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2019 Speakers

We're thrilled about our amazing lineup of speakers for 2019!

January 19th

Staci Mauney

Staci Mauney is a professional writer and editor and indie author. She is the co-owner of Prestige Prose, a freelance writing and editing company. As an author, she has written four devotionals in the Echoes of Joy series, all of which can be found on her website at stacimauney.com. Her Yorkshire terrier, Lilly, is the main character in her devotionals and her blog. She has had short stories published in Chicken Soup for the Shopper’s Soul; Owl Hootings, Vol. II; Oklahoma: The Fountain of the Heartland, and the OWFI Report and has worked as a content writer for Oklahoma Farm and Ranch magazine. Staci volunteers for a variety of organizations in her local community. She has been a member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc (OWFI) since 2007 and is currently serving as the 2019 OWFI president.

 

Staci will present "Marketing Tips for Authors: How to Find and Engage with Your Audience". In this workshop, she will discuss techniques to find and engage with your ideal reader, including newsletter mailing lists, street teams, ads, and social media platforms.

February 16th

Laurel Thomas

A former high school English teacher, Laurel Thomas has written for magazines such as Guideposts, Mysterious Ways and others. In addition to her foray into fiction, Laurel has ghosted and edited many types of nonfiction. As general administrator of Write Well, Sell Well OKC, she heads an amazing staff of volunteers. Laurel holds degrees in English and Counseling. She is a chaplain for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations, as well as a lay pastor at Church on the Rock, Oklahoma City, OK.

 

Join us as Laurel present "The Art of Imagery". Imagery paints an indelible picture on your reader’s senses. It pulls on the shared part of us that knows what it feels like to run into a spider web. And how our fingers comb through strands of hair, hoping not to find its weaver!

Laurel will guide you through a maze of interactive exercises that help build your own palette of sensory images, full of emotional punch that show instead of tell!
 

March 16th

Draft2Digital

Are you confused and overwhelmed with all of your publishing options? From traditional to indie to hybrid, what’s the difference and how are they relevant to you? We completely understand. Draft2Digital is an Oklahoma City based nontraditional publishing service that specializes in simple ebook formatting, conversion, and distribution. Simply put, Draft2Digital helps you format your manuscript so that it can readily distributed to powerful digital stores with just a few clicks.

 

Come learn about Publishing Options For The Modern Author! Create more realistic industry standards and expectations, and make real life connections!

April 13th

OCFW 2019 Mini Conference

"How Not To Write Like An Amateur". This year’s conference will focus on how to educate and equip you to stand out as a writer. We’ll help you avoid amateurish mistakes with practical writing craft advice such as simple self-editing tips and tricks, infusing your manuscript with humor, and structuring your story so that it’s compelling from start to finish. Simultaneously feed your writer’s soul as we help you identify your inspiration for writing and delve deep into the well of your originality, using that to fuel your unique authors voice and writing style.

Join us as we learn how to take our writing from mid-level amateur to bestselling, Pulitzer prize worthy! It's a full day event you won't want to miss!

May 18th

Chris Tarpley

Chris Tarpley is an ex-patriot from the IT industry who followed the Lord’s calling to write instead of doing something sensible for a living. He lives in rural Oklahoma with his wife, Jeana, two dogs, two cats, a flock of chickens, and the occasional field mouse that keeps evading the traps. Chris is a contributing author of The Legacy Letters and Cracked Ice and is currently working on a series of fantasy novels.

Chris will present, "The Hero's Journey": a tried and true method to creating timeless tales by using the elements of plot that have pervaded myths and legends for over five thousand years. An all-embracing metaphor for the deep inner journey of transformation that heroes in every time and place seem to share, a path that leads them through great movements of separation, descent, ordeal, and return. Tarpley will follow a simple overview of each stage of the journey, illustrating basic characteristics and functions of each and how writers across time, space, and genre can effectively use them. Bring pen, paper, and maybe even a shield...the parapets of your mind are about to be breached.

June 15th

Kat Lewis

Kat Lewis will present, "Productivity Hacks For The Modern Day Author". In 2019, society is busier than ever and it can be challenging to pursue a craft that requires a significant amount of alone time in order to be successful. There's no time to sit by the computer, waiting for inspiration to strike. Help is on the way! By creating repetitive cues, it is fully possible to access the deeply creative part of our minds, almost on demand. Based on the wildly successful teachings of award winning author, Jesicca Brody (Save The Cat! Writes A Novel), Lewis will outline 10 specific mind, body, lifestyle, and technological "hacks" designed to stimulate the deep creative side of our brain. Watch your productivity skyrocket and your tranquility stabilize as you begin to fully dive into the craft that makes your heart sing: writing!

Kat Lewis is a local Edmonite and she specializes in writing what she terms "action adventure romance". Kat serves as the VP for the OCFW chapter and is currently writing book one of a spunky contemporary romance series based in Oklahoma City.

July 20th 

Group Brainstorming Session

Bring your fragmented plots, poorly developed characters, and tricky scenes--it's workshop time! We'll spend our time brainstorming in a group and in pairs with dynamic, relevant exercises designed to help blast through the toughest writers block!

August 17th 

Kevin Tumlinson

Are you confused and overwhelmed with all of your publishing options? From traditional to indie to hybrid, what’s the difference and how are they relevant to you? We completely understand. Draft2Digital is an Oklahoma City based nontraditional publishing service that specializes in simple ebook formatting, conversion, and distribution. Simply put, Draft2Digital helps you format your manuscript so that it can readily distributed to powerful digital stores with just a few clicks.

 

Come learn about Publishing Options For The Modern Author! Create more realistic industry standards and expectations, and make real life connections!

September 21st 

Robin Patchen

Award winning author and editor, Robin Patchen will present, "Building Your Story Scene By Scene".

Scenes are the building blocks of a story. Writers who can create captivating scenes can write captivating books. But what makes a great scene? In this interactive workshop, we will examine the building blocks of every story, the scene. We’ll cover the elements that should be written into each scene. We’ll talk about how showing the scene through narration, action beats, and dialog tags enable the reader to not just see it but experience it. We’ll learn about how the scene goal, the turning point, and the twist combine to keep readers turning the pages. Finally, we’ll examine how to ensure that each scene engages readers’ emotions and how to combine the elements to give them an experience they will never forget.

October 17th-20th

OCFW Writing Retreat

A 4 day writing intensive to maximize the most out of your getaway! 

There are designated "writing hours" and community and private review times. Treat your writing like legitimate profession. We've set aside designated writing hours--8 hours of time split up throughout the day for you to fully focus on your novel. You get the best of both worlds! Set time to work on your novel but equal amounts of time to brainstorm and problem solve with your fellow authors! Whether you're looking to jump start a new novel idea or make huge progress in your current work in progress, there's something here for everyone!

 

Interested? Check out our Facebook page for all the details!

November 16th

Kathryn Spurgeon

Recipient of a 2018 Illumination Book Award for her first historical novel, Kathryn Spurgeon has  published over a hundred stories, articles, and poems and won over 12 contests. Writing for major publications such as the Lutheran Digest, the Daily Oklahoman, Byline, and the Livingston Corporation, she has released two novels, two novellas, two poetry books, and a devotional. Active in her hometown, Edmond, Oklahoma, Spurgeon has directed eight compilation books for the Henderson Hills Church Writing Team. She also speaks at retreats and conferences in several states and internationally.

“Behind every villain is a truth, whether it be perceived or actual,” Dalton Frey. A well written hero or heroine is often easy to relate with but what about the villain? Using her experience the jail and prison ministry, Spurgeon will present, "Fallen Characters: An Emphatic Approach To Writing Villanous Characters". The villain is often a great opportunity to enhance and reveal the spiritual plot and theme in a story.  So, how do we as Christian authors, give the villainous character due literary diligence? Come learn how to craft realistic, dynamic, and empathetic villains without losing sight of the God plot in your novel. Bring your pen and paper—it’s going to be a dastardly good time!