Pre-conference Clinics

April 10–12, 2019

Get a jump-start on the main conference by signing up for a pre-conference clinic

Purpose of the Pre-conference Clinic

The Pre-conference Clinics are designed to give beginning to intermediate writers an opportunity to focus on and move toward the next level in their writing journey. 

Beginning Writer

You enjoy writing poems, articles, devotionals, or short stories, but you've dreamed of writing more, having your pieces published, and maybe trying longer works. You’re working on something now, but you know it needs polishing and you’re not sure what to do with it.

Intermediate Writer

You've published a few articles, devotionals, short stories or have completed and edited a novel or book-length nonfiction. Maybe you've had your writing included in compilations or have even published a book or two. Now you have a new work-in-progress, but you need help to take it to the next level. 

2019 Pre-conference Clinics details coming soon!

Application Details & Requirements

Participation in a Pre-conference Clinic is by application only. If you are accepted, the Registration team will be contacted and will register you for the same housing division you chose for the Main Conference.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

A Pre-conference 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:
  • In subject line of your email, write: MH PRE-CON 2019 – YOUR NAME
  • Your attached document should include these items:
    • Name and contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and email address
    • The Clinic for which you are applying
    • Your purpose and goal for participation in a Pre-conference Clinic
    • Your writing credits and experience, if any
    • A three- to five-page sample of your writing
      • Your sample should be a piece that represents the genre of the clinic for which you are applying. See Sample Requirements below.
      • 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.
Space is limited to six participants per clinic. Apply now!

Sample Requirements

  • 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.

  • NOTE:
    These are the requirements for the sample you send in with your application for a Pre-conference 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.

Pre-conference Schedule

Pre-conference: April 10–12, 2019


7:30–9:00pmClinics Meet


9:00–10:30amClinics Meet
11:00–12:00amClinics Meet
1:00–3:15pmIndividual Consultations 
3:45–5:15pmClinics Meet
EveningWriting Assignments


9:00–10:30amClinics Meet
11:00–12:00amClinics Meet
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Pre-Conference Mentors


  • Lori Freeland

    Lori Freeland  | See Bio
    Beginning Fiction

  • Tim Shoemaker

    Tim Shoemaker  | See Bio
    Intermediate Fiction


  • Jan Kern

    Jan Kern  | See Bio
    Beginning Nonfiction

  • Doug Newton

    Doug Newton  | See Bio
    Intermediate Nonfiction


  • Laura Christianson

    Laura Christianson  | See Bio
    Plan Your Dynamic Website

  • Renae Brumbaugh Green

    Renae Brumbaugh Green  | See Bio
    On Writing Humor

  • Janet McHenry

    Janet McHenry  | See Bio
    On Writing Humor