Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Posted by Glynnis Whitwer
I have the privilege of being on the founding leadership team for the conference. You know God is up to something when He takes a group of willing, but inexperienced women, and calls them to something much, much bigger than themselves.
That's how God keeps getting all the glory year after year - we know in our own strength and power we couldn't make She Speaks happen.
Most of you know that I'm a writer by training (degree in Journalism from AZ State University) and career (public relations). However, the first few years at She Speaks I actually had to lead one of the speaking groups. That was before we had a writer's track. Each year I begged to not lead a group. It's not that I didn't like leading the group, or hearing the women speak. But I stayed up all night filling out the critique forms for each of them. One year I sat on the toilet (with the lid down) for hours into the middle of the morning so I didn't wake up my roommate. I agonized, and agonized, over those forms. I wanted to give the best, most helpful feedback I could.
Finally, we had a writer's track, and I was relieved of my speaking duties and could pour myself into what I love. I have so many great memories of She Speaks. I've met life-long friends, been inspired by the finest professionals in Christian publishing, and gotten two book contracts.
My favorite times, however, are when I'm meeting with the writers. I love the critique groups on Friday night where women get to practice giving and receiving constructive feedback. I love encouraging someone who is nervous about her meeting with a publisher. I love getting new ideas for ministry from women with far more wisdom and experience than I have.
One great memory was the year I taught a grammar lesson for all the writers. You have never seen so many women thrilled to learn how to properly use a semi-colon or hyphen. We were giddy with delight. THAT'S how you know you are a writer!
But one memory that tops them all, was the year there was another conference being held in the same hotel. This was way back when we couldn't reserve all the meeting space. That year, we shared the hotel with the an unusual Miss North Carolina pageant. The contestants arms and legs looked unusually muscular and by 5 p.m. they had interesting shadows on their chins. Apparently we were sharing the hotel with men ... dressed as women.
That's enough about She Speaks in the past. Now that we fill up the conference center, I can promise you there won't be any surprises like that.
Now I want to focus on the She Speaks of the future. And I hope that includes you!
As I mentioned at the top of this blog, today you have another chance to win a scholarship to She Speaks. There are only a few rules. This is for women who have never attended She Speaks and who feel called to speak. And, it is for women who would otherwise not be able to attend. If you can afford the conference – please do not enter to win a scholarship.
To enter, please post a comment today through Friday 4/23 at midnight. The comment should briefly tell us what winning would mean to you in answering God’s call to speak.
Then on Monday, a winner will be chosen at random and announced on the home page of http://www.proverbs31.org/ some time during the day.
All of the Proverbs 31 speakers are going to be participating in this event today and tomorrow. To increase your chances of winning, visit all of our blogs and comment. It's going to be crazy!!! Insane!! And more fun than a barrel of monkeys!! You know, the cute monkeys ... those little spider ones. Yeah. More fun than those. Definitely more fun than sitting on a toilet seat all night and filling out speaking critiques. (hee, hee)
Here's a list of all my P31 friends who are participating:
Wendy Blight http://www.wendyblight.com/