Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference

Ridgecrest Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference

May 24, 2020
 - May 28, 2020

The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference is the premier training and networking event for both seasoned and aspiring writers and speakers. This event allows participants the ideal opportunity to interact with editors, agents, professional writers and readers, offering outstanding workshops and continuing classes in a wide array of creative categories. Whether you are a professional writer expanding your skills and networking contacts, or a brand-new writer just beginning to chase your dream, this Christian Writers Conference is the ideal opportunity to take your creative goals to a higher level.

Cost:

Program: $350 per person, Sunday – Thursday and we will have an optional one-day post-conference* session with Jane Friedman for an additional $150.00 per person that includes continental breakfast and lunch on Friday. (anyone staying off-campus pays a $25 facility fee in addition to the program fees.)

Accommodations: $70 per night/Pritchell, $80 per night/Maple, $90 per night for Queen/Queen Room, or $100 per night for King room/Rhododendron or Mountain Laurel West and $120 per night for Mountain Laurel East.

Meals: $145 per person (12 meals; Sunday Dinner- Thursday Lunch)

The cut-off date for making reservations is May 8, 2020.

 

Edie Melson
Edie Melson
Director, Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference
DiAnn Mills
DiAnn Mills
Director, Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference
Mallory Zynda
Mallory Zynda
Conference Photographer
Terry Whalin
Terry Whalin
Editor, Morgan James Publishing
Cindy Sproles
Cindy Sproles
Editor/Cofounder Christian Devotions Ministries/Author
Taryn Souders
Taryn Souders
Author
Mitzi Smith
Mitzi Smith
Author
Amy Simpson
Amy Simpson
Editor, Moody Publishing
Tim Shoemaker
Tim Shoemaker
Author
Monica Schmelter
Monica Schmelter
General Manager, WHTN Christian Television Network
Cynthia Ruchti
Cynthia Ruchti
Agent, Books & Such Literary Agency
Ramona Richards
Ramona Richards
Editor
Rhonda Rhea
Rhonda Rhea
Conference Emcee/Author
Edwina Perkins
Edwina Perkins
Editor, Harambee Press
Alycia Morales
Alycia Morales
Conference Assistant/Author
Torry Martin
Torry Martin
Screenwriter/Author
Nancy Lohr
Nancy Lohr
Editor, JourneyForth Books
Yvonne Lehman
Yvonne Lehman
Editor, LPC
Michelle S. Lazurek
Michelle S. Lazurek
Agent, Wordwise Media Services
Steve Laube
Steve Laube
Agent, Steve Laube Agency
Cindy Lambert
Cindy Lambert
Editor, Baker Publishing Group
Rowena Kuo
Rowena Kuo
Editor, Brimstone Fiction
Debbie King
Debbie King
Editor, Tyndale House Publishers
Katy Kauffman
Katy Kauffman
Editor, Refresh Bible Study Magazine
Steven James
Steven James
Author
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
Conference Videographer
Isaac Hernandez
Isaac Hernandez
Industry Professional
Marianne Hering
Marianne Hering
Editor, Focus on the Family
Jim Hart
Jim Hart
Agent – Heartline Literary Agency
James R. Hannibal
James R. Hannibal
Author
Tamela Hancock Murray
Tamela Hancock Murray
Agent, Steve Laube Agency
Tessa Emily Hall
Tessa Emily Hall
Agent (Associate), Hartline Literary Agency
Linda Goldfarb
Linda Goldfarb
Author
Karynthia Glasper-Phillips
Karynthia Glasper-Phillips
Author
Linda Gilden
Linda Gilden
Staff/Author
Alton Gansky
Alton Gansky
Author
Eva Marie Everson
Eva Marie Everson
Conference Contest Director/Managing Editor, Firefly Southern Fiction/Author
Lynette Eason
Lynette Eason
Author
Athena Dean Holtz
Athena Dean Holtz
Editor, Redemption Press
Jenn DePaula
Jenn DePaula
Industry Professional
Vincent B. Davis II
Vincent B. Davis II
Author
Blythe Daniel
Blythe Daniel
Agent, Blythe Daniel Agency
Lisa Crayton
Lisa Crayton
Author
Michelle Cox
Michelle Cox
Author
E. Stephen Burnett
E. Stephen Burnett
Editor, Lorehaven magazine
Jevon Bolden
Jevon Bolden
Agent
Lynn H. Blackburn
Lynn H. Blackburn
Author
David Bennett
David Bennett
Editor, LifeWay Christian Resources

Sunday:

3:00 PM:
4:00 PM: Registration- Pritchell
4:30 PM: Faculty Meeting- Johnson Spring 1 (Faculty Only)
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner in the Dining Room
6:45 PM – 8:00 PM: Group Meeting: Announcements/Worship/Keynote- Spilman Auditorium
8:00 PM: Meet the Faculty & Sign up for 2 Appointments- Johnson Spring 1

Monday:

7:15 AM – 8:15 AM: Breakfast in the Dining Room 
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Group Meeting: Devotion/Worship/Announcements- Spilman Auditorium 
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Keynote- Spilman Auditorium 
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM: Break
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums- Various Rooms
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch in the Dining Room 
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums- Various Rooms
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM: Break
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums- Various Rooms
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Free Time
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner in the Dining Room 
6:45 PM – 8:15 PM: Group Meeting: Worship/Keynote- Spilman Auditorium 

Tuesday:

7:15 AM – 8:15 AM: Breakfast in the Dining Room 
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Group Meeting: Devotion/Worship/Announcements- Spilman Auditorium 
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Keynote- Spilman Auditorium 
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM: Break
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums- Various Rooms
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch in the Dining Room 
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums- Various Rooms
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM: Break
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums- Various Rooms
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Free Time
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner in the Dining Room 
6:45 PM – 8:15 PM: Group Meeting: Worship/Keynote- Spilman Auditorium 

Wednesday:

7:15 AM – 8:15 AM: Breakfast in the Dining Room 
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Group Meeting: Devotion/Worship/Announcements- Spilman Auditorium 
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Keynote- Spilman Auditorium 
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM: Break
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums- Various Rooms
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch in the Dining Room 
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums- Various Rooms
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM: Break
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums- Various Rooms
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Free Time
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Dinner in the Dining Room 
7:15 PM: Awards- Spilman Auditorium 
8:45 PM: Ice Cream & S’mores Reception- Nibble Nook & Ivy Fire Ring

Thursday:

7:15 AM – 8:15 AM: Breakfast in the Dining Room 
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Group Meeting: Devotion/Worship/Announcements- Spilman Auditorium 
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM: Continuing Classes/Workshops/Practicums- Various Rooms
11:15 AM – 11:45 AM: Keynote- Spilman Auditorium 
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch in the Dining Room 
Depart

Post Conference: 

Thursday:

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Registration- Mt. Laurel Lobby (Additional Fee Applies)

Friday:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Workshop, includes continental breakfast and lunch

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Important Update

The health and safety of guests and team members is of utmost importance. Even though no COVID-19 cases have been tied to Ridgecrest Conference Center at this point, we have made the decision to not host events and guests (including individual stays) through May 15, 2020. We will continue to monitor additional developments and reassess as appropriate.

Previously made reservations for stays before May 15th will be canceled and fully refunded. Please note that credit card refunds typically take several business days to process.

Planners of events scheduled at Ridgecrest before May 15th: A member of our sales team will contact you to discuss rescheduling possibilities.

In these unprecedented circumstances, please join our team in praying for our communities, our nation, and our world.

From Our Director