Michelle McKinney Hammond to be Keynote Speaker at Christian Writers Conference

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Recognizing one’s call to write is one tip best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning television personality Michelle McKinney Hammond will share with aspiring writers at this year’s Urban Ministries Inc. Christian Writers Conference.

Urban Ministries is the nation’s largest independent, African-American-owned and operated Christian media company. The two-day event will be April 22 and 23 at Conference Chicago at University Center, 525 S. State St. The theme of the conference is “Follow The Call. Find Your Voice. Fulfill Your Purpose.”

Organizers said the conference will give Christian writers an opportunity to network, receive mentoring and possibly get jobs with Urban Ministries.

McKinney Hammond is the key-note speaker for the conference. She has appeared on national and international radio and television broadcasts. She has been a featured relationship expert on many news shows.

She now lives in Ghana in West Africa, but has some roots in Chicago. She has lived in neighborhoods such as the Gold Coast and River North.

Hammond began writing in 1995. She has since written more than 30 books, but it all began, she said, when she felt led by God to write about being single from a Christian standpoint.

Hammond said Christian writers need to know for sure that God is leading them to write before they pursue the career.

“I just want to make sure that they know that they’re assigned to write, since a lot of people say they want to write,” she said. “I think it’s very important to be clear about why we’re writing, what we’re writing and who we’re writing to.”

Your calling and passion go together, McKinney Hammond said.

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SOURCE: DNAinfo, Andrea V. Watson