Few writers attain their full potential without the advice and encouragement of others.
C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien recognized that fact.
For many years they gathered regularly with a number of other keen minds, almost all of whom shared their Christian faith. (Notably, Owen Barfield who was an Anthroposophist, was a notable exception.) Some writers visited the community as guests.
I’ve written in the past about the great benefit provided by Inkling-style literary criticism. It’s all about synergy.
Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference is one of the premier gatherings of its sort. After many years of hoping to attend, my wife and I journeyed to California for its Fiftieth Anniversary this past week. What a blessing!
In addition to hundreds of zealous writers, the conference was attended by twoscore publishers, agents and writing experts who generously shared their vast knowledge. And I use that word “generously” in a literal sense. The faculty made itself accessible to a degree I have never before witnessed (and I am a veteran of innumerable professional conferences). The speakers were sincerely interested in encouraging each and every participant.
Classes were available for writing novices, journeymen and experts. I found the track on screenwriting to be the most helpful for my own current needs. I hope to put these new lessons into practice in the next few years.
I can confidently assure you that Mount Hermon will also offer the sort of advice and encouragement that you need to advance your own skills to the proverbial “next level.” If you are interested in attending Mount Hermon, you can learn more here.
Back on the Home Front
If you have never enjoyed the benefits of gathering locally with other writers, I strongly encourage you to consider it now.
If you’re on a critique-group-hiatus due to past disappointments, why not look for a fresh group with a healthier focus?
I sincerely believe most of us become better writers while growing together, than we do wandering on our own. Mount Hermon reinforced that conviction.
I encourage each of you to reach your own full potential—with a little help from some new friends.