Tickets go on sale in . . .









It's time to gather again.

✓ Connect (in person!) with your writing community

✓ Learn from publishing professionals

✓ Make progress on your writing goals

We’ve spent a lot of time at home over the past few years . . . 

For nearly seven years, hope*writers has been a place for online training, community, and connection for writers all over the world. We’re dedicated to helping you balance the art of writing with the business of publishing from the comfort of your own sofa.

But we’re tired of only looking at a screen. We want to see you in person at The hope*writers Conference!

Join us November 3-5, 2022

We’ll begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening and end by 3 p.m. on Saturday.

5607 Weddington Road
Weddington, North Carolina

(just outside of Charlotte)

Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 9th, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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You belong here. We hope you'll join us!

Watch this video from our last in-person conference to see what it looks like to gather with a community of writers who want to share hope-filled words with the world.

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At The hope*writers Conference, you’ll make progress toward your writing goals through:


Learn the latest tips and innovative strategies to help you clarify your message, engage your audience, grow your platform, and write, launch, or sell your book.


Meet writer friends, find a new podcast guest, connect with a collaborative partner, or learn from an editor or agent who can help you move forward in your writing career.


Gather with other writers who have hope-filled words to share. If the writing life is starting to feel a little lonely, The hope*writers Conference will remind you that you’re not alone.

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This in-person ticket gets you in the door. You’ll have access to all the keynote sessions and your choice of workshops. Save $100 on your ticket when you purchase before June 30th. We’re saving you a seat!


Only 100 tickets available!

Upgrade to the VIP experience and get in-person access to the conference keynotes and workshops along with an exclusive one-on-one appointment with a publishing professional (an editor or agent). You'll also receive two on-site catered lunches, an invitation to a Q&A with the co-founders of hope*writers, opportunities to meet some of our keynote speakers, and more. We only have 100 tickets available — if you want the VIP experience, don't wait to claim your spot! See more details below.


Can’t make it to North Carolina in November? Then sign up for the livestream pass. This option allows you to watch the keynote sessions live from home.

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What previous conference attendees have to say:


"Wow!! The absolute BEST writing conference I’ve ever attended! Thank you to everyone who made it possible."


"I made a choice to do something for me, a choice to attend this conference. I’m so happy I did because at first I thought it was selfish, but after all the talks I know I made a brave choice to allow my soul to breathe again. Thank you, hope*writers."


"It was my first ever writing conference, and I may now be spoiled for any others! I wasn’t even a member, and I wasn’t sure I belonged there, but I was welcomed and I’m a hope*writer now. I am still getting used to calling myself a writer."


"Feeling so exhilarated, validated, and grateful. Thank you."


Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 9th, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, and VIP spots will sell out quickly! Review your options below, and sign up to get a reminder when tickets are live.


$347 Early Bird
($447 after June 30th)

Your ticket includes:

  • All keynote sessions and your choice of workshops
  • An invitation to the conference private Facebook group
  • Conference goodie bag
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Only 100 available!

Your ticket includes:

  • All keynote sessions and your choice of workshops
  • An invitation to the conference private Facebook group
  • Conference goodie bag


  • 15-minute one-on-one appointment with an editor or agent
  • Lifetime access to conference recordings (video files, audio downloads, and slides)
  • Preferred seating in the main conference room
  • Q&A with the hope*writers co-founders and opportunities to meet keynote speakers
  • Two on-site catered lunches
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$147 Early Bird
($197 after June 30th)

Your pass includes:

  • The ability to watch all keynote sessions live from home
  • An invitation to the conference private Facebook group
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Still deciding? Here are more perks!

The VIP Experience

Do you have a great book idea you want personal feedback on? Want to share your book proposal with a publishing professional? Be sure to grab one of our limited VIP tickets. Here’s everything that’s included in the VIP experience:

  • A 15-minute one-on-one appointment with an editor or agent: This is your chance to pitch and get feedback on your book proposal, ask your most pressing questions, or get personalized advice from a seasoned pro. These appointments will happen during the conference, so prepare to miss a few minutes of one of the sessions. We are still finalizing the list of editors and agents who will join us in November, but you will have the opportunity to see the list in advance of the conference and request your preference. We cannot guarantee you will receive your top choice, but we will prioritize your request based on the order in which you bought your ticket. 
    Hope*writers has built strong relationships with countless publishing professionals over the past seven years, and you can expect to meet with an agent or an editor from organizations such as Baker Publishing Group, The Bindery, InterVarsity Press, Illuminate Literary Agency, Punchline Agency, Alive Literary Agency, and Gardner Literary Agency.
  • Q&A with the co-founders: During the conference, you'll be invited to a Q&A with hope*writers co-founders Emily P. Freeman, Brian Dixon, and Gary Morland. You'll also have an opportunity to meet and greet some of the conference speakers. 
  • Catered lunches: The VIP experience includes on-site catered lunches on both Friday and Saturday. 
  • Preferred seating: You'll be allowed entrance into the conference hall 15 minutes early so you can grab that front row seat — or that back row aisle. 
  • Conference recordings: Finally, you’ll also receive access to all of the conference recordings so you can watch what you missed during your publishing appointment or return to a favorite keynote session weeks after you get home. 


Professional Headshots

Every serious writer needs a professional headshot. If you need to update yours or have never had one at all, consider adding a headshot photo session to your ticket purchase for only $100. The session itself will be quick and painless! You’ll receive digital files you can use on your social media, your website, and even the back cover of your book. (You’ll be able to add this to your ticket purchase upon checkout.)

The hope*writers Bookstore

If you’ve self-published or traditionally published a book, you’re welcome to include it in the hope*writers bookstore. To participate, bring up to five physical copies of your book with you to the conference and drop them off at the bookstore on the first night of the conference (Thursday, November 3rd). We will NOT be able to receive your books after this time. 

A hope*writers staff member will include your books in the hope*writers bookstore on Friday and Saturday. For every book that sells, you will receive store credit to the bookstore to use while you’re at the conference. At the end of the conference, pick up any remaining copies before you leave. We will not be able to ship books back to you.

Lifetime Members Reception 

We're inviting all lifetime members who purchase a conference ticket to a reception on Thursday night. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. This is your chance to interact with other lifetime members, the hope*writers team, and our speakers and workshop leaders. Want in on this event? Click here to upgrade your membership or join as a lifetime member before October 1st to be included in this exclusive reception.

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Your writing community is waiting for you.


"I came a little nervous, feeling awkward and shy, brave and unsure. Through the rich, wonderful teaching and connection with brand-new friends, I was filled to overflowing. I left with a bounce to my step, a huge smile, and shining eyes, wishing it didn't have to end. To my surprise, I never hit information overload. I just felt very glad and grateful and inspired."
— Kristie Johnson Fledderjohann

We’d love to see you in November!

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