Pre-conference Boost Clinics

March 21–23, 2018

Give your writing a BOOST with a Pre-conference Boost Clinic

Purpose of the Pre-conference Boost Clinic

The Pre-conference Boost Clinics are designed to give new to intermediate writers an opportunity to focus on and move toward the next level in their writing journey. 

Beginning Writer

You enjoy writing poems, articles, devotionals, or short stories, but you've dreamed of writing more, having your pieces published, and maybe trying longer works. You’re working on something now, but you know it needs polishing and you’re not sure what to do with it.

Intermediate Writer

You've published a few articles, devotionals, short stories or have completed and edited a novel or book-length nonfiction. Maybe you've had your writing included in compilations or have even published a book or two. Now you have a new work-in-progress, but you need help to take it to the next level. 

There is separate registration for the Pre-conference Boost Clinics

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Pre-conference Boost Clinics include three options:


all genres except Speculative (e.g., historical, romance, mystery, suspense)


all genres, including Christian living, how-to, Bible study, memoir/narrative nonfiction

Speculative Fiction

Science fiction, fantasy, futuristic, time travel … any fiction in which the setting is other than the real world and involves supernatural or other imagined elements

Beginning Nonfiction

Jan Kern  |  Mentor  |  see bio

First Last

Jan Kern, author, speaker, and credentialed life coach, is passionate about story—not only how we live it with courage and intentionality, but also how we write it with craft and finesse. She is the author of the Live Free series (Standard Publishing), launched in 2007 with Scars that Wound, Scars that Heal: A Journey Out of Self-Injury, a 2008 ECPA Gold Medallion finalist. In the series, she intertwines a narrative style with fiction techniques to tell the true stories of teens and young adults who struggle with pain and brokenness. She knows about writers in transition as she moves from the teen world into writing and ministry for women. She serves alongside her husband, Tom, at a residential ministry for at-risk youth and recently co-founded with her daughter Voice of Courage, a multi-generational organization for women.

Intermediate-Advanced Nonfiction

Mick Silva  |  Mentor  |  see bio

Mick Silva

Mick Silva is an author coach, speaker, writer, and editor with over 18 years of experience, including new acquisitions for Focus on the Family and WaterBrook Multnomah. Freelancing since 2010, he's worked with more than 100 authors—memoirists, novelists, pastors, counselors, and many amazing moms—including a few best sellers. His first coauthored e-book is on the art of writing inspirational memoir. He writes about the wild world of editing and publishing at

Beginning Fiction

Janice Thompson  |  Mentor  |  see bio

Janice Thompson

Janice Thompson, an award-winning author, got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. She has published more than 100 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books, and more. She particularly enjoys writing light-hearted, comedic tales because she enjoys making readers laugh. Her tagline, “Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever Afters,” sums up her take on life.


Janice lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. When she’s not busy writing or playing with her eight grandchildren, Janice can be found in the kitchen, baking specialty cakes and cookies for friends and loved ones. No matter what she’s cooking up—books, cakes, cookies, or mischief—she does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all.

Intermediate-Advanced Fiction

Gayle Roper  |  Mentor  |  see bio

Gayle Roper

Gayle Roper has been in love with story for as long as she can remember, whether reading one or writing one. She has authored more than 50 books. She has won a Carol Award, the RITA Award, and a Romantic Times Book Report Reviewer’s Choice 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. Her nonfiction title, A Widow’s Journey, won the 2015 Golden Scroll Award as the best nonfiction of the year. Romantic Times Book Report has given her the Lifetime Achievement Award. Several writers conferences, including Mount Hermon, Florida, and Greater Philadelphia, have cited her for her contributions to the training of writers. She lives in Southeastern PA where she enjoys her family, her friends, and eating out.

Speculative Fiction

Lindsay Franklin  |  Mentor  |  see bio

Lindsay Franklin

Lindsay A. Franklin is an award-winning author, award-winning freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. She spends a lot of time in made-up worlds, and she’s passionate about sparking imagination through stories of infinite possibility. Her debut fantasy novel, The Story Peddler, releases in May. When she’s not exploring the fantastical, she’s exploring the Bible and encouraging young women through her devotional books, Adored and Beloved. Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her husband (master of the dad joke), their awesomely nerdy kids (Star Wars super-fans, all three), two thunder pillows (AKA cats), and a stuffed wombat with his own Instagram following (@therealwombatman). You can find Lindsay on social media, too, if Wombatman hasn’t hijacked all her accounts.

Extra Fee • Application • Groups Limited to 6 •
Pre-Submission of writing samples or links to your Social Media/Internet platform • Instruction • Mentor & Critique Group Focused

As a participant you can expect to receive:

  • Instruction to take your writing to the next level
  • Feedback on your clinic submission
  • Personal one-on-one time with your mentor
  • Opportunities to offer comments and ask questions
  • Interaction with other writers in your group

Application Details & Requirements

Participation in a Pre-conference Boost Clinic is by application only.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

A Pre-conference Boost Clinic offers an added-value opportunity for an additional fee.

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Application Process

Submit a Word Document attachment in an email to coordinator Jan Kern:
  • In subject line of your email, write: MH BOOST 2018 – YOUR NAME
  • Your attached document should include these items:
    • Name and contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and email address
    • The Boost Clinic for which you are applying (Fiction, Nonfiction, Speculative)
    • Your purpose and goal for participation in a Boost Clinic
    • Your writing credits and experience, if any
    • A three- to five-page sample of your writing
      • Your sample should be a piece that represents the genre of the clinic for which you are applying. See Sample Requirements below.
      • Your sample should represent your current best writing. It can be edited by you but please submit a sample that has not been edited by others.
Space is limited to six participants per clinic. Apply now!

Sample Requirements

  • Fiction:
    A scene between two people, including dialogue. If your scene is part of a work-in-progress, include title, intended audience, and a paragraph about the plot and characters.

  • Nonfiction:
    A sample of a nonfiction writing piece—an article, personal experience story, essay, or sample chapter. If your sample is from a work-in-progress, include title, intended audience, and a paragraph summary of your project.

  • Speculative Fiction:
    A scene between two characters, including dialogue. If your scene is part of a work-in-progress, include title, genre, intended audience, and a paragraph about the plot and characters.

  • NOTE:
    These are the requirements for the sample you send in with your application for a Boost Clinic. When you are assigned your mentor, she or he will give you more specific additional criteria for the writing you will submit to use during your time together in your clinic group. Your submission for your mentoring group may or may not be the same as your application sample writing.


Pre-conference: March 21–23, 2018


7:30–9:00pmBoost Clinics Meet


9:00–10:30amBoost Clinics Meet
11:00–12:00amBoost Clinics Meet
1:00–3:15pmIndividual Consultations 
3:45–5:15pmBoost Clinics Meet
EveningWriting Assignments


9:00–10:30amBoost Clinics Meet
11:00–12:00amBoost Clinics Meet
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