Plan Now to Attend the Summer Conference, August 10–13 by Lindy Jacobs, Summer Conference Director
“Being Salt and Light” (Matthew 5:13–16)
The OCW summer conference is becoming known as one of the country’s best Christian writing conferences, with top editors, agents, and award-winning authors dedicated to helping you reach your writing goals. We are planning 11 morning coaching classes plus 20 afternoon workshops covering fiction, nonfiction, devotionals, magazine articles, writing Bible studies, writing for children, poetry, and marketing.
New this year will be coaching classes in screenwriting (Nancy Ellen Dodd), historical fiction (Jane Kirkpatrick), “How to Be an Insanely Great Indie Author” (Randy Ingermanson), a beginning fiction mentoring class taught by agent/editor Karen Ball, a professional track focusing on “Making a Living in Today’s Market” with Agent Chip MacGregor, and a premium ($50 extra charge) intermediate fiction class “Get Published; Stay Published” with pre-conference reviews and small-group mentoring with team coaches Susan May Warren, Jeff Gerke, and James L. Rubart.
Our popular manuscript reviews, one-on-one appointments with editors and agents, mentoring appointments, and daily worship provide opportunities to learn and fellowship in a professional yet relaxed atmosphere.
Other highlights are a “Book Promotions Boot Camp” Early Bird presentation with Christy-Award winning author Susan May Warren and social media expert and designer Nicole Miller, and a Small Groups Critique Nite Owl with author and editor Rebecca LuElla Miller.
We are delighted to be returning to Portland’s Red Lion on the River Hotel, where our Writing Center boasts a sweeping view of the beautiful Columbia River.
The Cascade Writing Contest opens February 14 with a March 31 end date. On Wednesday, August 12, Jeff Gerke and Susan May Warren will again host the Cascade awards.
Tuition will be $500 for members and $535 for non-members. (Rates go up after July 1.) Tuition includes all five conference meals (three dinners and two lunches) and all scheduled conference activities from Monday afternoon through Thursday morning. Lodging is separate.
Keep watching our website, www.oregonchristianwriters.org, where we’ll be posting the latest news about coaching classes, faculty, manuscript submission guidelines, mentor appointments, conference registration and hotel lodging.
Ed Underwood is the senior pastor of the historic Church of the Open Door in Southern California (since 1996). He is the author of When God Breaks Your Heart, Reborn to Be Wild, and The Trail. Ed didn’t grow up in a Christian home, and this marked him with a deep appreciation of the Lord’s power to transform lives, families, and cultures. Ed will be our evening keynoter (Monday–Wednesday) and will speak about writing as worship, using the Book of Romans as his text. He will also teach an afternoon workshop about platform.
Jane Kirkpatrick, our Thursday morning keynoter,is the New York Times best-selling author of 27 books. She will speak about believing as God would have us believe in order to weave both salt and light into our writing tapestries. She will also teach a coaching class that explores ways to create authentic characters at home in their landscape, time period, relationships, spirituality, and work lives, as well as some of the strategies she uses to write her books.