Austin Boyd Address Caps First Day of 21st Christian Writers Conference in Tuscaloosa

Austin Boyd, an award-winning novelist and engineer, gave the keynote address at the Southern Christian Writers Conference Friday in Tuscaloosa.

A would-be astronaut’s testimony was one of the highlights of the first day of the 2012 Southern Christian Writers Conference.

Huntsville’s Austin Boyd told of his journey from wanting to be an astronaut to writing about an astronaut in the person of Captain John Wells, who is featured in his trilogy, The Evidence, The Proof and The Return.

“Life is not a destination, ” said Boyd, who when he’s not working one of his now six novels, serves as chief executive officer for Inergi, Inc., an engineering and design firm said.

“God calls us to a journey not a destination,” Boyd told the audience of nearly 200 in attendance at this year’s Southern Christian Writers Conference this evening at Tuscaloosa’s First Baptist Church  “God will never test you beyond your ability to endure.”

Even as he presented his testimony, Boyd’s keynote addresses was full of tips for current and aspiring writers.   Among those tips were the following :

  •   A personal story when it’s published needs to have a ‘why do I [the audience] care’ component
  • Writers should do their part to encourage young writers
  • Success comes in perseverance
  • Writers need to regularly attend writers conferences and encourage one another.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

3 thoughts on “Austin Boyd Address Caps First Day of 21st Christian Writers Conference in Tuscaloosa”

  1. Hi George,

    I didn’t realize you were at the Southern Christian Writers Conference. So sorry I missed seeing you. We’ve only met once or twice at AEJMC or similar events, but I did my PhD at UA (defended dissertation in 2004). I started out at Oklahoma State, returned to law practice for 2 years, and am now at Samford.

    I videotaped the two sessions I did on “The Writer & the Law” for those who had conflicts (and to share, generally). Here’s the link to my blog post with the videos embedded:

    Hope to see you at AEJMC in Chicago.


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