PENCON began in 2014 as a part of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network (the PEN). That first conference was planned to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the PEN. Cecil Murphey was the keynote speaker, and the small faculty included professionals in the industry. What a joy to come together for the first time as a group of Christian editors and learn from one another.
During that weekend in Yorba Linda, California, the small group decided to make the editors conference an annual event. The name PENCON was chosen as a spin-off of the PEN.
Our second conference was held in 2015 in Austin, Texas. Our first logo was a red quill tip. More editors gathered together to network, learn, and encourage one another. Frank Ball and Jeanne Marie Leach were our keynote speakers. What fun we had seeing more faces and hanging out together.
Our third PENCON was held in Colorado Springs in 2016. We kept the style of the simple logo but changed the color to
green. Our keynote speaker was Allen Arnold. We had a large faculty of excellent professionals.
After that conference, PENCON got a new and improved logo and a new website. We kept the green color and jazzed it up a bit.
Our fourth annual conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia, in May 2017. Cecil Murphey returned to be our keynote speaker along with an exceptional faculty. We celebrated him with a Lifetime Achievement Award as he moved closer to retirement.
Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the location of our fifth annual conference in May 2018. Robert Hudson, author of The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, encouraged us as our keynote speaker. We learned from our experienced faculty of industry professionals both in the workshops and Q&A sessions.
Our 2019 PENCON was held in Nashville, Tennessee.