I have never felt more cared for at any conference than I did at my first Mount Hermon writers conference. Personally cared for – as a valued member of an extended family. Everyone there – staff, instructors, volunteers and fellow conferees both alumni and newcomers – made me feel welcome, comfortable, safe and included. That feeling is unique, in my experience, among the conferences and events I have attended in my working life.
On the first day, at each initial contact with staff members and volunteers, I heard, “Oh yes, I recognize your name.” After that, they knew me and greeted me by name. Conferees were eager to meet each other and once they knew I was a first-timer, I had no shortage of new friends. I quickly felt that I had found my ‘tribe.’
Perhaps those feelings stem from the generosity of all involved. I continue to marvel at and be humbled by the sheer magnitude of time and personal attention given to each writer, whether best-selling veteran or struggling novice, by the publishing professionals who teach or advise.
Oh, and did I mention the food is great?
Hillari Delgado’s romantic suspense novels are “Deadly Fun™”. Her completed works include the Regency romp, When in Rome and the Victorian thriller, The Werewolf of Windermere. A present-day comic mystery, Digger and Dangerfield, is upcoming. Hillari lives in Modesto, CA with her husband and two “fur persons” and is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency. You can find Hillari on Facebook.
Photo: Hillari Delgado and B&H editor Karen Ball break bread.