Is this the same conference ran by Mount Hermon for fifty years?
No. Though it will continue many, many elements of that beloved legacy conference. Mount Hermon made the difficult decision to end their conference at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. The Inspire Christian Writers Conference will step into that space with its own conference … bringing all the best bits of the historical version into a new endeavor. So, this is not run by or directed by Mount Hermon, but it IS held with the full support and blessing of Mount Hermon.
When is the conference to be held in 2022?
The Inspire Christian Writers Conference at Mount Hermon will be held: March 25-29, 2022
What will be the same?
Major morning tracks, many familiar faculty, including agents, editors, and publishers, craft and career workshops galore, evening keynote sessions, faculty tables at meals, your wonderful friends (new and old), and, of course, the beautiful Mt. Hermon campus!
What will be different?
New teaching and mentoring options, sharing the campus with other groups, limited number of registration slots (at least this year), having to make our own beds in Standard and Economy housing, and this conference will be more affordable (yes, you read that right!).
What new teaching options are there?
We’re excited to announce the new Mentor Track. If you are looking for hands-on, one-on-one mentoring for your project, platform, and career, this add-on option is for you. You will meet with your mentor for a one-on-one consult during the Major Morning Track sessions for each of the four days. Each day will focus on a separate aspect of your journey: your actual writing, platform, marketing, and next steps. The remaining morning track time will be spent working on steps and any homework your mentor assigns. (Our mentors include: Senior Acquisitions Editor for Zondervan, Editorial Director for Chosen Books (Baker Publishing), award-winning author and top Books and Such agent, etc.)
How will the conference be structured?
Very similarly to conferences in the past. We will have evening keynotes, major morning tracks (based around one topic/genre and continuing for all mornings), afternoon workshops, and a Sunday morning service. Meals will be at scheduled times in the dining hall, and at both lunch and dinner, you will have the opportunity to sit with faculty at mealtimes to pitch or ask questions.
Is this conference for beginning, intermediate, or career writers?
YES! There will be teaching across all genres and all writing levels.
What is the cost?
We’ve been able to roll back the total conference costs, so room options will range from $1,165 to $1,595 if you are an Inspire Member, $1,265 to $1,695 if you are not. (Inspire membership is only $50 per year, so it would give you a net gain via the discount to become a member!)
Tell me about Inspire and the Inspire Member discount … do I get it when I register?
Inspire Christian Writers is a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to encourage and equip writers. We do this through critique groups, an award-winning blog, and annual anthology, free quarterly workshops, discounts to teaching opportunities and services serving writers, writing contests, writing opportunities, notification of Christian writing opportunities and resources, and through sponsoring events like the Inspire Christian Writers Conference at Mount Hermon. Annual membership is only $50.
If you are a current member at the time of the conference, you will be refunded $100 across all room types and $50 if you choose the Mentor Track add-on. The discount amount will be refunded within one month of the conference end to the card used at time of payment.
Crucial things we should know?
Mount Hermon has had to pivot and adapt during the pandemic and is currently working with a reduced staff. So a few things are no longer offered, such as recording of the conference. Also, with the exception of the Deluxe rooms, linens are provided, but beds are not made upon arrival. Until we grow, we will also be sharing the campus with 1-2 other groups.
That said, the only big difference to this conference is that the registration number is capped. Past conferences were the only group on campus, so all accommodation was available to us, but that’s no longer the case. So, if you are hoping to go, you will need to register early to ensure both the type of accommodation you prefer AND that you get a spot at all. Once the slots are taken, registration will be closed.
What is the faculty selection process?
To craft the best conference experience possible, several key faculty slots will be by invitation only. However, unlike conferences past, there will be a portion of faculty positions available by application. Details about those opportunities, and how to apply will be available in June 2021 on this website. We are not accepting any unsolicited applications.
What happens if the pandemic is still affecting things?
Because of Mount Hermon’s strict refund and cancelation policies, should the conference be canceled due to pandemic conditions, it will be rescheduled and all monies received will be applied to that event.
If the event is allowed to take place, we will follow all applicable guidelines.
If it is a hardship for you to roll your registration fee to the next conference, we will work with you to find an amenable solution.
I don’t have a roommate, but I want a shared accommodation. What do I do?
We will assign you a roommate if you do not have a preference. Many of past attendees’ best friendships happened because they were placed with someone who would become a wonderful part of their lives and writing journeys. Unless registrants are married, housing is not co-ed.
I love the Mentor Track option, but I’m a beginner/career writer/somewhere in the middle. Is this for me?
Absolutely. No matter where you are on your writing journey, our rock star mentors can help you with next steps and marketable insight.
I want to fly in, is there a shuttle available from the nearest airport?
Unfortunately, we will not be running a shuttle for attendees, but there are car rentals at and near the airport should you need them. The nearest major airport is in San Jose (SJC).
Will there be pre-conference clinics or early-arrival options?
Unfortunately, not this year. We are hopeful for the future, however!
I have dietary issues. What are my options?
In the past, Mount Hermon has worked to provide enough variety at mealtimes to accommodate many food restrictions (such as a deconstructed salad bar and build your own sandwiches, as well as limited gluten-free options, etc.). The food is served buffet-style, usually with a couple of entrees and several side options. For updated information about what potential modifications will be available due to the reduced staff and services, you will need to contact Mount Hermon directly closer to the event. There are no refrigerators in any accommodation type.
What is the cancelation policy?
Mount Hermon has a very strict refund policy we must follow, which is:
- From time of registration to 121 days prior to conference, 75% of registration fee will be refunded
- From 120 to 91 days prior to conference, 50% will be refunded
- From 90 to 61 days, 25% will be refunded
- Less than 61 days prior to conference, no refunds are made