Morning Mentoring Clinics

Gain valuable insight from a skilled professional in your genre who is committed to coming alongside other writers. Instead of participating in a Major Morning Track, you might prefer having your work-in-progress evaluated by a multi-published author and mentor. This option is specifically designed for writers who have intermediate writing and publishing experience and are ready to deepen their skill in a small-group setting. Each clinic combines learning in a small-group setting, a mentor critique of your work-in-progress, and a one-on-one consultation with your mentor. 

All mentoring clinics are limited to 6 participants.

Fiction and nonfiction clinics are for intermediate writers who have a work-in-progress.
Special-interest clinics are for all levels of writers.



  • By Application Only
  • $80 Additional Cost
  • Deadline is March 20
  • Applications are processed in the order they are received
  • Meeting each morning (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) during the Major Morning Tracks
  • Application
  • Mentors



  • Brandilyn Collins

    Brandilyn Collins - Intermediate Fiction  
    Novel Structure 

    Brandilyn Collins, author of Getting into Character, will coach authors on how to deepen their fiction writing. Participants will be asked to submit the first five pages of a manuscript plus a one-page synopsis. Teaching will focus on the techniques participants most need. These may include story structure, characterization and emotion, sentence structure, use of back-story, and dialogue. 


  • Sarah Sundin

    Sarah Sundin - Intermediate Fiction 
    Bring Your Story to Life

    In this clinic, you’ll learn how to make your story come to life. Through examples and instruction, you’ll learn about crafting realistic characters, incorporating spiritual and thematic elements, and grounding readers in the setting without overwhelming them with details. We’ll also discuss how good fiction mechanics, from dialogue to point-of-view, can bring your story from mediocre to excellent.



  • Joe Bentz

    Joe Bentz – Intermediate Nonfiction
    Writing the Irresistible Nonfiction Book 

    What does the first chapter of your book need to draw in readers and persuade them to follow you through the rest of your book? How do you establish your voice as a writer? How do you write a book that editors and readers will love? We will focus on these and other issues in this mentoring clinic. This group will combine teaching, critique, one-on-one coaching, and creative inspiration for the writing life.

  • Jan Kern

    Jan Kern – Intermediate Nonfiction
    Writing for Your Reader with Impact, Depth, and Flow

    Your nonfiction book holds a creative balance of elements that arc across its pages. In this clinic, you’ll learn how to make those arcs work for you to uniquely carry the message and impact you want for your reader. We’ll also take a deep dive into your author-reader connection so you can design an intentional direction for your book’s story and themes. You’ll walk away with new insight, direction, and tools to help you complete your book with fun and ease.

Special-Interest Clinics

  • Mona Hodgson

    Mona Hodgson – Children’s Writing 
    A Work-in-Progress Clinic for Children's Writers

    Children’s writers, published or not, can join this mentoring clinic for constructive input on your work-in-progress, practical instruction, industry tidbits, spiritual encouragement, and community. Mona’s publishing credits include board books, picture books, beginning and middle readers, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, which gives you beaucoup options and opportunities in your exploration of writing and publishing. 


The Mentoring Clinics meet each morning during the Major Morning Tracks and are by application only. Clinics are limited to 6 students each. Applications are processed and the writers placed in groups in the order the applications are received.

The goal is to give clinic participants concentrated time to strengthen their works-in-progress. Includes mentor instruction, professional critique of your project, and group dialogue around writing technique applicable to your genre. 

For an Application Form contact:

FICTION: Sarah Sundin |

In the subject line of your email, please write “MH Morning Mentoring Clinic” and your last name. The application form you receive will allow you to share more about your interests and detail what we need from you to place you in your clinic. 


In the subject line of your email, please write “MH Morning Mentoring Clinic,” your last name, and the clinic you’re interested in: Nonfiction, Children's Writing, Blogging, or Speaker to Writer. The application form you receive will allow you to share more about your interests and detail what we need from you to place you in your clinic. 

Other Morning Options

Major Morning Tracks

If you’re a new writer who hasn’t had much writing and publishing experience, you will benefit more from taking one of the Major Morning Tracks than getting into a Mentoring Clinic.

Writing Retreat

If neither of those options is right for you, why not make the Mount Hermon writers conference a writing retreat? Start your day in a Prayer & Praise session, or take a prayer walk along one of the beautiful redwood trails, or seek divine guidance in the Mount Hermon chapel. Join us for a delicious, healthy breakfast. Then spend the rest of the morning writing whatever God lays on your heart to work on. After lunch, do more writing or take some workshops, meet with the Critique Team, have appointments with faculty members, or enjoy some of the recreational opportunities available to conferees. If you get stuck, spend some time with our Prayer Partners in the chapel. After dinner, be inspired by our evening worship and keynote speaker … or do more writing. You’ll be amazed at how much quality work you’ll get done in this inspiring atmosphere!