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Christian Writers Conference

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NOTICE OF CANCELLATION OF THE CONFERENCE

The safety and health of our guests are of the highest priority. Mount Hermon has been closely monitoring directions from the Center for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health as well as guidance from our local agencies. In response to the March 16 order from the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency for all county residents to shelter in place and cease all nonessential activities, Mount Hermon is canceling all events, programs, and activities from March 17 through April 7. This includes the 2020 Christian Writers Conference. Our plan is to move as much as possible from this year’s conference to next year—faculty, mentoring clinics, morning tracks, workshops, keynoters, the works. We’ll be updating the website if any changes are made. We are sending this year’s registrants an email with details on how to request a full refund or apply payments for the 2020 conference to the 2021 conference. If you registered for this year and did not get that email, please contact us at info@mounthermon.org or call 831-335-4466. While the shelter-in-place directive is in effect, our staffing will be extremely limited and our response times may be delayed. We are thankful for you and we are praying for you, your families, our community, and our nation.  

Join us in 2021 for the 52nd annual Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference

March 26–30
Pre-conference Mentoring Clinics: March 24–26

Meet fellow writers, agents, and editors!

Whether you desire to publish the traditional way with a royalty publisher or you intend to go the indie publishing route, you’ll find industry professionals who can instruct, direct, and encourage you.

First-Timers Contest 

First time attending the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference? The First-Timers Contest is currently closed. Check back in fall 2020 for our 2021 First Timers Contest details and submission guidelines.

Write down this vision; clearly inscribe it on tablets so one may easily read it.
Habakkuk 2:2 (HCSB)

Invest in your future as a writer

Connect

Learn

Grow

Mount Hermon has provided inspiration, encouragement, direction, refreshment, training, and unique networking opportunities for countless writers over the years. Numerous key business relationships have been formed here, along with longtime friendships among kindred spirits. Come to receive whatever special blessings God has for you at this juncture of your writing journey.

Here are a few comments from last year’s attendees: 

“Mount Hermon is an amazing place to learn the craft of writing and connect with other writers in beautiful surroundings. Mount Hermon feels warm, like family.”

“Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference is a place bathed in God’s presence. From practical advice to long-term friendships, there is no limit to the opportunities here to grow in craft and as writers.”

“Mount Hermon is a very special place and the writers conference is like a breath of fresh air. People are so friendly and helpful, and if you listen you will hear God speak.”

Keynote Speaker

Charles Martin

Charles Martin is the New York Times best-selling author of fifteen books, published in more than thirty-five countries and translated into as many languages. His titles include:
Long Way Gone (winner of the 2017 Christy Book of the Year award) Chasing Fireflies (winner of the 2007 RT Reviewers Choice award) When Crickets Cry (winner of the 2007 Christian Book award for fiction)

Charles also wrote Send Down the Rain, The Dead Don’t Dance, and The Mountain Between Us (on which the blockbuster movie was based—with the usual Hollywood changes).

In a departure from his novel writing, Charles Martin’s latest book shares key moments from his own journey as a disciple and bondservant of Christ, using a storyteller’s imagination to illuminate key moments of the Scriptures, primarily from the life and ministry of Jesus. What If It’s True? launches in January and will be available at the Mount Hermon conference in 2020.

Charles and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida, with their three boys. Find out more at charlesmartinbooks.com

Opening Night Plenary

Steven James

Steven James is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen novels. 

He has served as a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest magazine and is the author of the groundbreaking book Story Trumps Structure as well as the guidebook used by thousands of novelists, Troubleshooting Your Novel, both from Writer’s Digest Books. 

When he’s not working on his next novel, Steven teaches at writers conferences and retreats around the globe. Steven’s latest book, a near-future sci-fi thriller called Synapse, released on October 8.

For more information, visit his website at https://www.stevenjames.net.

Worship Leaders

David Bardowell is the senior pastor at The Gate Christian Bible Church in Mission Viejo, California—the church he and his family founded in 2003. His daughter, Ciera, is worship leader there. Before becoming a Christ-follower, David toured all over the world with various bands, including the Beach Boys. He also wrote a book called Healing Steps.

Conference Presenters

Kathy Ide

Conference Director, Author and Freelance Editor

Jeremy Bentley

Mount Hermon Vice President of Programs

Andrea Coli

Conference Host

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