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The conference sessions

All times Eastern Standard Time

Day One:

Call Yourself a Writer

Find and Serve Your Reader


Day Two: 

Publishing Best Practices 

How to Write a Book 

Create a Winning Book Cover

How to Find Time to Write Even When You Don’t Have Time 

How I Got a Book Deal (Without a Giant Platform) with Member Stories

Know the Job: The Business and Craft of the Writing Life


Day Three: 

Social Media the hope*writer Way

How to Use a hope*circle to Get Your Next Step Done 

Gain the Clarity You Crave by Crafting a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Now What? What to Do With All Your Great Ideas  

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Meet the hope*writer founders

Your writing helps people. We're here to help you.

Emily P. Freeman

Director of Content

Emily is committed to help you serve your reader and find your lane so you can do your good work forever. She is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of four books, including Simply Tuesday and A Million Little Ways, and is host and author of The Next Right Thing podcast and book.

Brian J. Dixon

Director of Growth

Brian is a tech, video, and marketing guru who wants to help you grow your email list and create your first online product. He helps explain the overwhelming technology necessary to serve your readers. Brian is the author of Start With Your People, which released in September 2019.

Gary Morland

Director of Community

Gary knows the mighty courage it takes to let God use your soul to encourage others in your writing, and he’s driven to inspire that courage in you. He’s Emily’s dad, and loves being an “it’s never too late” example, publishing his first book at age 66.

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a few words from working writers

first book contract

"Two years ago I was lost, discouraged, and wondering whether to pack it all in.

With the teaching, practical help, and encouragement I found at hope*writers, I've felt understood, believed in, and equipped.

At hope*writers I’ve found my people.

I now have a book deal and I couldn’t have done it without my hope*writers family."

Niki Hardy, Author of Breathe Again

hobby to pro

"For years I treated writing like a once-in-a-while hobby.

I now have writing hours each week, send out a weekly email to my subscribers, completed a book proposal, and published two Bible studies.

I could not have completed these things without the accountability, inspiration, and encouragement I've found here."

Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young, Author and Speaker


published author

"This is an incredibly rich community of smart, insightful, creative writers. I especially value the generous spirit of the community — hosts Emily, Gary, and Brian, as well as the guest teachers and members, are always willing to share their expertise and offer helpful advice.

Even as a seasoned writer, I consistently learn valuable marketing and writing strategies from fellow hope*writers. This community is truly an invaluable resource to writers at every stage, and I am grateful to be a member!"

Michelle DeRusha, Author of Katharina and Martin Luther


Here's what writers like you have said about us:

"Before hope*writers I was a blogger who wrote for fun and mostly to indulge myself. Through the gentle guidance of this community I’ve learned how to uncover what my message actually is, who my reader is, how my message can serve her, and the gift I’m offering before rushing ahead."

Amber Salhus

"Before hope*writers, I had plans to be a writer someday. Hope*writers has taught me more about being a writer than all the college writing classes I have taken in the past four years, and I will be forever grateful for how much I have grown because of this community and resources."

Beth Richardson

"Before hope*writers, I thought making money with my writing or blog was self-promotion. I never saw the value of the words I wrote until hope*writers. I always wanted to write a book. It was a dream I put on hold. I would have NEVER called myself a writer when introducing myself to a new group of people. Now, I do and I picture the faces here in this group. It's no longer just a dream. "

Sarah Frazer

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