2016 Summer Conference

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August 15–18, 2016

Portland, OR 

“Vision and Voice” (Psalm 19:14)


“The summer conference was absolutely wonderful. I came away totally inspired. My coaching class helped me find my niche and vision for writing. I enjoyed the fellowship, prayer, and Christian atmosphere so much. I received great tips on my submitted manuscripts, and my mentor gave me great direction.” 2015 Conferee
“The thing that impressed me the most was the emphasis on Jesus, the prayer support, and the friendliness of agents, editors, and publishers.” 2015 Conferee
“This was my first summer conference and first time coaching or mentoring. What a supportive group to writers!” Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick

Join us at the OCW summer coaching conference, where our faculty of top editors, agents, and award-winning authors is dedicated to helping you reach your writing goals. Daily worship and devotionals are a highlight of our conference as we seek to encourage writers in their faith and writing careers.

James Scott Bell, Keynoter
James Scott Bell, Keynoter

Evening keynoter is James Scott Bell. He is author of the #1 bestseller for writers, Plot and Structure, and numerous thrillers, including Try Dying, Try Darkness, Try Fear (the Ty Buchanan legal thriller series), and Don’t Leave Me, Final Witness, and Blind Justice. His novella One More Lie was the first self-published work to be nominated for an International Thriller Writers Award and he has served as a fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine. His most recent writing books are How to Write Dazzling Dialogue, Write Your Novel from the Middle, Super Structure, and How to Make a Living as a Writer. Visit his webpage at http://www.jamesscottbell.com/

Angela Hunt, Keynoter
Angela Hunt, Keynoter

Thursday morning closing keynoter Angela Hunt. With more than four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 125 works, ranging from picture books (The Tale of the Three Trees) to nonfiction books to novels. Her books have won the coveted Christy Award, several Angel Awards for Excellence in Media, and the Gold and Silver Medallions from Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. In 2007, her novel The Note was featured as a Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel. Romantic Times Book Club presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Angela completed her master of biblical studies in theology degree in 2006 and her doctorate in 2008. She was accepted into a doctor of theology program in 2009. Visit her webpage at www.angelahuntbooks.com/


Other highlights include:

  • Early-Bird Session “Write Your Novel from the Middle: A Powerful New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers, and Everyone in Between” with James Scott Bell
  • 10 morning coaching classes for advanced, intermediate, and beginning writers. Fiction (including a premium class), nonfiction, memoir, articles, writing for Young Adult and Middle Grades, indie writing, and poetry
  • 24 afternoon workshops and 4 “Nite Owls”
  • One-on-one appointments with editors and agents
  • 3 manuscript reviews by editors and agents
  • Mentoring appointments with professional authors

Registration will open by late January 2016. Tuition for those who register by July 10 is $525 for OCW members, $560 for nonmembers, and $350 for full-time students or conferees under 23. Prices will increase for all who register after July 10. 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.

Click our website menu for more details about our amazing faculty, coaching classes, workshops, registration & lodging, manuscript submission instructions, mentoring program, and the 2016 Cascade Writing Contest as details become available.


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