2022 Speakers

We're thrilled about our amazing lineup of speakers for 2022!

January 15th

Kerin Groves, PHD

image (2).png

Dr. Kerin Groves, PHD, is professional career coach, management consultant, speaker, trainer, chaplain, and social science researcher. She coaches individual clients during career changes, teach career development workshops, guide managers in deploying their leadership skills, train work teams to overcome challenges, and consult with organizations in transition. She also shares my research on happy long-term marriages through speaking at couples retreats, relationship enhancement workshops, and special events.

Dr. Groves will present, How To Make Your 2021 Miserable!. It's time for New Year's resolutions! If you aspire to make yourself miserable this year, what are the best techniques for doing so?  Misery has been raised to an art form by many writers, and this tongue-in-cheek workshop will teach you how to hack those internal habits that sabotage your writing success. You'll learn how to identify and edit your self-defeating behaviors, rewrite your negative thoughts, and redesign your emotional stability for self-confidence and writing productivity. Don't miss this lively seminar packed with humor, wisdom, practical tips, and supportive encouragement. 

February 19th

Kat Lewis

_85A9608.jpg

Kat Lewis is a self-prescribed stiletto heel and gold wearing damsel but she’s rarely in distress. Lewis writes romantic thrillers that seek to empower women with diverse ethnic background to own their identity and use that to positively impact the world around them. Her short stories have been featured in Oklahoma Christian Fiction Writers 2017, 2018, 2018 yearly short story collections and her debut novel, Rogue Defender, was published on Amazon in July of 2021. When she's not onstage encouraging millennial women, she can usually be found in a Krav Maga gym, volunteering at her church, and serving on the admin team for WriterCon.

Join us as Kat presents, The Anatomy of a Scene: The Building Block of Story. 

March 19th

Brainstorming Session

john-schnobrich-2FPjlAyMQTA-unsplash.jpg

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 TBA

2022 Mini Conference

Robin-Patchen-headshot.jpeg

Looking for an easy way to level up as a writer? Join us for our 9th Annual Mini Conference! This full day experience gives you the chance to learn from some of the best local authors all while stretching your marketing and social skills. 

This year, we're thrilled to announce bestselling author Robin Patchen as this year's keynote/workshop speaker! Her workshop, How To Write Unputdownable Fiction is a powerful class designed to help you create compelling stories. From the big picture of plot and characters to the nitty gritty of scene structure and word choice, learn how to create irresistible, compelling, unputdownable fiction that will stay with your readers long after they’ve closed the book. 

May 21st 

Brainstorming
Session

Book Pitch.jpg

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!

June 18th

Brittany Stevenson

F40422D11A134D7DB7FBF5F9BC092F8D (1).jpg

Brittany Stevenson is the former VP of Oklahoma Christian Fiction Writers and an avid Fantasy reader. 

Join us as she presents, Anatomy of a Twist: Crafting Surprise Endings That Work For Any Genre​A good twist is not just for mystery and suspense! All genres can benefit from using narrative misdirection to intrigue and surprise their readers.

July 16th

Brainstorming Session

kelly-sikkema-hjDib8hePtw-unsplash.jpg

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!

August 20th

Brainstorming Session

cowomen-ZKHksse8tUU-unsplash.jpg

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!

September 20th

Brittany Stevenson

F40422D11A134D7DB7FBF5F9BC092F8D (1).jpg

Brittany Stevenson is the former VP of Oklahoma Christian Fiction Writers and an avid Fantasy reader. 

Join us as she presents, You're Perfect Character Can't Be Perfect: Using Flaws To Improve Your Character ArcTo have great payoff at the end of a book, the best characters show a progressive change from beginning to end. 

October 13th-16th

OCFW Writing Retreat

Retreat2122.webp

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!

November 19th

OCFW Book Expo

Square Graphic Post 800x800 px.jpeg

Stay tuned for more information!

December 3rd

Christmas Party!

eugene-zhyvchik-bbNd3wFwG0I-unsplash.jpg

It's time to celebrate another successful year!