Call for Proposals: Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference 3

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.

What’s Open?

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?

It’s easy! Download the proposal form here, fill it out, and send the completed form via email to Katherine Hyde at email hidden; JavaScript is required. The deadline for proposal submission is March 1, 2018.

Melinda Johnson

About Melinda Johnson

Melinda Johnson is an Orthodox Christian, wife, mama, writer, and the author of Letters to Saint Lydia (AFP, 2010), The Other Side of the Bonfire (LSP, 2012), and is hard at work on another book project. Melinda has a Master’s in English Literature because she loved taking literature classes so much she couldn’t stop doing it. When she is not seeing “heaven in a wildflower,” Melinda enjoys writing for children, walking and talking, and knitting. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

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  1. Would you be interested in me doing a presentation on Ecology & the Theology o f Creation. I completed the Doctor of Ministry Program through the Antiochian House of Studies in 2003 & my dissertation was on that topic as an Orthodox Christian. I believe this is a very important topic & one of much concern to young people & thus, a presentation on this would be valuable. Since doing my doctorate, I have kept abreast in this field through continued reading, attending conferences & participating in environmental bodies such as the Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration that is endorsed by the Assembly of Bishops. I have written several papers & done a power point presentation on the subject to a university body. Please let me know if you think such a presentation would enhance your event. I do not want to start preparing for it only to find that you are not interested.

    I am a priest & the rector of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Clifton, NJ. My parish is in the Diocese of New York & New Jersey & is part of the Orthodox Church in America under Metropolitan Tikhon.

    1. Thank you very much for thinking of us, Fr. Terence. The Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference is specifically intended as a professional development conference about writing and podcasting, so presentations for this event should be directly about those topics. We suggest contacting one of the seminaries, as we agree that your topic is worthy of interest and a wider audience.

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