Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference

Ridgecrest Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference

November 15, 2020
 - November 19, 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:

Onsite Program: $350 per person, Sunday – Thursday (anyone staying off-campus pays a $25 facility fee in addition to the program fees.)

  • Accommodations: $100 per night for Mountain Laurel West and $120 per night for Mountain Laurel East.
  • Meals: $145 per person (12 meals; Sunday Dinner- Thursday Lunch)

Virtual Program: $250 per person. Sunday – Thursday.To register for the virtual conference click here.

 

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The cut-off date for making reservations is November 1, 2020.

This year due to COVID-19 we are also offering the conference general sessions digitally thru LifeWay.com.  The digital pass will include the morning, afternoon and evening general sessions daily along with the awards program on Wednesday.  For more information and registration for the digital pass click here.

 

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
Mitzi Smith
Mitzi Smith
Author
Tim Shoemaker
Tim Shoemaker
Author
Monica Schmelter
Monica Schmelter
General Manager, WHTN Christian Television Network
Ramona Richards
Ramona Richards
Editor
Edwina Perkins
Edwina Perkins
Editor, Harambee Press
Alycia Morales
Alycia Morales
Conference Assistant/Author
Yvonne Lehman
Yvonne Lehman
Editor, LPC
Debbie King
Debbie King
Editor, Tyndale House Publishers
Steven James
Steven James
Author
Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
Conference Videographer
James R. Hannibal
James R. Hannibal
Author
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
Eva Marie Everson
Eva Marie Everson
Conference Contest Director/Managing Editor, Firefly Southern Fiction/Author
Athena Dean Holtz
Athena Dean Holtz
Editor, Redemption Press
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
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- Genre Night! Wear your costume!
8:00 PM: Book Signing in Johnson Spring 1

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 
8:15 AM – 8:45 AM: Check out of your room (check-out is 10:00 AM)
8:45 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

 

Classes, Appointments, Paid Critiques 

  1. Practicum, Continuing Class, or Workshop.
    1. practicum is a hands-on class. It can be offered as a workshop (a stand-alone class) or a continuing class.
    2. continuing class is just that—a class that has new material every day that builds upon itself. These can be 2, 3 or 4 days in length.
    3. workshop is a class that is possibly repeated more than once, and it will be the same material every time.
  2. Act I, Act II, and Act III.
    1. Act I classes are for beginners or new writers in that specific area. For example, an established non-fiction writer who has lots of experience might be a beginner when it comes to writing fiction.
    2. Act II classes are for intermediate writers who may or may not be published in that specific area, but have writing experience.
    3. Act III classes are for advanced writers who have published multiple books and articles and such.

15-Minute Appointments 
These are scheduled times when you can sit down with the author, agent, or editor of your choice and discuss your writing or brainstorm or have them answer your burning questions. You do NOT have to pay for these appointments, they are included as part of your conferee experience.
You will NOT sign up for 15-minute appointments until you get to the conference.

Paid Critiques
Several of our faculty members offer to critique your writing and meet with you at the conference. Critiques cost $30 each, and you can find the list of faculty and what type of writing they will critique on the Blue Ridge Conference website soon. Please be sure to follow the guidelines when you submit your request to the faculty members.
These will be IN ADDITION to your regular 15-minute appointments and are paid appointments.

Contests 

Eva Marie Everson is our contest director and works very hard every year to organize our contests. Please see the website for how to enter, and again, be sure to follow the submission instructions.

Here are the 3 contests we offer:

  • The BRMCWC Foundation Awards Contest: This has previously been known as the Unpublished Contest. You must be registered for the entire conference in order to compete. If you have been paid for your writing in any publication category, then you are ineligible for this contest in that category. (For example, if a publication paid you for a devotion, then you may not enter the contest in the devotion category, but you may enter in a different category.) You may enter in more than one category but we accept only one entry per category.
  • The Director’s Choice Award: The Director’s Choice Award is given to a published writer who is a past or current confereeYou’ve worked hard and it is our pleasure to recognize your achievement. We accept both fiction and non-fiction books for this contest.
  • The Selah AwardsThe Selah Awards are open to all published authors whose books were published between December 16, 2018 and December 15, 2019 with either traditional or non-traditional publishers. If the book is co-authored, both authors must sign the entry form.

The 2020 Awards Ceremony and Dessert Reception

This event takes place on Wednesday evening and isn’t something you must register for separately. It is an opportunity to dress up—IF YOU CHOOSE. You’ll find our faculty in glittering evening wear and this is our chance to come together to celebrate all of our authors’ hard work by honoring them with awards. The results of all 3 contests will be announced during this time. There isn’t a formal dress code for the Awards Banquet. It’s as dressy as you want to make it. Some will wear tuxes or cocktail dresses or gowns. Others will wear their Sunday best, and still others will be in nice jeans and a polo or dress shirt. It’s really up to you how you would like to dress, but we want you to have the information you need to be comfortable in all situations.

General Information

Attire:
General Conference attire is business casual. This isn’t required but is what everyone seems most comfortable with. There is a lot of walking up and down hills, so be sure to pack some comfortable shoes.
Headshots:
One opportunity that we like to offer our conferees is the chance to have professional headshots taken by our conference photographer. You will notice Mallory Zynda snapping pictures throughout the conference. She will also have an appointment sheet so that you can sign up to meet with her and have your picture taken. There is a minimal cost for this service, and we will have more information for you shortly.
Bookstore: 
Our bookstore will operate out of Johnson Spring again this year. 
Conference Schedule:
At the conference, the schedule will be provided to you as a hard copy, tri-fold brochure. 
Class Recordings:
We do offer the opportunity for conference attendees to buy a package of conference recordings.
Facebook:
We also encourage you to LIKE our Facebook page.

 

Visit BlueRidgeConference.com for more information, blogs, podcasts, and class information. 

“I’ve been to several conferences around the country but this one is the very best. Edie and DiAnn offer classes for the multi-published author that teach craft so we can grow as writers!”

The caliber of the workshops and keynotes was exceptional. The best ever, I think. Well done, ladies. The faculty was kind, responsive, and humble.”

“Tim Shoemaker’s Deep POV class was the best I’ve ever heard on the subject. All of my classes were great and were what I needed to hear.”

All of the keynote speakers did great! Their messages are very applicable.”

“Wonderful worship and fellowship and music and speakers.”

 

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