Morning Mentoring Clinics

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. 



  • By Application Only
  • $80 Additional Cost
  • Deadline is March 1
  • Applications are processed in the order they are received
  • Meeting each morning (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) during the Major Morning Tracks
  • Application
  • Mentors



  • Brandilyn Collins

    Brandilyn Collins  | See Bio

  • Sarah Sundin

    Sarah Sundin  | See Bio

  • Ginny Yttrup

    Ginny Yttrup  | See Bio


  • Joe Bentz

    Joe Bentz  | See Bio

  • Jan Kern

    Jan Kern  | See Bio

  • Doug Newton

    Doug Newton  | See Bio
    Pastor/Speaker to Writer

  • Children's Writing:

    Mona Hodgson

    Mona Hodgson  | See Bio

  • Blogging:

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen  | See Bio


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.

For an Application Form contact:

FICTION: Sarah Sundin |

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.


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.

Other Morning Options

Major Morning Tracks

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.

Writing Retreat

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, 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!