3rd Annual Monte Sano Writers Conference held at Monte Sano United Methodist Church on February 28, 2015

On Saturday, February 28, Monte Sano United Methodist Church and Reverend Dale Clem sponsored the 3rd Annual Monte Sano Writers Conference with one hundred or more eager writers who were also blessed with a beautiful snowy and sunny day on the mountain.

Linda Hickam, wife of author Homer Hickam (The Rocket Boys and many other novels and works), coordinated the successful event while Homer emceed the conference and talked about writing. Sessions addressed both Fiction and Non-Fiction writing. The business aspects of publication, including not only getting published but marketing and speaking were addressed for the multitude of interested writers and authors. Among the luminaries were Robert Benson (Dancing on the Head of a Pin), whose successful reflections on life and happiness have touched millions, and debut author Robert Bailey whose legal thriller, The Professor, gains both critical and fan raves and tops the charts for its genre. Among the others were Ardent Writer author Charles Farley (The Hotel Monte Sano) discussing historical fiction and biographies, Ronnie Moore (Nocturn) discussing dark fiction in hilarious fashion as well as the use of websites and social media in marketing, Kathryn Lang (Run and Practical Proverbs) discussing tourism literature, Rev. Dale Clem (Winds of Fury) discussing devotional writing, successful song writer and musician Terry McNeil talking about publishing and writing songs, Sally Sharpe, senior editor, Abingdon Press, discussing the publishing game, Lou English, discussing the benefits of writers groups, and the Coffee Tree Writers Group’s own Dr. Shirley Garrett (Stop the Craziness) discussing speaking and presenting your writing.

Adding to the festivities was a tasty lunch prepared by the church staff and time for the many participants to talk to presenters.

The Ardent Writer Press wants to personally thank Rev. Clem and the Monte Sano United Methodist Church for a wonderful, well-spent day as well as Linda Hickam for the outstanding job in coordinating the flawless and well-paced event.

Author Homer Hickam Opens the 3rd Annual Monte Sano Writers Conference

Author Homer Hickam Opens the 3rd Annual Monte Sano Writers Conference

Homer Hickam talks writing with fellow writers

Homer Hickam talks writing with fellow writers

The Lunchroom of Monte Sano United Methodist Church

The Lunchroom of Monte Sano United Methodist Church

Several participants enjoy lunch and the personal touch of author Homer Hickam

Several participants enjoy lunch and the personal touch of author Homer Hickam

Dr. Shirley Garrett, Positive Directions, LLC (r) talks to fans

Dr. Shirley Garrett, Positive Directions, LLC (r) talks to fans

Author Charles Farley displayed his many novels and his biographical work

Author Charles Farley displayed his many novels and his biographical work

Author Robert Bailey discusses The Professor with a fan

Author Robert Bailey discusses The Professor with a fan

Abingdon Press Senior Editor Sally Sharpe talks about getting published

Abingdon Press Senior Editor Sally Sharpe talks about getting published

 

 

 

Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.