Education + Contacts + Beauty = A+ Writers Conference!

Here we are at Mount Hermon’s fabulous Writers Conference.  So many wonderful memories. (Of course, I got a head start.  From the time I was 4 until I was 16, I spent every birthday at Mount Hermon.  The highlight of the best week of my year!)  But the writers conference played an even more important role in my life.  It’s where I sold my first book.  And where I learned how to write like a professional.  And where I made the contacts for just about every other one of my 43 published books.

Education, contacts, and a gorgeous setting.  Classes and workshops and mentoring opportunities, editors and agents and encouragers of every kind, all in the midst of towering redwoods, blooming dogwood trees, and showers of cherry  blossoms.

This world-famed conference is held every year the week before Easter.  If you are an aspiring writer and you missed this year, start saving your money.  Can’t wait to see you next year.

“It is the job that is never started that takes longest to finish.”

~J.R.R. Tolkien~

About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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6 Responses to Education + Contacts + Beauty = A+ Writers Conference!

  1. Jean Stewart says:

    Be still my heart…what a fabulous post, dear Kay. Saving it to read again and again and again…

  2. B.J. Taylor says:

    I miss being there among all of the beauty and knowledge. And I miss YOU and DAN (say hello for me). Next year, I hope, for hot fudge sundaes and chatting time!

  3. I am missing Mount Hermon and YOU so terribly right now, it hurts. Wishing you a glorious time — and may you be blessed even more than you could imagine.

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