The time of year I call “writers’ conference season” has arrived. During the winter and spring months, many organizations host their annual conferences for writers. Two conferences in particular are close to my heart:
- West Coast Christian Writers Conference – February 20-21, Fremont, CA
- Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference – March 25-31, near Santa Cruz, CA
I’m on the board of directors for West Coast Christian Writers (WCCW), and we’ve been planning this all-new conference for nearly a year.
If you’ve never attended a writers’ conference, WCCW is a great place to test the waters. At this high-energy, 1.5-day conference, you choose to attend one of four instructional tracks:
- Fast Track to Publication with Marci Seither
- Platform & Marketing with Keri Wyatt Kent
- Nonfiction Writing with Bill Giovannetti
- Fiction Writing with Adina Senft
Each course includes four hours of instruction, writing practice, coaching and networking.
Loads of other fun stuff will be happening, too:
- Three general sessions led by keynote presenter, Kathi Lipp.
- Door prizes at the start of each general session
- TED-type talks and Lightning Talks from Brent Dusing, Cheri Gregory, and Susy Flory
- Authors Unplugged panel discussions (I’ll be facilitating a discussion on blogging and social media marketing)
- Conference bookstore
- Free drop-in critiques of a writing project
- Worship band, Tapestry
- And of course, lunch!
Here’s a hot-off-the-camera video created by Marci Seither, who’s teaching the “Fast Track to Publication” course:
Known as the “granddaddy of Christian writers’ conferences,” Mount Hermon is one of the biggest and best you’ll ever attend. This year’s conference features several significant changes, so if you’ve attended in the past, you can expect to have a refreshing new experience this year.
In addition to six Major Morning Tracks designed for writers of every skill level, you have opportunities to pitch your writing project to literary agents and editors from several publishing houses.
Head Start Pre-Conference Tracks
Plus, there are five Head Start Pre-Conference Tracks in which a small group of participants get a ton of instruction and one-one-one mentoring. And it all happens before the main conference even begins! (There is an additional fee for the Head Start Tracks.)
I’ll be leading the Head Start Track titled, “Take your blogging and social media to the next level.” During this interactive mentoring clinic, we’ll approach blogging and social media from a business perspective. You’ll pinpoint your ideal reader, polish your message, plan a publication schedule, and practice proven techniques for building community.
Here’s an article by Norma Nill, a writer who participated in last year’s blogging Head Start track: Five Cool Tips from a Blog Mentoring Clinic.
Let me know if you have questions about either conference. I would love to see you there.