Coming Soon

2013 Faculty


Workshop: Guarding the Truth in Biblical Fiction

Biblical fiction is Mesu Andrews’ favorite genre to read and write. Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes (Revell), won the 2012 ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Book of the Year in the Debut Author Category. Love’s Sacred Song (Revell), her Song of Solomon story, received a 4½-star rating from Romantic Times Reviews. Love in a Broken Vessel (Revell), the story of Hosea and Gomer, released in March 2013. A fourth book is scheduled for release in March 2014. Mesu and her husband, Roy, enjoyed 14 years of pastoral ministry before moving to the Pacific Northwest to pursue the next step in God’s calling. They have two married daughters and live in Washington, where Mesu writes full time.

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Coaching Class: Where Do I Go From Here?

Workshop: “State of the Union; What on EARTH is going On in Publishing?”

Nite Owl: Opening Pages (Monday)

Nite Owl: Opening Pages Small Group Critique (Tuesday)

Writing Center

Karen Ball has been blessed to use her love of story for more than 30 years in publishing. Currently the owner/operator of Karen Ball Publishing Services, LLC, and a literary agent with the prestigious Steve Laube Agency, Karen has been dubbed “the Fiction Tiger” of Christian publishing. She has built and led fiction lines for Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and B&H Publishing Group. She has acquired and worked with some top novelists, including Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Brandilyn Collins, Angela Hunt, Ginny Yttrup, and Robin Jones Gunn. In addition, Karen is a best-selling, award-winning novelist and a popular speaker.

Looking for:

Fiction, adult—all categories except speculative and Civil War historical.

Fiction, YA—only speculative.

Nonfiction—only from authors with well-established platforms.

No theology, Bible studies, curriculum, or poetry.

Karen will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Coaching Class: From Idea to Print and Beyond
Workshop: The Gift and Ministry of Writing
Writing Center

For 23 years Kim Bangs has served in the Christian publishing industry. Beginning as an editor in the children’s curriculum department at Gospel Light, she currently serves as the contracts/author relations manager for Regal (the book division of Gospel Light) and also on the acquisitions team. In 2012 Kim was awarded Editor of the Year by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She also can be found at several writers’ conferences throughout the year doing all she can to inspire and encourage writers to write their passion and keep pressing on. She enjoys baking, gardening, Disneyland, and sports . . . but loves Jesus and His church.

Kim wants to specifically connect with women authors who are writing to women on issues in a relevant, fresh, biblical way.

Regal is looking for:

Nonfiction that engages culture—outside and inside the church—in meaningful, relevant dialogue. These books should strongly apply the Bible to life, encourage a deeper Christian life, and move toward justice for all of life.

Regal does not publish fiction or children’s books and is not looking for Bible studies at this time.

Kim will review through the manuscript submissions program.


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Website: Christina Berry

Writing Center: Fiction
Host: Editor Panels

Christina Berry is a freelance editor and author who writes about the heart and soul of life with a twist of intrigue. Her debut novel, The Familiar Stranger, was a Christy finalist and Carol (Book of the Year) winner. Her new novel, On the Threshold, co-written with her mother, Sherrie Ashcraft, released in May 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in literature yet loves a good calculus problem as well.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Redeemed Writers critique group. For the past eight years she has served on the OCW summer conference staff. Christina also served on the Cascade Writing Contest & Awards Committee.

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Mentoring Author
Prayer Team

Marion Duckworth, a former OCW president, is the author of 17 books, curricula, and hundreds of articles. A former columnist for Power for Living, she has spoken widely and been a frequent guest on various media. Marion and her husband, John, spent 11 years as Village Missionaries and later established Abiding Ministry, a free counseling service. Marion has worked as a book doctor and editor and invites conferees to let her help them. She is also a member of the OCW Prayer Team.

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Mentoring Author

Birdie Etchison, an Oregon native who now lives on the Washington coast, has sold 21 books ranging from juvenile fiction to nonfiction, romance, and historical fiction. A past president of OCW, she has taught for Writer’s Digest School for 22 years, instructing writers of all levels in fiction and nonfiction techniques, novel structure, and the basics of getting started in writing. She loves mentoring new writers, helping them develop their own God-given gifts, and encouraging them to write, write, write.

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Website: Miralee Ferrell

Mentoring author

Miralee Ferrell and her husband, Allen, live on 11 acres in the Columbia River Gorge. She’s been writing since 2005, and her first book was published in 2007. Since then, she’s published six more—both women’s contemporary and historical fiction—with another six under contract. Her western romance, Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming, was awarded the Will Rogers Medallion for Excellence in Western Fiction and her newest release, Blowing on Dandelions, is the first in a three-book series set in Oregon. Miralee loves interacting with people, ministering at her church, riding her horse, and playing with her dogs.


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Angella Foret Diehl is a freelance writer, editor, and blog designer. An OCW member for more than 15 years, Angella has served as OCW’s newsletter designer and OCW webmaster. She has written for The Oregonian, Christian News Northwest, and several national publications. A self-professed geek, Angella blogs on foodstuffs at and writing at Angella leads the Tech Team at summer conference.

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John Fortmeyer Editor Christian News Northwest

Workshop: Working with—and Perhaps Even for—Your Local News Media and Beyond (Panel)
Writing Center (Tuesday only)

John Fortmeyer, of Newberg, is the publisher of Christian News Northwest, a 28,500-circulation monthly newspaper he founded 15 years ago. The newspaper is available at about 1,700 locations in western and central Oregon and southwest Washington. John has 32 years of experience in newspaper work in Oregon and Washington, having worked earlier for dailies and weeklies in Ontario, Astoria, Portland, and Anacortes.

He also worked for seven years as director of public information at George Fox University in Newberg. A native of Seattle and graduate of Nathan Hale High School, he received a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1977 from Seattle Pacific University, where he was editor of the campus newspaper. He and his wife, Sandy, have four grown children and four grandchildren.

Christian News Northwest serves the evangelical Christian community in western and central Oregon and southwest Washington. As the name implies, it has a strong focus on ministry-related news in our part of the Pacific Northwest.

Christian News Northwest welcomes submissions of news articles pertaining to Christian outreach in the region served. Because space is limited, articles should be concise and follow standard journalistic style. As a small, monthly publication, Christian News Northwest is not currently able to pay for stories submitted and published.

CNNW also welcomes expressions of opinion as submitted in letters to the editor or in special one-time commentaries. Letters should be written concisely and are subject to editing for brevity, clarity, legality, and taste. Letters should be issue-oriented and should avoid personal attacks on individuals or groups. Special commentaries should be pertinent to ministry concerns in the Northwest—top priority is given to writers living in Oregon and Washington. Commentaries should be approximately 700 words in length.

Christian News Northwest does not accept poetry submissions.

John will review articles only through the manuscript submissions program.

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Tom Fuller Pastor Calvary Chapel Newberg
Website: Tom Fuller

Workshop: Working with—and Perhaps Even for—Your Local News Media and Beyond (Panel)
Conference Worship Pastor

Tom Fuller is the OCW Summer Conference Pastor and Worship Leader. Tom pastors Calvary Chapel Newberg, is employed as the Communications Manager for the Oregon Employment Department, and is a published author. His latest book, Images of America: State Capitol Buildings, was published by Arcadia Publishing. Tom spent more than two decades as a television journalist and is the recipient of multiple awards for his work. In his occupation as a communications professional, Tom has many years of experience dealing with the press from both the inside and the outside.

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Website: Judy Gann

Writing Center
Mentor: Library Resources, Nonfiction, and Children’s Books

A children’s librarian for more than 25 years, Judy Gann selects Christian fiction for a large library system in Washington State. The librarian for Library Insider, she also serves as a public library marketing consultant for Christian publishers and authors, assisting them in their marketing efforts to public libraries.

The author of The God of All Comfort: Devotions of Hope for Those Who Chronically Suffer (AMG), Judy lives in Lakewood, Washington, where, when she isn’t writing her first novel, speaking, or playing matchmaker for books and readers, she enjoys cheering for the Seattle Mariners, collecting children’s books, and taking long walks—even in the rain. Judy is also the manuscript coordinator for the conference and served on the Cascade Writing Contest & Awards Committee.

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Jeff Gerke Editor Marcher Lord Press

Coaching Class: The Power of Plot
Workshop: The Hero’s Inner Journey
Writing Center

Jeff Gerke has been called the de facto gatekeeper of Christian speculative fiction. He writes fiction how-to books for Writers Digest, runs an indie publishing company (www.MarcherLordPress), is a multi-published novelist and a full-time book editor, cover designer, and typesetter. Novels he has published, edited, and/or acquired have won Christy Awards, the Carol Award, the EPIC Award, the INDIE Award, and the Foreword Reviews magazine Book of the Year Award.

His writing books include The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction, Plot Versus Character, The First 50 Pages, and Write Your Novel in a Month: How to Complete a First Draft in 30 Days and What to Do Next (July 2013). Jeff lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and three children.

Marcher Lord Press is looking for:
Completed manuscripts of 65,000+ words written for Christian adults, teens, or older YA (age 11+) in the speculative genres: science fiction, fantasy, time travel, etc.

They also recently added the Marcher Lord Hinterlands imprint, which is speculative fiction (SF, fantasy, etc.) for adult audiences that has significant Christian content but may also contain more mature content and is targeted to the non-Christian adult or the mature Christian adult reader.

Jeff will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Linda S. Glaz Agent Hartline Literary Agency
Website: Hartline

Writing Center

Linda S. Glaz, an agent with Hartline Literary Agency, works primarily with fiction authors. She handles most genres except fantasy and sci-fi. Good writing trumps everything else, and she’s thrilled to help a new author break into the industry. She is also an author, so she understands what writers go through getting their work to market.

Linda is looking for contemporary fiction, suspense, or historical.

Note: Linda will only take author pitches at the conference. Visit her at

Linda will review and take pitches at the conference only.

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Mary Hake Author Representative Christian Light Organization

Writing Center

Mary A. Hake, a freelance writer, editor, and researcher, is the Teaching Coordinator for the conference. She has hundreds of published pieces, including articles, stories, devotions, poetry, puzzles, curricula, and activities for both children and adults in books and periodicals, including many for Christian Light. Mary has taught writing to students in grades 2–12 and at writers’ conferences. She has been part of OCW for more than 27 years and has helped with many summer conferences in addition to serving five years as president and seven years as program coordinator for OCW’s three annual one-day conferences. She has been married to Ted for 40 years (in June). They have two grown daughters, both teachers. Mary also serves as chair of her local Library Advisory Board and fills in at the library as needed. They are busy raising funding to keep the community library open. (Tax deductible donations are gladly accepted.)

Christian Light Publications is looking for material for:

Story Mates (for ages 4 to 8) and Partners (for ages 9 to 14).

Christian Light story papers are published to foster reverence for God as Father and Creator and appreciation for His plan of salvation. They present God’s Word as Truth to trust and obey, and warn of the dangers and deceptions of the world. They are to build conviction and Christian character and to promote godly living. They should impress readers with the joy of serving Christ. Their purpose is edification, not entertainment, for a conservative Mennonite audience. They use KJV only. Theme lists are available for each quarter to accompany the Sunday school lessons. New writers must fill out a questionnaire before submitting to CLP. Extensive guidelines are available. Submit stories (up to 800 words for Story Mates and 1,600 words for Partners), rebuses, articles, poems, and activities to Mary Hake for review at the conference.

Mary is unable to acquire, but can advise writers if their material is appropriate for CLP.

Mary will review any types of manuscripts for children’s papers at the conference.

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Nick Harrison Editor Harvest House Publishers

Workshop: Finding and Maintaining Your Voice    
Writing Center

Nick Harrison is editor of both fiction and nonfiction at Harvest House Publishers in Eugene. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years managing Christian bookstores while beginning a freelance writing and editing career. He has published articles in magazines, including Publishers Weekly and CCM, and is the author of several books, including Magnificent Prayer and Promises to Keep: Daily Devotions for Men Seeking Integrity. His latest release is As Grandpa Says. He and his wife, Beverly, are parents of three adult daughters and grandparents to four wonderful kids.

Harvest House is looking for:  

Fiction—almost exclusively historical romance. Amish, Western, Southern, Civil War are all fine, but must include a romantic element.

Nonfiction—books that help people with felt needs. Preferably the author will have a platform from which to promote the book.

Not looking for gift books, personal stories, Bible exposition, or daily devotionals.

Nick will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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James Holt Editor Focus on the Family
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Coaching Class: Marketing 101: Vision, Strategy, Tactics
Workshop: e-Book Success
Mentoring Author
Writing Center

Randy Ingermanson is the award-winning author of six novels and two nonfiction books, including Writing Fiction for Dummies. Randy has a doctorate in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and is known around the world as “the Snowflake Guy” in honor of his Snowflake method of designing a novel. His Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine—the largest electronic magazine dedicated to teaching fiction—has more than 28,000 readers. Randy is one of our Mentoring Team leaders and is known for encouraging budding writers, some of whom have gone on to write award-winning or best-selling fiction. Randy sits on the advisory board of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

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Greg Johnson Agent Word Serve Literary

Workshop: Getting an Agent to Say “Wow”

Writing Center

Greg Johnson worked for nine years as a literary agent before starting WordServe Literary Group in 2003. He has represented more than 2,200 books and negotiated more than 1,600 contracts valued at more than $40 million to more than 80 different publishing houses.

Before working with authors, Greg wrote 23 nonfiction books and more than 200 magazine articles. He worked for five years as founding editor for Breakaway magazine and spent 10 years working full-time with youth in the Pacific Northwest.

Greg is married to Becky, who works closely with him in evaluating authors and their manuscripts. Together they have six adult children, along with five grandsons. They make their home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Looking for:

Nonfiction in all genres by authors with a developing platform.

  • Military memoir
  • Self-help
  • Christian/religious
  • Business
  • Humorous/quirky memoir
  • True-life stories that have media appeal

In Fiction: Faith-based fiction with a strong voice in their writing.

  • Military
  • Christian/religious
  • Historical
  • Women’s Romantic Suspense

Not looking for:

  • Children’s picture books or YA fiction
  • Poetry
  • Romance
  • Horror/SciFi/Literary

Greg will review through the manuscript submissions.

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Tawny Johnson Agent D.C. Jacobson Associates

Agent Panel: Monday

Writing Center: Tuesday

Tawny Johnson, of D.C. Jacobson & Associates, has been involved in the Christian retail and publishing industry since 1979. Her years of experience in bookstore retailing give her the unique ability to recognize relevance and marketability. She was a store manager, regional manager, buyer, and marketing director for a chain of 10 successful Christian bookstores before being hired by Multnomah Press, where she served as marketing and advertising manager. She was also instrumental in developing the company’s Foreign Rights division by promoting authors to foreign publishers at the International Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany.

Tawny holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology with a minor in English literature from Multnomah University and a master’s degree in theological studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. She resides in Portland and has two beautiful daughters and one terrific son-in-law. At any given moment, you’ll find her counting the days until August, when she and her husband of 30 years, Jeff, travel to their “happy place”—Nantucket Island.

“All my past experience in the industry, coupled with my passion for exceptional writing, depth of content, and theological integrity, has led me to a career as a literary agent,” Tawny says. “I take a relational approach to my work, and I strive to guide each author’s work towards the ideal publisher.”

She is looking for nonfiction, biographies, Christian living—books that challenge and take the reader beyond the surface.

Tawny will be available for on-the-spot appointments in the Writing Center on Tuesday only.

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Mary Keeley Agent Books and Such
Website: Books and Such

Workshop: Create a WOW impression with Your Book Proposal

Writing Center

Agent Mary Keeley began her career in publishing at Tyndale House Publishers, where she worked for eight years, first as a product manager, then as an administrator, and finally as an acquisitions editor for nonfiction. Multiple book projects with Randy Alcorn, Joel Rosenberg, Chuck Colson, Josh McDowell, Gary Smalley, and Dianne Matthews, plus her five years at Christianity Today gave Mary an understanding of the entire publishing process. Fulfillment comes from helping authors develop their personal brand, refine their concepts, and strategize their career. She constantly monitors trends to help clients understand and fashion their writing to be relevant and enriching for current markets.

Looking for:

Mary is looking for:

  • faith-in-action messages that deliver authentic experience and inspire a deeper relationship with God and with other people
  • books that deal with current issues from a Christian worldview, especially those that would appeal to the younger generation
  • Christian living, spiritual growth, pastoral/church leadership


Romance, romantic suspense, suspense, contemporary women’s fiction, and historical romance. Must have a powerful hook and writing so compelling it can’t be put down.

No children’s, fantasy, science fiction, or chick lit.

Mary will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Website: Ronie Kendig

Workshop: Rapid-Fire Your Fiction: When to Pull the Trigger
Workshop: He Giggled?—Maintaining Deep POV for Male Characters
Mentoring Author

Ronie Kendig, an award-winning, best-selling author, grew up as an Army brat. She married her own hunky hero, an Army veteran. After 25-plus years of marriage spent in Texas, she and her husband started a new adventure in Northern Virginia with their four children and two dogs. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of raw, broken characters. Since launching onto the publishing scene, Ronie’s Rapid-Fire Fiction has hit the CBA Bestseller list and won the prestigious Christy Award.

She was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards; RWA’s Faith, Hope, & Love’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Awards; Christian Retailing’s Readers’ Choice Awards; INSPY Award; The Christian Manifesto Lime Awards; and Family Fiction’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Ronie loves people and helping other writers through speaking, workshops, and/or mentoring.

Find Ronie on Facebook (, Twitter (@roniekendig), and GoodReads.

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Susan King Associate Editor The Upper Room
Website: The Upper Room

Workshop: It’s All About Style
Workshop: Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional Message
Writing Center

Susan King, associate editor of The Upper Room devotional magazine, also teaches English at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, and functions as a seminar facilitator in leadership and group dynamics. Formerly, she taught English and feature-writing classes at Biola University, served as book editor and radio-program producer/on-air talent for The Institute of Scriptural Psychology, and wrote magazine features as a freelance writer. Susan and husband, Joe, have three grown children and two young grandchildren (both perfect, of course!).


The Upper Room is looking for:

Devotionals of no more than 300 words and should be double-spaced. Each author may submit up to three devotionals at a time. No proposals or queries.

 Susan will review devotionals through the manuscript submissions program. Check specifications above.

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Website: Julie Klassen

Workshop: Regency Fiction: Tips for Writing Novels Set in Jane Austen’s Time
Mentoring Author

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for 16 years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Silent Governess, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Julie’s latest novels are set in the 1800s in England, and her latest is The Tutor’s Daughter. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Read more about Julie in our interview with the author on our Author Spotlight.

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Coaching Class: Get Published Fast: The Art to Writing Great Magazine and Online Articles
Workshop: Regifting Your Writing
Writing Center

Ginger Kolbaba served as editor of Today’s Christian Woman,, and women’s resources for Christianity Today from 2008–2013. In Christian publishing for 17 years, she is the former founding editor of the award-winning and Marriage Partnership magazine. An accomplished book author, Ginger has written or contributed to more than 20 books, including the novel Desperate Pastors’ Wives. Ginger also teaches and speaks across the country. She has appeared on national venues such as CNN’s Nancy Grace and Court TV’s Catherine Crier Live, as well as Family Life Radio and Moody Radio’s Midday Connection. Connect with Ginger through Twitter @gingerkolbaba,, or

Today’s Christian Woman is looking for:

Crisp, honest writing about subjects that matter to women. TCW is also looking for stories of women making a difference in their communities and world.

Ginger will be acquiring magazine and web articles for parents and teens for a Christian publishing house at the conference.

Ginger will review articles and manuscripts at the conference.


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Sherri Langton Associate Editor Bible Advocate, Now What? e-zine
Website: Bible Advocate

Workshop: Using Negative Experiences for Positive Impact
Writing Center

Sherri Langton, associate editor of Bible Advocate magazine and of Now What? e-zine, has worked in Christian publishing for more than 20 years. She is also an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in various Focus on the Family magazines, In Touch, Upper Room, Marriage Partnership, Today’s Christian Woman, Decision, and other publications. Sherri has contributed poetry and articles to the collections My Turn to Care, Teatime Stories for Women, Becoming a Godly Man, Faces of Faith, and Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause. In addition, she teaches workshops at several Christian writers’ conferences. Sherri lives in Denver, Colorado, where she enjoys playing drums and percussion at her church and playing with her two great-nieces, Tori and Teresa.

Now What? is looking for:

Articles that address the “felt needs” of the unchurched (grief, depression, sickness, etc.). Each issue is built around a personal experience, with articles related to the topic. Personal experiences show a person’s struggle that either led to faith in Christ or deepened faith in God. No opinion pieces or poetry.

Bible Advocate is looking for:

Anything in the Bible, of the Bible, and for the Bible is welcomed, but we also want writers to share what God is doing in their lives that may not fit exactly with our themes. Bible Advocate exists to advocate the Bible and correct our illiteracy concerning it. We use a teaching article format, but also accept personal experience stories and poetry. No Christmas or Easter pieces, please.

**November/December 2013 Issue: Thanksgiving, Bible prophecy, and end times. Deadline is August, 31, 2013.

Sherri will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Chip MacGregor Agent MacGregor Literary

Coaching Class: Proposals: How to Write One That Gets You to YES!

Workshop: What’s The Story? The Four Pillars of a Best-Selling Novel

Host: Agent Panel

Writing Center

Chip MacGregor is the president of MacGregor Literary, a full-service literary agency in Portland. A former publisher with Time Warner, he has worked with authors as a literary agent for more than a dozen years and was previously a senior editor at two publishing houses. An Oregon native, Chip and his wife live in a small town on the Oregon coast. Chip is also the author of a couple dozen books as well as a popular teacher on the craft of writing and marketing.

Chip is currently looking for:

Fiction: both CBA and general-market fiction, particularly in the romance and suspense categories.

Nonfiction: targeted Christian living titles from authors with a demonstrated platform, as well as business, parenting, and lifestyle titles in the general market.

Chip will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Workshop: Writing for Those Amazing Middle Grades
Cheryl loves sunshine, surf, and slipping her toes into flip-flops. After graduating from the University of Oregon and pursuing a successful Parks and Recreation career, she turned her focus to her passion—writing mystery novels. The Hawaiian Island Detective Club combines her love of all things Hawaiian and her fascination with intrigue. Cheryl is a wife and the mother of three grown children. Memories of raising her spirited kids inspire many of her characters’ quirks, relationships, and mishaps. Visit Cheryl’s website and blog (Life in Flip-Flops) at or email her at

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Chad McComas Editor The Christian Journal

Workshop: Working with—and Perhaps Even for—Your Local News Media and Beyond (Panel)
Writing Center: Faith-based articles

Chad McComas has been the editor of The Christian Journal for the past eight years. He is also founding pastor for Set Free Christian Fellowship in Medford. He has been married for more than 32 years to Debi and they have two children. Chad feels it is a privilege to serve the southern Oregon and northern California community through the pages of The Christian Journal with articles and stories of inspiration and encouragement. The Christian Journal also has a Christian business directory. Chad serves as the board chair for two nonprofit organizations in Medford: Rogue Retreat, which provides affordable housing for the homeless, and DASIL, which serves the disabled population in Jackson County. He also sits on the board for Interfaith Care Community, which provides social services for the community and transitional housing for veterans.

The Christian Journal is looking for:

Short (500 word) articles that are meant to encourage, inspire, and build up readers in their walk with God. It accepts testimonies and devotionals, but asks that these be written in first person (no preaching). Their monthly theme can be found on the website. Writers who write to that theme will be considered first.

Chad will review articles through the manuscript submissions program.

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Writing Center: Editing

Sue Miholer owns Picky, Picky Ink and freelances as an editor for various publishers and individual clients. She writes mostly short devotional pieces and has edited almost 50 books in the last 15 years. Her four grandchildren are in the area, and she’s involved in their lives. Besides serving as OCW’s business manager and registrar, she is also active in her local church.

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Mentoring Author

Matt Mikalatos is the author of two comedy-theology novels, My Imaginary Jesus and Night of the Living Dead Christian, as well as a kids’ fantasy novel, The Sword of Six Worlds. His first nonfiction book is coming from Baker Books in 2014. You can catch up with him on Twitter at @mattmikalatos or on his blog at

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Workshop: Blog, Facebook, Twitter: Establishing Your Online Presence
Writing Center: Social Media Consultations

Nicole M. Miller is a writer, history buff, equestrienne, and a former rodeo queen—all of which come together in her writing. She has received awards for her nonfiction, but historical fiction is her true love. A social media coordinator at a university by day, she also coaches writers and small-business owners in utilizing social media as a marketing tool.

See marketing and social media tips at Nicole is the media director for Oregon Christian Writers and posts regularly on the summer conference blogsite,

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Kim Moore Senior Editor Harvest House Publishers

Writing Center

Kim Moore, a senior editor at Harvest House Publishers in Eugene, has been in publishing for 16 years. She works with both fiction and nonfiction authors, including Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould, Lori Copeland, Sharon Jaynes, Lysa TerKeurst, and Stormie Omartian. Kim makes her home in the green and beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Note: Kim will take author pitches at the conference only.

Harvest House is looking for: 

Nonfiction books on women’s issues, relationships, and self-help topics from a biblical point of view. Word count of 50,000 to 70,000 words preferred.

NO Bible studies, workbooks, cookbooks, consolation books, memoirs, or books on marriage or parenting themes unless there is a special something that sets that project apart from the many options already available in the market or unless the author has a known name.


  • Amish novels
  • Historical romance
  • Romantic turn-of-the-century novels (1890–1935)
  • Romantic mystery
  • Cozy mysteries and romantic suspense

No contemporary women’s fiction, biblical fiction, speculative fiction, chick lit, or YA.

Kim will take pitches at the conference only.


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Website: Caitlin Muir

Workshop: Blog, Facebook, Twitter: Establishing Your Online Presence
Writing Center: Consultations

Caitlin Muir knows the power of social media first-hand. It’s how she’s met friends, discovered events, and landed gigs. Caitlin is on the editorial team of The Social Media Club and serves as the head writer and social media coach for Author Media. She writes about faith, love, and social media for a variety of clients and publications.

For more about Caitlin, visit The best way to reach her is on Twitter, @ScribblingHappy.

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Don Pape David C. Cook
Website: David C. Cook

Workshop: Writing for Craft: Six Recommended Works to Make You a Better Writer
Writing Center

Don Pape is responsible for trade books and study resources at David C. Cook. With a varied history in publishing spanning more than 25 years, he has been involved in shipping and packing, sales and marketing, and as a literary agent. Born in Brazil to missionary parents, he grew up in Canada. Married to his best friend, Ruth Gentry, he resides in Colorado Springs and is the father of three exceptional young men. He always has a book or manuscript handy.

David C. Cook is looking for:

Fiction—all categories, except fantasy/sci-fi. Prefers historical, contemporary, and women’s.

Nonfiction—Christian living, spiritual growth, devotionals, church ministry, or current issues

Children’s—will consider potential projects for both physical and digital only.

Don will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Website: James Rubart

Coaching Class: How to Write Your First Novel So It Gets Contracted
Mentoring Author

James L. Rubart is the best-selling author of Rooms, the winner of Romantic Times Book Reviews Inspirational Novel of the Year in 2010, plus Book of Days, The Chair, and Soul’s Gate, a 2013 Christy Award finalist. He received his degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Washington and started his career on air at a Seattle radio station. During the day, he runs Barefoot Marketing, which helps businesses and authors make more coin for the realm. He is also an in-demand speaker and consultant. For more about his titles and awards, visit his website

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Writing Center: Fiction
Mentoring Author

Award-winning speaker and teacher Patricia H. Rushford has written more than 50 books. Her latest release is Strangers in the Night. She was nominated for an Edgar by Mystery Writers of America and received the Silver Angel for excellence in media. Pat is enthusiastic, loves people, and enjoys teaching and encouraging writers. In 2011 she served as the creative-writing instructor on a 110-day world cruise.

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Writing Center: Fiction
Mentoring Author

Gail Sattler is the award-winning author of more than 30 novels and novellas with Barbour Publishing, Love Inspired, Abingdon Press, and B&H Publishing. In her spare time, Gail is a musician, playing piano for the worship team at her church, electric bass for a local jazz band, and string bass for a Vancouver community orchestra. When she’s not writing or making music, Gail can be found settling down with a cup of hot coffee and a good book written by someone else. Gail lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, three sons, two dogs, and a lizard that is quite cuddly for a reptile, except when he’s eating her houseplants.

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Raela Schoenherr Fiction Acquisitions Bethany House

Workshop: Fiction Editing 101

Writing Center

Raela Schoenherr has been a member of the Bethany House Publishers fiction acquisitions team since 2008. She has worked with both published and soon-to-be published authors, including Elizabeth Camden, Nancy Mehl, Jen Turano, Melissa Tagg, Kate Breslin, and Melissa Jagears. A graduate of Bethel University, she makes her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is active on Twitter at @raelaschoenherr.

Bethany House is looking for:

Strong writers telling compelling stories. They will consider multiple genres, but are most interested in historical fiction, historical romance, contemporary or women’s fiction, contemporary romance, suspense/mystery, and romantic suspense.

No fantasy/sci-fi, end times, spiritual warfare, or chick lit.

Raela will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Julee Schwarzburg Schwarzburg Editorial

Writing Center: Editorial Coaching

Julee Schwarzburg has been a fiction fan since eighth grade when her history teacher got her hooked on John Jakes’ 12-volume Kent Family Chronicles. She’s worked in Christian publishing for more than 26 years through in-house positions with Tyndale, Multnomah Publishers, and WaterBrook Multnomah, and as a freelancer. Freelance editing since 2008 and absolutely loving it, her clients have included B&H, Barbour, NavPress, Thomas Nelson, WaterBrook Multnomah, and Zondervan.

Julee is passionate about well-written, entertaining fiction that engages the mind and the emotions as well as working as an author advocate, helping novelists to refine their craft and share stories that glorify God. She’s had the privilege of working alongside such amazing storytellers as Karen Ball, Melody Carlson, Robin Caroll, Colleen Coble, Brandilyn Collins, Robin Jones Gunn, Dee Henderson, Ronie Kendig, Tracy Higley, and James Rubart. Married for 28 years, she lives with her husband, three children, and three dogs in Central Oregon, with the picturesque Cascade Mountains as a backdrop.

**Julee is an editorial consultant, not an acquiring editor. She will be available for 15-minute appointments.**

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Workshop: Working with—and Perhaps Even for—Your Local News Media and Beyond (Panel)
Writing Center: Journalism

Cornelia Becker Seigneur divides her time pouring into her five children, her writing, and her students at Multnomah University, where she has taught about article writing, news media, persuasion, and American literature. She serves as the faculty advisor for Multnomah’s MUSE student publication, which she helped launch in 2011. Cornelia pens a Family and Religion blog at The Huffington Post and contributes to Christianity Today and Multnomah’s Cultural Encounters.

As a freelance journalist for The Oregonian since 1996, she specializes in family, community, faith, and culture stories. Cornelia is the author of The Adventure of Motherhood and Images of America: West Linn.

Cornelia loves to mentor aspiring writers and is the founding director of the Faith & Culture Writers’ Conference.

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Workshop: Killer Queries

Writing Center

Mary Sue Seymour, nominated for American Christian Fiction Writers Agent of the Year, has been agenting for 20 years, and is listed as a top deal-maker for inspirational fiction on Publisher’s Marketplace. She has sold multi-book deals to Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Harvest House, Bethany House, Cook, Harper One, Abingdon Press, B&H, Guideposts, and others. She travels the country and world presenting writing workshops, mentoring writers, and doing appointments with them. She has been a guest agent at The Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, has attended the London Book Fair, and has traveled to almost every major American city for writing conferences—and she loved every minute of it. If you would like to see current sales, conference pictures, or recent covers of books she’s sold, please visit her website. Mary Sue and her co-agent, Nicole, are writing a book titled The Smart Guide to Getting Published, which will be released in 2013.

Mary Sue represents several best-selling Christian authors, such as New York Times best-selling author Shelley Shepard Gray, Mary Ellis, Amy Clipston, Vannetta Chapman, Ruth Reid, Don Reid of the Statler Brothers, and others. Her writers have won numerous publishing industry awards and have been the subject of articles and starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and other publications.

Mary Sue likes to keep busy since her sons, Matt and Luke, have grown up. She ran the Disney half-marathon this past January. She teaches art on cruise ships in exchange for a complimentary cruise for two (which has made her exceedingly popular with her friends!).

Mary Sue is looking for:
Amish, 1800s-set historicals, and any inspirational historical set prior to 1800, plus inspirational nonfiction and some Amish romance as well.

Mary Sue will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Ann Shorey has been a full-time writer for more than 20 years. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul and in the Adams Media Cup of Comfort series. She made her fiction debut with The Edge of Light, Book One in the At Home in Beldon Grove series for Revell, followed by The Promise of Morning and The Dawn of a Dream. The Sisters at Heart series, beginning with Where Wildflowers Bloom, is her latest from Revell. Book Two in the series, When the Heart Heals, released this spring. To learn more about Ann and her writing, visit her website

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Coaching Class: Why Active Faith Means Passive Writing
Workshop: Self-Editing: How to Avoid the Slush Pile
Mentor: Editorial Coaching

Mick Silva is a book editor with more than 12 years’ experience acquiring projects for Focus on the Family and WaterBrook Multnomah (the Christian division of Random House)—focusing on heartfelt, artful, “God-seeker” stories—fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir, especially ones that don’t wrap up neatly. His authors include Susan Hill (Closer than Your Skin), Milan and Kay Yerkovich (How We Love), and Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts, a New York Times bestseller).

As a pastor’s son, Mick probably should have been a pastor, but he’s always been a bit of a bookworm. He runs, where authors critique and connect through story.

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Paul Smith Director of Editorial Services Gospel Publishing House
Website: Radiant Life

Workshop: Reaching without Preaching: The Power of Story

Writing Center

Paul W. Smith is the director of editorial services for Gospel Publishing House in Springfield, Missouri. He and his staff provide editorial services for publications such as brochures, books, and everything in between. For 17 years, he had direct editorial oversight of Radiant Life adult and young adult Sunday school curricula as well as LIVE, a take-home paper for adults. He continues to edit God’s Word for Today, a daily devotional for adults. Paul is an ordained minister and the author of many articles and several correspondence courses, including a college-level theology course.

LIVE is looking for:

Personal experience short stories (maximum 1,100 words) that show how God works in the everyday world of people.

Not looking for: book manuscripts.

Paul will review articles through the manuscript submissions program and also at the conference.

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Coaching Class: Wanna Be a Speaker? Taking Your Message from Page to the Public

Poppy Smith is an award-winning writer whose latest book, Why Can’t He Be More Like Me? (Harvest House), received the Advanced Speaker Writer Association (AWSA) 2012 Golden Scroll award for the Best Nonfiction Book of the Year. In addition, she has authored three books (published by Bethany House), two Bible studies, and numerous articles.

Her e-zine, Thrive, provides monthly spiritual encouragement and insights to more than 2,000 people around the world. She was also the OCW fall conference keynoter in 2010. Drawing from her extensive experience as a Bible teacher with Bible Study Fellowship as well as her ministry as a popular inspirational speaker both in the US and overseas, Poppy is uniquely equipped to help writers turn their work into meaningful messages.

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Rick Steele AMG Publishers
Website: AMG Publishers

Workshop: Twenty Tips for Writing Compelling Bible Studies

Writing Center

Rick Steele has been with AMG Publishers and its parent missionary organization, AMG International, for more than 20 years. Rick has served as manager of acquisitions and product development at AMG Publishers since January 2009. Under his direction, AMG has launched a patriotic devotional series along with six Bible study brands and has expanded an unprecedented line of fantasy and speculative fiction books for young adults. Bryan Davis, Wayne Thomas Batson, and Steven James are among the most popular fiction authors currently published by AMG and its fiction imprint, Living Ink Books. Rick, his wife, Susan, and son, Allen, live near Ringgold, Georgia.

AMG Publishers is a mission-focused publishing house in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They publish approximately 20 new titles yearly and focus on books in the following genres:

• Inspirational fantasy/speculative/sci-fi/visionary, including a high number of subgenres within the fantasy/spec category
• Contemporary fiction
• Contemporary suspense/thriller
• Historical fiction

• Niche-oriented daily devotionals for the Battlefields & Blessings series
• Bible study workbook manuscripts
• Bible reference works

Manuscript proposal and query letter guidelines can be found at

Rick will review through the manuscript submissions program.

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Les Stobbe Agent Stobbe Literary,
Website: Stobbe Literary

Workshop: Earning the Right to Be Published: Five Steps to Success

Writing Center

Les Stobbe is an active literary agent and editor-in-chief of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. He mentors writers in the “What’s Your Story?” apprentice course of the Christian Writers Guild. His specialty for 40 years has been helping first-book authors get published, first as editor, then as book publisher, and now as literary agent. He has been a denominational editor, business-magazine editor, book editor, curricula editor, and president of a publishing house. He is the author or co-author of 14 books and has written hundreds of articles.

Les is looking for:
Adult nonfiction and fiction book proposals that are considered publishable. He expects authors to have researched which genres are selling, length expected by publishers, and topics that are taboo in Christian publishing.

No sci-fi or fantasy.

He is also willing to interact on children’s and YA book projects, but will direct writers to his associate, Sally Apokedak, whose primary focus is children’s and YA literature.
At the conference he will interact with anyone with a book idea and help the writer toward developing a publishable book.

Les will review through the manuscript submissions program.


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Book Giveaway

Sally Stuart, of Tigard, has been writing for 43 years—full time for the last 26. She also compiled 25 editions of the Christian Writers’ Market Guide, the only market guide that specifically targets Christian markets. In addition, she has published a dozen other books and countless articles and columns.

As marketing columnist for Christian Communicator, Advanced Christian Writer, and OCW, she is considered the leading authority on the Christian market. She is in demand as a conference speaker nationwide. Sally is the mother of three and grandmother of eight.

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Coaching Class: Discovering Gold in Others’ Poems, Planting Treasures in Our Own

Colette Tennant is an English professor at Corban University. She lives in Salem with her husband, her youngest son, and three cats. She earned her doctorate in English from Ohio State University. Along with teaching creative writing and literature at Corban, she also teaches art in Germany, Austria, and Italy every other year. In addition to writing poetry, she enjoys playing the piano and writing music.

Her poetry book, Commotion of Wings, was published by Main Street Rag in 2010 as an Editor’s Choice. She has had many poems published in journals, including Christianity and Literature, Dos Passos Review, and Southern Poetry Review.

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Susan May Warren My Book Therapy

Coaching Class: Let’s Make a Scene!
Workshop: What’s the Story? The Four Pillars of a Best-Selling Novel, with Chip MacGregor
Workshop: Flying Monkeys: Creating a Fan Base Who Will Fight for You!
Mentoring Author

Susan May Warren is the award-winning author of more than 40 novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill, and Summerside Press. A five-time Christy-award finalist and a three-time RITA (Romance Writers of America) finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award and the ACFW Carol (Book of the Year) award.

Susan’s contemporary novel, You Don’t Know Me is a 2013 Christy Finalist. A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of several writers’ workbooks, including one for beginners, From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!

She is also the founder of, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice.

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Coaching Class: Why Aim for YA? And How to Hit the Mark, if You Do (Youth Fiction)
Workshop: Storyboarding the Hollywood Way
Mentoring Author: All genres

Jill Williamson is a chocolate-loving, daydreaming creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books including the Blood of Kings trilogy (for which she won two Christy awards in the speculative category), Replication, the Mission League series, and the Safe Lands trilogy. She lives in Oregon with her youth-pastor husband, two children, and a whole lot of deer.

She loves working with teenagers and conducting writing workshops, and she blogs for teen writers at Visit her online at, where adventure comes to life.

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Ben Wolf Editor Splickety Publishing Group

Flash Fiction: Workshop
Selling Yourself: Workshop
Writing Center

In seventh grade Ben Wolf saw the movie Congo on TV. It was so bad that he wrote a parody of it set in Australia and featured murderous kangaroos instead of gorillas. So began his writing career. As someone who knows how hectic life can get, Ben founded Splickety Publishing Group to meet the needs of busy folks like him—people who appreciate great fiction but don’t have a lot of time to read. Splickety publishes the world’s best flash fiction. Ben has written five (unpublished) action/adventure novels and has multiple other projects in the works. He is represented by The Seymour Agency.

In addition to his writing career, Ben offers a variety of professional services to aspiring writers, including editing, proofreading, ghostwriting, and strategic novel planning. He also teaches and mentors one-on-one in the areas of public speaking, writing, publishing, and flash fiction. For more information about his writing and his professional services, please email him at You can “like” Ben Wolf’s author page on Facebook or follow him on Twitter.

Splickety Publishing Group is always looking for compelling flash fiction stories in the following genres:

  • – Speculative (and all of its subgenres)
  • – Historical
  • – Romance (and most of its subgenres)
  • – Young Adult
  • – Contemporary
  • – Women’s Fiction
  • – Action Adventure
  • – Thriller
  • – Suspense
  • – Mystery

. . . or any combination of those things listed above.

We do NOT accept:

  • Previously published flash fiction
  • Scenes/excerpts/synopses from novels
  • Excessive violence, profanity, or erotica in any form. Splickety publishes from an open-minded worldview, but we do have our limits.

Conversely, we don’t want thinly-veiled stories that preach from a soapbox. We also don’t really have a need or a venue for children’s or middle-grade fiction at this time, as our magazines cater mostly to adults but would also appeal to young adults.

Your well-edited story should be between 500 and 1,000 words long, but we will also entertain micro fiction––works shorter than 500 words––if the story is especially gripping.

For more information on how to write for Splickety, subscribe to or advertise in Splickety’s magazines, or to read our blog, visit

Ben will meet with authors in the Writing Center on Tuesday and Wednesday.






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Julie Zander Chapters of Life

Workshop: Working with—and Perhaps Even for—Your Local News Media and Beyond (Panel)

Julie McDonald Zander is the compiler of the summer conference notebook, co-chair of the Cascade Writing Contest & Awards Committee, and served as OCW’s newsletter editor for three years. She worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 20 years before launching her personal history business, Chapters of Life, in 1999.

She has published more than three dozen personal, company, and community histories during the past decade, including a 30-year history of the Centralia Christian School. She was in charge of organizing the 2006 Association of Personal Historians conference in Portland. Julie and her husband, Larry, live in Toledo, Washington, with their 18-year-old son, Paul, and 13-year-old daughter, Nora.

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