Hello from Jeanette! I’m in the process of last-minute preparations for the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference (March 26-30). This conference is always a highlight of my year. I attended for the first time in 1995 and now have the honor of serving on the Support Staff as the coordinator of the first-timers’ Buddy System.

If you have never attended a conference like Mount Hermon, I highly recommend it. Here are just a few of the things I love about writers’ conferences:

1) Learning
2) Getting a break from “work”-type projects (I appreciate them even more when I get home)
3) Seeing friends who have become like family
4) Great critiques
5) Wonderful speakers
6) Reminders that editors are just like us
7) Opportunities to encourage new writers
8) Making new friends
9) Being surrounded by creative people
10) Meeting with God and letting Him speak in a fresh way

It’s not too late to register for Mount Hermon. Just go to If it’s too far away or out of your budget, find one in your area. I can’t wait to share what God teaches me this year!


About Jeanette Hanscome

Jeanette Hanscome is the author of four books and over 400 articles, devotionals, and stories for both teens and adults. Her recent work includes a story for Guideposts magazine, a chapter in Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes and Science Facts, and the short story Gifts, Volume 12 in the 12 Days of Christmas series. Her newest book, Running with Roselle, was co-written with blind 9/11 survivor and New York Times Bestselling author Michael Hingson. When she isn’t writing, Jeanette offers services as a freelance content editor and writing coach, and enjoys teaching writers. Jeanette lives in the Bay Area and feels blessed to be the mom of two amazing sons.

2 Thoughts on “10 Things I Love about Writers Conferences

  1. Jeanette,
    I second everything you’ve said. If it’s at all within your budget, attend a writer’s conference. Your first one will go by in a flash, but even then you’ll pick up lots of information. Equally or more important are the friendships that begin there.
    If you do attend Mount Hermon, look me up. I’ll be the guy trying to look like a faculty member when he feels like a freshman writer.

  2. Mount Hermon is one of my favorite conferences! Wish it were possible to attend more often, but budgets have to be considered and choices have to be made. Maybe next year . . .

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