Night Owls

Friday Night Bonus

Preparing for the Appointment

Tim Shoemaker

Tim Shoemaker see bio  |  Youth Memorial

Stomach churning. Palms sweating. Hey, an appointment with an editor or seasoned writer IS a big deal. Relax. We’ll look at critical factors and tips to make sure your appointment is a step in the right direction.

Saturday Night Owls

Fiction Story Slam

Murphy Felton

Murphy Felton  |  Central Lounge

This year we are featuring two nights of Story Slams, an open-mic storytelling two-night event, where people tell true, personal stories or prepared, fictional stories! Put your name in the hat to tell a true story from your life or construct a fictional story. Come prepared or just come and listen! Storytellers are chosen at random (out of a hat) and get up to 5 minutes to tell their story. No notes allowed on this one, we want you to tell your story. Groups of audience members not telling a story will be asked to be our judges and there will be a Story Slam champion for each night! Great way to take your storytelling to the next level or even have a captive audience and instant feedback for that story you’ve been working on in a fun and unique way.

Murphy Felton has been a curriculum, copy and script writer for Christian camps and organizations around the country since 1995. After doing stand up comedy and improv to put herself through college, she regularly draws on those techniques to write for all ages of audiences. Currently, she is the Creative Services Manager at Mount Hermon and leads the team of creatives to produce printed pieces, video and social media content.

Starting a Mastermind Group

Mary DeMuth

Mary DeMuth see bio  |  Fireside

Want to exponentially improve your writing career? Need strong wisdom, true camaraderie, and business advice? Forming a mastermind group will not only benefit your career, it will greatly enhance your life. Author Mary DeMuth shares about her mastermind group of four years (which formed at Mount Hermon), including ground rules, guidelines, technical considerations (Google Hangouts, etc.), and in-person retreats. She’ll share the format her group settled on that gave them the most value. If you’ve ever been curious about mastermind groups, come ready to take notes!

Scrivener Basics for Those Who Are Afraid ... Or Want to Know More

James Scott Bell

James Scott Bell see bio  |  Brookside (Below Dining Room)

Scrivener is the most popular writing software in the world. Yet many writers think it is "too difficult" to learn, or might drastically change their writing style. Be ye plotter or pantser, Scrivener can help you. This session will show you how.

Starting and Running a Writers Group

Susy Flory

Susy Flory |  Laurel Meeting Room

Writing is your passion, but it can also be lonely--just you and the keyboard--and your family and friends probably don't fully understand the writing, editing, and publishing process. Writers need each other and a writers group will provide constructive critique, timely encouragement, much needed prayer support, and plenty of networking opportunities. Susy will give you five easy steps to starting a writers group, and five additional steps to keep it running smoothly. A New York Times bestselling author, Susy credits her writers group with helping her to get started, keep going, and have fun along the way.

Susy Flory is the New York Times bestselling author or co-author of eleven books. She loves reading and writing stories about unforgettable people who are living lives of adventure, courage, hope, redemption, and transformation. A breast cancer survivor, she celebrates life by chasing big, true stories in places like Cuba, Haiti, Turkey, Israel, and her own backyard. Susy also directs the West Coast Christian Writers Conference in the East Bay Area, leads a writers group, and is a member of the Authors Guild. SusyFlory.com

Running Together

Joyce Dinkins

Joyce Dinkins see bio  |  Youth Memorial

An "agile" publishing ideas discussion. Meeting marketplace changes and readers' needs requires new collaborations. Software development techniques publishers may use for successful content development on behalf of readers. Research, bring your thoughts, and join this exciting publishing conversation.

David Talbott Concert

Hymn Sing

David Talbott  |  Auditorium

Do you enjoy the great hymns of the faith? Come to the Auditorium to unwind and find refreshment as David Talbott offers 45 minutes of hymns at the piano and organ. As Mount Hermon’s Resident Musician, David has been making music here for more than 55 years.

Sunday Night Owls

Nonfiction Story Slam

Murphy Felton

Murphy Felton  |  Central Lounge

This year we are featuring two nights of Story Slams, an open-mic storytelling two-night event, where people tell true, personal stories or prepared, fictional stories! Put your name in the hat to tell a true story from your life or construct a fictional story. Come prepared or just come and listen! Storytellers are chosen at random (out of a hat) and get up to 5 minutes to tell their story. No notes allowed on this one, we want you to tell your story. Groups of audience members not telling a story will be asked to be our judges and there will be a Story Slam champion for each night! Great way to take your storytelling to the next level or even have a captive audience and instant feedback for that story you’ve been working on in a fun and unique way.

Murphy Felton has been a curriculum, copy and script writer for Christian camps and organizations around the country since 1995. After doing stand up comedy and improv to put herself through college, she regularly draws on those techniques to write for all ages of audiences. Currently, she is the Creative Services Manager at Mount Hermon and leads the team of creatives to produce printed pieces, video and social media content.

Make It Weird: A Spec Fiction Survey

Ben Wolf

Ben Wolf see bio  |  Brookside Meeting Room (Below Dining Room)

Lord of the Rings. Star Wars. Dr. Who. And all of the crazy superhero movies that keep coming out. They're all speculative fiction ("spec fic"). Want a rundown of the various genres, subgenres, and the "rules" of spec fiction? This is the class for you! All are welcome. Geeks and nerds preferred.

Show, Don't Tell

Lori Freeland and Kelly Harrel

Lori Freeland see bio  Kelly Harrel see bio |  Laurel Meeting Room

Fiction writers hear it all the time: show, don't tell. But what do those three words really mean? Why is showing so important? And is it always bad to tell? Lori Freeland and Kelly Harrel will take this abstract idea and make it concrete. Join them for a hands-on workshop that will keep you engaged and awake. Don’t like to participate? Lurkers are always welcome.