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Summer Conference 2017: “Filled with His Wisdom”

Top editors, agents, and authors dedicated to helping you reach your writing goals

“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

Start planning now for the 2017 OCW Summer Coaching Conference at the Red Lion on the River Hotel (Jantzen Beach) in Portland. Daily worship and devotionals are a highlight of our conference as we seek to encourage writers in their faith and writing careers.

“Filled with His Wisdom” (Colossians 1:9-10) August 15-18, 2017  REGISTER NOW!

Frank Peretti

Evening Keynoter Frank Peretti is one of American Christianity’s best-known authors. Newsweek credited Frank with having the “hottest novels in Christian fiction.” His multiple, award-winning pieces have sold more than 15 million copies, and TIME Magazine called him “the father of Christian Fiction.”

Noted as “one of the biggest surprises in publishing” (People magazine) and “a plot magician” (USA Today), Frank is a natural storyteller. His career catapulted into the public eye with his release of This Present Darkness. The book appeared on Bookstore Journal’s best-seller list every month for more than eight years and, with his second spiritual warfare novel, Piercing the Darkness, captivated readers. Together the two sold more than 3.5 million copies.

Over the years, movies have derived from Frank’s writing, and his works have been featured in USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Chicago Tribune, People, and many others.

Frank’s international bestsellers include: Monster, House (with Ted Dekker), Hangman’s Curse, Nightmare Academy, The Cooper Kids’ Adventure Series (eight books), All Is Well, The Visitation (No. 1 on Christian Booksellers’ charts for multiple months), and The Oath (awarded the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Gold Medallion Award for best fiction). He lives with his wife, Barbara, in Idaho. For more information, visit www.FrankPeretti.com

Tessa Afshar
Tessa Afshar

Closing Keynoter Tessa Afshar has received numerous awards and nominations since she burst on the publishing scene with her first novel, Pearl in the Sand, which won “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Readers’ Choice Awards in 2011. Her book Harvest of Rubies was nominated for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category. World Magazine chose Harvest of Rubies as one of four notable books of the year. Her novel Harvest of Gold won the prestigious 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. In the Field of Grace, based on the story of Ruth, was nominated for the Grace Award in 2015.

Tessa was born in Iran to a nominally Muslim family and lived there for the first 14 years of her life. She moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her 20s changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds a master’s of divinity from Yale University, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last 17 years in full-time Christian service in New England. Visit Tessa’s webpage at www.tessaafshar.com

Other highlights include:

  • Early-Bird Session: Create Compelling Novels and Scripts with Michael Hauge. For more information CLICK HERE
  • 10 morning coaching classes for advanced, intermediate, and beginning writers. Fiction, nonfiction, memoir, articles, writing for Young Adult and Middle Grades, 24 afternoon workshops and 4 “Nite Owls”
  • One-on-one appointments with editors and agents
  • 3 free manuscript reviews by editors and agents
  • Mentoring appointments with professional authors

Registration will open March 6, 2017. Tuition is $550 for OCW members, $595 for nonmembers, and $350 for conferees 23 and younger. Prices will increase for all who register after July 10. Tuition includes all conference activities from 2 p.m. on Tuesday through 12:30 p.m. on Friday, including meals (three dinners and two lunches) and the Cascade Awards.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) Thursday, August 10 so that we can order conference meals.  After that, there will be no new registrations until Tuesday, August 12 at 2:00 when conference registration reopens at the increased walk-in tuition rates, and meals cannot be included. Those interested in the 5-hour preconference seminar “Create Compelling Novels and Screenplays” at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, may register at the door for that session beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Cost is $130 (price includes deli lunch).

Refund Policy

Please note refund cut-off dates listed with each session
After July 31st–NO monies refunded if canceled after July 31st.

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Red Lion Janzten Beach

Lodging: The Red Lion (Jantzen Beach) The Red Lion Jantzen Beach will be offering lower conference lodging rates through a special OCW reservation site. CLICK HERE to book your room. These prices are not available if you go through the hotel’s website to make your room reservation.

Click our top menu links for more details about our 2017 faculty, Early Bird session, coaching classes, workshops, manuscript submission instructions, mentoring program, and the 2017 Cascade Writing Contest as details become available.

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