Are you planning a one-day seminar or a multi-day conference for writers? Mona Hodgson, a seasoned writer and conference veteran is available to serve as a keynote speaker, continuing course instructor and/or workshop leader. Since Mona began writing for publication 30 years ago, she has participated in more than 100 writers conferences and seminars as a student, a faculty member, or as the director.
Whether Mona is leading a comprehensive class, teaching a workshop, giving a keynote address, or critiquing manuscripts, she draws from her experiences as a nonfiction writer, novelist, children’s author, poet, and newspaper columnist to offer practical instruction, inspiration, humor, and encouragement.
Mona’s Schools of Writing and Writers Conference Faculty Credits Include:
- YWAM (Youth With A Mission) School of Writing in Texas and Kona
- Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference in California
- Colorado Christian Writers Conference
- Florida Christian Writers Conference
- Write! Canada Conference in Ontario, Canada
- Write to Publish Conference at Wheaton College in Illinois
- Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference
- Orange County Christian Writers in California
- Oregon Christian Writers Conference
- ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) East Valley Chapter, Arizona
- Wrangling with Writing Conference in Arizona
- Montrose Christian Writers Conference in Pennsylvania
- North Texas Christian Writers Conference
- Texas Christian Writers Conference
- Inspirational Writers Alive! in Texas
- Sandy Cove Christian Writers Conference in Maryland
- American Christian Writers Conferences in several states
- Twin Cities Christian Writers Conference in Iowa
- Glorieta Christian Writers Conference in New Mexico
- Food for the Hungry Public Relations Conferences in Arizona
- Various other writers groups
Other Industry Involvements Include
- Director of the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, 2014-2016.
- Professional memberships in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW); Christian Authors Network (CAN); Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA); Romance Writers of America (RWA); NARWA (Northern Arizona Chapter of RWA); and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
- Founded and directed of the annual Glorieta Christian Writers Conference in New Mexico for five years, 1997-2001.
- Founded and directed the Central Arizona Christian Writers Workshop, 1993-1995.
- Graduate of the CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers Services) Seminar.
- Former poets columnist for The Christian Communicator and for the Cross & Quill.
Praise for Mona’s Speaking to Writers
“You have been such an inspiration to me. The wisdom you have shared with us will bless our craft for years to come. I have the confidence to move forward now.” Nina, YWAM School of Writing
“I am so grateful to have been in your Writing for Children Track at the Mount Hermon Conference. You have the unique gift of letting your personality come through as you instruct.” Tricia, Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference
“Thank you so much for teaching the Beginner’s Basics class at the Write-to-Publish Conference. The information you presented was organized and so practical. It was so encouraging when you shared how God has worked in your life.” Julie, Write-to-Publish Conference
“I cannot thank you enough for everything! Your classes, encouraging words, time and guidance is exactly what I needed.” Wendy
“Thank you for being the closest thing to a mentor to me this week. I credit you with opening my eyes to the larger picture of writing articles (as well as books).” Laura
These interactive, multi-session courses are designed for 4-8 hours of class time.
The Art and Exercise of Writing for Children
The Heart of Fiction (Storytelling for Beginning to Intermediate Writers)
The hunger for a gripping story gnaws at our core. That need sticks our nose in other people’s business, glues us to news programs, takes us to the library, and sells loads of fiction. But what is it about “story” that makes it so powerful? What goes into a tale that engages readers and holds them spellbound? Come find out. Learn how get to the heart of fiction.
Pathways to Publication (Laying the Foundation for Beginning to Intermediate Writers)
These interactive sessions will help the beginning and intermediate writer learn to recognize, test, develop, and focus ideas; define good writing; foster their creativity; learn the value of and how-to’s of marketing; format manuscripts for submission; understand publishing rights; compile a strong book proposal; and more.
These sessions are designed for 45-minutes to 120-minutes each.
For Fiction Writers
Building an Arc: Your Character Needs One
To move a reader, the writer must first move a character. A character the reader cares about seeing moved. Participants in this interactive workshop will explore what causes a character to move or change, and how to write that organic transformation into the story.
Romancing the Reader
What is a Romance Novel? Is a story with romance, always a Romance Novel? What are the expectations of a romance reader? This workshop answers these questions and many more in an exploration of what it takes to write in this best selling category.
Researching History for the Story
Historical research involves so much more than digging into a setting or time period for historical accuracy. Learn how to research the history of your chosen setting and time period for characterization, plotting, and so much more.
For Nonfiction or Fiction Writers
Hand Out Word Candy
Discover how the use of figurative language and imagery can add compelling layers to your fiction or nonfiction.
For Children’s Writers
Story Building Blocks for Children’s Writers
A solid story consists of a beginning, middle, and ending. Does your story have the necessary components? This popular workshop provides the building materials you need to lay the foundation for a compelling story.
Writing Books For Young Children
Come to this workshop for an overview of how to write and sell board books and picture books, including age groups breakdowns and submission formats.