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The Vision Christian Writing Conference is the response to the devastating news that Mt. Hermon was ceasing their legacy 50-year writing conference at the beginning of the pandemic.
We mourned right along with the rest of the writing world at the loss of this important and iconic annual event. And we hoped for two years that someone would step in to resurrect the conference in some form.
Apparently, God was waiting for Robynne Elizabeth Miller, Director, and Ian Feavearyear, Administrator, to step into the gap. In May of 2021, they did just that.
The intent of the conference is to honor the legacy of the original, while also working to meet the growing and changing needs of the Christian writing community.
The Vision Christian Writers Conference is meant to be five primary things:
- An event dedicated to and prioritizing Christ in all we do, beginning with vibrant worship, inspiring speakers, and excellent teaching,
- An annual gathering of collaborative, mutually encouraging writers focused on improving their skills, networking with professionals, and enjoying the fellowship of like-minded folks,
- A growing, vibrant community intent on the hard and holy work of writing,
- A place to come as you are, at whatever stage of writing you are, and soak in the atmosphere, move to the next level in your craft, and find actionable next steps for your journey,
- A place to step into the calling of “writer,” to understand all the blessings and possibilities that title contains, and to learn how to pursue that calling in a way that honors God, blesses others, and leaves the end results to Jesus.
Robynne Elizabeth Miller, Director
Robynne Elizabeth Miller holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction and Fiction and a B.A. in English Literature. Agented with Books and Such, she is the author of ten books and countless articles and essays, including Finding Common Ground: One Octogenarian’s Quest to Help our Nation Heal, The Three Faces of Nellie, and her latest project, Tennessee Wildcat: On the Trail of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Mr. Edwards (Sept 2022), as well as a speaker, writing/publishing coach, and mentor for both traditionally and self-published authors.
When she’s not writing, directing the conference, coaching, or consulting, Robynne serves as the board president of Inspire Christian Writers and enjoys her amazing British husband, beautiful brood of adopted and biological children, and all things cooking.
She also consults on the development of writing conferences and programs, from one day workshops to multi-day full conferences. You know, because she has nothing else to do.
The reason behind all this writing-related stuff is her passion for helping writers bring their stories and messages into the world. With a “Team Jesus” approach, she works hard to create an atmosphere of collaboration in which top industry professionals and even the very newest authors come together to learn, create, and maybe even publish.
Ian Feavearyear, Assistant Director/Conference Administrator
Ian Feavearyear, a native of the rural county of Suffolk, England, earned his Juris Doctor from Concord Law School and holds a paralegal certification as well as a B.A. in psychology. A former professional genealogist, he is an avid historical researcher, with a particular interest in the opening of the West and homesteading.
Ian was lead researcher for the book The Three Faces of Nellie and his first joint-authored book will be published in 2022.
In his spare time, Ian loves reading, researching, exploring backroads, and visiting remote cemeteries.
Senior Conference Assistant
An adrenaline junkie, S.E. Clancy has skydived and worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher prior to releasing stories in anthologies, publishing contemporary Biblical retellings including True and Mercy. Her young adult novel Victoria Grace the Jerkface (WhiteFire Publishing) is a semi-finalist for the 2021 ACFW Carol Awards. She currently serves on the Inspire Christian Writers board and is a co-leader of Quills, a local writer’s group. A bit of a sci-fi nerd, geek, and self-proclaimed dork, there isn’t much she won’t try at least once … unless it involves mayonnaise, because that stuff is just gross.
An aspiring author and illustrator, Hannah Prewett has been known to search closets for Narnia and has a weakness for Disney films, Jane Austen, and musical theatre.
She loves using her art and words to create whimsical tales, usually involving unicorns or other fantastical creatures. Her goal is to create stories that give her readers a dash of wonder and a touch of everyday magic, all while illustrating Christ’s love.
Karen is a wife, mother, grandmother, addicted to painting, gardening, music, and Biblical languages.
She has been a member of Inspire Christian Writers for twelve years and has been published in the Inspire Anthology and on their website: Six Pitfalls to Finishing Your Book, and How to Take an Introvert to a Conference.
Jackie Knapp is a storyteller, portrait and family photographer, and general curator of whimsy. She is the co-creator and writer of The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry, a children’s travel series that encourages kids to be brave and curious. Jackie mentors those who want to grow artistically, and teaches the creative living course: Art Camp for Grown-Ups. In all of her work, she is energized by walking alongside others into lives of beauty, freedom, and adventure.
Prayer Team Lead
Susan Sage writes devotions and multiple types of fiction. She is a teacher, mentor, and inspirational speaker, who loves praying for and encouraging others. As a board member for Inspire Christian Writers, she oversees critique groups and enjoys helping writers find a group with which to connect.
David M. Hyde, is a multi-optioned award-winning screenwriter most recently co-writing a 9/11 docu-drama for Carolyn Mack Productions and is a limited-series writer for the Al Turner Company.
David, along with his wife, Joyce, managed the conference bookstore at the 2022 Inspire Christian Writers Conference at Mount Hermon.
Hospitality Team Lead
Lenette Lindsey is a Bible teacher, writer, and graduate from Dallas Theological Seminary who deeply loves Jesus and people. She lives in Texas, with her husband, Joel, and is partially lamenting and partially rejoicing at her new status as an empty nester. However, there’s not a dull moment in her home with Charlie, her angel in a doggie costume, and Sophie, who has not yet earned her wings.