Christian Writers Conference

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Apr 9-15, 2014Santa Cruz Mountains | Conference Center

Recap

Several hundred writers, well-respected top industry folks, and top notch agents no longer mingle on the grounds of Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center, chatter around tables in the dining room, nor laugh late at night in Central Grounds. But memories of another life-changing writer’s conference linger on the pages of evaluations left at departure.

Here’s a sampling:

“Exceeded all expectations”

“I have been to other writing conferences, but they were incredibly aggressive and self-serving. Here I felt nurtured. I could learn, get advice, try and fail and still be encouraged.”

“Coming to Mount Hermon Writers Conference is a highlight of my writing plans each year. Thank you! I appreciate all of your dedication to this conference. It shows in the quality of faculty and classes and organization of the event.”

“Phenomenal! I grew tremendously in my skill and perspective as an author.”

“I loved the conference and can’t wait to return. I not only experienced God, met new friends, but connected with other writer’s hearts.”

All of us were touched spiritually by the gracious messages from Glenna Salsbury, our keynote speaker each evening, and the worship and family prayer times led by Dave Talbot. Everyone was happily exhausted from all the learning, and nurturing new relationships.

Hold on to everything you heard at the conference by ordering recordings of the sessions, just download the CD Order Form.

A news-release told of the annual writer’s awards won:

Most Promising Teen Writer Award: Jeremiah Bokulich
Focused on the Centrality of Scripture Award: Henry Harris
Ethel Herr Most Promising New Fiction Writer Award: Lindsay Franklin
Ethel Herr Most Promising Non-Fiction Writer Award: Gwyn Schneck
Pacesetter Award: Karen Ball
Special Recognition Award: Les Stobbe
Lauren Beyenhof True Grit Award: Jing Li
Writer of the Year Award: Jill Osborne

Why do such wonderful experiences have to end? Well, there will be another, just as wonderful and life-changing, next year, March 27-31, 2015. We look forward to having you back with us. We’ll keep the lights on for you!

Next year's Conference

See photos from the conference here!

Description

Launch Your Writing Career at Mount Hermon

For 45 years Mount Hermon has created a one-of-a-kind laboratory for training writers at every skill level, from unpublished to professional, and has become the only place that offers help to writers in every genre and phase of their careers.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.

Check out our many NEW offerings in the major morning tracks and workshops. We're expecting a great conference.

Faculty

  • Keynote Speaker

    Keynote Speaker | Glenna Salsbury

    Glenna Salsbury is one of America’s leading businesswomen. As a professional speaker in the corporate world she provides keynotes and seminars nationally and internationally. She is also a favorite at Christian conferences worldwide. Her humor mixed with her love of the Bible keep audiences on the edge of their chairs. Glenna has appeared on Good Morning America, the ABC Mike and Maty Show and is a well-known author, appearing in the New York Times bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is also the author of her own bestseller, The Art of the Fresh Start and has authored two devotional books, Heavenly Treasures and More Heavenly Treasures, as well as a book on The Sovereign Grace of God as seen in the Life of Job. Glenna graduated from Northwestern University and holds a Masters Degree from UCLA and a Masters from Fuller Seminary.

    Glennasalsbury.com | ispeak4u@aol.com

  • Participating Agents
    Career Track Committee Member, Freelance Novelist, Agent | Karen Ball

    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 partners with authors through her own business, Karen Ball Editorial Services, LLC, to help them refine their craft, thus delivering their stories as powerfully as possible. Karen is also an agent with The Steve Laube Agency. 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."

    WordServe Literary Agency, Agent | Alice Crider

    Alice Crider began her career in book publishing in 1998 at Cook Communications in Colorado Springs. 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 her life coaching skills with her editorial and publishing experience. She is passionate about empowering authors to realize their dreams.

    Books & Such Literary Agency, President & Agent; MM Track Instructor: Non-fiction | Janet K. Grant

    Janet Kobobel Grant founded Books & Such Literary Management in 1996. The agency consists of five agents who represent more than 275 clients. Janet's clients include numerous best-selling authors and winners of the Gold Medallion, Christy Award, Holt Medallion 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. Janet acquires Adult Fiction & Nonfiction books.

    The Steve Laube Agency, President & Agent | Steve Laube

    Steve Laube, a literary agent and president of the Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry for over 33 years, first as a 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. He later became an agent and has represented nearly 1,000 new books and was named Agent of the Year by ACFW. He was also inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology. His office is in Phoenix, Arizona. www.stevelaube.com

    Books & Such Literary Agency, VP & Agent MM Track Instructor: Non-fiction | Wendy Lawton

    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.

    Leslie H. Stobbe Agency, President & Agent | Les Stobbe

    An active Literary Agent for 19 years, Les Stobbe has been denominational weekly editor, book editor, book club vice-president, journal editor, curriculum managing editor, and president of a book publishing house. He has written newsletters, fundraising letters, Sunday school curriculum, taught journalism at college, wrote journalism lessons for Jerry Jenkins, 14 books and hundreds of magazine articles. His website is www.stobbeliterary.com

  • Critique Team
    Critique Team Chair; freelance author/editor | Kathy Ide

    Kathy Ide has written and ghostwritten fiction, nonfiction books, articles, play and movie scripts, short stories, devotionals, and Sunday school curriculum. Her newest book, Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, is due for release in January 2014. Kathy is a full-time freelance editor/proofreader/mentor for new writers, established authors, and book publishers. She is also the founder, director of The Christan PEN; Proofreaders and Editors Network; and Christian Editor Network. For more, see http://www.KathyIde.com

    Blogging & Social Media Mentor | Laura Christianson

    Laura Christianson helps everyone from pre-published writers to best-selling authors establish a vibrant online presence. Laura owns Blogging Bistro, a Seattle-area digital marketing company; she has authored three books and thousands of articles.

    Freelancer, HS Non-Fiction Mentor | Jan Kern

    As an author, speaker, writer mentor, and life coach, Jan Kern is passionate about story—not only how we live it with hope and intentionality, but also how we write it with craft and finesse. Her non-fiction series for teens and young adults garnered recognition, as an ECPA Gold Medallion finalist. She is currently enjoying new ministry and writing opportunities for women. When Jan isn't writing or coaching, she serves alongside her husband Tom at a residential ministry for at-risk teens.

    Major Morning Mentor: Fiction | Mona Hodgson

    Mona Hodgson is the author of nearly 40 books, including historical romance novels with WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing—her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, and her new Hearts Seeking Home Series. Mona lives in Arizona and speaks at women's retreats, writers' conferences, and schools. Learn more about Mona at www.monahodgson.com and on facebook

    Major Morning Mentor: Fiction | Gayle Roper

    Gayle Roper has authored more than 45 books. She has won a Carol Award, the RITA Award and finaled repeatedly in the Christys. She has won the Holt Medallion three times and twice her titles have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Several writers conferences including Mount Hermon have cited her for her contributions to the training of writers. She has been chair of the MM mentoring program since its inception. Contact info: gayle@gayleroper.com; www.gayleroper.com

    Joe Bentz

    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. He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University. He earned a Ph. D. and M.A. in American Literature from Purdue University. He lives with his wife and two children in Southern California.

    Jeanette Hanscome

    Jeanette Hanscome is the author of four books and over 400 articles, devotionals, and stories. This year her work included stories in Guideposts magazine and Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes and Science Facts. Her newest book, Running with Roselle, was co-written with blind 9/11 survivor and New York Times Bestselling author Michael Hingson. When she isn't writing, Jeanette loves encouraging writers, being a mom to two amazing sons, and taking time with friends.

    Randy Ingermanson

    Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels and the bestselling book Writing Fiction for Dummies. He is known around the world as "the Snowflake Buy" in honor of his wildly popular Snowflake method of designing a novel. Randy has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and yet is somehow able to write fiction that his daughters like. He lives in Washington with his family.

    Christine Tangvald

    Christine Tangvald is the best-selling author of 90+ 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. As a Critique Team members, she brings encouragement and motivation to a whole new level.

    Ginny L. Yttrup

    Ginny L. Yttrup is an award-winning novelist, writing coach, and crafter from northern California. She grew up as a writer under the redwoods of Mount Hermon and loves encouraging new writers.

  • Additional Faculty
    Kim Bangs: Regal Books, Publishing Director

    For 24 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 Publishing Director for Regal Books (the book division of Gospel Light). In 2012 Kim was honored by AWSA as Non-Fiction Editor of the Year. She can be found at several writers’ 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.

    Joyce Dinkins: New Hope Publishers, Managing Editor

    Joyce Dinkins is New Hope Publishers' 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 and editor with major Christian publishers, 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 and husband, Steven, enjoy three adult children, and missions to young and old.

    Lonnie Hull DuPont: Revell/Baker Publishing Group, Executive Editor

    Lonnie Hull DuPont has nearly thirty years’ experience in publishing. She has worked as an editor at Spring Arbor Distributors, Guideposts Books, Thomas Nelson, and Harper San Francisco, and she worked as a freelancer for several years. She currently serves as Executive Editor of Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in Ada, Michigan, acquiring both fiction and non-fiction.

    Sharon Elliott: Gospel Roads Magazine, Editor-in-Chief

    Sharon Norris Elliott is an award-winning author, speaker, and astute Bible teacher. A 19-year veteran faculty member at Mount Hermon, Sharon's delightful teaching ministry and style both informs and encourages writers toward greater success along their writing journey, and inspires all audiences to live significantly. She has come to us for the past 3 years as editor-in-chief of Gospel Roads magazine. Her books change lives and her blog, A Heart for the Word, is enjoyed by readers around the world. Her companies, united under the banner Life that Matters Ministries, all have one aim: to encourage her audiences and readers to launch into lives that matter for God.

    Jesse Florea: Focus on the Family, Editor, Clubhouse/Clubhouse Jr. Magazines

    Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for more than 20 years. For the past 17, he's been the editor of Clubhouse (for boys and girls ages 8-12) and is currently the editorial director for youth publications where he oversees Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. Magazines. He lives with his wife, Stephanie, in Colorado Springs, and enjoys hanging out with his two adult children.

    Rick Hamlin: Guideposts Magazines, Executive Editor

    Rick Hamlin is the Executive Editor of Guideposts, one of the top 20 monthly magazines in America, with a circulation over two million. His newest book is 10 Prayers You Can't Live Without. His memoir, Finding God on the A Train: A Journey into Prayer (HarperCollins), was a Book of the Month Club alternate selection. He and his wife Carol both graduated from Princeton University. They are parents of two boys and are members of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in New York City, where they both sing in the choir.

    Jeanette Hanscome: Freelancer, Critique Team

    Jeanette Hanscome is the author of four books and over 400 articles, devotionals, and stories. This year her work included stories in Guideposts magazine and Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes and Science Facts. Her newest book, Running with Roselle, was co-written with blind 9/11 survivor and New York Times Bestselling author Michael Hingson. When she isn’t writing, Jeanette loves encouraging writers, being a mom to two amazing sons, and taking time for friends.

    Nick Harrison: Harvest House Publishers, Senior Editor

    Nick Harrison is a senior editor at Harvest House Publishers in Eugene, Oregon. He acquires and edits both fiction and non-fiction. His authors include Dr. Tony Evans, Allison Bottke, Gayle Roper, BJ Hoff, Murray Pura, and Jerry Eicher. Nick is author of several books including the recently released Power in the Promises. Nick and his wife, Beverly, are the parents of three grown daughters and grandparents to two boys and two girls.

    Susan King: The Upper Room, Associate Editor

    Susan King, Associate Editor of The Upper Room magazine, 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, serving 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 and husband, Joe, have three grown children and two grandchildren whom Susan babysits after work two days a week.

    Ron Lee: WaterBrook Press; Multnomah Books; Convergent Books (Crown Religious Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House)

    Ron Lee has worked in publishing longer than he cares to mention, starting as a newspaper reporter and feature writer after graduating from the University of Missouri. He also has written for magazines and websites, and has contributed to books and a devotional Bible. Since 2000 he has worked as a senior editor of adult non-fiction, devoting his attention to WaterBrook Press, Multnomah Books, and more recently, Convergent Books. Ron tends to holler at the television during news broadcasts, NFL games, and reality shows on Fox. In his off hours he reads classic crime noir.

    Dean Merrill: Freelance writer/editor

    Dean Merrill was an award-winning magazine editor (Campus Life, Leadership Journal, the Focus on the Family group) before becoming the author of 10 books (Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Church, etc.) and the collaborating author on 35 others (Jim Cymbala's Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, Gracia Burnham's In The Presence of My Enemies, Dr. Wes Stafford's Too Small to Ignore, etc.). He is also the general editor of Tyndale's Every Man's Bible.

    Ken Raney: President, Clash Creative, Inc.

    Ken Raney is president of Clash Creative, Inc., a producer of illustration and graphic design. He also owns Clash Entertainment, Inc. producer of www.clashentertainment.com, an entertainment portal website for Christian teens featuring media news, reviews, and interviews for books, comics, music, movies, careers, and gaming. Raney is the author/illustrator of two children's picture books and has over 35 years of experience in graphic design, illustration, advertising and marketing. He and his wife, novelist Deborah Raney, have four grown children and make their home in Kansas.

    Dave Sheets: President, Christian Writers Guild/Believers Press

    Dave Sheets is a book industry veteran with experience with some of the top publishers and distributors in the CBA. Dave has called on every sales channel during his time with Tyndale House Publishers, Multnomah Publishers, and Harvest House Publishers. In addition to publishing, Dave spent two years as Sr. Vice President of Sales/Marketing for STL Distribution and in 2008 was named as one of Christian Retailing Magazine's 'Top 40 under 40.'

    In 2013, David launched BookPrintOnDemand.com, a full service print-on-demand company. In September , Dave became President of Christian Writers Guild, owned by Jerry B. Jenkins, and merged operations with Believers Press, a ten year old independent publishing company to form publishing services group called 1Source.

    Rick Steele: AMG Publishers, Editor

    Rick Steele is an accomplished writer/editor who has managed the workflow of well over 200 titles for AMG Publishers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Working with both fledgling and experienced authors over the years, Rick has been at the forefront in the production of AMG's growing list of Bible study, devotional, and young adult fiction titles. Since January 2009, Rick has been manager of acquisitions and product development at AMG. Rick, his wife Susan, and son Allen, live near Ringgold, Georgia.

    Sarah Sundin: Freelance Novelist; MM Resource instructor

    Sarah Sundin is the author of five historical novels, including With Every Letter and On Distant Shores (Revell, August 2013). In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school.

    Christine Tangvald: Critique Team; Children's Book Freelancer

    Christine Harder Tangvald is the best-selling author of 90+ picture books in 147 editions in 12 languages, with over 3 1/2 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 and her daughter, Rondi DeBoer, are also columnists for Focus on the Family's Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. Too Fun!

    Gabriele Udell: Beacon Hill Press, Editor for Consumer Product Line

    Gabriele Udell has served in several positions at Beacon Hill, including marketing, administrative, project management, and editorial. She has worked on titles including Angry Birds and Killer Bees: Talking to Your Kids about Sex; Simply Rejoicing: 12 Months with God; Developing a Giving Church; and A Faith of Their Own: An experience Guide for Parents and Preteens. She works exclusively with nonfiction titles. Gabriele graduated with a B.A. in English at Olivet Nazarene University in 1999 and obtained her MBA from the University of Kansas in 2006. She also had the privilege of studying at Oxford University, during which she developed a passion for rugby. Gabriele and her husband Scott reside with their six-year-old son Nate in Olathe, Kansas.

    Jon Woodhams: Associate Editor for fiction, Guidepost Books

    Jon Woodhams has been involved in Christian publishing for more than twenty years, beginning with Dave C. Cook Publishing and its curriculum line before joining Cook's trade book group. He also worked for WaterBrook Multnomah in Colorado Springs before joining Guideposts Books (in 2011) and Inspirational Media as Associate Editor for fiction.

    Ginny Yttrup: Freelancer; Critique Team Member

    Ginny Yttrup is an award-winning novelist, writing coach, and crafter from northern California. She grew up as a writer under the redwoods of Mount Hermon and loves encouraging new writers.

Schedule

Wednesday, April 9
Thursday, April 10
Friday, April 11
Saturday, April 12
Sunday, April 13
Monday, April 14
Tuesday, April 15
  • 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

TEEN: Bootcamp for Young Writers | Caleb & Brittney Breakey

Writers must write—we take this seriously in the Young Writers Bootcamp. We're going to spend our four days together entrenched in bringing scenes and characters to life, engaging in constructive critique, and discovering how to take your prose and career to the next level. We're also going to have a ton of fun. There's no other way at Mount Hermon!

FICTION: The Nuts & Bolts of Fiction Writing | Deborah Raney

In this class, novelist Deborah Raney will help writers become proficient with the basic tools of the fiction writer. Every craft has its tools of the trade, intended to make the job of the craftsman easier and more efficient. When the novelist has mastered the basic writing tools, he is freed to venture out and become more creative and unique with his craft. Keying on characterization, dialogue, pacing, word choice, and other foundational elements of fiction writing, this class will equip newer writers to hone their personal style and discover their unique writing voice.

NON-FICTION: How Do I Get My Non-Fiction Book Published—From Contract to Launch Party | Wendy Lawton & Janet Grant

From the first sprout of your book idea to the finished product, multiple intricate steps must be taken. Two agents, who have been through the process hundreds of times with their clients, dish on the publishing industry and how it works; finding the right focus for your manuscript; what makes a query winsome; the elements of a proposal and how they apply to your manuscript; pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing; how you can build your platform; and the process of getting published—from the contract through the launch party.

NEW! PERSONAL STORIES: Chasing Your Own Tale—How to Tell It, How to Sell It | Kay Marshall Strom

You have lived through so much! And the lessons you learned can benefit so many others. Yet when you sit down with an editor, you hear, "Personal experience? Sorry, I'm not looking at those." Well, we are! Bring your story and join us as we learn to write and present the tales closest to our hearts through an editor's viewpoint: compelling, focused, relevant, framing universal truths. We will also consider various publishing venues—blogs, devotions, articles, and more. In this "hands-on" track, you can try out new approaches and receive valuable feedback. Bonus: What you write here can provide you with valuable planks for your writing platform.

ARTICLES: Building Your Platform, One Article at a Time | Holly Miller

Learn to reach beyond the pews and build your platform as a published writer with feature and magazine articles. Track sessions will cover what's hot and what's not; the art of strong beginnings and satisfying endings; turning the personal experience into publishable stories; marketing tips; self-editing; testing the waters before taking the plunge into book writing.

NEW! Refresh, Reboot & Refocus Your Writing Adventure | Marci Seither & Lisa Bogart

Have you had some success as a writer but it was short lived? Has your momentum disappeared? Are you trying to move on from one or two published books and wondering what to do next? Life happens, sometimes causing us to lose our footing. The publishing industry has changed. Maybe you aren't sure where you fit anymore. This track is for you. Our focus is on authors who need to get back-on-track in their writing adventure. With a packed schedule that includes brainstorming, guest speakers and great resources, we'll give you the nudge you need to get moving forward.

AUTHOR MARKETING; Branding, Pitches, Websites, Social Media & Beyond | Michael K. Reynolds

You may not realize this, but as a writer you already have most of the specialized talents required for breakout marketing. All you need is a proper mindset, encouragement and the insider secrets of the pros. In this comprehensive overview we'll explore all aspects of a writer's marketing toolkit including websites, social media, branding and beyond. You'll soon be on your way to building a writer's platform and marketing strategy that will have editors and agents standing and applauding in amazement.

Awakening the Writers Heart to God's Deeper Calling | Allen Arnold

You can't write a better story than you are living. Yet so many Christian writers are weary, disheartened or consumed with striving to make something happen with their book. What would it look like to not just write about God but to actually write—and walk—in this gifting with Him? Combining 20 years of publishing experience at Thomas Nelson with his personal ministry to go after the hearts of writers, Allen reveals the deeper, truer calling for writers and the "spiritual manna" that can awaken and restore your heart. This is your invitation to a journey that will forever change how you see the stories you're writing…and living.

Major Mentoring Tracks

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 TBD. 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

Major Morning Mentor: Fiction | Gayle Roper

Gayle Roper has authored more than 45 books. She has won a Carol Award, the RITA Award and finaled repeatedly in the Christys. She has won the Holt Medallion three times and twice her titles have won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Several writers conferences including Mount Hermon have cited her for her contributions to the training of writers. She has been chair of the MM mentoring program since its inception. Contact info: gayle@gayleroper.com; www.gayleroper.com

Major Morning Mentor: Fiction | Jeff Gerke

Jeff Gerke trains novelists how to better do what it is they're trying to do. He trains through his three books for Writer's Digest: Plot Versus Character, The First 50 Pages, and Write Your Novel in a Month. He trains through his online video training program called FictionAcademy.com, a part of BestsellerSociety.com. He trains through the many writers conferences he teaches at all over the country every year. And he trains through the freelance editing he does for his clients. Jeff is the founder of Marcher Lord Press, the premier publisher of Christian speculative fiction. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and three children

Major Morning Mentor: Fiction | James Scott Bell

James Scott Bell is the author of the #1 bestseller for writers, Plot & Structure, and numerous thrillers, including Don't Leave Me, Try Dying, and Watch Your Back. He is a winner of the Christy Award, and his novella One More Lie was the first self-published work to be nominated for an International Thriller Writers Award. He served as the fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine and has written highly popular craft books for Writer’s Digest Books, including: Revision & Self-Editing for Publication, The Art of War for Writers, and Conflict & Suspense.

Major Morning Mentor: Fiction | Mona Hodgson

Mona Hodgson is the author of nearly 40 books, including historical romance novels with WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing—her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series, The Quilted Heart novellas, and her new Hearts Seeking Home Series. Mona lives in Arizona and speaks at women's retreats, writers' conferences, and schools. Learn more about Mona at www.monahodgson.com and on facebook.

Major Morning Mentor: Non-Fiction | Karen O'Connor

Karen O'Connor is an award-winning author of 75+ books for children and adults and a writing mentor for the Christian Writers Guild. Karen received the Special Recognition Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in 2002. In 2004 she accepted the International Reading Association Award for her article in Highlights magazine on Kurdish refugees.

Major Morning Mentor: Non-Fiction | Joe Bentz

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 books include Pieces of Heaven: Recognizing the Presence of God (Beacon Hill Press, 2012), and six chapters in a curriculum series called Named (WordAction, 2013). He is currently at work on his ninth book. Bentz is a frequent speaker at writers conferences, churches, 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, www.josephbentz.com. His blog, Life of the Mind and Soul, also appears at that site.

Career Track

Career Track Committee Member, Freelance Novelist, Agent | Karen Ball

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 partners with authors through her own business, Karen Ball Editorial Services, LLC, to help them refine their craft, thus delivering their stories as powerfully as possible. Karen is also an agent with The Steve Laube Agency. 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."

Career Track Facilitator, Freelance Novelist | Angela Hunt

With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the best-selling author of The Tale of Three Trees, Don't Bet Against Me, with Deanna Favre, The Note and The Nativity Story. Hunt began her writing career in 1983 and published her first book in 1988. Since then, she has written over one hundred books in fiction and nonfiction, for children and adults. Eight of her novels have won Angel Awards from Excellence in Media. In 2006, Angela completed her Mastor of Biblical Studies in Theology degree and in 2008 her doctorate in the same field. She is currently working on her Th.D. She and her husband make their home in Florida.

Randy Ingermanson

Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels and the bestselling book Writing Fiction for Dummies. He is known around the world as "the Snowflake Buy" in honor of his wildly popular Snowflake method of designing a novel. Randy has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and yet is somehow able to write fiction that his daughters like. He lives in Washington with his family.

Career Track Committee Member, Freelance Novelist | James L. Rubart

James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of Rooms, Book of Days, The Chair, Soul's Gate, and Memory's Door. During the day he runs Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm. In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn't sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he's young enough to water ski like a madman.

Career Track Committee Member, Mick Silva Editing | Mick Silva

A former acquisitions and developmental editor for Focus on the Family and WaterBrook Press (the Christian imprint of Random House), for 13 years Mick Silva has coached authors through traditional and independent publishing, offering one-of-a-kind editorial feedback to inspire books of uncommon depth and artistry. He has edited many bestselling books including One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, and How We Love by Milan and Kay Yerkovich. As founder of the prayerful community YourWritersGroup.com He guides writers seeking God through their own creative process. Mick lives with his artist wife and two musical daughters in Portland, Oregon.

Career Track Committee Member, Freelance Writer | Sally E. Stuart

Sally E. Stuart, Tigard OR, founded and edited the annual Christian Writers' Market Guide for 26 years. She has been a freelance writer for over 45 years, and is the author of another dozen books. Sally has spoken at conferences across the country for over 35 years, and is the recipient of numerous writing awards, including the AWSA Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award. She and her husband, Norm have 3 adult children, and 8 grandchildren.

Leadership Team: Sally Stuart, James Rubart, Karen Ball

Are you a Career Writer of fiction, nonfiction, or both? Are you wishing you had help navigating the changing tides of publishing? Do the increasing opportunities—and hazards—feel overwhelming at times? This year’s Career Track will feature daily focuses geared to educate, equip, and encourage published authors through teaching from experienced professionals. In addition, you’ll have time to dialogue with your fellow published authors and to put what you learn into practice. So come join us for the 2014 Mount Hermon Career Track!

Career Track Schedule

Friday, 4:30-5:45 | Meet & Greet

Come kick off the 2014 Career Track as the conference keynote speaker, the talented Glenna Salsbury, shares wisdom and insights only those in the Career Track will hear!

Saturday, 1:45-5:30 | To Hybrid, or Not to Hybrid: THAT is the question

Never before have there been so many opportunities—or hazards—in publishing. Many authors see the appeal in becoming a hybrid: doing both Indie and traditional publishing. So should you jump into the hybrid waters? If so, how can you maximize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls? Come explore all that and more!

First, we’ll take a look at The View from the Author’s Desk with Angela Hunt and Randy Ingermanson, who are experienced in traditional and indie publishing. In this interactive session, they’ll share what they’ve learned—the good and the bad and the who-would-have-guessed?

Then we’ll consider The View from the Publisher’s Desk. Ever wondered what editors and publishers think of their authors doing Indie publishing? Are they upset by it? Enthusiastic? Will going the hybrid route endanger your relationship with your publisher? Enhance it? Come get your answers from the editors themselves!

Sunday, 1:45-5:30 | Make Marketing Work for You!

It’s a simple fact of the writing life: we have to know how to market our books. The days of leaving marketing to the publishers are long gone. How do you know what to focus your marketing energies on, and what NOT to waste time with? And is there a way to figure what really works and what doesn’t? Industry pros, James Rubart and Randy Ingermanson, are ready to answer those questions! And they’ll cover the 12 Essential Elements of Effective Marketing for both fiction and nonfiction. Join us for these informative, empowering sessions!

Monday, 1:45-5:30 | It’s All about Craft

Our sessions today will focus on refining your craft as a writer. Teachers Angie Hunt (fiction) and Mick Silva (nonfiction) will take you through workshops and discussions geared to refine your skills and spark creativity. We’ll end the day with intensive, hands-on sessions where you will apply what we’ve discussed to your current work in progress. So bring your computers, your WIP, and your willingness to dialogue and dig in!

Details and 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 an application (will be posted soon) to be a part of the Career Track.
The focus of the Career Track is career development.

Criteria:

• Must be registered for the 2014 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 the deadline 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.

Download the Application
Fill out the application and Email to Sally Stuart at Stuartcwmg@aol.com by March 11th.

Head Start

The purpose of Head Start:

to give each participant a 'head start' on the basics of professional writing and insight into the publishing world.

 

What to expect:

Students will receive instruction, feedback on their submitted writing samples, interchange with others in the group, personal one-on-one time with their mentor, and an opportunity to offer comments and ask questions.

 

Head Start Mentoring Tracks

Basics of Fiction: (Group limited to six participants.)

Send a scene between two people, including dialogue. And if you're working on a novel, let us know the title, intended audience, and something about the plot and characters so we can get a 'feel' for what you want to accomplish. Mentors: Susan Meissner and Lauraine Snelling

Basics of Nonfiction: (Group limited to six participants.)

Send a short “how-to” or personal experience article or essay that you've already written. Or write something new for this purpose. If you're working on a nonfiction book, send five pages as a sample and be sure to state the title and the purpose of the book and the audience you hope to reach. Mentors: Jan Kern and Karen O'Connor

Jumpstart Your Writing Career Through Blogging and Social Networking: (Group limited to ten participants.)

Send two or three blog articles of 250-500 words each (articles you’ve already written or new ones). Write in a conversational tone and give each article a title. Your articles should relate to the same general theme such as relationships, health, business, spiritual growth, overcoming obstacles, purposeful living . . . Write about your passion. Then list the theme you're considering for your blog, the group of people you want to reach, and the benefits your blog will offer those readers. Mentor: Laura Christianson

Head Start Mentors

Chairman, Non-Fiction Mentor | Karen O’Connor

Karen O'Connor is an award-winning author of 75+ books for children and adults and a writing mentor for the Christian Writers Guild. Karen received the Special Recognition Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in 2002. In 2004 she accepted the International Reading Association Award for her article in Highlights magazine on Kurdish refugees.

Freelancer, HS Non-Fiction Mentor | Jan Kern

As an author, speaker, writer mentor, and life coach, Jan Kern is passionate about story—not only how we live it with hope and intentionality, but also how we write it with craft and finesse. Her non-fiction series for teens and young adults garnered recognition, as an ECPA Gold Medallion finalist. She is currently enjoying new ministry and writing opportunities for women. When Jan isn't writing or coaching, she serves alongside her husband Tom at a residential ministry for at-risk teens.

Freelancer, HS Fiction Mentor | Susan Meissner

Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Novels of 2008 and the ECPA's novel of the year in 2009. She is a pastor's wife and a mother of four young adults. When she's not writing, Susan writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church. Visit Susan at her website: www.susanmeissner.com on Twitter at @SusanMeissner or on Facebook.

Freelancer, HS Fiction Mentor | Lauraine Snelling

Lauraine Snelling has more than two million books in print. Writing about real issues within a compelling story is a hallmark of Lauraine's style, shown in her contemporary romances and women's fiction which probe issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence and cancer. She has over 70 books published. Helping others reach their writing dream is the reason Lauraine teaches at writer's conferences across the country. Lauraine and husband Wayne have two grown sons and a Basset Hound named Winston.

Blogging & Social Media Mentor | Laura Christianson

Laura Christianson helps everyone from pre-published writers to best-selling authors establish a vibrant online presence. Laura owns Blogging Bistro, a Seattle-area digital marketing company; she has authored three books and thousands of articles.

Head Start Details & Requirements

April 9–11, 2014


Entrance in to the Head Start is by application only. Space is limited.
Application Deadline: Friday, March 28, 2014.

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 2014 – YOUR NAME.
  • In the Body: Name & Contact information, including your e-mail address
  • Your purpose/goal for being in the Head Start Clinic
  • Your sample writing according to your choice of fiction, nonfiction, or blogging, as described above under Head Start Mentoring Tracks.
Acceptance:

Karen will respond to you and place you in a group with a mentor appropriate to your genre of writing interest. That mentor will work directly with you to prepare you for the conference and put you in touch with all the others in your group. The mentors will be in charge of how they organize the group critiquing as well as the one-on-one time with each of their students. 

FAQ's

Free Pre-Conference Critiques
Meal Service
CDs & MP3s Available
Digital Conference Binder
Book Sales
What to Bring
Travel
Extra Night Option
Free Early Arrival Workshop
Annual Awards
Head Start Pre-Conference Track
Forms


  • (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 21, 2015, or received at Mount Hermon at the latest Tuesday, March 24. Check Guidelines for the explanation of proper formatting.

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

  • 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 Chelsea Ching in Registration (Chelsea.ching@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 2015.
    Check the website for the order form after May 1.

  • 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 1:30–5:00pm, Wednesday, March 25. Dinner marks the beginning of the mentoring clinic.
    • 2. Early Arrivals shuttles run 11:30–5:00pm, Thursday, March 26. Dinner available, and breakfast on Friday.
    • 3. Writers Conference shuttles run between 8:00 and 11:30am on Friday, March 27 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 25 at the latest. See FORMS section. Due to high prices of gas, cost this year is $75.00 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 27, please think about renting a car for the week.

    Departure The conference ends after lunch Tuesday, March 31, with airport shuttle service beginning at 1:15pm. Please plan any flight departure for 3:00pm 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 27, 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 $98. 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 a highly recommended, optional workshop, “Navigating Mount Hermon, A GPS For Every Aspect of the Conference.” It will be taught by Allen Arnold, Director of Content & Resources for Ransomed Heart Ministries, & 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, 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.

  • Head Start Pre-Conference Track is designed to give writers a concentrated and personal head start on the conference with an industry professional in a mentoring setting. We'll have mentoring groups for fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and those needing help with blogging and social media as means to build their platform as a writer. Head Start Pre-Conference Track is especially helpful to those who are new to writing for publication and the writers' conference environment, but can also provide a boost to anyone who needs a jump start in skill, direction, or inspiration.

  • Various forms will be listed here as they become available.

    Airport Shuttle Request Form

Pricing

Housing Descriptions

Lodges
  • 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.
Registering a Group?

If you are looking to bring a group of 10 or more, save $75 per person, please call 888.642.2677 for group registration.

Camperships

Please do not let finances get in the way of a Mount Hermon experience. Through the generosity of many, a partial grant from the Campership Fund may be just the gift you need to make it possible for you to attend camp. For more information and an application, please contact our friendly Registration staff.

2014 Head Start Mentoring Clinic Rates

 DeluxeStandardEconomyNo HousingSingle Occupancy Surcharge
Stand Alone Clinic $563 $501 $432 $385 $220
Attached to Writers $402 $340 $270 $224 $220

 

2014 Christian Writers Conference Rates

 DeluxeStandardEconomyNo Housing  
Adult
Single Occupancy
$1597 $1477 $1337 $806  
Adult
Double Occupancy
$1159 $1037 $897  
Adult
Triple Occupancy
$1037 $897 n/a  
Teen Track
Double Occupancy
    $749 $658  

Early Bird Discount Register by February 1st and receive $75 OFF!

Forms

Registration Letters
Head Start Registration Letter
Registration Letter

Digital Conference Binder

Frequently Asked Questions
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Guidelines for Manuscript Transmittal

Pre-Conference Manuscript Transmittal Form

Guidelines for Preparing and Sending manuscripts

Book Proposal Guidelines

Blank Consignment Form

Guidelines for Consigning Books

Career Track Application

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.

Workshop Schedule Revised 03/20/14

Afternoon Workshop Descriptions

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