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Blossoming trees were vibrant in pink, white, yellow, blue. Lilac buds scented the air. Intense blue   delphiniums craned their necks high, painting a bright swatch of color across the rocks. A stone table and benches, covered in pink blossoms. The setting of the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference was once again awash in beauty.

Following two very demanding weeks just prior to the conference, I was tired and wound up like an old slingy. My shoulders were tight, my head hurt, and my body ached. Settling into my room, I studied the weekend’s agenda again to ensure I went to the most significant workshops to help hone my craft.

During evening sessions, Elizabeth Hunnicutt led our several hundred voices in harmonious songs of praise and worship.  Mark Batterson challenged us by sharing the ways God has expanded his pastoral and writing ministry.

I wore my Fitbit and walked 2.5-3 miles a day, moving through beauty from one meeting to another. Mentors, critiquers, session leaders, and keynote speaker were all vested in our becoming better writers, that our stories be told to share God’s life with many.

I enjoyed a meaningful Mentoring Clinic with the precious women at left, led by author Sarah Sundin. We critiqued each other’s work, spent one-on-one time with Sarah, and learned a great deal from each other while sharing laughter and tears.

It was a time to release – tension, worries, anxieties; and receive – love and direction from the Holy Spirit, insights and teaching from qualified mentors and instructors. As tired as I was by the end of four intense days, I was also renewed in spirit, mind and body. And ready to write some more!

Where do you need renewal in your spirit, mind and body?









  1. Karen O'Connor says:

    What a great photo of your dear writer friends at MH. I miss the conferences now that I am ‘retired’ from that chapter of my life, but I am so grateful for the younger generation to step up and carry on. Here’s to the writing life, wherever we may be.

    1. carolnl says:

      I miss seeing you and learning from you at the conference, Karen. But I smiled when I saw you meeting Janet in the coffee shop during the conference. I didn’t say hello because I didn’t want to intrude on your conversation, but it felt good to see you there, where so much of my writing began. Love you!

  2. Columba Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing about your experience at the conference this year, Carol! I’m glad you had such a good time!

    1. carolnl says:

      Thank you Columba. I look forward to when we return to our critique group in July, and to seeing you again!

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