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Take a look at the remarkable faculty from the 2017 Mount Hermon Christian Writers' Conference!

Keynote Speakers

Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson

markbatterson.com

New York Times Best-Selling Author 

Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. One church with eight locations, NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations and meets in theaters throughout the DC metro area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times best-selling author of several books, including The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, If, and Chase the Lion. Mark is married to Lora and they live on Capitol Hill with their three children: Parker, Summer, and Josiah.

Monday Night Keynote Speaker

Stacy Hawkins Adams

Stacy Hawkins Adams

stacyhawkinsadams.com

Stacy Hawkins Adams is an award-winning author, journalist, and book coach who weaves tales in the fiction and nonfiction genres while simultaneously helping readers be confident in their own stories. She has penned nine faith-based novels featuring themes of personal growth, social justice and unconditional love, and one nonfiction devotional book. She also serves as the parenting columnist for the daily newspaper in Richmond, Va. (The Richmond Times-Dispatch) and blogs on social justice and women’s empowerment issues for the Huffington Post.

Pre-Conference Next Level Clinic Faculty

Crystal Bowman

Crystal Bowman  |  Mentor, Children’s Books and Magazines Clinic  |  crystalbowman.com

Crystal Bowman is a best-selling and award-winning author of more than one hundred books for children including The One Year Book of Devotions for Preschoolers, Our Daily Bread for Kids, and My Mama and Me. She has written many I Can Read! books, as well as stories for Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. She is a mentor and speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), and also speaks at churches, schools, and writers’ conferences. Crystal is a mother and grandmother and lives with her husband in Florida.

Bill Giovanetti

Bill Giovannetti  |  Mentor, Nonfiction Clinic |  billgiovannetti.com

Dr. William Giovannetti has authored four books on Christian living and apologetics along with hundreds of articles and devotionals. He is also a regular contributor to Daily Guideposts, a best-selling daily devotional. Bill serves as the senior pastor of Neighborhood Church, with 2,500 attendees each week. He also teaches at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and Simpson University.

Jan Kern

Jan Kern  |  Mentor, Nonfiction Clinic  |  jankern.com

As an author, speaker, and life coach, Jan Kern is passionate about story—both how we live it with hope and intentionality and how we write it with craft and finesse. Her nonfiction series for teens/young adults garnered ECPA Gold Medallion and Retailers Choice finalist awards. Currently, she is 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.

Kathi Lipp

Kathi Lipp  |  Mentor, Platform Clinic  |  kathilipp.com

Kathi Lipp is a national speaker and the author of more than a dozen books including The Husband Project, Cure for the Perfect Life and Clutter Free with Revel, Focus on the Family, and Harvest House Publishers. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV and has been named Focus on the Family radio’s “Best of Broadcast” and is the host of the popular podcast You’ve Got This with Kathi Lipp.

Tim Shoemaker

Tim Shoemaker  |  Mentor, Fiction Clinic  |  timshoemakersmashedtomatoes.com

Tim Shoemaker is the author of eleven books and is a popular speaker at conferences around the country. Code of Silence, the first in his middle-grade series, was listed by Booklist in the “Top Ten Crime Novels for Youth.” Tim has a passionate style of teaching that makes the mentoring enjoyable and helps make even difficult topics clear.  If you want to strengthen your fiction, Tim will show you how to do it. Happily married for over thirty-five years, Tim has three grown sons and continues to do volunteer youth work.

Lori Freeland

Lori Freeland  |  Mentor, Fiction Clinic 

Author, editor, and writing coach Lori Freeland is an encourager who believes everyone has a story worth telling. She has presented at multiple writing workshops—including the North Texas Christian Writers Conference, the Orange County Christian Writers' Conference, Romance Writers of America's national conference, and several week-long mentoring tracks at the West Texas Writers’ Academy. Lori is a former editor for The Christian Pulse, an RWA Golden Heart® Finalist, and a regular contributor to Crosswalk.com. She has published a novella and has contributed to numerous devotionals and anthologies. lafreeland.com

Major Morning Track Faculty

Susanna Aughtmon

 Susanna Aughtmon  | Author of Humorous Fiction

Susanna Foth Aughtmon is an inspirational author and collaborative writer who loves to laugh and talk about Jesus. She frequently speaks at women’s conferences and moms groups about hope and authentic living. Susanna has written several humorous nonfiction books including All I Need is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans, I Blame Eve, and Expectant Blessings. She has coauthored several books including Need You Now by music artist Plumb. Susanna writes for Guideposts Mornings with Jesus devotional and blogs regularly at www.tiredsupergirl.com.

Mary DeMuth

 Mary DeMuth  | Freelance Writer, CEO BookLaunchMentor.com

Mary DeMuth is the author of thirty-one books, including her latest: Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love Makes You Worthy. She has spoken around the world about God’s ability to re-story a life. She’s been on the 700 Club, spoken in Munich, Cape Town, and Monte Carlo, and planted a church with her family in southern France. Her best work? Being a mom to three amazing young adults and the wife of nearly 25 years to Patrick. She makes her home in Dallas alongside her husband and two dueling cats. 

Rene Gutteridge

 Rene Gutteridge  | Novelist and Screenwriter

Rene Gutteridge is the award-winning and best-selling author of twenty-four multi-genre novels and is a seasoned collaborator in both fiction and film. She has novelized six screenplays and movies, including Old Fashioned, with writer/director Rik Swartzwelder. Her romantic comedy with screenwriter Cheryl McKay, Never the Bride, won the Carol Award in 2010 for Best Women’s Fiction. She was the winner of the 2015 Pacesetter Award. Rene's indie film, the comedy SKID, was deadCenter Film Festival’s Best Oklahoma Feature Film Winner in 2015 and also won Best Oklahoma Feature at Red Dirt and Trail Dance. She is a creative consultant on Boo, a script based on her beloved novel series, which is in development at Sodium 11 Entertainment with Andrea Nasfell (Moms’ Night Out) as screenwriter. Her novel My Life as a Doormat was adapted into a Hallmark film called Love’s Complicated, which premiered in January of 2016 and scored 2.1 million viewers. She is a full-time writer for The Skit Guys. renegutteridge.com

Jeanette Hanscome

 Jeanette Hanscome  |  Author and Mentor to First-Timers 

Jeanette Hanscome is an author, freelance editor, and busy single mom. She has written five books, one short fiction eBook, and hundreds of articles, devotions, and stories, including contributions to Guideposts magazine. Jeanette is a regular contributor to Encounter—the Magazine (Standard Publishing). She coauthored Running with Roselle with blind 9/11 survivor Michael Hingson. Her newest book is Suddenly Single Mom: 52 Messages of Hope, Grace, and Promise (Worthy Inspired).

Mona Hodgson

 Mona Hodgson   |  Children's Book Author and Novelist​ 

Mona Hodgson is the author of 40 books, including Bedtime in the Southwest, Real Girls of the Bible: A 31-Day Devotional, six Zonderkidz I Can Read books, and twelve historical novels and novellas for adults. Mona speaks for women’s groups, book clubs, schools, and conferences for writers and librarians. MonaHodgson.com

Bob Hostetler

 Bob Hostetler  |  Award-Winning Author 

Bob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His books include the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (coauthored with Josh McDowell), the award-winning historical novel Northkill, and the new and soon-to-win-some-award The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional). Bob is also the founding pastor of Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He and Robin have two grown children, Aubrey and Aaron, who have given them five perfect grandchildren.

Doug Newton

 Doug Newton  |  Senior Pastor, Author, and Former Magazine Editor

Doug Newton is the Senior Pastor of the Greenville (Illinois) Free Methodist Church and co-director of the National Prayer Ministry of the Free Methodist Church-USA. Formerly the 15-year editor of Light and Life magazine, Doug has authored eight books and travels extensively, speaking at conferences, seminars, and churches around the world. He and his wife Margie founded Mary’s Place Ministries and hosted prayer retreats for over 15 years.

Mick Silva

 Mick Silva  |  Fiction, Nonfiction, Blogging  |  micksilva.com

Mick has been an acquiring editor for Focus on the Family (2000-2005), WaterBrook Multnomah (Penguin Random House) (2005-2010), and Windblown Media (publishers of The Shack) (2008-2013), and is now coach and editor for authors with Zondervan, WaterBrook Multnomah, IVPress, and several other CBA houses. He's a frequent conference speaker, blogger, and coauthor with Emily Wierenga of How to Write Inspirational Memoir. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Portland, OR.

Morning Mentoring Clinic Mentors

James Scott Bell

James Scott Bell  |  Morning Fiction Mentor / Mystery, Suspense, & Thriller  |  jamesscottbell.com

James Scott Bell is the author of the #1 best seller 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 several best-selling craft books including: Revision & Self-Editing for Publication, The Art of War for Writers, Conflict & Suspense, Write Your Novel From the Middle, How to Write Dazzling Dialogue, and How to Make a Living as a Writer.

Joseph Bentz

Joseph Bentz  |  Morning Nonfiction Mentor /  General Nonfiction & Men's  |   josephbentz.com

Joseph Bentz is published in both fiction and nonfiction, with four novels and five non-fiction books. His most recent book, Nothing Is Wasted, was published in 2016 by Beacon Hill Press. He is a blogger and currently at work on a book about passages of Scripture that have changed the world. He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, where he teaches courses in writing and American literature.

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher  |  Morning Fiction Mentor /  Women's & Amish's  |  suzannewoodsfisher.com

Suzanne Woods Fisher is a best-selling author of more than 29 fiction and nonfiction books, including Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World. Her novel The Search received a Carol Award, and other books have been nominated for the Christy Award, the Carol Award, and the ECPA Book of the Year award. A joy for Suzanne is to help aspiring writers reach their potential. Another joy is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. You just can’t take yourself too seriously, Suzanne believes, when a puppy is tearing through the house with someone’s underwear in its mouth. 

Jan Kern

Jan Kern  |  Morning Nonfiction Mentor—Women’s, Spiritual Formation, Devotional, Bible Study & General Nonfiction / Nonfiction Coordinator |  jankern.com

As an author, speaker, and life coach, Jan Kern is passionate about story—both how we live it with hope and intentionality and how we write it with craft and finesse. Her nonfiction series for teens/young adults garnered ECPA Gold Medallion and Retailers Choice finalist awards. Currently, she is 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.

Cynthia Ruchti

Cynthia Ruchti  |  Morning Nonfiction Mentor /  Inspirational & Personal Experience Stories (Using Fiction Techniques)   | cynthiaruchti.com

Author and speaker Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-Hope. Her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction have been recognized by a number of significant industry awards. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren. Her prayer is that those who finish reading one of her books or attend an event where she's speaking will gain the confidence to say, "I can't unravel. I'm hemmed in hope."

Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin  |  Morning Fiction Mentor / Historical Fiction  |  sarahsundin.com

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the adventure and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of eight historical novels, including Anchor in the Storm. Her novel Through Waters Deep was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and she received the Mount Hermon Writer of the Year Award in 2011. A mother of three, Sarah lives in Northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. 

B.J. Taylor

Ben Wolf  |  Morning Fiction Mentor / Fantasy & Speculative |  splicketypubgroup.com​

Ben Wolf is the founder and Executive Editor of Splickety Publishing Group, the parent company for three flash fiction magazines: Splickety MagazineSplickety Love, and Havok Magazine.

Afternoon Workshop Faculty

Stacy Hawkins Adams

 Stacy Hawkins Adams  |  PLATFORM: Authentically Marketing Yourself and Your Business

Stacy Hawkins Adams is an award-winning author, journalist, and book coach who weaves tales in the fiction and nonfiction genres while simultaneously helping readers be confident in their own stories. She has penned nine faith-based novels featuring themes of personal growth, social justice and unconditional love, and one nonfiction devotional book. She also serves as the parenting columnist for the daily newspaper in Richmond, Va. (The Richmond Times-Dispatch) and blogs on social justice and women’s empowerment issues for the Huffington Post.

Susanna Aughtmon

 Susanna Aughtmon  | WRITING: The Art of Collaborative Writing

Susanna Foth Aughtmon is an inspirational author and collaborative writer who loves to laugh and talk about Jesus. She frequently speaks at women’s conferences and moms groups about hope and authentic living. Susanna has written several humorous nonfiction books including All I Need is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans, I Blame Eve, and Expectant Blessings. She has coauthored several books including Need You Now by music artist Plumb. Susanna writes for Guideposts Mornings with Jesus devotional and blogs regularly at www.tiredsupergirl.com.

Keren Baltzer

 Keren Baltzer  |  NONFICTION: The Art of Writing Narrative

Keren Baltzer currently serves as a Senior Nonfiction Editor for Hachette/Faith Words and was the lead nonfiction editor at Guideposts Books and Inspirational Media. She has a master's in French Studies from New York University and has been in publishing for over 15 years. Keren has worked with a number of well-known and best-selling authors including Cynthia Ruchti, Erin MacPherson, Grace Fox, Bill Giovannetti, Elizabeth Sherrill, and Tricia Goyer. She is currently working on a new original Bible study for Guideposts.

Kim Bangs

 Kim Bangs  |  PLATFORM: Building Your Wow Factor

Kim Bangs is a Senior Acquisitions Editor for Bethany House (nonfiction) and Chosen, both divisions of the Baker Publishing Group (BPG). In the years prior to joining the BPG team, she worked for Gospel Light/Regal Books. She served as an editor in the Children’s Curriculum Department for five years. She then left to serve on staff of a local church plant until 1994. Returning to Gospel Light, Kim joined Regal Books as an administrative assistant to the editorial director. Her last position with Regal was Publishing Director.

Tim Beals

 Tim Beals  |  ADVANCED: Two Agents and a Hopeful Client

Timothy J. Beals has served as managing editor of Discovery House, associate publisher at Zondervan, and founder and publisher of World Vision Press. In 2005 Beals founded Credo Communications, LLC, a media company that works with Christian ministry leaders and publishers to develop life-changing books, Bible-related products, and other Christian resources. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Cornerstone University and as Instructor of Publishing at Youth With a Mission (Kona, Hawaii, and Geneva, Switzerland).

James Scott Bell

 James Scott Bell  |  FICTION: The Secrets of Page-Turning Suspense; ADVANCED: Write Your Novel From the Middle

James Scott Bell is the author of the #1 best seller 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 several best-selling craft books including: Revision & Self-Editing for Publication, The Art of War for Writers, Conflict & Suspense, Write Your Novel From the Middle, How to Write Dazzling Dialogue, and How to Make a Living as a Writer.

Joseph Bentz

 Joseph Bentz  |  NONFICTION: Writing the Book Review​

Joseph Bentz is published in both fiction and nonfiction, with four novels and five non-fiction books. His most recent book, Nothing Is Wasted, was published in 2016 by Beacon Hill Press. He is a blogger and currently at work on a book about passages of Scripture that have changed the world. He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, where he teaches courses in writing and American literature.

Crystal Bowman

 Crystal Bowman  |  CHILDREN'S: Writing for Beginning Readers

Crystal Bowman is a best-selling and award-winning author of more than one hundred books for children including The One Year Book of Devotions for Preschoolers, Our Daily Bread for Kids, and My Mama and Me. She has written many I Can Read! books, as well as stories for Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. She is a mentor and speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), and also speaks at churches, schools, and writers’ conferences. Crystal is a mother and grandmother and lives with her husband in Florida.

Ann Byle

 Ann Byle  |  ADVANCED: Two Agents and a Hopeful Client

Ann Byle has worked in and written about Christian publishing for nearly two decades. She is a literary agent with Credo Communications, author or coauthor of several books, and a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly, Grand Rapid Magazine, and a variety of other publications.

Blythe Daniel

 Blythe Daniel  |  NONFICTION: How to Title Your Book and Carry Its Themes Throughout?

Blythe Daniel is a literary agent and publicist. In addition to placing clients with publishers, she has had clients on the Today show and Fox News and featured in the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and others. Blythe was the publicity director for seven years at Thomas Nelson Publishers and marketing director for two years. She worked as the product development manager for New York Times best-selling authors John and Stasi Eldredge, and in 2005 Blythe started her agency. In early 2015 the agency launched their blogging network, which reaches several million through the bloggers and their followers.

Mary DeMuth

 Mary DeMuth  | SPECIALTY: How to Fund Your Writing Career; SPECIALTY: Best Practices for Self-Publishing Your Book

Mary DeMuth is the author of thirty-one books, including her latest: Worth Living: How God’s Wild Love Makes You Worthy. She has spoken around the world about God’s ability to re-story a life. She’s been on the 700 Club, spoken in Munich, Cape Town, and Monte Carlo, and planted a church with her family in southern France. Her best work? Being a mom to three amazing young adults and the wife of nearly 25 years to Patrick. She makes her home in Dallas alongside her husband and two dueling cats. 

Catherine DeVries

 Catherine DeVries   |  CHILDREN'S: The Top 5 Categories for Christian Children's Books

Catherine DeVries has spent 25 years in Christian publishing, most of which with Zondervan editorial. She currently serves as Publisher of Children’s Resources at David C Cook, including managing The Action Bible, with more than one million copies sold. Catherine is also a speaker and author of more than 20 children’s books, including best seller The Adventure Bible Storybook. Her latest books, Let’s Learn about the Lord’s Prayer (September 2015) and Let’s Learn about the Lord’s Prayer s (February 2016,) are the first in the HeartSmart series for children: "Learning Scripture through Word and Song."

Joyce Dinkins

 Joyce Dinkins  |  WRITING: Writing to Include

Joyce Dinkins is a leader on the Our Daily Bread Ministries publishing team, which provides resources to some 60 million people in 150 nations: ourdailybread.org. Joyce joined ODB as an executive editor in 2015, after completing nine years as managing editor, New Hope Publishers. For 29 years, she has contributed writing and editing for hundreds of resources developed for diverse audiences by a dozen Christian publishers. That includes her years in editorial leadership at NavPress and David C. Cook.

Lori Freeland

 Lori Freeland  |  Author, Editor and Writing Coach

Author, editor, and writing coach Lori Freeland is an encourager who believes everyone has a story worth telling. She has presented at multiple writing workshops—including the North Texas Christian Writers Conference, the Orange County Christian Writers' Conference, Romance Writers of America's national conference, and several week-long mentoring tracks at the West Texas Writers’ Academy. Lori is a former editor for The Christian Pulse, an RWA Golden Heart® Finalist, and a regular contributor to Crosswalk.com. She has published a novella and has contributed to numerous devotionals and anthologies. lafreeland.com

Rene Gutteridge

 Rene Gutteridge  |  SPECIALTY: Write Your Story for the Screen

Rene Gutteridge is the award-winning and best-selling author of twenty-four multi-genre novels and is a seasoned collaborator in both fiction and film. She has novelized six screenplays and movies, including Old Fashioned, with writer/director Rik Swartzwelder. Her romantic comedy with screenwriter Cheryl McKay, Never the Bride, won the Carol Award in 2010 for Best Women’s Fiction. She was the winner of the 2015 Pacesetter Award. Rene's indie film, the comedy SKID, was deadCenter Film Festival’s Best Oklahoma Feature Film Winner in 2015 and also won Best Oklahoma Feature at Red Dirt and Trail Dance. She is a creative consultant on Boo, a script based on her beloved novel series, which is in development at Sodium 11 Entertainment with Andrea Nasfell (Moms’ Night Out) as screenwriter. Her novel My Life as a Doormat was adapted into a Hallmark film called Love’s Complicated, which premiered in January of 2016 and scored 2.1 million viewers. She is a full-time writer for The Skit Guys. renegutteridge.com

Kelly Harrel

 Kelly Harrel  |  Mentor, Fiction Clinic

Kelly Harrel has made it her life goal to inspire others into a deeper relationship with Christ. She has taught hundreds of ladies in Bible study blogs, guest blogged on various websites, and has led many multi-generational women’s events and retreats. A credentialed teacher and counselor, Kelly works with homeschool families and homeschools her own children. She also speaks to women and teens on overcoming depression and anxiety. Her inspirational fiction and Christian romance novels exhibit modern-day issues and how Christians can rise above them with Christ’s help.

Bob Hostetler

 Bob Hostetler  |  WRITING: Create a Winning One Sheet 

Bob Hostetler is an award-winning writer, editor, and speaker from southwestern Ohio. His books include the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (coauthored with Josh McDowell), the award-winning historical novel Northkill, and the new and soon-to-win-some-award The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional). Bob is also the founding pastor of Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He and Robin have two grown children, Aubrey and Aaron, who have given them five perfect grandchildren.

MacKenzie Howard

 MacKenzie Howard  |  NONFICTION: Devotionals for All Ages

MacKenzie Howard is the editorial director of the gift and children’s areas of Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. She has been with the company for nearly eleven years and has worked on bestselling books with Sarah Young, Max Lucado, Lysa TerKeurst, and many others. She’s passionate about creating beautiful books that inspire people and draw them closer to Jesus.

Tawny Johnson

 Tawny Johnson  |  WRITING: Creating Your Proposal from a Marketing Perspective

Tawny Johnson began her association with the Christian retail and publishing industry back in 1979. Her years of experience in bookstore retailing give her the unique ability to recognize relevance and marketability.  She was a store manager, regional manager, buyer, and marketing director for a chain of ten successful Christian bookstores before being hired by Multnomah Press. During her time at Multnomah, Tawny lent her skills in the areas of marketing, advertising, and international book rights. Tawny is currently a Senior Literary Agent with D. C. Jacobson and Associates.

Susan King

 Susan King  |  NONFICTION: Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional

Susan King has been with The Upper Room magazine for over twenty-two years while at the same time teaching English at Lipscomb University. Formerly she taught English and feature-writing classes at Biola University and Abilene Christian 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 and husband, Joe, have three adult children and two young grandsons (both perfect, of course!)

Sherri Langton

 Sherri Langton  |  NONFICTION: From Personal Experience to the Printed Page

Sherri Langton, associate editor of the Bible Advocate magazine and Now What? e-zine, has worked over 25 years in Christian publishing. She is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in Focus on the Family, In Touch, Upper Room, Today’s Christian Woman, Discipleship Journal, Decision, Quiet Hour, and other publications. Sherri also has contributed to two Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes and other book compilations.

Steve Laube

 Steve Laube  |  ADVANCED: The Complete Book Process

Steve Laube, a literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry for over 36 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 then became an agent. He and his agency have represented more than 1,500 new books, and Steve 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. In addition, he is the publisher at Enclave Publishing and serves as president and owner of The Christian Writers Institute and author of The Christian Writers Market Guide. His office is in Phoenix, Arizona.

Wendy Lawton

 Wendy Lawton  |   ADVANCED: Breaking Out of the Mid-List

Wendy Lawton is an agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She represents some of the finest writers in the industry including many best-selling authors. Wendy relishes all aspects of the work—especially helping her clients develop their ideas and chart their careers. She's won the infamous Bulwer-Lytton competition and authored thirteen books. Unfortunately, she's not yet mastered leaping tall buildings in a single bound.

Kathi Lipp

 Kathi Lipp  |  PLATFORM: Totally Doable Strategies For Growing a Blog

Kathi Lipp is a national speaker and the author of more than a dozen books including The Husband Project, Cure for the Perfect Life and Clutter Free with Revel, Focus on the Family, and Harvest House Publishers. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV and has been named Focus on the Family radio’s “Best of Broadcast” and is the host of the popular podcast You’ve Got This with Kathi Lipp.

Elizabeth Mazer

 Elizabeth Mazer  |  FICTION: Spotlight on Love Inspired

Elizabeth Mazer is an Associate Editor on the Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical lines at Harlequin, where she has been since 2007. She works with popular authors such as Susan Sleeman, Laurie Kingery, Allie Pleiter, and Elizabeth Goddard and has acquired six new authors for the Love Inspired program in the past two years. She loves diving into new stories, especially when they offer engaging characters, sharp dialogue, and plots that go in unexpected directions. In the twenty minutes or so a day when she's not working, sleeping, or commuting, she likes to curl up in her shoebox of a Brooklyn apartment with a new book or an old movie.

Chris Morris

 Chris Morris  |  SPECIALTY: The 5 Best Practices for Creative Entrepreneurs; ADVANCED: Make the Best Choices for Your Time and Business

Chris Morris is the founder and managing partner for Chris Morris CPA, LLC, an accounting firm focused on meeting the tax and accounting needs of creative entrepreneurs. He has the privilege of counting editors, digital designers, magazines, authors, photographers, online marketing firms, and book illustrators among his clients. He is the author of the book I’m Making Money, Now What? A Creative Entrepreneur’s Guide to Managing Taxes & Accounting for a Growing Business.

Cynthia Ruchti

 Cynthia Ruchti  |  SPECIALTY: Writer, Worshiper, Warrior

Author and speaker Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-Hope. Her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction have been recognized by a number of significant industry awards. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren. Her prayer is that those who finish reading one of her books or attend an event where she's speaking will gain the confidence to say, "I can't unravel. I'm hemmed in hope." 

Tim Shoemaker

 Tim Shoemaker  |  CHILDREN'S: Reaching Boys Through Fiction; FICTION: Creating a Scene

Tim Shoemaker is the author of eleven books and is a popular speaker at conferences around the country. Code of Silence, the first in his middle-grade series, was listed by Booklist in the “Top Ten Crime Novels for Youth.” Tim has a passionate style of teaching that makes the mentoring enjoyable and helps make even difficult topics clear.  If you want to strengthen your fiction, Tim will show you how to do it. Happily married for over thirty-five years, Tim has three grown sons and continues to do volunteer youth work.

Kay Strom

 Kay Strom  |  WRITING: 7 Truths and 7 Myths About Writing Your Travels

Author Kay Marshall Strom is a writer and speaker with a heart for the world-wide family of God. She has authored 42 books—some nonfiction, some historical fiction. Her writing credits include magazine articles, TV and movie scripts, curriculum, books for children, and writers' helps. Her work appears in many compilations, including various editions of NIV Devotional Bibles. Kay and husband, Dan Kline, live in Eugene, Oregon.

Sarah Sundin

 Sarah Sundin  |  FICTION: Historical Research Without the Headaches

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the adventure and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of eight historical novels, including Anchor in the Storm. Her novel Through Waters Deep was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and she received the Mount Hermon Writer of the Year Award in 2011. A mother of three, Sarah lives in Northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. 

Christine Tangvald

 Christine Tangvald  |  CHILDREN'S: Writing and Formatting Picture Books

Christine Harder Tangvald is the author of 90 picture books in 147 editions in 12 languages, with more than 3 ½ million books in print and two #1 CBA bestsellers. She has been a teacher and speaker at more than 100 writer’s conferences and founded Spokane Christian Writers. Christine is currently a columnist with her daughter, Rondi DeBoer, for Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. Many of her best friends are under six years old.

John Vonhof

 John Vonhof  |  PLATFORM: Podcasting for Writers

John Vonhof is a freelance writer who writes for the Christian and secular markets. He self-published two niche market books, both of which were later sold to mainstream publishers and has been published in many magazines, newsletters, and Internet sites. Writing for niche markets is his passion. You can find his podcast and website, Writer & Authors on Fire.

Trieste Van Wyngarden

 Trieste Van Wyngarden  |  SPECIALTY: The Mailbox Smile (Card Writing 101)

Trieste Van Wyngarden is a writer, editorial director, and Louie Award finalist. Her passion for serving God has taken her from her hometown of Portland, Oregon, to Kansas City, to the small city of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Since the year 2000 she has written and edited for Hallmark, DaySpring, Russell Stover, and more, compiled and written several gift books, and published articles for Radiant and Enhance Magazines. She leads worship at DaySpring’s Monday morning JumpStart devotionals as well as at her church. Trieste will do just about anything that involves being outdoors.

Joanna Weaver

 Joanna Weaver  |   ADVANCED: Writing Companion Bible Studies; ADVANCED: Online Presence Makeover

Joanna Weaver is the author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, which has sold over a million copies. Other books include Having a Mary SpiritLazarus Awakening, and a devotional, At the Feet of Jesus. Her books and companion DVD Bible studies have been used by hundreds of churches as well as home groups and individuals. Doors have opened for Joanna to speak at conferences and retreats around the country and internationally as well. Joanna was named Mount Hermon's Christian Writers Conference “Most Promising Writer” and chosen for the Guideposts Writer’s Workshop.

Ben Wolf

 Ben Wolf  |  FICTION: Writing Flash Fiction; SPECIALTY: Creating Fight Scenes

Ben Wolf is the founder and Executive Editor of Splickety Publishing Group, the parent company for three flash fiction magazines: Splickety Magazine, Splickety Love, and Havok Magazine.

Editors

Keren Baltzer

Keren Baltzer  |  Hachette/FaithWords, Senior Editor / Nonfiction

Keren Baltzer currently serves as a Senior Nonfiction Editor for Hachette/Faith Words and was the lead nonfiction editor at Guideposts Books and Inspirational Media. She has a master's in French Studies from New York University and has been in publishing for over 15 years. Keren has worked with a number of well-known and best-selling authors including Cynthia Ruchti, Erin MacPherson, Grace Fox, Bill Giovannetti, Elizabeth Sherrill, and Tricia Goyer. She is currently working on a new original Bible study for Guideposts.

Kim Bangs

Kim Bangs  |  Bethany House and Chosen Books, Senior Acquisitions Editor / Nonfiction

Kim Bangs is a Senior Acquisitions Editor for Bethany House (nonfiction) and Chosen, both divisions of the Baker Publishing Group (BPG). In the years prior to joining the BPG team, she worked for Gospel Light/Regal Books. She served as an editor in the Children’s Curriculum Department for five years. She then left to serve on staff of a local church plant until 1994. Returning to Gospel Light, Kim joined Regal Books as an administrative assistant to the editorial director. Her last position with Regal was Publishing Director.

Catherine DeVries

 Catherine DeVries   |  David C Cook, Publisher, Children’s Resources

Catherine DeVries has spent 25 years in Christian publishing, most of which with Zondervan editorial. She currently serves as Publisher of Children’s Resources at David C Cook, including managing The Action Bible, with more than one million copies sold. Catherine is also a speaker and author of more than 20 children’s books, including best seller The Adventure Bible Storybook. Her latest books, Let’s Learn about the Lord’s Prayer (September 2015) and Let’s Learn about the Lord’s Prayer s (February 2016,) are the first in the HeartSmart series for children: "Learning Scripture through Word and Song."

Joyce Dinkins

 Joyce Dinkins  |  Our Daily Bread (Discovery House Publishers), Managing Editor 

Joyce Dinkins is a leader on the Our Daily Bread Ministries publishing team, which provides resources to some 60 million people in 150 nations: ourdailybread.com. Joyce joined ODB as an executive editor in 2015, after completing nine years as managing editor, New Hope Publishers. For 29 years, she has contributed writing and editing for hundreds of resources developed for diverse audiences by a dozen Christian publishers. That includes her years in editorial leadership at NavPress and David C. Cook.

Andrea Doering

 Andrea Doering  | Revell Books, Executive Editor / Fiction and Nonfiction

Andrea Doering is an executive editor with Revell Books, an imprint of Baker Publishing Group, acquiring both fiction and nonfiction titles. Her experiences also include academic publishing, book packaging, and a stint in public affairs at Focus on the Family. She holds an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Maine. Andrea will be arriving at the conference on Saturday and will meet with conferees Saturday afternoon, Sunday, and Monday only.

Rene Gutteridge

 Rene Gutteridge  |  The Skit Guys, Acquisitions

Rene Gutteridge is the award-winning and best-selling author of twenty-four multi-genre novels and is a seasoned collaborator in both fiction and film. She has novelized six screenplays and movies, including Old Fashioned, with writer/director Rik Swartzwelder. Her romantic comedy with screenwriter Cheryl McKay, Never the Bride, won the Carol Award in 2010 for Best Women’s Fiction. She was the winner of the 2015 Pacesetter Award. Rene's indie film, the comedy SKID, was deadCenter Film Festival’s Best Oklahoma Feature Film Winner in 2015 and also won Best Oklahoma Feature at Red Dirt and Trail Dance. She is a creative consultant on Boo, a script based on her beloved novel series, which is in development at Sodium 11 Entertainment with Andrea Nasfell (Moms’ Night Out) as screenwriter. Her novel My Life as a Doormat was adapted into a Hallmark film called Love’s Complicated, which premiered in January of 2016 and scored 2.1 million viewers. She is a full-time writer for The Skit Guys. renegutteridge.com

MacKenzie Howard

 MacKenzie Howard  |  Thomas Nelson, Editorial Director

MacKenzie Howard is the editorial director of the gift and children’s areas of Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. She has been with the company for nearly eleven years and has worked on bestselling books with Sarah Young, Max Lucado, Lysa TerKeurst, and many others. She’s passionate about creating beautiful books that inspire people and draw them closer to Jesus.

Susan King

 Susan King  |  The Upper Room, Associate Editor

Susan King has been with The Upper Room magazine for over twenty-two years while at the same time teaching English at Lipscomb University. Formerly she taught English and feature-writing classes at Biola University and Abilene Christian 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 and husband, Joe, have three adult children and two young grandsons (both perfect, of course!)

Sherri Langton

 Sherri Langton  |  Bible Advocate and Now What?, Associate Editor

Sherri Langton, associate editor of the Bible Advocate magazine and Now What? e-zine, has worked over 25 years in Christian publishing. She is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in Focus on the Family, In Touch, Upper Room, Today’s Christian Woman, Discipleship Journal, Decision, Quiet Hour, and other publications. Sherri also has contributed to two Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes and other book compilations.

Courtney Lasater

 Courtney Lasater  |  Keys for Kids Ministries, Editor

Courtney Lasater is the editor at Keys for Kids Ministries (formerly Children’s Bible Hour), where she acquires, edits, and develops content for the quarterly Keys for Kids devotional and other products for kids. In her free time she often finds herself scoping out the shelves at the local bookstore or discovering fun things to do in the great city of Grand Rapids. 

Elizabeth Mazer

 Elizabeth Mazer  |  Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, and Love Inspired Historical; Associate Editor

Elizabeth Mazer is an Associate Editor on the Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical lines at Harlequin, where she has been since 2007. She works with popular authors such as Susan Sleeman, Laurie Kingery, Allie Pleiter, and Elizabeth Goddard and has acquired six new authors for the Love Inspired program in the past two years. She loves diving into new stories, especially when they offer engaging characters, sharp dialogue, and plots that go in unexpected directions. In the twenty minutes or so a day when she's not working, sleeping, or commuting, she likes to curl up in her shoebox of a Brooklyn apartment with a new book or an old movie.

Sarah Rubio

 Sarah Rubio  |  Tyndale House Publishers, Editor of Children's Books

Sarah Rubio grew up as a missionary kid in Ecuador and graduated from Wheaton College in 2006. She has been an avid reader ever since she convinced her mom to teach her to read before her kindergarten teacher got around to it. Sarah joined Tyndale’s editorial team in 2007. In 2014 she landed her dream job on the kids’ team! Her favorite books are the ones that give readers a window into a new world—a different culture, a magical universe, an obscure branch of science, a new idea, or an old idea presented in a new way. Sarah is married to her high school sweetheart and is the proud mom of two handsome boys.

Trieste Van Wyngarden

 Trieste Van Wyngarden  |  DaySpring, Editorial Director

Trieste Van Wyngarden is a writer, editorial director, and Louie Award finalist. Her passion for serving God has taken her from her hometown of Portland, Oregon, to Kansas City, to the small city of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Since the year 2000 she has written and edited for Hallmark, DaySpring, Russell Stover, and more, compiled and written several gift books, and published articles for Radiant and Enhance Magazines. She leads worship at DaySpring’s Monday morning JumpStart devotionals as well as at her church. Trieste will do just about anything that involves being outdoors.

Ben Wolf

 Ben Wolf  |  Splickety Publishing Group (Splickety Magazine, Havok, and Splickety Love) , Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Ben Wolf is the founder and Executive Editor of Splickety Publishing Group, the parent company for three flash fiction magazines: Splickety Magazine, Splickety Love, and Havok Magazine.

Agents

Tim Beals

Tim Beals  |  Credo Communications, Founder and Literary Agent  |  credocommunications.net

Timothy J. Beals has served as managing editor of Discovery House, associate publisher at Zondervan, and founder and publisher of World Vision Press. In 2005 Beals founded Credo Communications, LLC, a media company that works with Christian ministry leaders and publishers to develop life-changing books, Bible-related products, and other Christian resources. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Cornerstone University and as Instructor of Publishing at Youth With a Mission (Kona, Hawaii, and Geneva, Switzerland).

Ann Byle

Ann Byle  |  Credo Communications, Literary Agent  |  credocommunications.net

Ann Byle has worked in and written about Christian publishing for nearly two decades. She is a literary agent with Credo Communications, author or coauthor of several books, and a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly, Grand Rapid Magazine, and a variety of other publications.

Blythe Daniel

Blythe Daniel  |  The Blythe Daniel Agency, Founder and Literary Agent  |  theblythedanielagency.com

Blythe Daniel is a literary agent and publicist. In addition to placing clients with publishers, she has had clients on the Today show and Fox News and featured in the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and others. Blythe was the publicity director for seven years at Thomas Nelson Publishers and marketing director for two years. She worked as the product development manager for New York Times best-selling authors John and Stasi Eldredge, and in 2005 Blythe started her agency. In early 2015 the agency launched their blogging network, which reaches several million through the bloggers and their followers.

Janet Kobobel Grant

Janet Kobobel Grant  |  Books & Such Literary Management, President and Literary Agent  |  booksandsuch.com

Janet Kobobel Grant founded the Books & Such Literary Management in 1996. The agency consists of five agents who represent more than 200 clients. Janet’s clients include numerous best-selling authors and winners of the Gold Medallion, Christy Award, Holt Medallion and RITA. She was a book editor for more than 12 years at Zondervan and 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.

 

Nick Harrison

Nick Harrison  |  WordServe Literary Agency, Literary Agent | wordserveliterary.com

Nick Harrison is a literary agent with WordServe Literary and the author of ten books. For fifteen years he served as a senior editor at Harvest House Publishers, acquiring both fiction and nonfiction. Nick has a long history of championing new and unpublished writers. Nick and his wife, Beverly, are the parents of three grown daughters and grandparents to two boys and two girls.

Tawny Johnson

Tawny Johnson  |  D.C. Jacobson & Associates Literary Agency, Literary Agent    |  dcjacobson.com/

Tawny Johnson began her association with the Christian retail and publishing industry back in 1979. Her years of experience in bookstore retailing give her the unique ability to recognize relevance and marketability.  She was a store manager, regional manager, buyer, and marketing director for a chain of ten successful Christian bookstores before being hired by Multnomah Press. During her time at Multnomah, Tawny lent her skills in the areas of marketing, advertising, and international book rights. Tawny is currently a Senior Literary Agent with D. C. Jacobson and Associates.

Steve Laube

Steve Laube  |  The Steve Laube Agency, President and Literary Agent  |  stevelaube.com

Steve Laube, a literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry for over 36 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 then became an agent. He and his agency have represented more than 1,500 new books, and Steve 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. In addition, he is the publisher at Enclave Publishing and serves as president and owner of The Christian Writers Institute and author of The Christian Writers Market Guide. His office is in Phoenix, Arizona.

Wendy Lawton

Wendy Lawton  |  Books & Such Literary Management, VicePresident and Literary Agent  |  booksandsuch.com

Wendy Lawton is an agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She represents some of the finest writers in the industry including many best-selling authors. Wendy relishes all aspects of the work—especially helping her clients develop their ideas and chart their careers. She's won the infamous Bulwer-Lytton competition and authored thirteen books. Unfortunately, she's not yet mastered leaping tall buildings in a single bound.

Resource Team

Les Beckwith

 Les Beckwith  |  Program Recording Specialist

Les Beckwith, part of the family-owned OT Studios, has been recording and duplicating the Mount Hermon Writers' Conference for more than 20 years. The company has been involved in audio and video duplication for churches, music groups and artists since 1975.

Lori Beckwith

 Lori Beckwith  |  Program Recording Specialist

Lori Beckwith, along with her husband Les, are part of OT Studios, a family-owned company. After the transition to digital media, OT Studios began producing transfers from audio and video cassettes to CD and DVD, including all the packaging and artwork necessary for a complete package.

Lisa Bogart

 Lisa Bogart  |  Transportation Assistant

Lisa Bogart worked as a graphic designer for ten years before becoming an author. Design is still an important part of her life. Lisa is the author of Come On In: Taking the Hassle Out of Hospitality, Drawn from the Heart: A Coloring Book Devotional, and Knit, Purl, Pray. She and her husband live in Scarsdale, New York.

Joy Harrison

 Joy Harrison  |  Bookstore Coordinator

Joy Harrison is a freelance writer in the Pacific Northwest. Her first published piece, at the age of eleven, has kept her striving to see her work in print. Joy is part of a thriving writer community and has been a part of a local writers group for the past twenty years, where she has led workshops, mentored and encouraged other writers. She has also taught creative writing to teens in a local homeschool co-op for several years.

Nick Harrison

Nick Harrison  |  Hospitality Assistant

Nick Harrison is a literary agent with WordServe Literary and the author of ten books. For fifteen years he served as a senior editor at Harvest House Publishers, acquiring both fiction and nonfiction. Nick has a long history of championing new and unpublished writers. Nick and his wife, Beverly, are the parents of three grown daughters and grandparents to two boys and two girls.

Daniel Kline

 Daniel Kline  |  Manuscript Retrieval Assistant

Dan Kline was a co- founder, teacher, and coordinator of the Writing Certificate Program at Cal State University, Long Beach during the 1990s. His writing credits include a book on grammar and a CD-ROM on proofreading, a videotape on hiring and interviewing, and numerous booklets on various aspects of writing. In the last half-dozen years, Dan and author-wife Kay Strom have co-written both a book and a devotional on the joys and problems of marrying after 35.

Dave Olney

 Dave Olney  |  Program Recording Specialist

Dave Olney and his family-owned company, OT Studios, have been recording and duplicating the Mount Hermon Writers' Conference for more than 20 years. The company has been involved in audio and video duplication for churches, music groups and artists since 1975.

Jane Olney

 Jane Olney  |  Program Recording Specialist

Jane Olney and her sister Lori Beckwith, along with their husbands Dave and Les, have been recording and duplicating the Mount Hermon Writers' Conference for over 20 years. Their family-owned company, OT Studios, also produces transfers from audio and video cassettes to CD and DVD, including all the packaging and artwork necessary for a complete package.

Marla Schultz

 Marla Schultz  |  Bookstore Assistant

A graduate of Central Bible College, in Springfield, Missouri with a double major in Bible and Communication Arts and an emphasis in Literature, Marla Schultz served as Managing Editor for Molly Green Magazine, 2014 and 2015. Marla homeschools her six children and writes magazine articles, literature unit studies, and YA and Children’s fiction.

Marci Seither

 Marci Seither  |  Airport Shuttle Coordinator

Marci has written hundreds of feature stories, op/editorials, and human-interest articles for local papers as well as contributing to national publications. She has been married to her husband almost 30 years and is mom to six amazingly rowdy kiddos who have provided her with volumes of great material, loads of laundry and symphonies of laughter. Marci encourages others with humor that packs a punch and entertains other moms with her Urban Retro style. She recently had two books published and knows how to make marshmallows from scratch.

Linda Keiper

 Linda Keiper  |  Airport Shuttle Assistant

Linda Keiper, the former owner and manager of a Christian conference center in Arizona and an RV Park in Colorado, enjoys hiking and exploring in Arizona and Colorado, sewing and quilting, cooking at YWAM bases, and spending time with her precious grandchildren in Thailand and Arizona.

Kay Strom

 Kay Marshall Strom  |  Critique Team Coordinator

Author Kay Marshall Strom is a writer and speaker with a heart for the world-wide family of God. She has authored 42 books—some nonfiction, some historical fiction. Her writing credits include magazine articles, TV and movie scripts, curriculum, books for children, and writers' helps. Her work appears in many compilations, including various editions of NIV Devotional Bibles. Kay and husband, Dan Kline, live in Eugene, Oregon.

John Vonhof

 John Vonhof  |  Manuscript Retrieval Coordinator

John Vonhof is a freelance writer who writes for the Christian and secular markets. He self-published two niche market books, both of which were later sold to mainstream publishers and has been published in many magazines, newsletters, and Internet sites. Writing for niche markets is his passion. You can find his podcast and website, Writer & Authors on Fire.

Rachel Williams

 Rachel Williams  |  Hospitality Coordinator

Formerly the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference director for twelve years, Rachel is now working part time in Mount Hermon's Creative Services Department as a photographer.  She is looking forward to seeing many of you from her years of being involved with the conference.

Writers 2017 Critique Team

The Critique Team is one of the many unique and valuable resources of the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. This year we have more than a dozen faculty members on the Critique Team, with expertise in fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, accounting, business practices, YA, articles, short stories, indie publishing, blogging, platform, pastors who write, and more. You'll find them in the Hospitality Center (Multi-Purpose Room) Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons. 
 

Stacy Hawkins Adams

Stacy Hawkins Adams  |  Fiction, Nonfiction  |  stacyhawkinsadams.com

Stacy Hawkins Adams is an award-winning author, journalist, and book coach who weaves tales in the fiction and nonfiction genres while simultaneously helping readers be confident in their own stories. She has penned nine faith-based novels featuring themes of personal growth, social justice and unconditional love, and one nonfiction devotional book. She also serves as the parenting columnist for the daily newspaper in Richmond, Va. (The Richmond Times-Dispatch) and blogs on social justice and women’s empowerment issues for the Huffington Post.

James Scott Bell

James Scott Bell  |  Mystery, Suspense, & Thriller  |  jamesscottbell.com

James Scott Bell is the author of the #1 best seller 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 several best-selling craft books including: Revision & Self-Editing for Publication, The Art of War for Writers, Conflict & Suspense, Write Your Novel From the Middle, How to Write Dazzling Dialogue, and How to Make a Living as a Writer.

Joseph Bentz

Joseph Bentz  |  General Nonfiction & Men's  |   josephbentz.com

Joseph Bentz is published in both fiction and nonfiction, with four novels and five non-fiction books. His most recent book, Nothing Is Wasted, was published in 2016 by Beacon Hill Press. He is a blogger and currently at work on a book about passages of Scripture that have changed the world. He is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, where he teaches courses in writing and American literature.

Crystal Bowman

Crystal Bowman  |  Board Books, Picture Books  |  crystalbowman.com

Crystal Bowman is a best-selling and award-winning author of more than one hundred books for children including The One Year Book of Devotions for Preschoolers, Our Daily Bread for Kids, and My Mama and Me. She has written many I Can Read! books, as well as stories for Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. She is a mentor and speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), and also speaks at churches, schools, and writers’ conferences. Crystal is a mother and grandmother and lives with her husband in Florida.

Bill Giovannetti

Bill Giovannetti  |  Nonfiction: Theology, Doctrine, Christian Living / Fiction: Thriller  |  billgiovannetti.com

Dr. William Giovannetti has authored four books on Christian living and apologetics along with hundreds of articles and devotionals. He is also a regular contributor to Daily Guideposts, a best-selling daily devotional. Bill serves as the senior pastor of Neighborhood Church, with 2,500 attendees each week. He also teaches at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and Simpson University.

Daniel Kline

 Daniel Kline  |  Manuscript Retrieval Assistant

Dan Kline was a co- founder, teacher, and coordinator of the Writing Certificate Program at Cal State University, Long Beach during the 1990s. His writing credits include a book on grammar and a CD-ROM on proofreading, a videotape on hiring and interviewing, and numerous booklets on various aspects of writing. In the last half-dozen years, Dan and author-wife Kay Strom have co-written both a book and a devotional on the joys and problems of marrying after 35.

Kathi Lipp

Kathi Lipp  |  Platform, Online, Marketing, Podcasts, and Social Media  |  kathilipp.com

Kathi Lipp is a national speaker and the author of more than a dozen books including The Husband Project, Cure for the Perfect Life and Clutter Free with Revel, Focus on the Family, and Harvest House Publishers. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV and has been named Focus on the Family radio’s “Best of Broadcast” and is the host of the popular podcast You’ve Got This with Kathi Lipp.

Cynthia Ruchti

Cynthia Ruchti  |  Morning Nonfiction Mentor /  Inspirational & Personal Experience Stories (Using Fiction Techniques)   | cynthiaruchti.com

Author and speaker Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-Hope. Her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction have been recognized by a number of significant industry awards. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren. Her prayer is that those who finish reading one of her books or attend an event where she's speaking will gain the confidence to say, "I can't unravel. I'm hemmed in hope."

Chris Morris

Chris Morris  |  The Business Side of Writing  |  chrismorriscpa.com

Chris Morris is the founder and managing partner for Chris Morris CPA, LLC, an accounting firm focused on meeting the tax and accounting needs of creative entrepreneurs. He has the privilege of counting editors, digital designers, magazines, authors, photographers, online marketing firms, and book illustrators among his clients. He is the author of the book I’m Making Money, Now What? A Creative Entrepreneur’s Guide to Managing Taxes & Accounting for a Growing Business.

Tim Shoemaker

Tim Shoemaker  |  Fiction, YA  |  timshoemakersmashedtomatoes.com

Tim Shoemaker is the author of eleven books and is a popular speaker at conferences around the country. Code of Silence, the first in his middle-grade series, was listed by Booklist in the “Top Ten Crime Novels for Youth.” Tim has a passionate style of teaching that makes the mentoring enjoyable and helps make even difficult topics clear.  If you want to strengthen your fiction, Tim will show you how to do it. Happily married for over thirty-five years, Tim has three grown sons and continues to do volunteer youth work.

Kay Strom

Kay Strom  |  Critique Team Coordinator  |  kaystrom.com

Author Kay Marshall Strom is a writer and speaker with a heart for the world-wide family of God. She has authored 42 books—some nonfiction, some historical fiction. Her writing credits include magazine articles, TV and movie scripts, curriculum, books for children, and writers' helps. Her work appears in many compilations, including various editions of NIV Devotional Bibles. Kay and husband, Dan Kline, live in Eugene, Oregon.

Christine Tangvald

Christine Tangvald  |  Board Books and Picture Books

Christine Harder Tangvald is the author of 90 picture books in 147 editions in 12 languages, with more than 3 ½ million books in print and two #1 CBA bestsellers. She has been a teacher and speaker at more than 100 writer’s conferences and founded Spokane Christian Writers. Christine is currently a columnist with her daughter, Rondi DeBoer, for Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. Many of her best friends are under six years old.

Joanna Weaver

Joanna Weaver  |  Nonfiction, Platform |  joannaweaverbooks.com

Joanna Weaver is the author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, which has sold over a million copies. Other books include Having a Mary SpiritLazarus Awakening, and a devotional, At the Feet of Jesus. Her books and companion DVD Bible studies have been used by hundreds of churches as well as home groups and individuals. Doors have opened for Joanna to speak at conferences and retreats around the country and internationally as well. Joanna was named Mount Hermon's Christian Writers Conference “Most Promising Writer” and chosen for the Guideposts Writer’s Workshop. 

"This valuable service is included in the price you pay for registration. Don’t leave the conference without taking advantage of it. At least once!" –Kay Marshall Strom, Critique Team Coordinator

“The Manuscript Critique Team was the most beneficial part of the conference for me last year. It was my first conference, and I had so many questions about so many areas of writing, it was such a relief to have time with numerous experts on faculty. Being able to sit down one-on-one and get practical feedback on a specific question about dialogue, description, pacing, genre audience, all in one place was better than I had hoped. Much of what was discussed in that room gave me a strong foundation to continue writing, and a year later I completed my first novel. I encourage everyone to use some of their down time to connect personally with one or more faculty members on the Manuscript Critique Team.” —Dave Lippman​