Posts By: Susan Stewart

Christy Award Finalists Announced

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Hear ye! Hear ye! (sound of trumpets) The announcement of … (more trumpets) Each fall many Christian authors wait for the announcement of The Christy Award finalists. This year’s announcement made September 19 can be viewed at https://www.christyawards.com/finalists-winners.html. Nearly thirty Christian fiction books in nine categories are selected as finalists. The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association […]

How To Be An Expert

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by Cheri Cowell Do you consider yourself an expert? As speakers and writers, like it or not, we are seen as experts. Wearing the expert mantle takes some getting used to, but if we want to carry the message that’s been placed in our hearts into a world full of “experts” on just about everything, we […]

How to Guarantee Rejection of Your Guest Post Pitch

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six ways to guarantee your guest blogging pitch gets rejected

by Laura Christianson This article was originally published at BloggingBistro.com. Re-printed with permission. Here is the actual, unretouched text of a guest blogging pitch I received: Dear Admin, I have seen your blog http://www.bloggingbistro.com/. I must appreciate your effort to maintaining such a good blog. As a professional writer and a web designer I found […]

What You Need to Know about the GDPR

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by Katie Hornor In a modern digital world that is constantly changing, it’s important that we as Christians “walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 4:15-16). To that end, I want to make you aware of something that could affect Christian writers, bloggers, and business […]

Get Ready for That Appointment

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by Susan K. Stewart I remember my first appointment with an editor at a writers’ conference. I thought I had really blown it … well, alright, I did blow it. I was late. I wrote down the wrong time. The very gracious editor took a few minutes with me when he had a free moment […]

Writing on the Deepest Places

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by Kelly Harrel Last year I had the honor of teaching for the first time at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. One of the workshops I led was “Writing in the Deep Places.” I felt I had much to contribute to this topic since through the years I have battled with physical pain, depression, even […]

A Writers Conference with More

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Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference is one of the premier conferences in the United States. It offers a wide variety of opportunities for all writers, no matter level of experience or genre. It is one of the few conferences that also has a variety of other chances for fellowship, worship, and recreation. Night Owls Friday, […]

Pre-Conference Manuscript Submission Opportunity

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

Morning Mentoring Clinics and More

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Unlike other writers’ conferences, the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference offers many options for attendees to choose from. One option is the Morning Mentoring Clinics. (Deadline for application is tomorrow, March 1.) The clinics are designed for writers who have some writing and publishing experience. The goal is to give fiction and nonfiction writers concentrated […]

Dream Bigger Dreams

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by Allen Arnold The world can be hard on our dreams. What once seemed so likely, now feels partial at best. Our best -laid plans laid to rest, sacrificed for other more pressing needs. It feels like such loss. Not just a loss of our dreams, but also of hope and heart. I mentor a […]

Fantasy, Sci-fi, Spec Fiction … Huh?

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by Lindsey Franklin I tell people Mount Hermon is my home conference. It’s not an exaggeration to say Mount Hermon helped launch my career. I met my agent, many of my editing clients, several critique partners/heart friends, and both of the editors with whom I would go on to contract a total of six books […]

Be Bold—Take a Boost Clinic!

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by Jan Kern Pre-Conference Boost Clinic Coordinator You’ve probably already noticed; the 2018 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference’s theme this year is “BOLD.” That’s fitting. The conference days are packed with opportunities to be bold in moving further into the passion you have to write words that make a difference and change lives. One of […]

I Don’t Belong Here

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by Christy Hoss The closer I got to Mount Hermon driving up Conference Drive, the tighter the knots in my stomach became. My foot left the accelerator long enough to slow down my anxious thoughts. “What am I doing? I don’t belong here. I’m not a professional writer.” I’ll be an inkwell and parchment trying […]

Giving Place to Teens

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by Shannon Dittemore Why do we tell stories? Why does it matter? And what does success truly look like? Young people are telling stories and they want to do it well. If you are one of those courageous young people, Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference has created a weekend track just for you. Authors Jill […]

Let God Pick Your Roommate

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Interested in attending the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference? Need to go with “shared economy lodging”? Don’t know anyone to room with? Our Registration Team matches conferees who don’t indicate a roommate preference, based on time zone, age range, and a lot of prayers. Here’s what some of our past conferees have said about their experiences […]

Meet Keynote Speaker Allen Arnold

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Allen Arnold is the author of The Story of With, an allegory about creativity that fuses together elements of identity, imagination, intimacy as we pursue creative fellowship with God and fellow bohemians. He knows first-hand how common it is for writers to become disheartened, isolated, and overwhelmed—as well as the freedom that comes by making the “shift […]

Why Is This Taking So Long?

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by Janet Hanscome I knew I should be happy for my roommate, but when she shared her exciting news—“I have an agent”—tears came almost immediately. I’d been attending the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference for seventeen years and still didn’t have an agent, despite writing three work-for-hire books with Focus on the Family. Eight years […]

Say Something Nice

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Large writers’ conferences can be encouraging and discouraging at the same time. For some writers, disappointment comes during a much-anticipated appointment or not getting the most desired appointment or a manuscript critique. Keynote speaker, Liz Curtis Higgs, gives us advice to encourage others from her book It’s Good to Be Queen: Becoming as Bold, Gracious, […]

Attendee Learns from Informal Conversations

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“I sensed that God was telling me to write a book. I thought it was a crazy idea. I didn’t have anything to say, or so I thought. In retrospect, I realized that I wrote the book before I knew anything about the craft of writing. I wondered why God didn’t tell me to learn […]

Something New at the Writers Conference

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The Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference has been a premiere conference for years. One of the reasons is the organizers constantly look for ways to meet the needs of the attendees. The 2018 conference is no different. The upcoming conference will introduce new Major Morning Tracks courses to help all writers. Major Morning Tracks provide instructions and […]

First-Timers Contest Open

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by Susan K. Stewart I pulled my suitcase from the carousel, turned, and looked for the sign to direct me to the shuttle. I may have looked like any other traveler. Or maybe I didn’t. I’m sure what I felt inside showed on my face. “I’m almost there!” A forty-five-minute drive is all that was […]

Christy Awards Gala Upcoming

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Upon hearing the news that her short novel Restoring Christmas is a 2017 Christy award finalist, Cynthia Ruchti raised her face to the sky, clasped her hands to her heart, and said, “I can explain hard work. I can explain that God gives the gift of storytelling. But I cannot…ever…explain the outrageous favor of God.” […]

Seven Months and Counting

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Only seven months. That’s right. Only seven months until 2018 Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference. We’re busy getting ready for you. The main conference will be March 23 through 27, 2018 with the Pre-Conference Next Level Clinic, March 21 to 23. Liz Curtis Higgs is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Liz is the author of […]