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Yvonne Lehman

Yvonne Lehman

THANK YOU! for clicking in to my website. When I began writing, I rented a typewriter and the kitchen table was my desk. That had to be removed three times a day so my family could eat. The right tools are important, even necessary for success, but most important is to start where you are with what you have.

BRANDING! There’s a lot of discussion about branding in this writing world, primarily according to one’s genre. I write in many genres. If I had a ranch, my horses and cows wouldn’t be branded by category, but with the owner’s name. I am owned by my Creator (God Jehovah), and if I need to choose a brand or theme for my life and stories, perhaps it would be: HOPE, which is in the middle of faith and love, coming from the Bible verse of I Corinthians 13:13 (NLT), “There are three things that will endure–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.”


Yvonne Lehman, author of 57 novels founded and directs the Blue Ridge Novelist Retreat, now into it’s ninth year,  held annually in October at the Ridgecrest NC Conference Center. She founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years.

Click on Blue Ridge Novelist Retreat above for Ridgecrest’s website about the Retreat and view the panoramic views and beautiful Mountain Laurel Hotel where we have our rooms and classes.

Take advantage of our Early Registration Discounts – Enrollment limited – we average 50-60 attendees – To register call Ridgecrest: 1.800.588.7222

Ridgecrest Novelist Pricing:

Program Fee: On campus – $350 full conference

  • Register by April 1 – $75 Program Fee discount
  • Register by May 1 – $50 Program Fee discount
  • Register by June 1 – $25 Program Fee discount

Mountain Laurel Lodging (per room. per night):  Single $75, Double  $75, Triple $85, Quad $95

Meal Package – $145 per person (Sunday dinner- Thursday lunch)

To register, call Ridgecrest at 800.588.7222 or and contact Director Yvonne Lehman for additional information: yvonnelehman3@gmail.com

Single Day Pass – $175.00

Half Day Pass – $100.00

We have the “best” faculty each year –  prolific – experienced – friendly and fun!

 Yvonne Lehman – Director – 57 Novels, 8 Non-fiction, Editor (LPC)

Brian Bird – Screenwriter, Adaptations, Producer

Jonathan Clements – Agent, Wheelhouse Literary

Edie Melson  –  Novels, Novellas – Social Media Expert

Dennis Hensley, PhD – Professor Taylor U, 64 books, 3500 other writings

Eddie Jones – Novels, Novellas – Publisher, Lighthouse of the Carolinas

Jenny Cote – International speaker, Children & Adult novels, Scripts

Lisa Carter – Suspense & Historical novels, Novellas, Research


Lori Marett – story content, scripts

Denise Loock – story content, editing, polishing


$35 each – deadline: September 30, 2017

Cover page – name, address, contact information, title, proposed word count

Novellas: One and one-half to pages synopsis – single spaced, double between paragraphs

First three chapters – double spaced – not to exceed 20 pages

Novels: One to two-page synopsis – single spaced, double between paragraphs

First three chapters – double spaced – not to exceed 30 pages

Stage Plays: one page summary – first 15-20 pages

Movie Scripts: one page summary – first 25 pages


You may send your material to be critiqued to one of the following faculty members through September 30 unless otherwise stated.

Yvonne Lehman – yvonnelehman3@gmail.com (novels, novellas, any genre)

Jenny Cote – jenny@epicorderoftheseven.com – (novels, novellas, adult, children, scripts)

Lisa Carter – lisa@lisacarterauthor.com. (novels, novellas, any genre)

Lori Marett –  llmarett3@gmal.com (story content for any genre, and scripts/plays)

Denise Loock – denise@lightningeditingservices.com (any genre close to being ready for publication – will help writers polish sentence structure, improve clarity, and refine word choice)

Edie Melson – ediegmelson@gmail.com (any genre)

Edie will also critique social media and blogs.

Social Media Critique: Send Edie (ediegmelson@gmail.com) the links to all your social media platforms and she’ll evaluate what you’re doing well and where you can improve.

She’ll provide you with a written assessment so you’ll have something solid to refer to when making improvements.

Blog Critique: Send Edie (ediegmelson@gmail.com)  the link to your blog and she’ll evaluate its effectiveness. She’ll provide a written assessment that looks at everything from colors and format, to posts and what’s in your sidebar. This is a great way to take your blog to the next level. 

Submit your critique to person of your choice listed above. The critique will advise to where you should send your check.


CONTESTS: (Put “Novel Retreat Contest” in subject line) – attach to an email, Times New Roman, 12 point type 
Deadline: September 15, 2017

Certificates and comments awarded for:

BEST TITLE  – Entry fee $5.00 –

BEST FIRST SENTENCE – Entry fees $5.00


BEST FIRST PAGE – Entry fees $10

(Include title and genre: romance, suspense, SciFi, fantasy, YA, mystery, etc.)

BEST PROPOSAL for NOVEL or NOVELLA by unpublished novelist – Entry fees $25

BEST PROPOSAL for STAGE PLAY – Entry fee $20



  1. Novellas: (fiction stories ranging from 18,000 to 30,000 words) – Submit one and one-half pages synopsis (single spaced – double between paragraphs) and first chapters, not to exceed 20 double-spaced pages.
  2. Novels: (fiction stories ranging from 45,000 to 85,000+) – Submit a two-page synopsis and first chapters, not to exceed 30 pages (if prologue submitted, its part of the 30 pages) – double-space all pages. Please state the genre on the coversheet.
  3. Stage Plays: one page summary – first 15-20 pages
  4. Movie Scripts: one page summary – first 25 pages

GOLDEN LEAF AWARD for BEST FINISHED UNPUBLISHED NOVEL or NOVELLA by a 2017 attendee (the author may be previously published or not – if author is published, give a brief bio of published works and publisher)

Entry fees $30.00

Free critique of first 30 pages and additional comments – will be considered for publication with LPC (with entrant’s consent).

Submit all contest entries to yvonnelehman3@gmail.com and checks to:

Yvonne Lehman

102 Corbett Lane

Black Mountain, NC 28711


In addition to writing, Yvonne offers publishing opportunities for hundreds of first-time writers and multi-published authors in her non-fiction MOMENTS (Grace Publishing) series that include life-changing experiences, entertaining stories, and inspiration for readers.

Yvonne is Acquisitions Editor for Candlelight Romances and Guiding Light Women’s Fiction (Lighthouse of the Carolinas)

Latest releases, in addition to the “Moments” books, are a novella, Have Dress Will Marry (in Heart of a Cowboy, Mountainbrook Ink), Writing Right to Success (25 authors’ journeys and craft articles, LPC), and Better Latte Than Never (a cozy mystery, Winged Publications). She periodically signs her popular 50th book, Hearts that Survive—A Novel of the Titanic (Abingdon) at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN.