Plan Now to Attend the Summer Conference

August 10-13, 2015

in Portland, OR

“Being Salt and Light” (from Matthew 5:13-16)

[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]“It was an outstanding time. One of the most refreshing times I’ve ever had at a writers’ conference before, big or small.” Dan Walsh [/box]

[box type=”success” ]“I have attended many conferences over the span of my career and this one tops them all in MANY WAYS!” Connie Edwards[/box]

Join us at the OCW Summer Coaching Conference, where our faculty of top editors, agents, and award-winning authors is dedicated to helping you reach your writing goals.


Ed Underwood

Keynoter Ed Underwood (evening speaker), senior pastor of the historic Church of the Open Door ( in Southern California and the author of When God Breaks Your Heart, Reborn to Be Wild (David C. Cook), and his latest, The Trail: A Tale about Discovering God’s Will (Tyndale, August 2014). Ed will speak about writing as worship using the Book of Romans as his text. He will all teach an afternoon workshop on platform. Visit his website at



Jane Kirkpatrick

Jane Kirkpatrick (Thursday morning speaker), is the New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of 26 books, including 22 historical novels based on actual historical women. Jane has spoken internationally; won the Wrangler, Carol, and WILLA awards; and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards, Christy Awards, and others. A Flickering Light was named among the Library Journal’s Best Books of 2009 and Publishers Weekly called A Light in the Wilderness (2014) “indelible and intriguing . . . persuasive and poignant.” Jane will also teach a morning coaching class. Visit her website at

Other highlights include:

  • 11 morning coaching classes for advanced, intermediate, and beginning writers in fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, career management, magazine articles, writing YA and middle grade fiction, Bible studies, and indie publishing
  • 20 afternoon workshops and four “nite owls”
  • One-on-one appointments with editors and agents
  • Manuscript reviews by editors and agents
  • Mentoring appointments with professional authors

Tuition for those who register by July 1 is $500 for OCW members, $535 for nonmembers, and $350 for full-time students. Prices will increase for all who register after July 1. Tuition includes all five conference meals (three dinners and two lunches) and all scheduled conference activities from Monday afternoon through Thursday noon. Lodging is separate.

Click our website menu for more details about our amazing faculty, coaching classes, registration & lodging, manuscript submission instructions, mentoring program, and the 2015 Cascade Writing Contest as information becomes available.

We are pleased to announce the following outstanding faculty will be joining us:

[box type=”shadow”]Book Editors

  • Sherrie Ashcraft, Ashberry Lane Publishers
  • Kim Bangs, Bethany and Chosen Publishers
  • Vicki Crumpton, Revell, a Division of Baker Books
  • Nick Harrison, Harvest House
  • Terri Kalfas, Grace Publishing
  • Christina Tarabochia, Ashberry Lane Publishers


[box type=”shadow” ]Magazine and Newspaper Editors

  • John Fortmeyer, Christian News Northwest
  • Susan King, The Upper Room
  • Sherri Langton, Bible Advocate
  • Chad McComas, The Christian Journal
  • Paul Smith, LIVE


[box type=”shadow” ]Children’s Magazine Editors and Reps

  • Joanna Echols, Clubhouse Jr./Focus on the Family
  • Mary Hake, Christian Light Publications, author rep


[box type=”shadow” ]Editorial Coach

  • TBA


[box type=”shadow” ]Agents

  • Sally Apokedak (Children’s) of Les Stobbe Literary
  • Karen Ball of the Steve Laube Agency
  • Greg Johnson of WordServe Literary Group
  • Mary Keeley of Books and Such Literary
  • Wendy Lawson of Book and Such Literary
  • Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary
  • Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency


[box type=”shadow” ]Authors

  • Nancy Ellen Dodd
  • Randy Ingermanson
  • Jane Kirkpatrick
  • James L. Rubart
  • David Sanford
  • Ed Underwood
  • Susan May Warren