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Upcoming Events

June 17, 2023

Brittany Stevenson

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Past the Sleeping Dragons: Including Theology in Your Fiction

C.S. Lewis has captured the imagination of children and adults alike with works such as Chronicles of Narnia and Screwtape Letters. But below the surface of stories that entertain and enrich, there is an undercurrent of theological teaching that simplifies complex philosophical ideas. Learn from the Master how you also can infuse your fiction with rich theology that will not be pushed aside by the watchful skeptical reader, but rather embraced. 

July 15, 2023

Brainstorming Session

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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 19, 2023

Write-In

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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Spend all day adding words to your WIP! Need feedback? No problem! This is a day of writing, sharing, and helping your fellow writers.

Bring snacks to share, lunch (or Sonic is next door), and your own drinks. Join us for dinner after at a local restaurant.

September 16, 2023

Brittany Stevenson

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The Father of Fantasy: How Tolkien Wove Mythology and Christianity to Create a Genre

Before there was Harry Potter, or Star Wars, there was a hobbit, who lived in a hole in the ground. What started out as a children's story, grew into a genre that would blossom and impact the culture on a grand scale. With his unsurpassed imagination and a passion for classic character traits and mythology, he crafted a fantasy world that has inspired millions to fight for goodness in the real world. Discover how the Father of Fantasy birthed a genre, and how we can learn from his work to fight now in the current culture war. 

October 19-22, 2023

OCFW Writing Retreat

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

Treat your writing like a legitimate profession. We set aside designated writing hours—8 hours of time split up throughout the day for you to fully focus on your novel—and 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 18, 2023

Author Laurel Thomas

The Power of Imagery

December - Date to be Announced

Christmas Party!

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A members-only celebration, potluck, and gift exchange.

January 20, 2024

Author Betsey Kulakowski

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DIY Marketing for Authors – Social Media and Other Fun Things

 

I know. I know. I know. You want to write your book. You didn’t become an author because you wanted to connect with people. You don’t even like people. Besides, what do you know about social media or marketing? Isn’t that the publisher’s job? It’s a rude awakening for authors these days when they realize they’re going to be the ones mostly responsible for selling their own books. In this session, I’ll share some of my tips and tricks to do the most marketing, with the least amount of effort, and minimal expense.

Betsey is a federally trained investigator and has 30+ years of experience as an occupational safety specialist, with a degree in emergency management. Betsey served on disaster response teams at the Murrah Federal Building Bombing, the World Trade Center, and Hurricanes Katrina/Rita, as well as other disasters in Oklahoma.

She wrote her first book at age 6. Being a writer wasn't something she chose. It chose her. Betsey is the author of the bestselling, award-winning, paranormal thriller, The Veritas Codex, and the series of the same name. She is an avid history buff and family genealogist. She's married and has two grown children and two fur babies.

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