Summer Conference Focus

Summer Conference Focuses on “Being Salt and Light”
Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)

If you’ve been to an OCW summer coaching conference, you know this is a rich time of intense study, fellowship, worship, and reflection that can lead to renewed writing goals. Our faculty is dedicated to helping you reach your writing goals. This year we will offer:

  • 10 morning coaching classes
  • 25 afternoon workshops
  • 3 professional panels to bring you the latest trends in publishing
  • 5 Nite Owls for those who want more, including a
  •    Critique Clinic and a Pitch Lab

What’s New This Year?

1. “Book Promotions Boot Camp.” Monday, August 10, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Learn why and how to successfully launch and promote a book and why these essential skills will even help you write your best book. A preconference session open to all writers—even those not attending the conference. Taught by best-selling author Susan May Warren and social media expert and designer Nicole Miller. Requires a separate registration. The $90 fee for this three-hour session includes lunch.


2. New Coaching Classes:

  • Screenwriting with Nancy Ellen Dodd
  • “How to Be an Insanely Great Indie Author” with Randy Ingermanson
  • An introductory fiction mentoring class taught by Karen Ball
  • A premium intermediate fiction class “Get Published; Stay Published” with preconference reviews and small-group mentoring with Susan May Warren, and James L. Rubart (for an additional $50)
  • A professional track, “Making a Living in Today’s Market,” with Chip MacGregor
  • “Crafting Bible Studies for Spiritual Growth” with Terri Kalfas

Our manuscript submission program will once again provide the possibility to meet with an agent or editor and get valuable feedback. Begin now to review the Manuscript Submission guidelines and the Agent, Book Editor, and Magazine/Newspaper Editor links on the website so you can find the best match for your book or article. You can also sign up at the conference for on-the-spot meetings with agents, editors, and pro writers in our Writing Center.

Mentoring appointments are 30 minutes and give conferees an opportunity to sit with an experienced author to ask questions and get “Next-Step” career advice from mentor-authors. To see our full list of mentors and tips for how to prepare for an appointment, visit the Mentors page on our website. Registered conferees will have an opportunity to choose a mentor in early July. Note: Mentoring appointments are not just for beginning writers!

Registration for the conference is now open. Tuition for those who register by July 10 is $500 for OCW members, $535 for nonmembers, and $350 for those 23 and under. These rates will increase by $40 for those who register July 11–August 1. After August 1, registration for both members and nonmembers will be $595, and $425 for those 23 and under. Tuition includes all five conference meals (three dinners and two lunches) and all scheduled conference activities from Monday afternoon through Thursday noon. Lodging is separate, and room registrations at reduced conference rates will be handled directly by the hotel after May 1 through a special website.

Watch our website, where we’ll be posting the latest news about manuscript submission guidelines, mentoring appointments, faculty interviews, how-to-prepare-for-conference articles, registration, lodging, and the Cascade Awards.


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2016 Recordings

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