2020 Speakers

We're thrilled about our amazing lineup of speakers for 2020!

January 18th

Jessica White

Jessica is a prayer warrior who loves to encourage and teach others how to create safe spaces for the hurting and lost. In 2014, she graduated from Western Governor’s University with a B.A. in Educational Studies and published her first book, Surviving the Stillness. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and represented by Hartline Literary Agency. She also writes for several blogs and online magazines and is an admin and contributor for 10 Minute Novelists. She created and manages their annual 365 Writing Challenge, which encourages writers to develop the habit of writing daily.

Jessica will present, Developing Unique Character Voices. The best books have characters you remember long after you've set aside the pages of their world. Their personalities and worldviews are so vivid you can hear their voice in your head.  But it's not what they say but how they say it. Creating unique character voices requires a set of skills often taught to voice actors and theater majors, but rarely to writers.  It's more than giving them dialects and accents. Come learn the steps to develop your characters' unique voice.

February 15th

Jennifer Slatterly

Author and speaker Jennifer Slattery is a multi-published hybrid author with five novels released by New Hope Publishers, two independently published, one released by Love Inspired, and another Love Inspired contemporary scheduled to release in September. She served with Christ to the World Ministries—a parachurch evangelical ministry that shares the gospel and Bible materials in 32 countrie—as writer and editor and developed the pilot programs for their adult contemporary and youth contemporary programs. She also writes for Crosswalk and iBelieve and functions as one of Crosswalks featured bloggers. She leads a parachurch speaking and writing ministry called Wholly Loved Ministries, is a former acquisitions editor with LPC, and an active member at her church where she writes for their mission blog and serves in their women’s and children’s ministries.


Join us as Jennifer presents, Writing Emotionally Intense Fiction. Learn how to increase the intensity of your novels without losing your reader.

March 21st

Group Brainstorming Session

Bring your misbehaving characters, convoluted plots, complex themes...we want it all! We'll use this time to problem solve in pairs and with the group as a whole. Bring an excerpt of your work (if applicable), a notepad, and something to write with--it's going to be a great time of fellowship and collective problem solving! Also feel free to bring an excerpt simply to share and receive feedback!

April 18th

Darlene Franklin

Philosophers ask, which came first, the chicken or the egg? Writers ask, which comes first, plot or character? Taken from the pages of How to Write Smarter, Synergy between Plot and Character Development shows how a writer starts from both ends to reach well-rounded middle. I’ll use lecture as well as brainstorming on a book scenario. Attendees are encouraged to bring any plots they have under development to use for fodder as well.


Darlene Franklin is a warrior woman who happens to live in a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma City near her son’s family. Ms. Franklin is a prolific novelist, magazine writer and poet. She expects to publish book #75 this year.

May 16th

Book Pitch Practice

It's time to Pitch That Book! From 30 second elevator bursts to more detailed conversational pitches, we'll learn the common elements to include in a variety of pitch styles and craft those during the meeting. Then the fun will begin as we circulate the room pitching to each other. It's phenomenally fun practice for one of the most crucial marketing moments! 

BONUS: We will have a professional photographer onsite to snap author photos. She's charging $30 for up to 5 head/body shots. 

June 20th

Group Brainstorming Session

Bring your misbehaving characters, convoluted plots, complex themes...we want it all! We'll use this time to problem solve in pairs and with the group as a whole. Bring an excerpt of your work (if applicable), a notepad, and something to write with--it's going to be a great time of fellowship and collective problem solving! Also feel free to bring an excerpt simply to share and receive feedback!

July 18th 

Christy Johnson

As a relationship and soul-health coach, popular national speaker, author and Executive Director of Living Soul, Christy’s driving passion is to help women find hope and strength in the aftermath of betrayal and brokenness caused by abuse or toxic relationships. Christy’s video teaching series that accompanies Love Junkies is used in over 80 small discipleship groups nationwide in churches, maternity homes, prison ministries and drug rehab facilities. In 2018, Christy was one of 12 finalists chosen out of over 3500 submissions in the prestigious Guideposts contest. She also has several stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs including Trinity Broadcasting Network. Currently, Christy is working on her next book, Free Looks Good on You: Carving a Path Past Betrayal and Brokenness to Live a Life that’s Fully Present. 

Christy will present, Crafting Manipulative Characters

August 15th 

Laurel Thomas

Have you ever read a sentence that was prose beautiful that you sighed with envy? Laurel Thomas will lead us through The Language Of Storytelling. This workshop will identify the elements of sentence and paragraph structure that allows stories to flow. Thomas will address everything from sentence cadence/pacing and varying sentence structure all the way to eliminating weak words and avoid ineffective description. Bring a 2-3 page excerpt of your work and a pen!

September 20th

John Granger

Described by TIME as the “Dean of Harry Potter Scholars,” John Granger has been writing and speaking about the artistry and meaning of Joanne Rowling’s Hogwarts Adventures since 2002.  John is well known, for example, as the literary critic who spelled out the Christian content and value of Harry Potter within the tradition of English fantasy literature when others were burning the books because of their supposed “sorcery.” Granger has been a guest speaker at more than fifty major colleges and universities including Princeton, the Torrey Honors Institute (Biola), Pepperdine, Washington & Lee, La Salle, Cornell, Penn, Yale, the University of Chicago, Baylor, the New York C. S. Lewis Society, the New York Public Library (Mid Manhattan), and the Past Watchful Dragons C. S. Lewis Conference.

John will present, Writing in Circles: The Magic of Ring Composition. Using examples from J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" and C. S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia", Granger explains that these book series as a whole is an integrated Ring Composition and that each individual novel, too, is built on a strict Ring of chapters that are, as Dumbledore puts it, "reverse echoes" of chapters reflecting their meaning on opposite sides of that book. Granger charts the series architecture and the lay-out of every book  so this structure is unmistakable and then he links this traditional artistry to Rowling's and Lewis' postmodern and Christian meaning. For the serious reader who needs to know the how and why of Harry's popularity, 'Writing in Circles' delivers amazing insights about and a fresh appreciation of the genius and magic of these timeless classics.

October 15th-18th

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 7th

9th Annual Mini Conference:

Unleash Your Bestselling Novel

Click HERE to find out more!

December 5th

OCFW Book Expo

Come celebrate a successful year with us! The OCFW Book Expo is a chance for our members to bring copies of their work, display them, and then circulate the room chatting and laughing and purchasing one another's books in support. Such a great opportunity to network and pick up some great reads. Who knows? You may find your next favorite author here!

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