Posts By: Kathy Ide

10 Ways to Be Awkward at a Writer’s Conference

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by Mary DeMuth My young adult kids overuse the word awkward. As in … they say it a lot. Everything’s awkward, apparently. As a writing conference attendee, and now as faculty, I have learned the true meaning of the word. While the vast majority of folks who attend writing conferences try not to be awkward, […]

Pre-Conference Manuscript Submission Opportunity

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by John Vonhof Manuscript Retrieval Coordinator One of the benefits of attending the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference is the opportunity to submit manuscripts for review by faculty. You may submit two manuscripts, pre-conference, by following the guidelines on the conference website. In this blog post, I’ll summarize the process. Pre-Conference Manuscript Submission Guidelines You […]

Writing Workshops for Children’s Writers

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The Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference has opportunities for all writers, and this year we have the most offerings for children’s writers we’ve ever had! Mentoring clinics are available at the Pre-conference Next Level Clinic (April 5-7). During the main conference (April 7-11), we have a Major Morning Track and Afternoon Workshops geared especially for […]

Extended Deadline for All Mentoring Clinics

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by Jan Kern Do you have a writing project that’s nearly ready to be birthed? Could you benefit from a small mentoring group of no more than six writers? This can be the perfect setting for focusing in on developing your writing and taking your manuscript to the next level. The Pre-Conference Next Level Clinics, […]

Challenge Yourself

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by Marci Seither One of the most often asked questions when I talk to school-age kids about writing The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is “How long did it take you to write your book?” When I tell them it took eight years, their eyes widen. Eight years! I started my writing journey with a family […]

Get Your Professional Head Shot

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With the ease of taking a selfie and relatively inexpensive photo editing software, why pay a professional photographer for a head shot? Maybe your cousin is a hobby photographer and will be happy to take some photos in your living room for you. Your head shot is your introduction to your audience, and you want […]

Homeschooled Students Get Career Help

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by Susan K. Beatty Are you a Christian homeschooled teen or young adult who dreams of writing as a career? Do you wonder what it would be like to meet best-selling authors, agents, and publishers in person? I’d like to introduce you to Kara Swanson, a recent homeschool graduate who saw that dream fulfilled. Kara […]

Morning Mentoring Clinics and More

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Unlike other writers’ conferences, the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference offers many options for attendees to choose from. One option is the Morning Mentoring Clinics. The clinics are designed for writers who have some writing and publishing experience. The goal is to give fiction and nonfiction writers concentrated time for having their works-in-progress critiqued in […]

Writing a Captivating True Story

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by Jan Kern What draws you into a nonfiction book or article and keeps you captivated? Many readers find  themselves drawn in through story. Why Story? A few years ago, Diane Turbide, an editor at Penguin Publishing, said: People nowadays are assailed on all fronts. They’re busy, they’re overwhelmed by the pace of life, by […]

Four Ways Money Can Add Depth to Your World

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by Chris Morris Many novels hardly even mention currency in the story. And most characters never run out of money or supplies … unless it’s a convenient plot point. But a creative author can use money as a way to introduce the intricacies of the world that is created. Currency can shine light on the […]