What’s New for OWFI This Fall?


Happy Almost-Fall, OWFI!

Fall is just around the corner, and with it will come cooler temperatures, fall festivals, gorgeous foliage, fun costumes on Halloween, and family gatherings at Thanksgiving. For these reasons and more, fall has always been my favorite season.

Your OWFI officers have been hard at work the last few months. OWFI is taking the next step toward adopting a sexual harassment policy into our bylaws. At the board meeting on Sunday, August 26, language for a sexual harassment policy was voted on and accepted by the executive committee and delegates present. This language is now available for you to read and vote by visiting the Vote on the Proposal page. Please note that you must be logged into your member account to access this page. This page will be active for 60 days. Voting will end October 29, 2018. Make sure you let us know how you feel about this policy by voting yes or no.

With the May 2018 conference slowly fading into the background, we’ve continued to move forward with planning for the 2019 conference. Visit the 2019 Faculty page often for updates.

Our next virtual workshop will be held at 7:00 p.m. on September 27, 2018. Rhonda Penders will present on the topic, Where Does the Story Start? All OWFI members are invited to attend for the low cost of just $5, and nonmembers can attend for only $10. All proceeds will go to OWFI. Rhonda has generously offered to critique the first two pages of your work-in-progress for the first five people who submit. This critique will be interactive, and you’ll receive invaluable feedback about the beginning of your story. Email your first two pages to me at president@gmail.com, and I’ll pass them along to Rhonda. To sign up, head over to the OWFI Virtual Workshop page.

Mark your calendars! The OWFI writing contest will open for submissions on December 1, 2018, and will close at 11:59 p.m. (CST), February 1, 2019. For the low cost of $30, you can enter all thirty-four categories one time each. Challenge yourself to enter a new category. Last year, I entered two poetry categories for the first time. This year, I’m considering submitting a horror story. To which new category will you submit?

Keep writing, OWFI!