Our future is in your hands, Dude

Our future is in your hands, Dude

Crossroads is at a crossroads.

We need your help again, starting with your honest feedback.

Just as we were set to announce the dates and location for the 2014 writers conference, we received unexpected news. It wasn’t BAD news in a cosmic sense but our original plan was kaput.

In a nutshell, the problem is that we can’t have all three of these at the same time: the date, the venue and nearby lodging.

We have targeted one of either the last two weekends of September or the first two of October. We narrowed it down to two venues that have facilitated our raucous crowd before. We made it a priority to select a hotel as close to the venue as possible–preferably one with both venue and lodging under the same roof.

No combination of those things will work out for 2014.

But that doesn’t mean we’re disappearing in 2014. (I repeat: We aren’t disappearing.) However, we have to change something.

I’m asking you to help us figure out our next steps.

Somewhere along the way, we started focusing entirely too much on ourselves, on improving. What do you like about the conference and the speakers and the topics and the food?

That’s all still important but there is one question whose answer is at the heart of everything we do: What goals can we help you reach?

Until we know, we can’t make a good decision about what we do next. That’s why your help is so crucial.

Crossroads was started in the belief we could make the world a better place by helping all kinds of storytellers grow.

Living up to our goal means first knowing what yours are.

To tell us, please take this brief survey.

It’s shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes to complete.

If you think we can really help you and you want us to do that well, please take the time to tell us more about you.

As always, if you have other ideas, suggestions, comments and concerns to share, remember I love getting your emails.


Chris Horne

Chris (at) CrossroadsWriters (dot) org


  1. Will you publish publicly a summary of the survey results?

    • Kelly, I think that’s a great idea. As soon as they stop coming in I’ll get to work on that. So far, the response has been fantastic! – Chris H.

      • FYI–I’m an employee at Mercer University again, so if I can maybe help with arrangements here (if Mercer facilities are used again), please let me know. Kelly


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