Saturday, October 16, 2021
with Susy Flory

Books Are Alive

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12 NLT)

Join us for this time of learning and inspiration with a best-selling author. Learn how to add life to your writing!

Three One-Hour Sessions
Develop Your Writing Voice • Magical Beginnings and Satisfying Endings
+ Books Are Alive: When One Heart Speaks to Another 

Susy Flory is the New York Times best-selling author/coauthor of 16 books. Her latest is Sanctuary: The True Story of an Irish Village, a Man Who Lost His Way, and the Rescue Donkeys That Led Him Home (Tyndale, 2022). A graduate of UCLA, she loves reading and writing stories about unforgettable people who are living lives of adventure, courage, hope, redemption, and transformation. Susy is the executive director of the West Coast Christian Writers Conference, an annual writers’ conference in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also the founder of Everything Memoir, an educational community for people working on a memoir or personal story. In addition, she is finishing up a masters’ degree in New Testament studies from Northern Seminary and was recently accepted into the doctoral program there. You can learn more about Susy at

Fall Conference Schedule 

Our conference is a mix of a live session plus prerecorded workshops, so review the conference schedule carefully. All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time.

Saturday, October 16
1:00 p.m. OCW Virtual Fall Conference Session via Zoom

“Books Are Alive: When One Heart Speaks to Another”

Books are alive and when you write, your soul talks to the soul of the reader. The conversation can be deep, on the surface, or anywhere in between. Learn how to bring life to your writing!

    • Opening Prayer and Welcome
    • Call to Worship 
    • Devotional 
    • Live Keynote with Susy Flory (followed by Q & A)

Prerecorded Sessions

Workshop: “Developing Your Unique and Powerful Writing Voice”

Great writers have a distinctive voice. What is “voice” and why is it important? Learn five ways to help hone your writing voice.

Workshop: “Magical Beginnings and Satisfying Endings”

How to create an unforgettable beginning and a satisfying ending to your book or story.

Calendar Details:

Thursday October 14, Access link to two prerecorded workshops will be sent to registrants.

Saturday October 16, 1:00 p.m. Keynote session via Zoom limited to 100 people (includes Q & A*). 

* If you have a writing question you’d like Susy to answer, please send it by October 1 to with “Fall Conference Q & A” in the subject line.

Monday October 18, Members-only “afterglow” featuring a prerecorded interview with Susy followed by a post-conference discussion.

If you are not a member, join now by going to and then receive your invitation to the register for the Monday evening session.

Fall Conference Fees & Registration

Registration Fees

    • $35 for members
    • $55 for nonmembers
    • $20 for students and those 23 and under

Join now so you can use the lower member pricing. Cost will be $35 for members and $55 for nonmembers.