FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to be a “serious” writer to attend?
Not at all! This retreat is for anyone in the writing community and for those who think they might be interested in entering this exciting field. No matter where you are on your journey, you’re welcome here!
What is included in the registration price?
Standard registration includes:
- Two nights’ lodging (Friday and Saturday)
- Six meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch)
- Printed retreat booklet/journal
- Access to the outdoor retreat center and conference grounds, including the walking trails among the redwoods alongside streams and waterfalls
- Live presentations (in person or via livestream)
- Recordings of the live presentations for one month after the end of the retreat
If you live locally or wish to stay at a rental cabin, hotel, or B&B, you may choose no-lodging registration. This includes everything listed above except the lodging.
Check the Virtual Retreat page for ways to enjoy the retreat off-campus or on your own.
When can I check in, and when do I need to check out?
Check-in time is 1:30-4:30 on Friday, November 5. You can arrive anytime on Friday. Rooms will be released when they’re ready (by 4:30).
Check-out time is 12:00 on Sunday, November 7.
Can I schedule a meeting with a literary agent, acquisitions editor, freelance editor, or best-selling author at the retreat?
Once you register, you will have access to the private Facebook group for attendees, where you can post about what you’d like to do and who you’d like to meet at the retreat. Fellow attendees (which may include industry professionals) can respond, and then you’ll connect to schedule a time to get together in one of the outdoor areas of the conference center. (Check the map for options.)
Meeting spots will be on a first-come, first-served basis, as other guest groups will also be meeting at the conference center during that weekend. If there’s enough interest in an activity, we may be able to schedule time for it in the Lakeside Lounge meeting room.
Whether or not you schedule meetings prior to the retreat, you will have ample opportunities to meet people from all areas of the writing community at meals, during breaks, and strolling around the conference center grounds. Rest assured that God has already planned for the “divine connections” He wants you to make here!
Can I choose my roommate?
Sure! If you wish to share a room with a friend, put your friend’s name in the “preferred roommate” section of your registration form. Make sure your friend puts your name on his or her form too.
If you choose dual- or triple+-occupancy lodging but don’t identify a roommate preference, we will prayerfully assign a roommate for you. Many attendees of the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference made valued friendships with the people they were placed with, and those friends became an integral part of their writing journeys and their personal lives.
Can I bring my spouse?
By all means! As writers, our spouses can provide the best support for our writing. Sharing this experience with them and introducing them to our writer friends (and to our beloved Mount Hermon) can help them understand us better and discover how best to encourage us along the journey.
The presentations and booklet will be geared specifically toward writers and others in the writing community. If your spouse isn’t interested in those things, he or she can enjoy the conference grounds while you’re in the presentations or going through the booklet. Or you can both enjoy the grounds together, then you can watch the presentations and go through the booklet on your own after you get home. (Recordings of the presentations will be available on the private Facebook group for one month after the close of the retreat.)
Can I bring my children with me?
If your children are under 18, they will need to stay with you throughout the retreat. Children under 16 are not allowed in the general meeting room.
How do I get to the retreat center?
If you’ll be driving your own vehicle or a rental car, use your favorite navigation program to get directions to Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center, 37 Conference Drive, Felton, CA.
If you need a ride or can offer a ride, use the attendees Facebook group to find fellow attendees to carpool with or share a rental car with. Or use the Contact page of this website to ask to be connected with our Transportation Coordinator, Jarmila Del Boccio, for assistance.
If you’re flying in, we recommended these airport shuttle services:
- Blue Shuttle: Book online or call 650-642-1307
- The Santa Cruz Experience: Book online or call 831-421-9883
Which airport should I fly into?
The nearest major airport is Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). You could fly into the San Francisco International Airport, but that’s 60 miles from the retreat center.
Is my registration refundable?
Due to the nature of securing a retreat venue, registration is nonrefundable (unless the retreat is cancelled due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic more than 30 days prior to the event).
However, registration payments are transferable! If for some reason you are unable to attend the retreat, you can gift your registration to our scholarship fund or transfer it to another attendee. Use the Contact page of this website to let us know if you wish to donate your registration or transfer it to someone else.
If, at the time you cancel, we are fairly certain that there will be a retreat next year, you may apply your registration payment to that event.
Is anything not allowed at the retreat?
Alcoholic beverages, marijuana (all forms), illegal drugs, and firearms are not permitted at Mount Hermon.
I have a question that’s not answered here.
Use the Contact page of this website to ask whatever questions you may have.com