Posts By: Mona Hodgson

The Top Five Things You Shouldn’t Do in Kids’ Devotions

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BLOGGER: KRISTEN GEARHART Managing Editor, Keys for Kids Reviewing Pre-Submission Manuscripts for Editorial Review and Meeting with Writers at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, March 18-22.   THE TOP FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T DO IN KIDS’ DEVOTIONS Every year, I receive hundreds of children’s devotional submissions for publication consideration at Keys for Kids Ministries—from both […]

The Gratitude Jar

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BLOGGER: JOY HARRISON Joy manages the Writers’ Conference Bookstore in Ivy (Upstairs street-side corner of the dining hall).   THE GRATITUDE JAR I’ve been fortunate the last decade and more to be part of the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Most of the time I am in the Writers’ Conference Bookstore helping attending authors check […]

Strategies for First Time Conference Goers

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A writer as green as spring grasses arrived at the San Jose Airport, looked for the Mount Hermon Shuttle Sign, boarded a van, and began an adventure into the publishing industry that resulted in long-lasting relationships that deepened her spiritual roots and nourished her as a writer and speaker. I’m that writer. Mona Hodgson. Twenty-eight years […]

Making Friends at Conference

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BLOGGER: TAMELA HANCOCK MURRAY A Literary Agent with The Steve Laube Agency, Tamela will teach an Afternoon Workshop, participate in an Agents Q&A, and meet with potential clients at the 2016 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference next month. MAKING FRIENDS AT CONFERENCE Conference time is exciting for everyone, especially those who are looking forward to […]

Checklist for Conference Deadlines

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IMPORTANT CONFERENCE DEADLINES With so many SPECIAL FEATURES that make the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference a favorite among writers, editors, and agents, I thought it might help you with your prep to see a listing of the opportunities with deadlines.   MARCH 1, 2016 Application for Pre-Conference Writing Genre Clinics ~ March 1, 2016 The […]

The Right–and the Left–Way to Prepare for Writers’ Conferences

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  BLOGGER: SARAH SUNDIN Historical novelist Sarah Sundin will serve as a mentor for the Morning Mentoring Clinic, teach an Afternoon Workshop, and serve on the Critique Team at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference, March 18-22, 2016. THE RIGHT–AND THE LEFT–WAY TO PREPARE FOR WRITERS’ CONFERENCES Are you a left-brained, analyzing writer? Are you a […]

The Name Your Character Game

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BLOGGER: CRYSTAL BOWMAN Crystal Bowman will serve as a children’s writers’ mentor in the Pre-Conference Next Level Clinic, teach an Afternoon Workshop, and serve on the Critique Team at the 2016 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.   THE NAME YOUR CHARACTER GAME I’ve been writing children’s books for two decades and have learned many things along the way. Writing […]

At the Cross

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BLOGGER: JESSE FLOREA Editor, Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. Major Morning Track Instructor, Magazine Writing: Starting Point or Destination? Reviewing Pre-Submission Manuscripts for Editorial Review and Meeting with Writers.   AT THE CROSS There’s a reason Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference occurs during Palm Sunday every year. And it’s not just so David Talbot can lift […]

Pre-Conference Next Level Clinic ~ 12 Reasons Why

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The Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference is packed with Extra Features. The Pre-Conference Next Level Clinic is a favorite among writers wanting to take their writing to the Next Level.   12 Reasons to Take Advantage of the 2016 Next Level Clinic opportunity! The ability to focus on your work-in-progress in a small group without […]

Make the Most of the Pre-Conference Manuscript Submission Opportunity

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BLOGGER: JOHN VONHOF John coordinates the Manuscript Retrieval Process during the Main Conference.   MAKE THE MOST OF THE PRE-CONFERENCE MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITY One of the benefits of attending the Mount 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 […]

Don’t Miss The Facebook Giveaways

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Only SIX WEEKS to go before we gather at Mount Hermon for the 47th annual Christian Writers Conference, March 16-22! I hope you plan to join us. The main conference begins Friday, March 18! Check out the FACULTY! Check out the PROGRAM!   In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to celebrate the […]

Self Ambition, Self Preservation

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BLOGGER: SUSIE LARSON Susie is teaching two Afternooon Workshops and serving on the Critique Team at the 2016 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, March 18-22.   SELF AMBITION, SELF PRESERVATION We love to write. We long to be published. We decide to step out of the boat. Others seem to skate right through the publication process. […]

Tips for Capturing Emotions in Your Novel

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BLOGGER: ANGELA BREIDENBACH Angela will teach an Afternoon Workshop and serve on the Critique Team at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, March 18-22, 2016. TIPS FOR CAPTURING EMOTIONS IN YOUR NOVEL Emotions are often scary because we feel out of control. Enter the writer who needs to infuse emotion into the character and story […]

7 Steps to Writing Great Flash Fiction

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BLOGGER: BEN WOLF Publisher, Splickety Magazine, Splickety Love, Havock  Teaching an Afternoon Workshop, Reviewing Pre-Conference Manuscripts and meeting with writers at the 2016 Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference, March 18-22.   7 STEPS TO WRITING GREAT FLASH FICTION Instant gratification reigns supreme in today’s fast-paced society. I could go into a spiel here about Twitter, DVR, […]

You Want to Speak at Schools? Do Your Homework.

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BLOGGER: TIM SHOEMAKER Tim will serve as a fiction mentor for a Morning Mentoring Clinic at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference, March 18-22, 2016 and lead a bonus session Friday night, Preparing for the Appointment    YOU WANT TO SPEAK AT SCHOOLS? DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Speaking at a school is a pop-quiz—and a quick way to ruin […]

Words–Love’s Sacrifice

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BLOGGER: JAN KERN Pre-Conference Next Level Clinic Coordinator and Nonfiction Mentor; Morning Mentoring Nonfiction Coordinator and Nonfiction Mentor at the 47th annual Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, March 16-22, 2016.   WORDS—LOVE’S SACRIFICE Recently, on a whim, I turned my smaller sofa toward my fireplace. Yes, this made for a crazy living room arrangement, but it […]

Two Things You Do Not Want in Your Manuscript

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BLOGGER: Kathy Ide Coordinator of the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference Critique Team; Freelance Editor TWO THINGS YOU DO NOT WANT IN YOUR MANUSCRIPT You want life-changing content in your nonfiction manuscript. Or an intriguing story with lots of conflict and interesting characters in your fiction manuscript. But you don’t want anything that’s going to decrease […]

Morning Mentoring Clinics

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The Morning Mentoring Clinics are filling up fast. As a matter of fact, Kathy Gillin’s Fiction Clinic for Fantasy/Speculative writers is full! Good news is . . . . we’ve added another fantastic mentor to the faculty roster for a second group of Fantasy/Speculative writers. WELCOME, JEFF GERKE! Jeff Gerke  |  Morning Fiction Mentor / Fantasy […]

Cross-Train Your Brain

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BLOGGER: MARCI SEITHER Marci Seither will serve on the Resource Team as an Airport Shuttle Team, on the Critique Team, and lead a Night Owl at the 2016 Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference, March 16-22.   CROSS-TRAIN YOUR BRAIN I will never forget the day my sister talked me into signing up for the Donner […]

How to Move Your Cover Letter to the Top of the Pile

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Have you seen the plethora of Editors–both for adult and children’s periodicals and books–joining us at Mount Hermon in March? Exciting! And many of them are blogging for you here. Today, I’m welcoming Elizabeth Mazer back tot he Mount Hermon Writers Blog. BLOGGER: ELIZABETH MAZER Associate Editor, Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, Love Inspired Historical Teaching […]

Why Investing in Your Writing Career is a Good Idea

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BLOGGER: B.J. TAYLOR Editorial Representative, Guideposts Magazine Teaching an Afternoon Workshop, Reviewing Pre-Conference Manuscripts and meeting with writers at the 2016 Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference, March 18-22.   WHY INVESTING IN YOUR WRITING CAREER IS A GOOD IDEA “The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm.” – Thomas J. […]

10 Steps to Better Time and Stress Management for Authors

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Are you vowing to better manage your time and stress in 2016? This post is for you. BLOGGER: BEN WOLF Publisher, Splickety Magazine, Splickety Love, Havock  Teaching an Afternoon Workshop, Reviewing Pre-Conference Manuscripts and meeting with writers at the 2016 Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference, March 18-22.   10 STEPS TO BETTER TIME AND STRESS MANAGEMENT […]

WHAT’S TIMING GOT TO DO WITH FINDING AN AGENT?

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BLOGGER: JESSIE KIRKLAND A Literary Agent with The Blythe Daniel Agency, Jessie will teach two Afternoon Workshops, review Pre-Conference Manuscript Submissions, and meet with writers at the 2016 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, March 18-22. WHAT’S TIMING GOT TO DO WITH FINDING AN AGENT? Poor timing could sabotage your ability to snag an agent. Some writers […]

Making Your Speculative Story World Unique

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BLOGGER: KATHY TYERS GILLIN A freelance author, mentor and editor, Kathy will serve as a fiction mentor for the Morning Mentoring Clinic and teach an Afternoon Workshop.   MAKING YOUR SPECULATIVE STORY WORLD UNIQUE People who write fantasy and science fiction read a lot of it. We love the way it lets us stand outside […]