Christian Writers Conference

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Launch and Develop Your Writing Career at Mount Hermon

March 23–27, 2018

March 21–23, 2018 Pre-Conference Boost Clinics
March 23–27, 2018 Main Conference

"Since we have such a hope, we are very bold" –2 Corinthians 3:12 (ESV)

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.

Since you have such a hope, you can be BOLD in honing your writing craft, connecting with other writers, networking with industry professionals, and taking the next step on whatever journey God has in mind for you. And at Mount Hermon, you can do all that in a beautiful retreat setting nestled among the California redwoods.

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.


New for 2018


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.

Register today!


Join us at Mount Hermon…

March 21–23, 2018 for the Pre-Conference Next Level Clinics
March 23–27, 2018 for the Main Conference
March 21–27, 2018 for the Pre-Conference Clinic and the Main Conference


Keynote Speaker

Liz Curtis Higgs

Liz Curtis Higgs

Liz Curtis Higgs has one goal: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon. Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly funny. Liz is the author of 37 books, with 4.6 million copies in print, including her latest, The Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene. In her best-selling Bad Girls of the Bible series, Liz breathes new life into ancient tales about the most famous women in scriptural history. Liz’s award-winning Scottish historical novels, Here Burns My Candle and Mine Is the Night, transport the stories of Rebekah, Rachel, Ruth, and others to eighteenth-century Scotland, inviting readers to view biblical characters in a new light. Louisville, Kentucky, is home for Liz, her husband, Bill, and their grown children, Matt, Lilly, and daughter-in-law, Beth. Liz admits she’s a lame housekeeper, a marginal cook, and a mediocre gardener, but home is her favorite place to land. Follow her monthly Bible study at LizCurtisHiggs.com/blog.


Plenary Speaker

Allen Arnold

Allen Arnold

Allen Arnold is the author of The Story of With, an allegory about creativity that fuses together elements of identity, imagination, intimacy, and 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 to with" into truer identity and calling. As the founding Fiction Publisher for Thomas Nelson, Allen oversaw the development of more than five hundred novels that spanned every genre. He now oversees content at Ransomed Heart, a ministry in the mountains of Colorado founded by John Eldredge, the New York Times best-selling author of Wild at Heart. His favorite way to spend the day is with his family—in whatever that day's adventure may hold. He loves blue oceans, black coffee, hot salsa, and big ideas.


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

  • Murphy Felton

    Murphy Felton
    Special Features Facilitator

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