The Idahope Writers are pleased to announced that our 2012 Conference Keynote speaker will be publisher, editor, and writing guru Jeff Gerke.

Jeff has been on staff with such traditional Christian publishing houses as Multinomah, Strang/Realms, and Nav Press and has freelanced for several others. He also started the Christian Speculative Fiction, Where the Map Ends. One popular feature was Gerke’s, “Writing Tip of the Week” which ran for 96 weeks and provides good advice to Christian writers in not only speculative fiction, but any other genre of Christian fiction as well. Gerke expanded on these tips in his book, The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction.  Gerke is also the author of Plot Versus Character: A Balance Approach to Writing.

In October 2008, Gerke launched the Marcher Lord Press, an innovative publisher of Christian speculative fiction that has published Christy Award winner (and past Idahope Conference Speaker) Jill Williamson and Carol Award Winner Mark Schooley. 

Jeff is the author of six novels under the pen name, Jefferson Scott including the Operation Firebrand series.

We’re privileged to have Jeff come to our conference. The 4th Annual Idahope Writer’s Conference will be held March 17, 2012 at Cole Community Church in Boise. Be sure to mark your calendar. In addition to Jeff’s presentations, there will be a variety of workshops offered.  Additional details will be announed in the near future.