Whether you are just getting your feet wet or honing your craft, the Orange County Writers Conference offers valuable features to encourage and develop your Christian writing craft: Intensive workshops: in 2012, five all-day, pre-conference workshops were held Friday on fiction, memoir, short personal story writing, book proposals, and coaching. Each class accepts a limited enrollment of ten students so that every writer receives personal attention from the instructor as well as valuable critiques from peers. Watch for our 2013 line-up.
Faculty panel: On Friday night before the conference, faculty answer questions from registrants on any topic related to Christian writing, publishing, and the integration of faith. They also give a brief synopsis of their Saturday sessions, which helps conferees decide which Saturday sessions to attend.
Meet, greet, and dine with faculty: Attendees have the opportunity to meet and greet faculty on Friday night before our faculty panel. They will also dine with available faculty duringn lunch on Saturday and the awards banquet Saturday night.
Faculty consultations: Attendees discuss their projects or other questions with a professional editor, agent, publisher, or writer of their choice for at least one 15-minute consultation. Sign-ups for consultations occur during the online registration process.
We look forward to meeting you!
A Letter from Our Conference Director
When deciding among the many writers conferences to attend, you should consider the opportunity to interact with faculty, to hear practical advice from editors and writers, and to pitch your work. Another consideration is cost. Some writers conferences fees are exorbitant. Learning to write can become expensive. When designing the OC Christian Writers Conference, we decided we wanted it to have many of the features of the multi-day writers conferences, but keep its cost in line with the best of the one-day conferences. We believe we've met that challenge. You'll find the faculty, the facility, and the opportunity to improve your work and to rub shoulders with writing pros as good as any of the big writing conferences, but in a small setting. Take a look around our site and see for yourself. I think you'll agree, this is one of the better one-day conferences in California. If you have any question, please let us know.
The Orange County Christian Writers Conference will be held in the Spring of 2011. It will feature a large and diverse faculty of editors, writers, and even a literary agent.
If you were wondering how to break into the magazine market, polish a novel, a personal profile, or a young adult novel this conference is for you. If you are seeking to develop your God-given talent, this conference is filled with speakers from all over the country who will teach practical ways to break into the magazine, devotional, and book market.
When it comes to developing a writer's talent, there is no substitute for good guidance. You'll find workshops on how to write the query letter, the synopsis, the book proposal, how to stay motivated, how to approach an editor and agent, the personal profile, and more. In addition, continuing workshops for both fiction and nonfiction will be open for limited enrollment.
Over the years, attendees have found the OCCWF annual writers conference to be a cost-effective way to acquire industry knowledge and make the important contacts so vital to building a successful career. It's one of the best one-day writers conferences in California.
Unique features of our May 2011 conference included:
Two continuing three-part workshops taught by published professionals. These workshops have limited enrollment and will give the novelist and non-fiction writer a concrete plan for success.
Screenwriting class taught by an accomplished industry professional.
Top editor for the world's largest devotional publisher, offering inside secrets of success.
Editor of one of the nation's largest and longest published Christian magazines will teach on writing the personal profile and breaking into magazine writing. He will also meet with writers.
Three fascinating and inspiring keynote speakers who will teach and inspire.
Continental breakfast, catered lunch and one private 15 minute consult with conference speakers included in registration price.
Career boosting and spiritually uplifting schedule of workshops/lectures.
Writers always come away inspired, instructed and in touch with the editors they need to know in order to make a sale. The history of sales of articles and books are long from this conference, so it's time to make 2012 your year. Sign up today for OCCWF news alerts as they become available. John DeSimone Conference Director
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