Crossroads went back to the drawing board and now we have something new to tell you

Crossroads went back to the drawing board and now we have something new to tell you

Earlier this year, we hit a brick wall. The planning for our next Crossroads Writers Conference had gone swimmingly …until it didn’t. Suddenly, the puzzle pieces weren’t fitting together anymore. What happened? We couldn’t get the venue we wanted on the same weekend as the conference hotel we wanted. A tall order, but not an impossible task. And then… we found out two of our favorite (and vital) organizers become mamas this fall. Another beloved Crossroader, a committee chair, gets married in October. There’s always a lot to juggle with the conference because we’re an all-volunteer group, so with this news, the venue/hotel trouble and us Von Braun Hornes now living in Akron, Ohio, the answer seemed clear: step back and re-evaluate. So we’re putting the conference on hiatus until 2015 and going back to the drawing board. The first step in this process was asking our people how we can actually help. What are your goals? What are your roadblocks? What, if anything, have you gotten out of Crossroads in the past? Whenever we’ve asked before, it’s been about the conference. You know, how can we improve it? Now, we’re thinking bigger. How can we help you all year long? What did we learn? A lot, actually. I’ll start with some broad strokes here and where it’s leading us. Then, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll share more in-depth results from the survey. In a nutshell, this is what you told us: #1) Our people have big, awesome, inspiring goals for their writing but often struggle to finish what they start. #2) They want to connect to other people, specifically readers and other writers. #3)...