Christian Writers Conference


Launch and Develop Your Writing Career at Mount Hermon

April 12-16, 2019

Pre-conference Mentoring Clinics:
April 10-12

Join us in 2019 for our Golden Anniversary: 50 years!

You have a passion to write words that will touch hearts and maybe even change lives. That passion comes from the Lord. He has called you to write because He knows there are people who will need to read what He has put on your heart to write.

What divine appointments might God have for you at Mount Hermon?

Mount Hermon provides a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for writers at every skill level, from not-yet-published to multi-published, and offers help to writers in a wide span of genres and in every phase of a writer's career.

  • Small-Group Mentoring Clinics
  • Major Morning Tracks
  • Afternoon Workshops
  • Night Owl Sessions
  • Free Manuscript Reviews
  • Individual Appointments with Agents and Editors
  • Consultations with our Professional Critique Team
  • Fun Recreation Options
  • Ecumenical Palm Sunday worship service

Meet fellow writers, agents, and editors!

Whether you desire to publish the traditional way with a royalty publisher or you intend to go the indie publishing route, you'll find industry professionals who can instruct, direct, and encourage you.

First-Timers Contest 

If you’ve never attended the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, here’s your opportunity to be part of a blessed and amazing week. Enter the First-Timers Contest for a chance to win a full scholarship, including economy lodging and conference meals. No fee to enter. Click here for details.

Invest in your future as a writer

  • Connect

  • Learn

  • Grow

Mount Hermon has provided inspiration, encouragement, direction, refreshment, training, and unique networking opportunities for countless writers over the years. Numerous key business relationships have been formed here, along with longtime friendships among kindred spirits. Come to receive whatever special blessings God has for you at this juncture of your writing journey.

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Here are a few comments from last year's attendees: 

  • "Mount Hermon is an amazing place to learn the craft of writing and connect with other writers in beautiful surroundings. Mount Hermon feels warm, like family."

  • "Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference is a place bathed in God’s presence. From practical advice to long-term friendships, there is no limit to the opportunities here to grow in craft and as writers."

  • "Mount Hermon is a very special place and the writers conference is like a breath of fresh air. People are so friendly and helpful, and if you listen you will hear God speak."

Keynote Speakers

Phil Callaway

Phil Callaway

Phil Callawayis an award-winning author and speaker, known worldwide for his humorous yet perceptive look at life. He’s the best-selling author of 25 books, including Laughing Matters, I Used to Have Answers…Now I Have Kids,Making Life Rich Without Any Money, and Family Squeeze. He hosts the daily radio program Laugh Again, which is broadcast across North America, the UK, and English-speaking Africa. Phil’s writings have been translated into Polish, Chinese, Spanish, German, Dutch, Indonesian, and English (one of which he speaks fluently!) 

Phil’s humorous stories on family life have been featured in hundreds of magazines worldwide. But he insists that his greatest achievement was convincing his wife to marry him.

Brandilyn Collins

Brandilyn Collins

Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling and award-winning author of more than 30 books. She is best known for her Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense novels with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. Her nonfiction title, Getting into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors, is a popular and effective teaching book on the craft of fiction. 

Brandilyn has long been a favorite of the Mount Hermon writers conference. In 2002 she won the Mount Hermon Writer of the Year award. She was last on faculty in 2013.

Bill Myers

Bill Myers

Writer/director Bill Myers's work has won more than 70 national and international awards, including the C. S. Lewis Honor Award. He’s sold more than 8 million books and videos, including McGee and Me, Imager Chronicles series, Eli, and his latest nonfiction, The Jesus Experience: Journey Deeper into the Heart of God. His  film company, Amaris Media, is in development with multiple projects. Find out more at

Bill first taught at Mount Herman in the late 1980s, when he and Robin Jones Gunn were rambunctious newbies having food fights in the cafeteria. (He says biscuits fly the best.)

Kay Marshall Strom

Kay Marshall Strom

Kay Marshall Strom is the author of forty-two books. Her writing credits also include numerous magazine articles, newspaper op eds, and devotionals. She wrote for two TV series (Murder She Wrote and The Equalizer). She contributed to various devotional Bibles as well as The Bible for Today’s Christian Woman. She has written curriculum for children’s Sunday school, children’s church, and VBS. Much of her most recent writing concerns social issues, both at home and globally. She has ghostwritten twelve books, including for Beverly La Hay and the Minirth/Meier Clinic, and one cowritten with Joni Eareckson Tada.

Kay has been on faculty with Mount Hermon for as long as anyone can remember! She is our Critique Team Coordinator. We are delighted to have her keynoting for us.

Conference Hosts

  • Kathy Ide

    Kathy Ide
    Conference Director, Author and Freelance Editor

  • Jeremy Bentley

    Jeremy Bentley
    Mount Hermon Vice President of Programs

  • Dave Talbott

    David Talbott
    Worship Leader, co-emcee

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