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An Extraordinary Experience: A Lifetime Achievement Award

Monday night, May 23, I was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Close to an hour of comments, written, vocal, and video from people I helped in their publishing career: Jerry Jenkins, Dennis Rainey, John Maxwell, and many more. My wife Rita and Lillian, our granddaughter, thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved seeing my wife laugh and laugh and just enjoy being with me as the positive comments kept coming.

Les and Lori Hatcher at the 2015 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference

Article: A Place Where Faith Triumphs

By Lori Hatcher

The mountain breezes are cool as we snake our way up the interstate to the Ridgecrest Conference Center. My fellow writers and I are on our way to the legendary Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in Black Mountain, North Carolina, the second largest annual gathering of Christian writers in the nation. BRMCWC has a reputation as the place where careers are launched, visions are realized, and years of hard work find their reward.

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News: Les at Write to Publish Conference

Forty-one years ago Les, then editor of Moody Press, and Glenn Arnold, journalism professor at Moody Bible Institute, decided to initiate a writing seminar. Initially a two-week course with college credit, it eventually morphed into a three-day conference.