Summer Conference Update

2014 Summer Conference Focuses on “Writing with God: Take Heart” (Psalm 27:14 niv)
August 4–7, 2014, in Portland

“I was especially encouraged spiritually to write for God’s purpose.” Cheryl Secomb


We’re excited to welcome keynoters Allen Arnold (evening speaker) and Dan Walsh (Thursday morning speaker) to this year’s conference. Allen is Director of Content at Ransomed Heart Ministries and founder/former publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction. He is passionate about helping storytellers write from an awakened heart. Dan is the award-winning author of 10 novels published by Revell and Guideposts, including The Unfinished Gift, Remembering Christmas, and The Dance. His latest project is a four-book fiction series with Gary Smalley. Dan also served as a pastor for 25 years.

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 of top editors, agents, and award-winning authors is dedicated to helping you reach your writing goals for both advanced and beginning instruction in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, devotionals, magazine articles, writing for children, marketing, and intensive critique. This year we will offer:

  • 13 morning coaching classes
  • 27 afternoon workshops
  • four professional panels to bring you the latest trends in publishing.
  • four Nite Owls for those who want more including small-group critique

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 links on the website so you can find the best match for your book or magazine article. You can also sign up to meet with agents, editors, and pro writers for on-the-spot meetings in the Writing Center (Tuesday all day, and Wednesday afternoon).

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 like Mary DeMuth, Randy Ingermanson, James L. Rubart, and Susan Meissner. 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.

Other highlights include a special My Book Therapy Nite Owl presentation, “All Glammed Up” (Tips on Getting Your Manuscript Ready for Publication) with Christy-award winner Susan May Warren. Our special speaker at lunch on Tuesday, Editor Chad R. Allen of Baker Books, will present “You Can Do This: An Editor’s Manifesto” (How to Stay Motivated and Keep Moving Toward Publication). In this presentation, Chad will share strategies to help writers be successful over the long run. This lunch keynote will be open as a special event for those unable to attend the entire conference.

Registration for the conference is now open (click HERE for registration options). Tuition for those who register by July 1 is $475 for OCW members and $495 for nonmembers. Prices will increase to $515 for all who register after July 1, regardless of membership status. 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 up to the conferee.

Watch our website,, where we’ll be posting the latest news about manuscript submission guidelines, mentoring appointments, registration, lodging, and the Cascade Awards on Wednesday evening August 6. 

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