Winter Conference Details

Grit: “Get Your Writing Grit On” in 2022
“Do not neglect the gift you have.” (1 Timothy 4:14 ESV)

Oregon Christian Writers Virtual Winter Conference
Saturday, February 26, 2022
with Janet McHenry

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Join us at 10 a.m. (PST) via Zoom for a live keynote address by the multi-published Janet McHenry on Saturday, February 26th. And at 1 p.m. that day, there will be a one-hour interactive session.

Janet McHenry

Janet McHenry is a national speaker and the author of 24 traditionally published books—six on prayer, including the best-selling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She has been writing for the Christian publishing industry for half of her life and says she may be her agent’s worst nightmare since those book genres include children’s board books, first chapter books, YA mysteries, a cozy mystery, Christian living, Bible studies, gift books, and a devotional. In addition to writing, she currently coaches writers and hosts the Sierra Valley Writers Retreat. She and her husband, Craig, live in the Sierra Valley in northeast California, where he is a cattle rancher and where they raised their four now-adult children. Janet serves as the coordinator of prayer ministries at The Bridge Church in Reno and the National Day of Prayer in Sierra County. In addition, she is the creator of Prayer School, an online course on prayer through the Teachable platform. She has been featured widely for her prayerwalking practices on broadcast media and in publications such as Health magazine and Woman’s Day. You can connect with her on social media or through her website:

Winter Conference Schedule


10:00 a.m. (PST) OCW Virtual Winter Conference Live Session

Grit: “Get Your Writing Grit On” in 2022

Writers for the long haul know that developing the characteristic of grit will help them pursue their call with excellence—despite their perceived limitations and life’s challenges.

  • Opening Prayer and Welcome
  • Call to Worship
  • Devotional
  • Live Session with Janet McHenry

1:00 p.m. Interactive Session When you register, you will be asked if you will be able to join us for the afternoon session.

Prior to the conference, all registered conferees will receive links to these four prerecorded video sessions: 

Workshop – Getting Gritty: Sand My Writing, God! Janet McHenry

Many editors have heard new writers say, “God gave me this book, so you can’t change a thing.” Coachability in writers is important—the willingness to accept constructive criticism and pursue lifelong learning. To succeed in our ever-changing industry, we can remove the “I don’ts” and “I can’ts” from our vocabulary, assess our writing and tribe-building weak spots, get the help we need, and create books that will effectively connect with an audience.

Workshop – Understanding Nonfiction Genre Forms: Devotionals, Gift Books, Christian Living, Bible Studies, and Memoir Janet McHenry

Understanding the form of a genre will inspire you, not stifle your writing. Just as God’s creation has order and purpose, so should our writing so it will draw the eye of an editor or agent and best reaches our audience. This workshop will explain the focus, objective/purpose, order, chapter content, and more of five nonfiction genres. Even fiction “pantsers” will learn how to think about how form could improve and accelerate their writing.

Workshop – Creating a Nonfiction Book Chapter Janet McHenry

Even if you’re a new writer, you’ve probably heard the expression, “Study the form.” It’s likely, though, that no one has ever taught you how to do that. This workshop teaches you how to study not what a writer is saying, but what is writer is doing. Using a mentor book, workshop attendees will dissect a chapter to learn how the writer structured the various components. This one workshop will empower writers both new and old to write in any genre.

Workshop – Why Bad Things Must Happen to Good Characters Melanie Dobson

As fiction writers, we love our good characters, but in order for readers to like them as well, we must create formidable opposition for our hero and heroine. This workshop will cover one of the most important elements in successful fiction writing—how to create relevant internal and external conflict so readers care deeply about the main characters and engross themselves completely in your novel as they cheer for these characters to overcome every obstacle in their path. (Beginners and Intermediate)

Writing fiction is Melanie Dobson’s excuse to explore abandoned houses, travel to unique places, and immerse herself in forgotten archives. The author of almost 30 books, Melanie enjoys stitching together both time-slip and historical fiction, including Catching the Wind and The Winter Rose. Melanie’s novels have won five Carol Awards, the Audie Award, and ForeWord’s Religious Fiction Book of the Year.

Winter Conference Fees & Registration Information

Registration Fees

  • $49 for members
  • $70 for nonmembers

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