Strengthen Your Voice. Support Your Style. Season Your Humor

2020 OCFW

Mini Conference

Saturday, November 7th

9:00am-4:00pm

Memorial Road Church Of Christ   Edmond, OK

Why do some novels coast on the elevated heights of fame and success while others into the pit of mediocrity? What is "Hollywood material" and can it be taught? Let award winning authors William Bernhardt, Frank Ball, and Marji Laine teach you the tips, tricks, and techniques to make your novel radiate. Hone your craft. Perfect your style. Enrich your voice. And unleash your novel. Stop holding yourself back--the world is ready for you.

 

Join us! It's a full day event you won't want to miss!

Avoid Common Writing Pitfalls

Speakers

2020 speakers will discuss issues relevant to motivate, encourage, and inspire the seasoned veterans, the energetic novice and all writing creatives in between!

Key Note Speaker: William Bernhardt 

William Bernhardt is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid legal thrillers (Justice Returns, most recently), historical novels such as Challengers of the Dust, two books of poetry (The White Bird and The Ocean’s Edge), and the Red Sneaker books on writing. In addition, Bernhardt founded the Red Sneaker Writing Center to support writers of all kinds in all stages of their careers. The Center hosts the annual WriterCon in Oklahoma City and small-group seminars in various US locations, as well as a free monthly e-newsletter, a biweekly podcast, and a free phone app. He is one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation.

Marji Laine

Marji is the president of Write Integrity Press, LLC and it's new four imprints. With dozens of book releases each year and almost two dozen authors working with her, she has her hands full.

She's collaborated in five novellas over the last two and a half years with Write Integrity Press. The first, The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt, rose to best-seller status, catapulting all the authors to Amazon's top 100 list. Her solo publishing career began with the Grime Fighter series, five novellas following mysteries encountered by a crime scene cleaner.  Her first full-length novel, COUNTER POINT, was the first of a series contracted by Write Integrity Press in January of 2016. (Released in November 2016 and a 2016 Grace Award Finalist.)

Frank Ball

For ten years, Frank Ball directed North Texas Christian Writers to help members improve their writing and storytelling skills. In 2011, he founded Story Help Groups and joined the Roaring Writers ministry seven years later to encourage and equip all Christians to tell their life-changing stories. He has taught at writer’s conferences and churches across the U.S. and Canada. Besides writing his own books, he does ghostwriting, copy editing, and graphic design. As Pastor of Biblical Research and Writing for three years, he wrote sermons, teaching materials, and hundreds of devotions. His first book Eyewitness: The Life of Christ Told in One Story is a compilation of biblical information on the life of Christ in a chronological story that reads like a novel.

Luke Gajary

Luke Gajary is an author, communicator, and professional nerd who has an established track record of passion and excellence in both the church and corporate worlds. A graduate of Heartland School of Ministry, he has served in the media departments of several multi-million dollar organizations and as the associate director of Youth Alive North Texas. Luke is most passionate about seeing believers come alive with the fire of God burning in their hearts and the redemptive story of His goodness flowing from their mouths.

Sessions

Secrets Of Writing A Best Selling Novel

William Bernhardt

Bestselling author William Bernhardt wrote the bestselling Ben Kincaid thriller series and has now launched the Daniel Pike series, which received a #1 Best Seller flag before it was even released. Based upon his own experiences and his examination of the bestsellers of the past, he will discuss the key elements that recur in the most successful fiction—and how you can employ those elements in your work.  

The Pyschology Of A Hero

Marji Laine

Fiction today needs an in-depth perspective (deep POV), showing instead of telling, and avoidance of author intrusion. This workshop gives you the
tools to delve deep into the psyche – both through discovery and through creativity – of your heroes in order to anticipate their reactions and keep them consistent throughout the plot –even if they grow through the story. Ample examples and descriptions will be discussed for the different personalities so you can be confident in the ones you choose for your characters.

Mediocre To Mesmerizing: Quick POV Fixes

Frank Ball

Know what to look for in deepening the point of view without having to rewrite the scene. Begin with the most simple grammatical improvements that help the author “show, don’t tell.” Then look at possible sentence revisions that give readers a better feel for being in the scene, involved in the action.  
 

Launching Your Book Brilliantly

Luke Gajary

The book launch is often one of the key distinctions between a book that sells well and a book that never reaches its potential. Luke Gajary explains how to do it right, while giving practical and simple ideas and resources to make your launch EXPLOSIVE. Everything from design, packaging, marketing, website - these tips and strategies will be simple and easily activated or experts and beginners alike.

Schedule

Early Morning Author Mingle

8:30am

Doors Open

8:50am

Opening Announcements

9am

Key Note Session: Secrets Of Best Selling Novels

9:15am-10:45am

Morning Breakout: Mediocre To Mesmerizing: POV Fixes

11am-11:50am

LUNCH: Lunch OYO Or VIP Luncheon (paid)

12:00pm-1:30pm

Paid Critique Sessions

1:00pm-1:25pm

Afternoon Breakout: The Psychology Of A Hero

1:30pm-2:30pm

Afternoon Breakout 2: Launching Your Book Brilliantly

2:45pm-3:45pm

Conference Wrap Up

4pm

Register Today!

Virtual Conference: $30

General Admission: $50

VIP Experience: $65

General Admission Ticket + VIP Speaker Luncheon

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