I know I’m definitely attending one day!

    Glad you had fun. Thanks for sharing =)

  • Keli, what great photos. You look so happy and I am sure you had a wonderful time 🙂 Glad to have you back !!

  • Susan Mason says:

    Glad you had such a good time, Keli!

  • I so enjoyed your photos and hearing about the fun you had at conference, Keli. Sorry I’ve been quiet lately – finally finished the revisions on my next story due and sent it off to editor today. 🙂 Now I can breathe for a few months.

  • I’m sorry I’m coming to the party late! These are some awesome pictures, Keli!!! I’m so happy we met in person and I’m already looking forward to the next time we get to meet and chat in person. 🙂 After I came home, I was bummed to realize that I didn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked – there were so many people I should have posed with, but I’m very, very happy I have that picture with you. Thank you for the quick trip down memory lane.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Gabrielle, I really enjoyed meeting you in person. You were on my Gotta See Her list. =)

      I’m with you. It’s so hard to remember to pull out the camera and snap pictures. Every year I vow to do better. What happens to me is that I’ll be so excited to see someone in person for the first time that I forgot about making a photo memory. Either that, or we’ll both be rushing somewhere and don’t have time to pose for a pic.