hope*writers conference

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November 7-9, 2019 | Charlotte, NC 


Join us for a three day gathering for writers of hope.

practical teaching

to help you become a working writer and thrive while you're at it


as you pivot from writing in private to writing for a reader 


there's nothing quite like being in a room filled with people who do what you do 

All are welcome

Whether you're a current hope*writer member or a member-to-be (wink), join us!

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The conference schedule

Some details may change-ish but here's what you can expect:

Thursday, November 7th: 

Focus (what is possible, setting the tone)

Start time: 6 pm

  • Call Yourself a Writer
  • Find  and Serve Your Reader 

Friday, November 8th: 

Strategy (how-to, practical tips)

  • 8 am Morning option: hope*writer meet-up + mingle with members from your state

Start Time 9 am

  • Best Practices: Panel with Publishing Guests
  • How to Write A Book 
  • Create A Winning Book Cover

12 pm - lunch on your own with a new friend

Start Time 1:30 pm

  • How to To Find Time to Write Even When You Don't Have Time
  • How I Got the Book Deal (Without A Giant Platform)  - with Member Stories
  • Book Launch Behind the Scenes: What Worked + What Didn't

5 pm - Food Truck Dinner

  • Evening Out: hope*writers at The Nester's White Barn 


Saturday, November 9th: 

Next Steps (hopeful challenge)

Start time 9 am

  • Social Media the hope*writer Way: Find Your Why, Build a Routine, and Share Your Work With Heart 
  • How to Use a hope*circle to Get Your Next Step Done 
  • Craft A Non-Fiction Book Proposal

12 pm - lunch out with new friends 

  • Now What? What to Do With All Your Great Ideas 

Wrap-up and photos

3 pm Bye!

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  • Access to all Keynote Sessions
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Access to the conference Private FB Group
  • Friday Night Barn Gathering
  • Profile featured in the conference notebook
  • Conference goodie bag
  • Get access to all video files, audio downloads, and slides from the conference.



  • Access to all Keynote Sessions
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Access to the conference Private FB Group
  • Friday Night Barn Gathering
  • Profile featured in the conference notebook
  • Conference goodie bag

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, 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. His next book, Start With Your People, will release 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.

When you attend the conference you'll also have access to:

member bookstore

Get your book on a book table at the conference.

professional headshot

Sign up for a slot with our conference photographer to get headshots for your website.

gather at the barn

The Nester, one of our original co-founders, has invited all of you to her house!

Optional: hope*writer member bookstore

Whether you've been traditionally published or self-published, if you're a hope*writer member with a published book, we would love to showcase it.

We'll feature your book on the book table at the conference and schedule a book signing time so other attendees can purchase your book. Details to come!

Optional: Get A Professional Headshot

Need a headshot for your website? We've arranged for a photographer to join us for a day at the conference. Click upgrade at checkout for an exclusive discount on this 15 minute headshot session.

All: Gather at the Barn

We can't have you come to Charlotte without visiting The Nester's barn!

On Friday night she'll open up the barn doors for us and we'll gather under the twinkle lights to mingle and unwind. 

It's a great chance to link arms with your hope*circle members, grab  a cup of cider, and get some great group photos at the barn.

come on!

Meet your hope*writer friends, learn more about the writing life, and unwind at The Nester's white barn.

You can leave with a professional headshot, a journal filled with wisdom, and motivation to write meaningful words without sacrificing your meaningful life.


You in? Let's do this.

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, first book under contract with Revell Books

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

Ask us questions.

Do I have to be a member of hope*writers to attend the conference?

The hope*writers conference is open to anyone! Of course we’d love to have you join our community at hopewriters.com, but it isn’t a prerequisite for attending. 


Are my meals included?

Lunch is on your own at local restaurants. We've invited several of our favorite food trucks to serve dinner on Friday night (so you'll have plenty of options). Food Truck meals are not covered - but they take cash and cards.


Tell me more about the location

The hope*writers conference is graciously hosted by Southbrook Church in Wesley Chapel, North Carolina, located at 5607 Monroe-Weddington Rd, Weddington, NC 28104. There will be tables and chairs, restroom facilities, and presentations. We will have light refreshments, water, and coffee, but if you have any dietary restrictions, we recommend that you bring your own refreshments.


Tell me more about the cost

We have three options available. $347 for the regular ticket. $97 for the conference recordings. $397 for both (save $50). 

What about cancellations and refunds?

Once you purchase your ticket, we won’t be able to offer a refund. If you purchase a ticket and something changes, we will gladly transfer your registration to someone else for no fee until October 15. Purchases and registrations are final so make sure you check your calendar and your budget before purchasing. Again, there are no refunds, but you can offer your ticket to someone else.


Vendors and sponsor opportunities?

Please contact [email protected] with the subject line (conference sponsor) for a list of remaining opportunities.


Lodging and travel

The hope*writers conference will be located at Southbrook Church in Wesley Chapel. This is about a 40 minute drive from the Charlotte international airport. We are not responsible for your transportation to and from the hope*writers conference. You might consider flying to Charlotte, booking a hotel in the area, and renting a car. Others might choose to find a local friend and carpool. Anyway you get here is fine. We can’t wait to see you! The conference will not take place at a hotel, so there is no discounted room rate available.


Are there scholarships available?

Unfortunately scholarships are not available for this conference.  


Carpool, roommates, share travel?

There are several related threads happening right now in the hope*writers private Facebook group.


Are you accepting speaker applications?

Thank you so much for your interest. We will not be accepting any speaker applications for this conference. 


Will there be breakout sessions?

Nope! We’re in this together, y’all. Your hope*writer co-founders will guide you through the weekend as a group, leaving space for table discussion and personal planning. 


What about childcare and spouses?

Sorry, no childcare is available. Please leave your kids and spouse at home. Seriously. But we still love you and your kids! We just don’t want to love them at the conference.


I'm just getting started. Is this for me?

We’re so glad you’re here! Basically the hope*writers conference is for you if you a) want to come and b) are ready to invest both time and money for three days to focus on planning and growing your writing career. We believe that you have a message to share and an audience to serve. The hope*writers conference is our best effort to offer to you what we wish we had when we first got started.



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