Is the conference still a go?

Here I Write StampDear Katie,

I was so looking forward to June. The Here I Write conference was a dream come true for me. I have wanted to see this for years. I registered immediately so I would be sure and have a place. But then Covid-19 became a reality no one could have expected.

I am in my 7th decade of life and am counted among the high-risk people. Now, even if the country is completely back to normal, which looks doubtful right now, I will not desire to get on a crowded plane and hurry through a busy airport to get there.

My only hope is that you could somehow schedule it for the following year when things may have more of a normal tone. I would love to come as this has been a wish of mine for many years.

Blessings to you there and hope and pray for this pandemic to go away soon.


Dear Betty,

Certainly, a pandemic is a situation I never imagined would factor so heavily in the planning of a summer event, yet here we are, wondering if our humble writers’ conference will lose its legs before it has the chance to take its first step. I completely understand your concerns regarding travel, and I think it is important that you do what is best for your health and the health of those around you.

It is still too early for me to make a decision regarding whether or not to cancel the Here I Write conference. Our host congregation has encouraged me to wait until May before making a final call, and the presenters have expressed a similar desire to keep the conference on its feet if at all possible. By next month, we should have more specific directions from the municipal, state, and national governments regarding public gatherings in June. I will be sure to let everyone know our decision — one that I hope will serve the best interests of everyone involved — as soon as one is made.

In the meantime, it may be helpful to consider the fact that our conference registration is currently around 100. If local or state governments mandate the limiting of gatherings during the month of June to a number below that, we will need to cancel the conference. Also, mandated social-distancing (individuals remaining 6 feet apart from each other at all times) will be difficult for us to achieve given the size of our breakout session rooms as well as our specialized small-group agenda.

Thankfully, whatever happens, God makes our path straight, and we can rejoice and be content in any situation, trusting in His promise to work all things — even a legless conference — for our good.

I wait with you in prayer over these matters.

Christ keep you this Holy Week and always,