General Information

Summer Conference Focuses on Guarding the Good Treasure


Summer Conference – August 12-15, 2013

by Lindy Jacobs, OCW Summer Conference Director

Lindy Jacobs OCW Summer Conference Director
Lindy Jacobs
OCW Summer Conference Director

We’re excited to welcome award-winning speaker and author Liz Curtis Higgs (Bad Girls of the Bible, Mine Is the Night, and The Girl’s Still Got It) as our main keynote speaker. Liz has won multiple awards for her fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, and thousands of churches across the country use her Bible studies.

We are also pleased to welcome the popular radio talk-show host of KDPQ Portland, Georgene Rice, as our closing keynote speaker. Georgene and her husband have an international gospel music ministry. She will also sing during our Monday evening session.

If you’ve been to an OCW summer conference, you know this is a rich time of intense study, fellowship, worship, and reflection that can lead to renewed writing goals.

Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, contemporary, historical, poetry, for children or adults, for magazines or books, we’ve assembled some of the top national editors, agents, and professional writers to coach you and help you move to the next level with your writing. This year we will offer:

  • 12 morning intensive coaching classes
  • 30 afternoon workshops
  • professional panels to bring you up-to-date trends (agent, book editor, magazine and newspaper editor, news media, and social media/platform)
  • nite owls for those who want more

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 Faculty Page on our website to see what agents and editors are looking for to find the best match for your manuscript or article. You can also sign up to meet with agents, editors, and pro writers for on-the-spot meetings in the Writing Center on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

Last year contacts made at summer conference led to numerous magazine article sales and several big publishing contracts, a first novel for one author, and a three-book deal for another.

Mentoring appointments are half an hour and give the conferee an opportunity to sit with an experienced author to ask questions and get “Next-Step” career advice from mentoring authors, such as award-winning Julie Klassen, Susan May Warren, and Randy Ingermanson. To see our full list of mentors and suggestions for how to prepare for your appointment, visit the Mentors page on our website. Registered conferees will be able to choose a mentor in early July.

Conference tuition is $415 (includes lunches and dinners from Monday evening through Wednesday evening) for OCW members who register by July 1, $450 for nonmembers (and all who register after July 15), with a special rate of $325 for those 23 and younger. Registration for the conference will be opening soon. Lodging is separate, and room reservations will be handled directly by the hotel.

Watch our website,, where we’ll be posting the latest news about coaching classes, faculty, manuscript submission guidelines, mentor appointments, the Cascade Writing Contest and Awards, and registration.

Be sure to register early to assure your spot in the coaching class of your choice. We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 summer conference!