2015 Summer Conference Main Page

OCW Summer Coaching Conference

Red Lion on the River Hotel (Jantzen Beach), Portland August 10–13, 2015 Take Your Writing to the Next Level at Summer Conference

I have attended many conferences over the span of my career, and this one tops them all in MANY WAYS!” Connie Edwards

Meet with top editors, agents, and award-winning authors who are dedicated to helping you reach your writing goals. We offer instruction for all levels from the basics to professional career tracks in multiple genres. If you’ve been to an OCW conference, you know it’s a rich time of intense study, fellowship, worship, and reflection that leads to renewed writing goals.

  • 10 morning intensive coaching classes (including one premium class)
  • 24 workshops
  • Five “Nite Owls,” including small group critiques and a pitch lab
  • One-on-one appointments with editors and agents
  • Three free manuscript reviews by editors and agents
  • Mentor appointments with professional authors
  • Cascade Awards ceremony

Conference Schedule: Conference registration begins Monday, August 10 at 2 p.m. and the conference ends Thursday, August 13 at 12:30 p.m. A pre-conference Book Promotions Boot Camp (link) is open to the public and will be held Monday morning, August 10, 9:30–12:30 for a separate fee of $90, which includes lunch.

Registration opens April 1. Tuition is $500 for members and $535 for nonmembers. (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 noon.

Lodging: The hotel will be offering a special conference room rate ($114/night for single or double occupancy) both during the conference and a few days on either side of it. We will provide that link for making reservations at the beginning of May.

Keynote Speakers:

Ed Underwood, 2015 Summer Conference Keynoter
Ed Underwood, 2015 Summer Conference Keynoter

Ed Underwood, senior pastor of the historic Church of the Open Door in southern California and the author of When God Breaks Your Heart, Reborn to be Wild (David C. Cook), and his latest, The Trail: A Tale About Discovering God’s Will (Tyndale). 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 speak about writing as worship, using the Book of Romans as his text.

Jane Kirkpatrick, 2015 Summer Conference Keynoter
Jane Kirkpatrick, 2015 Summer Conference Keynoter

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of 26 books, including 22 historical novels based on actual women. Jane has spoken internationally and has won the Wrangler, the Carol, and WILLA awards. She will speak about believing as God would have us believe in order to weave both salt and light into our writing tapestries. Keep checking the summer conference drop-down menu to familiarize yourself with our outstanding faculty, coaching classes, workshops, manuscript submission guidelines, mentoring program, conference registration, lodging, and news about the Cascade Awards.

“You are salt of the earth . . . the light of the world.” (from Matthew 5:13–16)