Morning Mentoring Clinics

An Alternative to the Major Morning Tracks

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 some writing and publishing experience and are ready to deepen their skill in a small-group setting. Application deadline extended to March 27, 2017!


  • By Application Only
  • $80 Additional Cost
  • Applications are processed in the order they are received
  • Application deadline is March 27, 2017
  • Limited to six writers per group
  • Meeting each morning (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) during the Major Morning Tracks
  • Application
  • Fiction Mentors
  • Nonfiction Mentors


APPLY NOW! The Mentoring Groups will fill up fast.

The Mentoring Clinics below meet each morning during the Major Morning Tracks, and are by application only. Fiction and Nonfiction 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 official 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.

Fiction Mentors

James Scott Bell

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

James Scott Bell is the author of the #1 bestseller 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 bestselling 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.

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher  |  Morning Nonfiction Mentor /  Women's & Amish's  |

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. 

Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin  |  Morning Fiction Mentor— Romance, Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction  |

Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the adventure and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of seven historical novels, including Through Waters Deep (Revell, August 2015), the Wings of the Nightingale series, and the Wings of Glory series. Her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A mother of three, Sarah lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She also enjoys speaking to church, community, and writers’ groups.

Ben Wolf

Ben Wolf  |  Morning Fiction Mentor / Fantasy & Speculative |​

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.

Nonfiction Mentors

Joseph Bentz

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

Joseph Bentz is published in both fiction and non-fiction, 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. 

Jan Kern

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

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 non-fiction 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)   |

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." 

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 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!