Gain valuable insight from a skilled professional in your genre who is committed to coming alongside other writers. Instead of participating in a Major Morning Track, you might prefer having your work-in-progress evaluated by a multi-published author and mentor. This option is specifically designed for writers who have intermediate writing and publishing experience and are ready to deepen their skill in a small-group setting.
The Mentoring Clinics meet each morning during the Major Morning Tracks and are by application only. Clinics are limited to 6 students each. Applications are processed and the writers placed in groups in the order the applications are received.
The goal is to give fiction and nonfiction writers concentrated time for having their works-in-progress critiqued in a knowledgeable, supportive, and realistic manner.
FICTION: Sarah Sundin | email@example.com
In the subject line of your email, please write MH Morning Mentoring Clinic, your last name, and specify your fiction genre (fantasy, historical, contemporary, suspense, YA, etc.). Example: MH Morning Mentoring Clinic, Sundin, Historical.
NONFICTION: Jan Kern | firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line of your email, please write MH Morning Mentoring Clinic, your last name, and specify your nonfiction genre (Memoir, How-To, Personal Experience, Women’s Issues, etc). Example: MH Morning Mentoring Clinic, Jones, Personal Experience Book.
Sarah Sundin | Morning Fiction Mentor— Historical | sarahsundin.com
Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the adventure and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of ten historical novels, including The Sea Before Us. Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and Through Waters Deep was a finalist for the 2016 Carol Award and won the INSPY Award. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. She also enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups.
Gayle Roper | Morning Fiction Mentor— Contemporary | gayleroper.com
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.
Joanne Bischof | Morning Fiction Mentor— Romance
Joanne Bischof, a Carol award and three-time Christy Award finalist, writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the reader’s heartstrings. She was honored to receive the SDCWG Novel of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 was named Author of the Year by the Mount Hermon writers conference. Her 2014 novella, This Quiet Sky, broke precedent as the first self-released title to final for the Christy Awards. To Get to You, her 2015 release, was the second. Joanne’s 2016 novel, The Lady and the Lionheart, received an extraordinary 5 Star TOP PICK from Romantic Times Book Reviews and was also chosen for RT's Reviewers Choice Award. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her three children and is currently working on a two-book series for Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian (releasing 2018).
Lindsay Franklin | Morning Fiction Mentor— Speculative
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. www.facebook.com/LindsayAFranklin.
Ginny Yttrup | Morning Fiction Mentor— Crossover
Ginny L. Yttrup is the award-winning author of five novels, including Home, which released April 2017. She writes contemporary women's fiction and enjoys exploring the issues everyday women face. Publishers Weekly dubbed Ginny's work “as inspiring as it is entertaining.” When not writing, Ginny coaches writers, critiques manuscripts, and makes vintage-style jewelry for her Esty shop, Storied Jewelry. She loves dining with friends, hanging out with her adult children, or spending a day reading a great novel. Ginny lives in Northern California with Bear, the Entitled Pomeranian.
Jan Kern | Morning Nonfiction Mentor— General Nonfiction/Spiritual Foundation
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.
Janet Thompson | Morning Nonfiction Mentor— Personal Experience/Memoir
Janet Thompson, award-winning Christian speaker, freelance editor, and author of nineteen books, is the founder, director, and God’s servant of Woman to Woman Mentoring and About His Work (AHW) Ministries, her writing, speaking, and editing ministry. Janet’s passion and focus is one generation teaching and training God’s life lessons to the next generation. Her tagline is the subtitle of her latest book, Mentoring for All Seasons: Sharing Life Experiences and God’s Faithfulness. She has an MBA from California Lutheran University and a MA in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological University. Janet and her husband, Dave, moved from Orange County, California, to the rural mountains of Idaho, where Janet writes and Dave is her helpmate in ministry. She enjoys walking in the mountains, watching the wildlife play in their yard, and experiencing the four seasons. Janet also writes a weekly blog and monthly online free newsletter at www.womantowomanmentoring.com.
If you’re a new writer who hasn’t had much writing and publishing experience, you will benefit more from taking one of the Major Morning Tracks than getting into a Mentoring Clinic.
If neither of those options is right for you, why not make the Mount Hermon writers conference a writing retreat? Start your day in a Prayer & Praise session with Karen Ball, or take a prayer walk along one of the beautiful redwood trails, or seek divine guidance in the Mount Hermon chapel. Join us for a delicious, healthy breakfast. Then spend the rest of the morning writing whatever God lays on your heart to work on. After lunch, do more writing or take some workshops, meet with the Critique Team, have appointments with faculty members, or enjoy some of the recreational opportunities available to conferees. If you get stuck, spend some time with our Prayer Partners in the chapel. After dinner, be inspired by our evening worship and keynote speaker … or do more writing. You’ll be amazed at how much quality work you’ll get done in this inspiring atmosphere!