2017 Mountain Valley Writers Conference was a Hit

The first conference was a blend of conference and re-treat that provided attendees, vendors, and faculty the opportunity to connect, engage, and share. We set out to create a unique writing conference and we succeeded in spades!

Praises for Mountain Valley Writers

“The connections were the best part.”

We bring in enough faculty to insure that there will be one expert for (at the most) every four attendees.

“All presenters were willing to take the time to talk with you individually.”

We planned the 2017 conference with the goal of creating foundational connections. The engagement turned into such a positive part of the event that we are expanding that focus in 2018 with Mentor Meetings – a chance to schedule one-on-one time with faculty.

| Our Vision for 2018 |

More sessions, more surprises, and way more words!

The Mountain Valley Writers Re-Conference will be held March 23rd and 24th (Friday and Saturday) in combination with Word War 2018. By moving the conference to a Friday we make room for highlighting authors and writers – not only to each other but to the community as well. Never fear, we will have some learning and teaching times available on Saturday as well.

What you can expect from the re-conference:

7 amazing workshops and sessions
3 focus tracks
2 table talk discussions
1 no-holds-bar after event

But there’s more!

After the inaugural Mountain Valley Writers conference, we listened to the attendees. You requested time to showcase authors and time to share your words. We listened.

Introducing WORD WAR 2018

This will be a community-wide event featuring panel discussions, author readings, contest winners, word war competitions, and an after party!

Vendor tables
Author tables


  • Print article
  • Guest posts
  • Blog website
  • Ebooks (up to 15,000 words)
  • Books (over 60,000 words)
  • Books (under 60,000 words)
  • Novels (over 60,000 words)
  • Novels (under 60,000 words)
  • Children’s book
  • Poetry (under 1000 words)
  • Tall tale stories (elementary/middle school)
  • Poetry (themed) for location
  • SELTI – places (focused on celebrating with the BiCentennial)


  • Readings (must be under 5 minutes and family friendly)
  • Word wars (four contestants, four words, four minutes to create)
  • Q & A with speakers/panels

What do you think?

What are your thoughts about the 2018 Re-Conference and Word War 2018 line-up?
What are we missing?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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