Christian Writers Conference

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Mar 20-26, 2013Santa Cruz Mountains | Conference Center

Launch Your Writing Career at Mount Hermon

For 44 years Mount Hermon has created a one-of-a-kind laboratory for training writers at every skill level, from unpublished to professional, and has become the only place that offers help to writers in every genre and phase of their careers.

We continually research the latest trends in writing and publishing, seeking out the foremost experts. Our programs have proven themselves as profitable tools in helping Christian writers. We hear from people each year crediting this conference with the effective start of their writing careers. And many agents, publishers and editors encourage writers to attend our conference.

Faculty

  • Keynote Speaker
    McNair Wilson - Keynote Speaker

    @mcnairwilson | facebook.com/McNairWilson

    McNair Wilson

    McNair Wilson
    is known for his powerful, engaging keynote presentations on creative thinking and inventive problem solving. He is currently CEO of AssumeBrilliance Group in Colorado where his client list runs from Apple to Chick-fil-A Corporate, and aerospace companies that have objects orbiting the earth. He comes from a background in theme park design (Disney Imagineer), theatre, graphic design, cartooning and illustration, creative writing, and entertainment design. McNair is also a professional speaking coach and has trained hundreds of professional speakers.

     

    As a published author, McNair has five books published with three more in the works. His much-anticipated book on creative team building and inventive problem solving, HATCH! Brainstorming Secrets of a Theme Park Designer, was released in September 2012.

    Come prepared to be motivated in ways you’ve never experienced before. And we’ll laugh a lot along the way.
     

  • Major Morning Track Faculty
    • Gayle Roper
      Fiction | THE CRAFT: Off to The Write Start

      Gayle Roper has authored more than 45 books. She has won the RITA Award and finaled repeatedly in the Christys. She has won the Holt Medallion three times and twice her titles have won Book of the Year honors from American Christian Fiction Writers. Several writers conferences including Mount Hermon have cited her for her contributions to the training of writers. She has been chair of the Major Morning Mentoring program at Mount Hermon Writers Conference since its inception.

    • T. Davis Bunn
      Fiction | Taking Your Story to the Next Level

      Davis Bunn, a professional novelist for twenty years, has sales in excess of seven million copies in sixteen languages. He has appeared on numerous national bestseller lists, and his titles have been Main or Featured Selections with Doubleday Bookclub, Literary Guild, Mystery Guild, Word Bookclub, Guideposts, and Crossings Bookclub. Davis serves as Writer-In-Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University, and has recently been named Lecturer in Oxford's new creative writing program. In January 2011 Davis was contracted to write a filmscript based upon a true story. The resulting film, entitled 'Unlimited', completed filming in summer 2012.

    • Wendy Lawton
      Agent | NON-FICTION: Building The Book—The Nonfiction Book from Concept to Completion

      Wendy Lawton is an agent with the much-respected literary agency, Books & Such. She represents some of the finest writers in the industry including many bestselling authors. Wendy relishes all aspects of the work--especially helping her clients develop their ideas and chart their careers. She's served on the faculty of several major writers conferences, won the infamous Bulwer-Lytton competition and authored thirteen books. Unfortunately, she's not yet mastered leaping tall buildings in a single bound.

    • Lisa Crayton
      Freelancer | ARTICLES: You CAN Write Articles

      As a freelancer, I have published more than 350 pieces, including features, columns, profiles, essays, devotionals, book reviews, Bible study guides, and fillers for regional, national and international markets. I especially enjoy writing about business, church life (leaders, programming, leadership development, administration, finances, discipleship issues, etc.), youth, personal finances, parenting, spirituality, women, African-American life/culture, and freelance writing.

    • Laura Christianson
      Owner, Blogging Bistro, Washington| INTERNET MARKETING: The Art of Thinking Backwards--Marketing Your Writing Online

      A relationship marketer for over 25 years, Laura Christianson specializes in transforming non-techies into savvy social media marketers. She helps everyone from pre-published authors to best-selling authors establish a vibrant online presence, and she regularly partners with publishers such as Bethany House, B&H, and Howard Books to promote their authors. Laura owns Blogging Bistro (bloggingbistro.com), a Seattle-area digital marketing company; she has authored three books and hundreds of articles, and she writes a marketing column for the (Everett) Herald Business Journal. Laura lives in Snohomish, Washington with her husband and their two sons.

    • Allen Arnold
      Dir. Of Content & Resources, Ransomed Heart Ministries, Colorado |THE HEART OF THE STORYTELLER The Wellspring of Life, Relationship and Creativity

      Allen Arnold, recipient of the 2012 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award, loves the story he is living. From the mountains of Colorado, he oversees Content & Resources for Ransomed Heart Ministries (led by John Eldredge). Before that, he spent 20 years in Christian Publishing. He's honored to have been the founding Publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction, overseeing more than 500 novels during his eight years as Publisher. But that doesn't really describe the man. Allen loves hanging out with his family, craves the beach, is more in awe of Jesus each day, drinks salsa from a glass, is hooked on the TV series "Once Upon a Time", savors deep conversations of the heart, and is passionate about helping others, especially storytellers, discover the story God is writing with their lives.

    • Caleb & Brittney Breakey
      Freelancers |TEEN WRITERS: What Must I Do To Succeed as a Writer?

      Caleb is a husband, visionary, and author of two books with Harvest House Publishers. He likes to explore the how of following Jesus, doing relationships...and being weird. He has had some awesome opportunities, such as hanging out with Ted Dekker, interviewing Derek Jeter to name a few, and teachiing at conferences across the country. He and his wife, Brittney, feel crazy blessed to have the adventures they do--including getting arrested on their honeymoon for allegedly robbing a bank--and for the amazing people who've befriended them along the way. Brittney is a graduate of the invite-only writing course offered by the Institute of Children's Literature. She is also the founder of www.authorturf.com--a site featuring interviews with best-selling authors such as Randy Alcorn, Beth Wiseman, and Bill Myers. When she's not writing middle grade novels, Brittney loves hanging out with her younger brothers so long as they don't make her play video games. Brittney also loves having friends over, eating lots of ice cream, and playing card games. Oh, and she snorts when she laughs. Like really loudly. In public!

  • Intermediate Writer Mentoring Faculty
    • Gayle Roper
      Fiction | Contemporary and Amish Novelist

      Gayle Roper has authored more than 45 books. She has won the RITA Award and finaled repeatedly in the Christys. She has won the Holt Medallion three times and twice her titles have won Book of the Year honors from American Christian Fiction Writers. Several writers conferences including Mount Hermon have cited her for her contributions to the training of writers. She has been chair of the Major Morning Mentoring program at Mount Hermon Writers Conference since its inception.

    • James Scott Bell
      Fiction | Thriller Novelist

      Bestselling suspense author James Scott Bell is a winner of the Christy Award and has been a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award. He is a former actor, trial lawyer, fiction columnist for Writer's Digest Magazine and adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University. His books on the craft include Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers, Conflict & Suspense, and Writing Fiction for All You're Worth. He has written in several genres, including historical romance, contemporary suspense, noir novellas and, as K. Bennett, zombie legal thrillers. He lives and writes in Los Angeles. jamesscottbell.com.

    • Brandilyn Collins
      Fiction | Suspense Novelist

      Bestselling author Brandilyn Collins has written over 25 books. She is best known for her trademarked Seatbelt Suspense--fastpaced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She has also written the distinctive nonfiction book on craft, Getting Into Character. Brandilyn has won numerous awards, including the ACFW Carol (3 times), the Inspirational Readers Choice, and the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice. When she's not writing, she can be found keynote speaking or teaching at writers conferences. Brandilyn and her husband live in Idaho.

    • Robin Gunn
      Fiction | Romance and YA Novelist

      Over the past 25 years Robin Gunn has written 82 books with almost 4.5 million copies sold worldwide. After ten rejections Robin's first novel was accepted for publication and released in 1988. More book followed and soon the Christy Miller series was joined by the Sierra Jensen series, the College Years and the Katie Weldon series. Robin and her husband have two grown children and have been married for 35 years. They live . . . yes! . . . in Hawaii!

    • Randy Ingermanson
      Fiction | Sci-Fi Novelist

      Randy is the award-winning author of six novels. His best-selling book WRITING FICTION FOR DUMMIES may be the most inaccurately titled book in the history of publishing, since Randy is pretty sure all novelists are insanely brilliant. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley which has given him plenty of practice in making things simple. Randy is known around the world as “the Snowflake guy” in honor of his wildly popular Snowflake method of designing a novel. He publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-Zine, with over 32,000 subscribers, and sits on the advisory board of American Christian Fiction Writers. Randy’s goal in life is to be Supreme Dictator for Life, but only if his wife is OK with that.

    • Karen O’Connor: Chairman
      Non-Fiction | Freelancer

      Karen O’Connor is an award-winning author of 60 books for children and adults, a popular speaker and writing mentor. Karen was named Writer of the Year for 1997 by the San Diego Christian Writers Guild, in 2002 she received the Special Recognition Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference for writing and mentoring and in 2005 she accepted the International Reading Association Award for her article for children on Kurdish refugees.

    • Joseph Bentz
      Non-Fiction | Freelancer

      Joseph Bentz’s books span a variety of genres, including a fantasy novel, three contemporary novels, four non-fiction books on Christian living, and one book/DVD package. His most recent release is Pieces of Heaven: Recognizing the Presence of God (Beacon Hill Press, 2012). Bentz is a frequent speaker at writers conferences, churchs and other venues. He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University. He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in American literature from Purdue University and a B.A. in English from Olivet Nazarene University. He lives with his wife and two children in Southern California. More information on his writing and speaking is available at his website, josephbentz.com. His blog, Life of the Mind and Soul, also appears at that site.

  • Additional Faculty Profiles
    • KIM BANGS
      Contracts/Author Relations Manager| Regal Publishing, California

      For 23 years Kim Bangs has served in the Christian publishing industry. Beginning as an editor in the Children’s Curriculum Department at Gospel Light, she currently is the Contracts/Author Relations Manager for Regal (the book division of Gospel Light) and also serves as a part of the acquisitions team. In 2012 Kim was awarded Editor of the Year by AWSA. She also can be found at several writer’s conferences throughout the year doing all she can to inspire and encourage writers to write their passion and keep pressing on. She enjoys baking, gardening, Disneyland and sports...but loves Jesus and His Church.

    • PHILIS BOULTINGHOUSE
      Senior Editor| Howard Publishing/Simon and Schuster, Tennessee

      Philis has worked with Howard Publishing for more than 25 years, serving in various editorial and management roles. She has served as editor on several New York Times Bestselling books, including Turning the Tide by Dr. Charles Stanley, A Love That Multiplies, by Michelle & Jim Bob Duggar, and Can America Survive, by Pastor John Hagee. She has also worked as editor for authors such as Senator Joe Lieberman, Donald Miller, Brad Paisley, Dr. Henry Cloud, Chip Ingram, Andy Stanley, Point of Grace, Steve Brown, Tony Campolo, and many more. Even after 25 years, Philis loves bringing books to reality and working with authors to make books the best they can be. She and her husband, Denny, live in Nashville, TN.

    • VICKI CRUMPTON
      Executive Editor | Baker Publishing Group/Revell, Kentucky

      Vicki Crumpton may be the only acquiring editor in the industry who’s kayaked the Grand Canyon and ridden in several bicycle century events. She’s also been in publishing since 1989 and has worked on many fascinating projects and with many talented authors. A few highlights include 90 Minutes in Heaven (Don Piper, with Cecil Murphey), Payne Stewart (Tracey Stewart, with Ken Abraham), Praying God’s Word (along with several other Beth Moore books), and Experiencing God (Henry Blackaby). She’s a native Texan and holds a Ph.D. in church history from Southwestern Seminary.

    • JOYCE DINKINS
      Editor | New Hope Publishers, Alabama

      Joyce Dinkins is New Hope Publishers’ (NewHopeDigital.com) managing editor. Joyce joined NH in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2006, after editing for NavPress, 2001-2005, and David C. Cook, 1987-2000. Joyce has been a freelance writer, is a member of the Academy of Christian Editors, and was an inductee to management in her earlier career as a marketer and communicator for corporations and media, including NBC and the Chicago Tribune. Joyce has an MA (Colorado Christian University), BA (Northern Michigan University) with high honors and wants to complete PhD work. She and husband, Steven, enjoy three adult children.

    • SHARON ELLIOTT
      Editor-in-Chief | Gospel Road online magazine

      Sharon Norris Elliott is an award-winning author, speaker, editor, and astute Bible teacher. In additon to her work as editor-in-chief of Gospel Roads magazine, her teaching ministry inspires her audiences to think Biblically, speak intelligently, work passionately, act responsibly, love unconditionally, and live significantly. Her books (8 published so far) change lives and her blog, A Heart for the Word, is enjoyed by readers around the world. Her two companies--AuthorizeMe and Milk & Honey Life Retreats--and her ministry activities, united under the banner Life That Matters Ministries, all have one aim: to encourage her audiences and readers to launch into the full lives God has for them.

    • JESSE FLOREA
      Associate Editor | Focus on the Family, Clubhouse Magazines, Colorado

      Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for more than 19 years. For the past 16, he’s been the editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse (for boys and girls ages 8-12) and is the current editorial director for youth publications where he oversees Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines. He co-hosts the biweekly “Official Adventures in Odyssey podcast” that often exceeds 1 million listeners and is an occasional guest on the “Plugged In podcast” where he talks about children’s movies and culture. He has written or co-written more than a dozen books. He earned bachelor and master’s degrees in communications from Wheaton College, IL. He lives with his wife, Stephanie, in Colorado Springs, and enjoys hanging out with his two adult children.

    • Michael K. Reynolds
      Author | Reno, Nevada

      Michael K. Reynolds is the author of a series of historical novels being produced by B&H Publishing Group. His critically heralded debut novel, titled Flight of the Earls, released in January. Michael is the writer and producer of an Emmy and Telly award-winning series of documentary campaigns which have reached more than 30 million in the United States and Mexico. He is the owner of Global Studio, a marketing agency specializing in branding, web and social medial strategies. Michael authors a popular Christian Blog called Real Life. Real God. and is rated one of the Top 25 Most Influential Christians on Twitter with his nearly 100,000 followers. www.MichaelKReynolds.com. www.WritingPlatform.com.  

    • SUSAN GESELL
      Freelance Editor | DaySpring Cards, Arkansas

      Susan Gesell is the Freelance Editor for DaySpring Cards, the largest supplier of Inspirational greeting cards in the world. Susan has a great understanding of the heart and ministry of DaySpring Cards and the type of freelance writing they purchase. She is also responsible for the editorial content on hundreds of DayBrighteners, Journals, and calendar products.

    • RICK HAMLIN
      Executive Editor | Guidepost Magazines, New York

      Rick Hamlin is the executive editor of Guideposts where he has worked for over 25 years. His memoir, Finding God on the A Train (Harper) was a Book of the Month Club alternate selection. He has also published three novels, most recently Reading Between the Lines (Simon Schuster). His book on prayer, Ten Prayers You Can’t Live Without (Guideposts) will be published in the spring of 2013. He has been a contributor to Daily Guideposts since 1985 and blogs about prayer twice a week at Guideposts.org. He and his wife, Carol, live in New York City and both sing in their church choir. They are the parents of two boys.

    • NICK HARRISON
      Senior Editor for Fiction & Nonfiction | Harvest House Publishers, Oregon

      Nick Harrison is a senior editor of both fiction & non-fiction at Harvest House Publishers. He’s the author of several books including Magnificent Prayer, His Victorious Indwelling, and 365 WWJD: Daily Answers to “What Would Jesus Do?” Nick lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife Beverly who works in the sales department at Harvest House. The Harrisons are the parents of three grown daughters and grandparents to two grandsons and two granddaughters.

    • TERRI KALFAS
      Editor, Grace Publishing | Oklahoma

      Terri Kalfas has been in Christian publishing for over 23 years. Before entering book publishing she worked as a journalist in positions ranging from reporter and freelancer to managing editor and editor. Her goal is to publish Bible studies that encourage people to read and study the Word itself and not only read books about the Word.

    • SUSAN KING
      Associate Editor | The Upper Room, Tennessee

      Susan King, Associate Editor of The Upper Room daily devotional guide, also teaches English at Lipscomb University and functions as a seminar facilitator in leadership and group dynamics. Formerly she taught English and feature-writing classes at Biola University, served as book editor and radio-program producer/on-air talent for The Institute of Scriptural Psychology, and wrote magazine features as a freelance writer. Susan is married to her high-school sweetheart, Joe. They have three grown children and two grandchildren (both perfect, of course!)

    • DAN KLINE
      Speaking and Writing Consultant | Oregon

      Dan Kline was a co-founder, teacher, and coordinator of the Writing Certificate Program at Cal State University, Long Beach during the 1990’s. His writing credits include a book on grammar and a CD-ROM on proofreading, a videotape on hiring and interviewing, four 6-hour seminars, and numerous booklets on various aspects of writing. He is also an internationally recognized speaking professional who, since 1990, has addressed over 200,000 in the US and fourteen other countries combined. He draws his popular presentations from over thirty years of mixed and varied experience as a speaker, writer, retailer, and federal government manager.

    • SUSAN MEISSNER
      Freelance Author | California

      Susan Meissner is the multi-published author of The Girl in the Glass and The Shape of Mercy, named one of the 100 Best Novels in 2008 by Publishers Weekly and the ECPA’s Fiction Book of the Year. She is also a speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism, and is the leader/moderator of a local writer’s group, a pastor’s wife and mother of four young adults. When she’s not writing, Susan directs the Small Groups and Connection Ministries program at The Church at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego.

    • JUDI PERRY
      Acquisitions and Consumer Product Editor | Beacon Hill Press| Missouri

      Judith Perry is a writer and editor who has edited and/or rewritten numerous books and articles over the past 17 years. She currently serves as the acquisitions and consumer product editor for Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City. Judi attends several writers’ conferences each year where she enjoys meeting with tomorrow’s writers, critiquing their manuscripts, and teaching workshops. As a midsized publisher, Beacon Hill has given many authors their starts in the industry, and Judi enjoys working with new writers as they work to develop their skills. She is the mother of three grown daughters and lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Ken.

    • TIM PETERSON
      Acquisitions Editor | Bethany House Publishers | Minnesota

      Tim Peterson earned his M.B.A. in marketing and shortly after entered the Christian publishing industry. During his sales career, Peterson was privileged to participate in the product launch of Jim Cymbala’s Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, Philip Yancey’s The Jesus I Never Knew, and Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life, all while serving at Zondervan. Thereafter he left the sales area and joined Bethany House Publishers as their marketing director. After nine years, Peterson has now joined the editorial department at Bethany House as an acquisitions editor. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two young daughters.

    • RAMONA RICHARDSON
      Fiction Editor | Abingdon Press | Tennessee

      Ramona Richards, an award-winning writer, editor, and speaker, is the fiction editor for Abingdon Press. She’s the author of 9 books and frequent contributor to devotional collections. She’s edited more than 400 publications and has worked with such publishers as Thomas Nelson, Barbour, Howard/Simon & Schuster, Harlequin, and many others. An avid live music fan, Ramona loves Nashville, which she’s called home since she was 10.

    • KAY MARSHALL STROM
      Author | Pacific Northwest

      Kay Marshall Strom is the author of forty-two published books. Her writing includes numerous magazine articles, curriculum, and movie scripts. Already well established as a non-fiction writer, her latest six books have been fiction. Three have received awards. In addition to her writing, Kay is an in-demand speaker. Her work as a 21st century abolitionist takes her around the globe where she speaks out against social injustice, especially modern-day slavery. Because she and her husband Dan enjoy travel--especially free travel!--she also speaks on cruise ships. Kay and Dan make their home in the Pacific Northwest.

    • CHRISTINE TANGVALD
      Freelance author | Washington

      Christine Harder Tangvald is the author of 100 picture books in 147 editions in 12 languages, with over 3.5 million books in print, and two #1 CBA bestsellers. She has also published curriculum, devotions, greeting cards, and articles for many publishers. She has been a teacher and speaker at over 100 writer’s conferences, and founded Spokane Christian Writers. Christine currently writes with her daughter, Rondi DeBoer, and they have more fun than should ever be allowed! Many of their best friends are under six years old.

    • B.J. TAYLOR
      Freelancer | Guidepost Magazine Representative| California

      She won a spot at the Guideposts Writers Workshop in 2004 and her published work appears in more than two-dozen Chicken Soup books, John Gray’s Mars and Venus in Love, Writers Digest, Romantic Homes, and many other publications. She’s compiled inspirational stories into successful e-books titled Sunny Side Up and is working on her “dog-lit”. She lives in Southwestern California with her husband. bjtaylorblog.wordpress.com.

    • LYNN VINCENT
      Freelancer | California

      Lynn Vincent is the #1 New York Times bestselling writer of Heaven is for Real, Same Kind of Different as Me, and Going Rogue: An American Life. The author or co-author of ten books and more than a thousand articles, she is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine. Lynn has taught writing at conferences, the World Journalism Institute, and The King’s College in New York City. Her books have been translated into more than 35 languages and have sold over 10 million copies worldwide. Lynn lives in eastern San Diego Country, first mountain on the right.

  • Agents
    • SALLY APOKEDAK
      Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency | Georgia

      Sally Apokedak is an agent with the Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency. She’s new, she has room on her list, and in keeping with Les Stobbe’s vision, she is passionate about working with debut authors. She loves children’s books (PB through YA) written from a Christian worldview but not necessarily with an overt gospel message. Preaching is great, but Sally believes in our time, novels that make a reader recognize his need are more important than ones that give the reader answers to questions he doesn’t know he has.

    • KAREN BALL
      The Steve Laube Agency | Oregon

      Karen Ball is an agent with The Steve Laube Agency, along with running her own business, Karen Ball Publishing Services, LLC. She has been in the business for over 30 years helping several publishers (Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and B&H Publishing Group) build strong fiction lines. She is a published author in her own right with several of her novels having received awards and been on the best-seller lists. Karen delights in partnering with authors to help them refine their craft, delivering their stories as powerfully as possible. She lives in Oregon with her husband, father, and a collection of four-legged, furry “kids,” including an Aussie-Terrier mix they fondly refer to as the “Black Hole of Emotional Need.”

    • ALICE CRIDER
      WordServe Literary Agency | Colorado

      Alice began her career in book publishing in 1998 at Cook Communications. In 2001, she went to work at Alive Communications Literary Agency for three years before joining the editorial team at WaterBrook Press in 2004. During her eight years at WaterBrook, she completed a life coach training program and published several articles with Focus on the Family. Alice joined the WordServe Literary Team in 2012, which gave her an opportunity to combine life coaching skills with her editorial and publishing experience. She is passionate about empowering authors to realize their dreams and live extraordinary lives.

    • JANET KOBOBEL GRANT
      Books & Such Literary Agency | President | California

      Literary agent Janet Kobobel Grant founded the Books & Such Literary Agency in 1996 and represents several best-selling authors and winners of the Gold Medallion, Christy Award, and RITA. Books & Such Literary Agency's slogan, "Discerning Literature," forms the hallmark of the agency’s work. Understanding the ever-changing rhythms of publishing trends and how to respond to them is an integral part of the service we offer. We concentrate on developing long-term relationships with the authors we serve, helping them to be savvy caretakers of their abilities and time. In any given year we place more than 150 projects with a variety of publishers.

    • STEVE LAUBE
      The Steve Laube Agency | President | Arizona

      Steve Laube, a literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry for over 32 years, first as bookstore manager where he was awarded the National Store of the Year by CBA. He then spent over a decade with Bethany House Publishers and was named the Editor of the Year in 2002. He later became an agent and has represented over 800 new books and was named Agent of the Year by ACFW. His office is in Phoenix, AZ. www.stevelaube.com

    • WENDY LAWTON
      Books & Such Literary Agency | California

      Wendy Lawton is an agent with the much-respected literary agency, Books & Such. She represents some of the finest writers in the industry including many bestselling authors. Wendy relishes all aspects of the work—especially helping her clients develop their ideas and chart their careers. She’s served on the faculty of several major writers conferences, won the infamous Bulwer-Lytton competition and authored thirteen books. Unfortunately, she’s not yet mastered leaping tall buildings in a single bound. She lives with her husband, Keith, in Hillmar, California.

Schedule

Wednesday, March 20
Thursday, March 21
Friday, March 22
Saturday, March 23
Sunday, March 24
Monday, March 25
Tuesday, March 26
  • When

    What

    Where

    6:00 PM

    Head Start Pre-Conference Track - Dinner

    Dining Room

    7:30 PM

    Head Start - Mentoring Sessions

    Various Locations

  • When

    What

    Where

    8:00 AM

    Head Start Pre-Conference Track - Breakfast

    Dining Room

    9:00 AM

    Head Start - Mentoring Sessions

    Various Locations

    12:15 PM

    Head Start - Lunch

    Dining Room

    1:00 PM

    Early Arrival Check-In

    Administration Building

    1:15 PM

    Head Start Pre-Conference Track - Mentoring Sessions

    Various Locations

    6:00 PM

    Head Start & Early Arrivals - Dinner

    Dining Room

    6:00 PM

    Faculty Reception

    7:30 PM

    Faculty Meeting

    8:45 PM

    Refreshments

    Youth Memorial

  • When

    What

    Where

    8:00 AM

    Head Start & Early Registrants - Breakfast

    Dining Room

    8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Airport Shuttles Run

    9:00 AM

    Head Start - Mentoring Sessions

    Various Locations

    9:00 AM

    Hospitality Open

    Multi-Purpose Room

    10:00 AM

    Registration Opens

    Administration Building

    12:00 PM

    Head Start Pre-Conference Track - Ends

    12:15 PM

    Writers Conference Begins - Lunch

    Dining Room

    1:45 PM

    1st Timer's Orientation

    Auditorium

    1:45 PM

    Alumni Orientation

    Youth Memorial

    3:00 PM

    Faculty Hosted Reception Outdoors (weather permitting)

    Commons

    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    General Session - God's Goal for the Writer (Steve Laube)

    Auditorium

    5:30 PM

    Break

    6:00 PM

    Dinner

    Dining Room

    7:30 PM

    General Session with Robin Jones Gunn

    Auditorium

    8:45 PM

    Refreshments & Book Store Open

    Commons

  • When

    What

    Where

    7:15 AM

    Prayer & Praise led by Karen Ball

    Youth Memorial

    8:00 AM

    Breakfast

    Dining Room

    9:00 AM

    Major Morning Track (Choose 1 for the week)

    Various Locations

    10:30 AM

    Refreshment Break

    Commons

    11:00 AM

    Major Morning Track Continues

    Various Locations

    12:15 PM

    Lunch

    Dining Room

    1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

    Workshops I

    Various Locations

    2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

    Break

    Commons

    3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

    Workshops II

    Various Locations

    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Major Morning Track Mentoring Groups

    Youth Memorial

    5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

    Break

    6:00 PM

    Dinner

    Dining Room

    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    General Session with Robin Jones Gunn

    Auditorium

    8:45 PM

    Refreshments & Night Owls, Bookstore Open

    Commons

  • When

    What

    Where

    7:15 AM

    Prayer & Praise led by Karen Ball

    Youth Memorial

    8:00 AM

    Breakfast

    Dining Room

    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Major Morning Track

    Various Locations

    10:30 AM

    Refreshment Break

    Commons

    11:00 AM

    Palm Sunday Worship Service & Communion

    Auditorium

    12:15 PM

    Lunch

    Dining Room

    1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    Faculty Meeting

    Birch Dining Room

    1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

    Workshops III

    Various Locations

    2:45 PM

    Refreshment Break

    3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

    Break

    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Major Morning Track Mentoring Groups

    Various Locations

    5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

    Break

    6:00 PM

    Dinner

    Dining Room

    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    General Session with Robin Jones Gunn

    Auditorium

    8:45 PM

    Refreshments & Night Owls, Bookstore Open

    Commons

  • When

    What

    Where

    7:15 AM

    Prayer & Praise led by Karen Ball

    Youth Memorial

    8:00 AM

    Breakfast

    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Major Morning Track

    Various Locations

    10:30 AM

    Refreshment Break

    Commons

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Major Morning Track Continues

    12:15 PM

    Lunch

    Dining Room

    1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

    Workshops IV

    Various Locations

    2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

    Break

    Commons

    3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

    Workshops V

    Various Locations

    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Major Morning Track Mentoring Groups

    Various Locations

    6:00 PM

    Dinner

    Dining Room

    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    General Session with Robin Jones Gunn

    Auditorium

    8:45 PM

    Autograph Party / Bookstore Open

    Ferndell Dining Hall

  • When

    What

    Where

    8:00 AM

    Continental Breakfast

    Dining Room

    8:00 AM

    Shuttles to San Jose Airport begin

Tracks

Major Morning Tracks

THE CRAFT: Off to The Write Start | Gayle Roper | Beginning to Intermediate Writers

So you want to be a writer. Good for you. Like any profession, writing and publishing have patterns and procedures that make navigating these competitive waters a bit easier. The goal of this class is to teach you how to look and act like the professional you want to be so you can break in and move ahead with grace and wisdom.

FICTION: Taking Your Story to the Next Level | T. Davis Bunn | Intermediate and Advanced Writers

The aim for this continuing class is to offer structural components of what industry leaders of today, and great teachers throughout the past century, have considered vital to success in writing. The goal is to give a balanced approach, examining facets of the spiritual message, the creative process, and the commercial publishing world. Come and be challenged and motivated by what we'll learn together

NON-FICTION: Building The Book--The Nonfiction Book from Concept to Completion | Wendy Lawton | Beginning and Intermediate Writers

We may know our content backwards and forwards but do we understand the very best way to communicate that information? Is the right framework really the devotional? What about a prescriptive book? Is it memoir or narrative nonfiction? In this interactive major morning track we will explore major types of Christian nonfiction. We'll take our own ideas and experiment with different shapes and formats. We'll talk about everything from concept to completion, from author to agent, from proposal to publication.

ARTICLES: You CAN Write Articles | Lisa Crayton | Beginning and Intermediate Writers

You can write articles that inspire, inform and entertain readers--and sell to periodicals and online markets. In this hands-on track learn about and write various types of articles, including devotionals, essays, how-to's, and blog posts. Come away with the building blocks for a solid foundation in article writing that boosts your confidence, hones your skills, and positions you to more effectively write to sell to your dream markets.

INTERNET MARKETING: The Art of Thinking Backwards--Marketing Your Writing Online| Laura Christianson | Beginning and Intermediate Writers

"If we build it, they will come." Many writers fall into the 'Field of Dreams' trap, assuming that the mere presence of a website, blog or Facebook page will cause agents and editors to line up at our doorstep. The truth is, "If we build it, they might come. Or they might not." During this course, we'll turn marketing on its head. We'll start by defining what makes your marketing successful and work our way backwards through a simple, 7-step social media marketing strategy you can use to promote your writing

THE HEART OF THE STORYTELLER | Allen Arnold | All Writers

The heart of a story always begins with the heart of the storyteller...yet the heart of the writer is often neglected. It's easy to see why. The life of a novelist is filled with isolation, pressure to find an agent or publisher, writing and re-writing, hyper-focus on performance, worry, fear, and trying to navigate the ever-changing world of social media -- all while holding down a day job. But it doesn't have to be this way. In this track, we will pursue the heart of the writer through conversations about identity and calling, story as offering, presence verses productivity, savoring the "land inbetween" and the importance of living your Story before telling your stories. It's time to breathe deeply, recover your heart and savor story as you discover how to live free, write free

What Must I Do To Succeed as a Writer? | Caleb & Brittney Breakey| Teen Writers Only

Writers always want to know one thing: What must I do to "make it" in the world of publishing? That's what we'll cover in the Teen Track. But be forewarned. The answers are not always inside a box. Sure, we'll discuss specifics about plotting, beating Resistance, crafting an unforgettable lead character, and creating tension on every page. But the real answers are inside you--your passion, your mindset, and most importantly, your desire to serve the King. We might start the day with writing technique, but you can bet we'll move beyond it. We'll peel back the skin of true success and examine it's every element. You interested? I hope so. We're going to have a ton of fun.

Mentoring Tracks General Information

Mentoring Tracks By Application Only

The Intermediate Mentoring Tracks below, held each day during the major morning tracks, are by application only & limited to ten writers per group. The goal is to give novelists and nonfiction writers concentrated time for having their works in progress critiqued in a knowledgeable, sympathetic, but realistic manner.

DEADLINE for Mentoring Track application is March 15th. Additional Cost of $75

For an official application form:

FICTION: Contact Gayle Roper, gayle@gayleroper.com
NON FICTION: Contact Karen O'Connor, Karen@karenOconnor.com

Mentoring Tracks

INTERMEDIATE WRITER MENTORING TRACK: FICTION | Gayle Roper, Chairman

Novelist Gayle Roper has authored more than 45 books. She has won the RITA Award and finaled repeatedly in the Christys. She has won the Holt Medallion three times and twice her titles have won Book of the Year honors from American Christian Fiction Writers. Several writers conferences including Mount Hermon have cited her for her contributions to the training of writers. She has been chair of the Major Morning Mentoring program at Mount Hermon Writers Conference since its inception.

INTERMEDIATE WRITER MENTORING TRACK: FICTION| James Scott Bell, Thriller Novelist

Bestselling suspense author James Scott Bell is a winner of the Christy Award and has been a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award. He is a former actor, trial lawyer, fiction columnist for Writer's Digest Magazine and adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University. His books on the craft include Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers, Conflict & Suspense, and Writing Fiction for All You're Worth. He has written in several genres, including historical romance, contemporary suspense, noir novellas and, as K. Bennett, zombie legal thrillers. He lives and writes in Los Angeles. His website is jamesscottbell.com

INTERMEDIATE WRITER MENTORING TRACK: FICTION | Brandilyn Collins, Suspense Novelist

Bestselling author Brandilyn Collins has written over 25 books. She is best known for her trademarked Seatbelt Suspense--fastpaced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She has also written the distinctive nonfiction book on craft, Getting Into Character. Brandilyn has won numerous awards, including the ACFW Carol (3 times), the Inspirational Readers Choice, and the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice. When she's not writing, she can be found keynote speaking or teaching at writers conferences. Brandilyn and her husband live in Idaho.

INTERMEDIATE WRITER MENTORING TRACK: FICTION | Robin Gunn, Romance and YA Novelist

Over the past 25 years Robin Gunn has written 82 books with almost 4.5 million copies sold worldwide. After ten rejections Robin's first novel was accepted for publication and released in 1988. More books followed and soon the Christy Miller series was joined by the Sierra Jensen series, the College Years and the Katie Weldon series. Robin and her husband have two grown children and have been married for 35 years. They live . . . yes! . . . in Hawaii!

INTERMEDIATE WRITER MENTORING TRACK: FICTION | Randy Ingermanson, Sci-Fi Novelist

Randy is the award-winning author of six novels. His best-selling book WRITING FICTION FOR DUMMIES may be the most inaccurately titled book in the history of publishing, since Randy is pretty sure all novelists are insanely brilliant. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley which has given him plenty of practice in making things simple. Randy is known around the world as “the Snowflake guy” in honor of his wildly popular Snowflake method of designing a novel. He publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-Zine, with over 32,000 subscribers, and sits on the advisory board of American Christian Fiction Writers. Randy’s goal in life is to be Supreme Dictator for Life, but only if his wife is OK with that.

INTERMEDIATE WRITER MENTORING TRACK: NON-FICTION | Karen O’Connor: Chairman, Freelancer

Karen O’Connor is an award-winning author of 60 books for children and adults, a popular speaker and writing mentor. Karen was named Writer of the Year for 1997 by the San Diego Christian Writers Guild, in 2002 she received the Special Recognition Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference for writing and mentoring and in 2005 she accepted the International Reading Association Award for her article for children on Kurdish refugees.

INTERMEDIATE WRITER MENTORING TRACK: NON-FICTION | Joseph Bentz, Freelancer

Joseph Bentz’s books span a variety of genres, including a fantasy novel, three contemporary novels, four non-fiction books on Christian living, and one book/DVD package. His most recent release is Pieces of Heaven: Recognizing the Presence of God (Beacon Hill Press, 2012). Bentz is a frequent speaker at writers conferences, churchs and other venues. He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University. He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in American literature from Purdue University and a B.A. in English from Olivet Nazarene University. He lives with his wife and two children in Southern California. More information on his writing and speaking is available at his website, josephbentz.com. His blog, Life of the Mind and Soul, also appears at that site.

Head Start

Head Start Details & Requirements

March 20-22, 2013


Entrance in to the Head Start is by application only. Space is limited to a maximum of eight beginning writers in each
mentoring group.

  • Must have registered for the Head Start Conference.

Application Process:

  • Submit a Word Document attachment with the information listed below to coordinator Karen O’Connor, at karen@karenoconnor.com.
  • In the subject line write: MH Head Start 2013 – YOUR NAME.
  • In the Body: Name & Contact information, including your e-mail address
  • Your purpose/goal for being in the Head Start Clinic
  • Three to five typed, double-spaced pages of your own writing in the style and genre that interests you, either fiction or nonfiction.
    • Fiction: Send a scene between 2 people, including dialog.
    • Nonfiction: Send a short “how-to” or personal experience article or essay on something that interests you.

Acceptance:

Karen will respond to you and place you in a group with a mentor appropriate to your area of writing interest. That mentor will contact and work directly with you to prepare you for the conference, as well as put you in touch with those in your group. Mentors will be in charge of how they organize their group mentoring as well as the Thursday afternoon one-on-one critique times. 

Head Start Mentors

Fiction Mentors

James Scott Bell, Thriller Novelist

Bestselling suspense author James Scott Bell is a winner of the Christy Award and has been a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award. He is a former actor, trial lawyer, fiction columnist for Writer's Digest Magazine and adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University. His books on the craft include Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers, Conflict & Suspense, and Writing Fiction for All You're Worth. He has written in several genres, including historical romance, contemporary suspense, noir novellas and, as K. Bennett, zombie legal thrillers. He lives and writes in Los Angeles. His website is jamesscottbell.com

Susan Meissner

Multi-published author of The Girl in the Glass and The Shape of Mercy, named one of the 100 Best Novels in 2008 by Publishers Weekly and the ECPA’s Fiction Book of the Year. She is also a speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism, and is the leader/moderator of a local writer’s group, a pastor’s wife and mother of four young adults. When she’s not writing, Susan directs the Small Groups and Connection Ministries program at The Church at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego.

Lauraine Snelling

Lauraine Snelling is an award-winning author of seventy-plus books, with sales of over 2 million copies. Writing about real issues within a compelling story is a hallmark of Lauraine's style, shown in both her contemporary and historical romances and women's fiction. She is also co-writing the S.A.V.E. Squad series for youth ages 7-11. She was recently inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame for her literary contributions to the advancement of Norwegian culture. She teaches at writing conferences around the country and enjoys helping both new and experienced authors reach their writing goals. She lives in the Tehachapi Mountains of California. Learn more about her on her website, www.LauraineSnelling.com.

Non-Fiction Mentors

Jan Kern

As an author, speaker, writer mentor, and life coach, Jan Kern is passionate about story—not only how to live it with hope and intentionality, but also how to write it with craft and finesse. She is the author of the Live Free series (Standard Publishing), launched in 2007 with Scars that Wound, Scars That Heal—a Journey Out of Self-Injury, a 2008 ECPA Gold Medallion finalist. In the series, she intertwines a journalistic style with fiction techniques to tell the true stories of teens and young adults who struggle with pain and brokenness. She knows about writers in transition as she heads in new directions with her writing. She is working on several projects for women and can’t help but play with a bit of fiction on the side. She serves alongside her husband Tom at a residential ministry for at-risk youth, and together they cherish family time with their married children and two grandbabies.

INTERMEDIATE WRITER MENTORING TRACK: NON-FICTION | Karen O’Connor: Chairman, Freelancer

Karen O’Connor is an award-winning author of 60 books for children and adults, a popular speaker and writing mentor. Karen was named Writer of the Year for 1997 by the San Diego Christian Writers Guild, in 2002 she received the Special Recognition Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference for writing and mentoring and in 2005 she accepted the International Reading Association Award for her article for children on Kurdish refugees.

Career Track

 

Details & Requirements

For the past dozen years we've run a special professional/career writer track, sort of a conference within a conference for published authors. Career authors learn from industry experts how to deal with the more complex issues facing them and find support from other authors who write as a vocation. Over the years we've covered some of the following topics, besides many others:

• Time Management
• Editor Relations
• Promotion
• Speaking
• Casting the Vision
• Developing the Product
• Unique Selling Propositions
• Identifying the Customer
• Care & Feeding of Your Readers
• How to Build Your List
• Equipping Your Sales & Marketing Force
• Connecting Electronically
• Agent Etiquette & Editorial committee/Book Editors
• Preparing for Radio/TV Interview
• Endorsements
• Overcoming Career Problems
 

You must complete this application to be a part of the Career Track. The focus of the Career Track is career development.

Criteria:

• Must be registered for the 2013 conference.
• Must have at least two books contracted with royalty-based publishers.
• One of those books must have been released within the last 5 years.
• You must complete the application form and return it by March 15th to be eligible for this track
• If you don’t meet this criteria exactly, but would like to participate, apply and we will consider your application on its merits.

Career Track Faculty

Karen Ball | Karen Ball Publishing Services, LLC

Karen Ball has always loved the power of story, and so considers it a gift to use that love in her work. For the past 30 years she's helped several publishers (Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and B&H Publishing Group) build strong fiction lines. Currently Karen edits fiction and nonfiction authors through her business, Karen Ball Publishing Services, LLC, helping them refine their craft, thus delivering their stories as powerfully as possible. In addition, she is a literary agent with the Steve Laube Agency, working with both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in Oregon with her husband, father, and a collection of four-legged, furry "kids," including an Aussie-Terrier mix they fondly refer to as the "Black Hole of Emotional Need."

Janet Kobobel Grant | President, Books & Such Literary Agency

Literary agent Janet Kobobel Grant founded the Books & Such Literary Agency in 1996 and represents several best-selling authors and winners of the Gold Medallion, Christy Award, and RITA. Previously she was a book editor for more than 12 years, an imprint editor at Zondervan, managing book editor at Focus on the Family, collaborator on 17 books, and writer of two books. As a result, Janet knows the publishing world from the perspective of a writer, an editor, and an agent.

Sally Stuart | Founder, Christian Writers' Market Guide

Sally Stuart has been writing for 45 years--full-time for the last 28. She has also put out twenty-six editions of the Christian Writers' Market Guide, the only market guide that specifically targets Christian books and periodical publishers. In addition she has written a dozen other published books, and countless articles and columns. Her latest project is a Perpetual Calendar filled with writing tips. As Q & A columnist for the Christian Communicator, and Marketing Columnist for the Oregon Christian Writer, she is still considered a leading authority on Christian marketing. She is a conference speaker nationwide. Sally is the mother of three and grandmother of eight, and lives with her husband Norm in Tigard, Oregon.

Career Track Schedule

SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY
4:30-5:45
Unstuck! Creative Solutions for Career Roadblocks
Creative consultant McNair Wilson is known worldwide for his ability to jump-start creativity in others. As a corporate creativity coach and conference speaker—with clients from Apple Computer to NASA to the Salvation Army, he thrives on assisting others in recapturing their creative spirit. Now he’ll put his skills to work for you! In this interactive session, Wilson will help you reactivate the well of creativity within, so you can discover ways to reenergize your writing and career.

SATURDAY
1:45-3:15
Industry Trends and Marketing Strategies
Confused by the never-ending changes in publishing? Wondering how those changes affect you and your career? Looking for effective marketing strategies? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Industry insider Tim Peterson has worked in sales (Zondervan), marketing (Zondervan and Bethany House), and nonfiction acquisitions (Bethany House). In the first part of this session, Peterson will offer an analysis of the enormous changes in the publishing industry over the past four years, as well as offer some insights into what to expect next. In the second part of this session, Peterson will lead a best-practices group discussion on how an author can respond to the trends and interact with their publisher's marketing department in a way that is most likely to increase book sales.

3:15-3:30
Break

3:30-5:30
Focus on Craft
No matter how long you’ve been writing, you can always find ways to improve your craft. Join best-selling veteran writers Lynn Vincent and Davis Bunn as they lead you in hands-on workshops to help you refine your craft.

Davis will teach the fiction segment, focusing on what forty years of writings by top agents and publishers say a true breakout novel should include and on moving beyond barriers and creating an initial phase that energizes your creative abilities and propels your writing quality.

Join New York Times-bestselling writer Lynn Vincent for a two-part workshop called "The Sacred ICPID: How to Write Page-Turning Nonfiction." ICPID is Lynn's acronym for "I Couldn't Put It Down." When a writer delivers the ICPID experience to readers, they tell their friends...who tell their friends...who tell their friends -- increasing a story's reach, as well as the writer's influence and sales. In this workshop, Lynn will teach you how to apply to nonfiction the ICPID techniques used by successful novelists from John LeCarre to Anne Rice. Bring your works-in-progress and rev up your prose right on the spot. From cliffhanger chapter endings and to dialogue that races down the page, these techniques will keep your readers turning the pages -- and telling others about your books.

So come ready to get to work!

SUNDAY:
1:45-3:15 (faculty panels: 4:30-5:30)
Focus Groups – There’s nothing so empowering as shared information and experiences. In these informative, interactive groups led by industry legends, you’ll share ideas and issues with writers of like minds. Chose the group that fits your career best, and come ready to “reason together.”
(Additional Focus Groups will be added as demand dictates)

Contemporary Fiction
Leader: Robin Gunn

Historical fiction
Leader: Lauraine Snelling

Elements of Suspense
Leader: Brandilyn Collins

Made to Stick (Nonfiction)
Leader: Tim Peterson

FAQs

Free Pre-Conference Critiques
Critique Team
Meal Service
CDs & MP3s Available
Digital Conference Binder
Book Sales
What to Bring
Travel
Extra Night Option
Free Early Arrival Workshop
Annual Awards
First Timers
Returners





  • (available only for fully paid registrants)


    Any registrant may send the first 20 pages of two manuscripts, two articles, 2 children's books, 5 poems, or 3 devotionals ahead of the conference for either critiquing or editorial review. Editorial review is by an editor of your choosing to see if your project is something he/she might be interested in for their company. It does not necessarily include critiquing. Critiquing is by published freelance writers with years of expertise in your area of writing, who will assess your work, offering concrete observations and advice. (If you have never been published, you should choose critiquing instead of editorial review.)

    All submissions must be in hard copy and postmarked by Saturday, March 16, 2013, or received at Mount Hermon at the latest Tuesday, March 19th. Check Guidelines under FORMS tab for the explanation of proper formatting. The listing of faculty members you want to look at your manuscripts will be under FORMS by February 1, 2013.

    NOTE: Bring along several copies of your manuscripts in case there is a second opportunity for submitting mid-conference.?






  • This year's critique team consists of Kathy Ide (Chairman), Jim Scott Bell, Joseph Bentz, Mona Hodgson, Randy Ingermanson, Jan Kern, Karen O'Connor, and Gayle Roper, Kay Marshall Strom & Christine Tangvald.

    The team will be available throughout the conference, Saturday-Monday afternoons, in the Hospitality Room from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm for walk-in critiques, first-come, first-served!






  • All meals are served buffet style at set times in Mount Hermon’s Dining Room. Registrants eat at faculty hosted tables at noon and dinner. Complimentary refreshments each morning and afternoon between sessions. Our Snack Shop is open afternoons and evenings. PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT PROVIDE SPECIAL DIETS OF ANY KIND, but our director of food service will work with those who have food allergies by advance arrangement only. Please inquire of Annette Balch in Registration (annette.balch@mounthermon.org) if you have a food allergy need.






  • All general sessions and most workshops are professionally recorded and available for purchase at the conference through O.T. Studios of Whittier, California. Most are available for purchase to non-registrants by mail after the conference, beginning May 2013. Check the website for the order form after May 1.






  • On March 16th, the entire binder will be available for download for those fully paid registrants. It is recommended that you download the entire binder to your laptop and bring it to the conference with you. Most of our larger meeting rooms have WIFI access. You can actually type on the workshop outlines in class if your computer is battery charged. If you won’t be bringing a laptop, read through the binder and print off only those pages of importance to your chosen workshops and tracks to bring to the conference. There will be a few complete sample binders in Hospitality for reference only.






  • Conferees who are published authors may bring their own books to place on consignment (20% fee) at our writers conference bookstore. All books must be pre-priced. Check for an Excel consignment form under Forms tab.

    You may give your book information to us in two ways:

    1. download consignment form (see forms), fill it out and e-mail it as an attachment to Bookstore Chairman, Joy Harrison, Joy2@qmail.com

    OR

    2. print it off, fill it out, bring it with you and make sure to give it to Joy when you deliver your books to the writers conference bookstore in Ivy Dining before the conference begins.






  • • Casual clothes are the rule for the conference,
    • Comfortable walking shoes (it’s hilly at Mount Hermon).
    • Weather this time of year is erratic. Dress for warm, wet, cold, or beautifully sunny! Layering is the operative way to go.
    • Laptops are not necessary but useful as we have Wi-Fi in various locations around campus.
    • Flashlights helpful.   






  • Arrival Shuttles from San Jose International Airport (Three Options)
    • 1. Head Start Mentoring Clinic shuttles run 1:30-5:00 PM, Wednesday, March 20th. Dinner marks the beginning of the mentoring clinic.
    • 2. Early Arrivals shuttles run 11:30-5:00 PM, Thursday, March 21st. Dinner available, and breakfast on Friday.
    •3. Writers Conference shuttles run between 8:00 and 11:30 AM on Friday, March 22nd from San Jose International (SJC).

    No San Francisco Airport shuttles available.

    The conference begins at lunch Friday. Arrival shuttle service is available from the San Jose International Airport only by advance arrangement through Mount Hermon. You must fill out the shuttle form to receive this service and return it by March 20th at the latest. See FORMS section. Due to high prices of gas, cost this year is $80.00 per person, round-trip from San Jose. We are unable to provide shuttle service from San Francisco airport. If you must arrive after 11:30am on Friday, March 22nd, please think about renting a car for the week.

    Departure The conference ends after lunch Tuesday, March 26nd, with airport shuttle service beginning at 1:15 PM. Please plan any flight departure for 3:00 PM or later to allow for shuttle travel and necessary time in the airport before your flight. You’ll need to verify departure with our Transportation personnel located in Hospitality no later than a day before departure.






  • Want to come a night early on Thursday, March 21st, to enjoy the beautiful Santa Cruz area?  Or maybe you live across the country and can't get in on Friday before noon. Consider this great way to be rested and ready for the conference. Dinner, overnight housing, and breakfast on Friday are available for only $91. A cozy fire, wireless availability, and a pleasant gathering spot await you in Central Lounge. Enjoy the historic Roaring Camp Railroad as well as virgin redwoods at Henry Cowell State Park within a mile walking distance, and the Pacific Ocean beaches, Boardwalk, and fabulous bakeries and restaurants of Santa Cruz, just six miles away. Carmel-by-the-Sea and Point Lobos State Reserve are 60 minutes south, and San Francisco is 90 minutes to the north. Or ahead of arrival, why not get a group of early arrivers to contact canopy.tour@mounthermon.org to experience Mount Hermon’s amazing Redwood Canopy Zip Line Tour Thursday afternoon (if available).

    Check the box on your registration form if you want the early arrival option. We cannot provide transportation once you’re at Mount Hermon so why not consider a rental car or carpooling with other early arrivers to enjoy the area opportunities?






  • A Two Hour FREE Evening Workshop Available to Early Arrivers. No program is planned on Thursday, except a free two-hour optional workshop Thursday evening after dinner. This is an highly recommended, optional workshop, "Navigating Mount Hermon, A GPS For Every Aspect of the Conference." It will be taught by Kim Bangs, acquisitions editor for Regal Books. You'll find insights, tips and clues to help you make the conference refreshing, invigorating and successful—the long-eye approach (even “bathroom etiquette and editors” will be part of the discussion). If this is the first time you've attended our Writers Conference, take advantage of this workshop! This is the perfect guide for one of the best weeks of your life!






  • Each year Mount Hermon gives out awards for Writer of the Year, Pacesetter, Poetry, Most Promising Teen Writer, Most Promising New Writer, & The Lauren Beyenhof True Grit Award. All awards are chosen and sponsored by the faculty and carry cash prizes and a news release for newspaper publication with publishable photo and are decided from the pre-conference manuscripts sent in. Winners will be announced at the Monday evening general session of the conference.






  • ARE YOU ATTENDING FOR THE FIRST TIME? Be sure to sign up for the Buddy System, a pre-conference program designed to help first-time registrants arrive prepared and ready to make the most of the Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference. For more information or to add your name to the list, contact Jeanette Hanscome: jeanettehanscome@gmail.com.






  • ATTENTION RETURNING REGISTRANTS! Do you enjoy serving writers who are new to conferences? The Buddy System is in need of conference veterans (attending once makes you a veteran) to answer pre-conference questions from those attending this amazing but often overwhelming conference for the first time. To find out what is involved (it’s really not that hard) or sign up as a buddy, contact Jeanette Hanscome: jeanettehanscome@gmail.com.

Rates

2013 Head Start Mentoring Clinic Rates
 DeluxeStandardEconomySingle Occupancy
Surcharge
Stand Alone Clinic $553 $493 $425 $216
Attached to Writers $396 $336 $268
 

 

2013 Christian Writers Conference Rates
 DeluxeStandardEconomyNo Housing
Adult
Single Occupancy
$1565 $1445 $1309 $761
Adult
Double Occupancy
$1133 $1013 $877
Adult
Triple Occupancy
$1013 $877 n/a
Teen Track
Double Occupancy
    $733 $617

Housing Descriptions
  • Deluxe Larger rooms with private bathroom and pillow top queen mattresses.
  • Standard Moderate rooms with private bathroom
  • Economy Smaller rooms located a little farther from the main conference center area; some have private bathrooms and some are dorm style with community bathrooms in the hall
  • Cabins A limited number of cabins in each category, in a variety of sizes with equipped kitchen and living room. Pricing is based on the size of the cabin and number of roommates. Please call for more pricing information.

Binder

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Forms

CD Order Form

Pre-Conference Transmittal Form

Guidelines for Transcript Submittal

Blank consignment form

Guidelines for Cosigning books

Airport Shuttle Request Form
Arriving at the San Jose Airport and need a ride? Save, Open in Adobe Acrobat Reader, Fill out and submit this form.

Conference Insights (More FAQs)
Have more Questions? We have more answers!

Book Proposal Guidlines

Guidelines for Preparing a Manuscript

Registrant Letter
Registered for the conference? Here's the information you'll need to have a stellar conference.

Tentative Workshop Schedule
With over 40 different worshops to choose from this year, you'll want a sneak peak to plan ahead.

What Editors Want to See 2013
What are our Editors and Critiquers looking for in 2013? Check out this grid to find out!

Career Track Application
Interested in joining in on the Career Track? Fill out this application and submit.

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The Santa Cruz Mountains camp center includes the Conference Center, Ponderosa Lodge and Redwood Camp.