By Yvonne Lehman, author of 55 novels, non-fiction compilations Divine Moments, Christmas Moments, Spoken Moments, and future moments…
My son is a runner. Almost every time he returns from a run he says, “I quit. I’m never doing this again. I hate it.” He turns red, pours sweat, breathes hard, gasps, and complains because he only improved his time by a fraction of a second or almost died going up that hill. I think he’d rather die than stop.
The next day he puts on his running clothes, running shoes, gets his water and ear buds, smiles like he’s going to conquer the world and off he goes. Why? Because it’s what he does. It’s fulfilling. He feels he is accomplishing and conquering. He is motivated by envisioning the end result. He is a runner.
It reminds me of my writing and that of many other writers. We can look at that blank screen and say, “I can’t do this.” But we do. Why? Because we’re writers. We have a goal ahead of us. We’re motivated.
I look back at the beginning of my motivation. It was decades ago at the Billy Graham School of Christian Writing. That opened up a whole new world to me. I’ve been running (sometimes walking slowly!) with my writing ever since. There were only two writers conferences back then, the Billy Graham one in MN and Mount Herman in CA. I knew one was needed in NC. After much struggle and many years, the Blue Ridge Mountains Writers Conference was started. After 25 years of directing the conference I turned it over to Alton Gansky, whom I knew would lead it to even greater heights, which he has, along with his helpers Edie Melson, Eva Marie Everson, and many others.
My goal now is to concentrate on bringing encouragement, instruction, and motivation primarily to novelists. The Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelists Retreat is an intimate gathering of a limited number of students so focus and concentration can be devoted to the attendees’ needs and questions about every aspect of novel writing.
The Retreat is held at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Ridgecrest NC October 18-22.
Our faculty is a profession group, multi-published, and with a mission to teach beginning and advanced writers how to improve their craft, increase their creativity, and find joy in using the gifts and opportunities God has given us.
Faculty includes (listings are bare minimum experience and expertise):
Yvonne Lehman, director, 55 novels, Candlelight Romance and Guiding Light Women’s Fiction editor (LPC)
Diane Mills, over 50 novels, suspense writer, two-time Christy winner, Best Books winner, former Craftsman Director CWG
Edie Melson, social media expert, author, co-director BRMCWC, blogger for Guideposts, Senior Editor of NovelRocket.com
Torry Martin, writer, speaker, actor, comedian, delightful entertainer
Eva Marie Everson, co-director FCWC, award-winning author, Southern Fiction editor (LPC)
Ann Tatlock, two-time Christy winner, Heritage Beacon Historical Novels editor (LPC)
Diana Flegal, Mentor, Harline Literary Agent
Lori Marett, Mentor, screenwriting
Others will be announced later. See our form for discounted tuition.
We also offer critiques and contests, including our highest award: the Golden Leaf Award. For more information: http://ridgecrestconferencecenter.org/event/novelist or google Blue Ridge Novelist Retreat, or contact Yvonne at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t walk… run to join us for this wonderful experience. Looking forward to seeing some of you in October!