Get a Head Start on Blogging April 9-11, 2014

Authors published by Harvest House at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers' Conference 2013: Patrick Craig, Laura Christianson, Karen O'Connor, Kay Roper, Susan Meissner, Nick Harrison, and Susy Flory.

Authors published by Harvest House at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference 2013: Patrick Craig, Laura Christianson, Karen O’Connor, Gayle Roper, Susan Meissner, Nick Harrison, and Susy Flory.

By Laura Christianson

If you are an aspiring blogger and have never attended a writers’ conference, 2014 is the year for you!

From April 9-11, 2014, I’ll teach a brand new Head Start mentoring clinic on blogging and social media at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference near Santa Cruz, CA.

I have been teaching at Mount Hermon since 2006; it is one of the finest writers’ conferences in the country. Whether you want to learn more about the craft of writing or you have a project to pitch to a literary agent or an editor from a magazine or book publishing house, this conference has it all.

The main conference takes place April 11-15, 2014. The Head Start clinic takes place before the conference starts.

Listen to my audio intro to the clinic and conference:

Head Start Schedule

Wednesday, April 9, all the Head Start participants and mentors will have dinner together, followed by our first small group session.

Thursday, April 10 will be a full day of mentoring and workshops, followed by more sessions from 8-noon on Friday, April 11. The main conference kicks off at noon on Friday, and you’ll definitely want to attend that, too.

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Entrance to the Head Start Mentoring Clinic is by application only. In addition to the Blogging and Social Media track that I’m facilitating, there will be non-fiction tracks (led by Karen O’Connor and Jan Kern) and fiction tracks (led by Susan Meissner and Lauraine Snelling). These ladies are amazing teachers, multi-published authors, and some of the nicest, most encouraging people you will ever meet.

The term “Head Start” certainly applies to this mini conference. Each track is intended to give you a head start on the basics of fiction, non-fiction, or social media. (Note: You apply to and attend only ONE track.) Our goal is to introduce you to the world of publishing today. You’ll learn about entry points for getting your writing published and how to take that first step.

We’ll spend a lot of time talking about your writing, too. During my blogging clinic, for example, you’ll submit a blog post ahead of time and we’ll discuss each person’s writing sample in our small group. Our time together will not be an extended critique of your writing, but rather, a time to encourage one another, to help each other find our strengths as writers, and to “learn the ropes.”

Blogging & Social Media Clinic

My blogging and social media clinic will be limited to 10 people, so you will receive lots of personal attention and coaching from me, both during the Head Start clinic and throughout the conference.

So, what will you learn during the blogging clinic? Here’s an overview:

  • Why blogging is an important doorway for getting your writing noticed
  • How to plan your blog’s theme
  • How to write blog posts that lure readers and keep them coming back for more
  • How to know which social networks to join… and what to do once you join them
  • How to create an editorial calendar for your blog and social media updates
  • Creative ways to repackage content from your blog and social updates

If you’ve never blogged before – or perhaps you’ve tried it, but need a refresher course – my Head Start clinic will be a great place to get started.

How to Apply for “Jumpstart your Writing Career through Blogging and Social Networking”

Submit two or three blog articles of 250-500 words each (articles you’ve already written or new ones). Write in a conversational tone and give each article a title. Your articles should relate to the same general theme, such as relationships, health, business, spiritual growth, overcoming obstacles, purposeful living… write about your passion!

Then list the theme you’re considering for your blog, the group of people you want to reach, and the benefits your blog will offer those readers.

Please submit your blog posts as a Word Document attachment and email it to coordinator Karen O’Connor,  In the subject line of your e-mail write:  MH Head Start 2014 – YOUR NAME.


If you have questions about the Blogging clinic, feel free to contact me anytime:

I hope to see you April 9-11 at this gorgeous haven nestled among the California redwoods!

For detailed information about the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, click here.