Wednesday, August 28, 2013

My One Sheet - Made at an ACFW Chapter Meeting

I'm taking a deep breath as I reveal my one sheet for the ACFW conference only two weeks away.  The Michigan chapter of ACFW held a one day session in August to teach us how to make our one sheets. Many, many tweaks later, I had this product.

It's really important to connect with others in your field. We all seem to have a bit of knowledge about at least one topic. Going to classes, sessions, meetings, gatherings, whatever you want to call them, is a great opportunity to meet people with similar interests and have something to share with you. Of course, you, in turn, have an opportunity to share back.

At the Michigan ACFW One Sheet session, I also met people who previously only had a tiny icon photo on the Internet. I read their posts, but didn't know anything else about them. These men and women became real. I heard their voice, their laughter, and saw their personality. What a treasure.

Friend, what group has benefitted you? Where have you physically met people who have the same interest as you? Not allowed to say "church" that is too vague. But you can mention a specific group in the church if you want.

This time I will mention my mom's group. She absolutely loved going to the Winning Women's conferences because she loved to sing with and hear thousands of women sing Christian songs. She also enjoyed the speakers.

Your turn:


Jeanne Takenaka said...

Mary, your one sheet looks amazing! Well done, my friend.

Let's see, groups. I have a group of friends. I call them my Go Through Life friends. We've been doing life together for a few years now, and it's been pretty special.

I haven't figured out how to squeeze in time to join other groups right now. :)

Unknown said...

Wonderful one-sheet, Mary! Looks like a great book. :)

Groups that have benefited me: The My Book Therapy team, for sure. Oh my goodness, becoming a part of that group changed my writing and my life. My craft partner and I have also teamed up with another CP pair to form a little group...and it's been so encouraging and supportive.

Janice said...

YES! Your One Sheet is perfect! It certainly makes me want to read your book. "Bravo and Encore! We must see more. May this be the first of many!"

The Mary V for Victory Cheering Sqaud has been positively moved today. :-)

Janice said...

I have enjoyed being a part of WMU at my church and attending the statewide Spring Event conference and the Fall Prayer Retreat. It has only been a couple of years that I have attended but it has been an incredible experience. I also enjoy our weekly prayer group at church and a monthly virtual prayer group call with CWA of Georgia. And I love the folks at Wanders Views WordPress blog which migrated together after World Magazine shut down WorldMag blog. These are all supportive groups with which I have been blessed to be a member.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Sometimes restricting ourselves to a few groups makes life peaceful and fun. You get to pour more of yourself into those special few groups.
Love the name of your group of friends :) Very descriptive.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thank you, Melissa.

Great things have come from small crit groups. Shall we name some. Let's see there is C.S. Lewis and J.R. Tolkien, um, there is one on the east coast of the U.S. Any way, these treasured small groups start with a few pieces of typed pages and nothing published and soared to best sellers!.

Mary Vee Writer said...

I am truly blessed, Janice.
What an awesome friend you've become. :)
(blushing while waving a Southern belle's fan. :) )

Mary Vee Writer said...

The best part of reading a comment like yours is the ...And...I also...
Your enthusiasm just bursts from this comment. What a fun and active time you are having!

Beth Steury said...

Love the one-sheet, Mary! Looks great! YES, how beneficial not to mention fun it is to hang out with writerly types! I love the broad appeal of the ACFW with so many, many people sharing such a wide variety of experiences. But even better is the cozy warmth of my critique group--where I met you, Mary--who sprang up from the larger Scribes group. I also meet monthly with a very local group of writers who write everything under the sun. There's NOTHING like the camaraderie of sharing with like-minded buddies!

Mary Vee Writer said...


My older daughter left for her Masters program at college. She called, practically crying with joy. "Mom, they speak my language!" And then the 3 hour review of her first day. Yup. It is a good thing to be with like-minded people.

Julia M. Reffner said...

I know I've mentioned my writing group, but the group that has supported me the most in my life right now is my Christian homeschool co-op. Mom's support nights, mom's/dad's night out, curriculum swapping, mom's prayer, weekly kid's classes, sports groups...because of this group I have not felt in the least like my kids are missing out on socialization and because I'm so blessed by it I joined the board for the co-op a few years ago in the hopes to give back at least a little.