Pre-Conference Next Level

April 5-7, 2017

Take your writing to new levels with a Pre-Conference Next Level Clinic
Application deadline extended to March 27, 2017!

Purpose of the Next Level Mentoring Clinic

The Next Level Pre-Conference Mentoring Clinics are designed to give new to intermediate writers an opportunity to focus on and move toward their next level in their writing journey. 

There is separate registration for the Pre-Conference Next Level Clinics

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Next Level Clinics include four options:

Fiction

Writers new to writing for publication, Intermediate Writers

Nonfiction

Writers new to writing for publication, Intermediate writers

Children’s Writers

Board books, picture books and readers—ages birth–10

Platform

Writers wanting practical, constructive feedback and suggestions on their website and social media sites.

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 or platform 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

Clinics & Mentors

Take Your Children’s Writing to the Next Level

Crystal Bowman  |  Mentor, Writing for Children  |  see bio

Crystal Bowman

Crystal Bowman is a best-selling and award winning author of over 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. Whether her stories are written in prose, rhyme, or short sentences for beginning readers, “The most important part,” she says, “is to teach children that God loves them and cares about them very much.” Crystal is a mother and grandmother and lives with her husband in Florida.

Take Your Fiction to the Next Level

Tim Shoemaker  |  Mentor, Beginning Fiction  |  see bio

Tim Shoemaker
GROUP FULL

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.  timshoemakersmashedtomatoes.com

Lori Freeland  |  Mentor, Fiction Clinic  |  see bio

Lori Freeland

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

Take Your Nonfiction to the Next Level

Joseph Bentz  |  Mentor, General Nonfiction & Men's  |  see bio

Joseph Bentz

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.

Jan Kern  |  Mentor, Beginning Nonfiction  |  see bio

Jan Kern
GROUP FULL

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.

Bill Giovannetti  |  Mentor, Intermediate Nonfiction  |  see bio

Bill Giovannetti
GROUP FULL

Dr. Bill 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.

Take Your Platform to the Next Level

Kathi Lipp  |  Mentor, Platform Workshop  |  see bio

Kathi Lipp

Platform: How to Find Your Readers, Lavish on Your Audience and Sell Your Book

If you’re going traditional, publishers want to know that you have a built in audience for your book. For self-publishing, you want to know that you have a built in audience for your book. While our ways may be different, our goal is the same—we need to create a platform. Kathi Lipp will give you the step by step directions to building a platform that readers will love and publishers can’t resist.

 

Please note: Participants should feel comfortable with the computer and Internet, including a basic understanding of Facebook.

Application Details & Requirements

Entrance to a Next Level Clinic is by application only

Application Deadline: March 27, 2017

A pre-conference Next Level Mentoring 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: jankern@gmail.com
  • In subject line of your email, write: MH Next Level 2017 – YOUR NAME
  • Your attached document should include these items:
    • Name and contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and email address
    • The Next Level Clinic for which you are applying (Children’s, Fiction, Nonfiction, Platform)
    • Your purpose and goal for participation in a Next Level Clinic
    • Your writing credits and experience, if any
    • For a writing clinic (Children's, Fiction, or Nonfiction), a minimum of a three-page sample of your writing
      • Your sample should be a sample piece that represents the genre of the clinic for which you are applying. See Sample Requirements for preparing your application sample.
      • 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.
    • For the Platform clinic, submit a listing of the links to your website and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Goodreads, etc.)
Space is limited to six participants per clinic, apply now!

Sample Requirements

  • Children’s writing:
    A sample of children’s writing—board or picture book or reader, ages 0–10. If your sample is from a work-in-progress, include title, intended audience, and a paragraph summary of your project.

  • 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.

  • Platform:
    For the Platform Clinic, submit a listing of the links to your website and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Goodreads, etc.). Include a note about your target audience and the genre(s) you write in. Please note: Participants should feel comfortable with the computer and Internet, including a basic understanding of Facebook.

  • NOTE:
    These are the requirements for the sample you send in with your application for a Next Level Mentoring 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.

Schedule

Next Level: April 5-7, 2017

Wednesday

6:00pmDinner
7:30–9:00pmMentoring Clinics Meet

Thursday

8:00amBreakfast
9:00–10:30amMentoring Clinics Meet
10:30–11:00amBreak
11:00–12:00amMentoring Clinics Meet
12:15pmLunch
1:00–3:15pmIndividual Consultations for Genre Writing Clinics
3:15–3:45pmBreak
3:45–5:15pmMentoring Clinics Meet
5:15–6:00pmBreak
6:00pmDinner
EveningWriting Assignments

Friday

8:00amBreakfast
9:00–10:30amMentoring Clinics Meet
10:30–11:00amBreak
11:00–12:00amMentoring Clinics Meet
12:15pmLunch
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