©2018 by Mt Zion Ridge Press.

A One-Day Writing Conference sponsored by Mt. Zion Ridge Press

May 16 at Celebration Church, Akron, Ohio

688 Dan St, Akron, OH 44310


Everyone has been concerned about the spread of the Coronavirus, and of course, we have been watching it closely in regard to the “off the beaten path” Christian Fiction Conference. We’ve made some decisions, and we wanted to let everyone know.


First, the CDC is cautioning about social distancing for the next eight weeks. The conference is May 16th, a little longer than eight weeks away. For now, the conference is on as planned. Because some may be concerned about signing up at the end of March, we have extended the regular price of $30 until the day of the conference.

Because things are continually changing, we will make the final decision as to whether or not to have the conference as scheduled by the end of April at the latest. If we decide to change things, we will do one of the following:

  • Postpone the conference to a later date (Will give refund if desired)

  • Schedule an online video teaching conference with the ability to pitch to publishers at a discounted price (Will give partial refund based on discounted price)

If the conference is changed or postponed, at that time, we will do refunds at that time. Thank you for understanding. We pray for everyone to stay well during this crisis.

writing off the beaten path writer's conference
May 16, 9:00 AM EDT
Celebration Church


  • Pitch sessions before and after the conference – editors/agents to be announced as they are confirmed.

  • Bookstore (bring your books to put on our table, or have your own table)

  • Brainstorming room

  • Morning and mid-afternoon snack

  • Booksigning Open to the Public

  • Freebie table

  • Program book with ads and class notes (contact us for advertising prices)

  • Announcement of the winners of the first Off The Beaten Path Writing Competition 



Regular registration: $30 until March 31

$40 at the door

$10 cancellation fee


$5 discount for MZRP authors

$10 discount for Off the Beaten Path Writing Competition entrants

$15 discount for Off the Beaten Path Writing Competition finalists\


8:00 - 10:00 am: registration, snacks, pitch sessions (first come, first serve)

10:00 - 11:00 am: Session 1 Workshops

11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Session 2 Workshops

12:15 - 1:30 pm: Lunch (not provided)

1:30 - 1:45 pm: Announcements of Contest Prize Winners and Contracts

2:00 - 3:00 pm: Session 3 Workshops

3:00 - 5:00 pm: Bookstore Open to Public


“The Business of Writing,” including a business plan for writers, taught by Rebecca Williams Waters

"Blogging to Build your Platform," taught by Sandra Merville Hart

“Switching Genres in a Rapidly Changing Marketplace,” taught by Mary Ellis

"Writing Christian Fiction" taught by Tamera Lynn Kraft

"World Building" taught by Janeen Ippolito

"Authors and Bookstores" taught by Sue Cantrell, Around About Books

Pitch Sessions:

Mt Zion Ridge Press Editor Tamera Lynn Kraft (historical, suspense/mystery, young adult, non-fiction)

Mt Zion Ridge Press Editor Michelle L. Levigne (speculative, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, women's fiction)

Uncommon Universes Press. Janeen Ippolito (speculative, fantasy)

Other Info:

Lunch Is On Your Own -- plenty of local fast food restaurants nearby -- a listing with addresses will be provided.

There is a $10 cancellation fee for anyone who wants to cancel by March 31st. After that, any cancellation will not be refunded. Registrations can be transferred to another person. Just email us to let us know.