The Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference is entering its third year! By popular demand, the Conference (affectionately known as “AFCon”) will be a day longer this year than in previous years, and will feature workshops, networking sessions, and more!
We hereby issue a call for proposals to all those who wish to present at the Conference. Here’s what you need to know.
When and Where
AFCon will take place at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA from 3:00 PM on Wednesday, June 20 to 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 23, 2018. There will be two shuttles from Pittsburgh International Airport on Wednesday (at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM) and two returning shuttles on Saturday (at 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon). Registration details and tickets are available here.
We are thrilled to have Frederica Mathewes-Green coming to offer the keynote address this year! AFCon begins this year on the anniversary of an important event in her life, and we’re looking forward to learning from her and enjoying her company.
The workshop teachers will be selected and invited by Ancient Faith staff. The Call for Proposals is open to those who are interested in giving a morning presentation or an evening lecture. The presentations will be 75 minutes long and will include audience participation. Conference guests will choose which presentations to attend, so your topic can be specialized. The lectures will be 90 minutes long and will be presented to the entire conference, so the topic should be of interest to all attendees (i.e., not only applicable for writers, or only about podcasting, etc.).
What’s a Good Topic?
AFCon is a warmly supportive, enriching professional development opportunity for people interested in writing and/or podcasting in the Orthodox Christian community. We are looking for fresh, substantive teaching and activities for our guests. AFCon inspires and supports wonderful creativity in the people who attend it. The seeds of books and podcasts have sprouted from AFCon sessions or conversations. Old ideas are dusted off and improved. New ideas are explored and tested. AFCon guests are people who are actively seeking to use their gifts in the service of the church.
Please note that we are interested only in presentations that are directly related to writing, podcasting, or the spiritual creative/intellectual life. AFCon is not a platform for other causes and projects, no matter how worthy. We are thrilled at the amount of informal networking that goes on during meals and free time, but it’s important for us to keep the formal sessions on topic.
How do I submit a proposal?