2014 Summer Conference

Plan Now to Attend the Summer Conference August 4–7

“Writing with God: Take Heart” (Psalm 27:14, niv)

The OCW summer conference is becoming known as one of the country’s best Christian writing conferences, with top editors, agents, and award-winning authors dedicated to helping you reach your writing goals. We are planning 12 coaching classes and 30 workshops for both advanced and beginning instruction in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, devotionals, magazine articles, writing for children, poetry, marketing, and intensive critique.

Our popular manuscript reviews, one-on-one appointments with editors and agents, mentoring appointments, and daily worship provide opportunities to learn and fellowship in a professional yet relaxed atmosphere.

We’re happy to be returning to Portland’s Red Lion on the River Hotel on the beautiful Columbia River.

Other highlights are Christy-award winner Susan May Warren’s special My Book Therapy Nite Owl presentation, “All Glammed Up,” which offers tips on getting your manuscript ready for publication. During 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.

Wednesday evening, August 6th, we’ll be presenting the 2014 Cascade Awards with host Susan May Warren.

Tuition for members will be $475 for members and $495 for nonmembers. (Rate goes up after July 1st.) Tuition includes all five conference meals (three dinners and two lunches) and all scheduled conference activities from Monday afternoon through Thursday morning. Lodging is separate.

Watch our website, www.OregonChristianWriters.org, where we’ll be posting the latest news about coaching classes, faculty, manuscript submission guidelines, mentor appointments, and registration/lodging. The Cascade Writing Contest opens February 14th with a deadline of March 31st.

Keynoter Speakers

Allen ArnoldAllen Arnold Director of Content & Resources at John Eldredge’s Ransomed Heart Ministries and founder/former publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction, will speak about the holy art of writing from an awakened heart—the deep pleasure and power of writing not just for God but with God. He will also co-teach a morning coaching class, “Live Free; Write Free,” with James L. Rubart.

Dan WalshDan Walsh is the award-winning author of nine 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, who served as a pastor for 25 years, will also be coaching a morning class, “Mastering the Things That Matter Most to Readers.”

We are pleased to announce the following outstanding faculty will be joining us:

Book Editors

  • Chad R. Allen, Baker Books
  • Kim Bangs, Bethany House and Chosen (divisions of Baker Books)
  • Steve Barclift, Kregel Publications
  • Nick Harrison, Harvest House
  • Terri Kalfas, Grace Publishing
  • Jessica Barnes, Guideposts
  • David and Helen Haidle, Seed Faith Books
  •  Christina Tarabochia and Sherrie Ashcraft, Ashberry Lane
Magazine and Newspaper Editors

  • John Fortmeyer, Christian News Northwest
  • Susan King, The Upper Room
  • Sherri Langton, Bible Advocate
  • Chad McComas, The Christian Journal
Children’s Magazine Editors and Reps

  • Jim Holt, Clubhouse Jr./Focus on the Family
  • Mary Hake, Christian Light Publications
Editorial Coach

  • Mick Silva, Your Writers Group

  • Sally Apokedak (Children’s) of Les Stobbe Agency
  • Susan Brower of Natasha Kern Agency
  • Alice Crider of WordServe Literary
  • Bill Jensen of William K Jensen Literary
  • Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency
  • David Van Diest of of Van Diest Literary
  • Teresa Evenson, William K Jensen Literary
  • Tawny Johnson of D.C. Jacobson & Associates
  • Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary

  • Allen Arnold
  • Mary DeMuth
  • Leslie Gould
  • Randy Ingermanson
  • Susan Meissner
  • James L. Rubart
  • Poppy Smith
  • Colette Tennant
  • Sarah Thebarge
  • Dan Walsh
  • Susan May Warren
  • Jill Williamson
  • Gail Sattler

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