Countdown to the OWFI Conference

Hello, OWFI!

The 2019 OWFI Turning the Page Conference is in just one month!

If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time! Go to right now to register, and then come back and finish reading this post!

I want to say a special thank you to the officers, board, staff, and committee chairs for all the time they give to the organization and their hard work planning an amazing conference. The past ten months have flown by as I’ve worked with such dedicated people.

You won’t want to miss the excellent faculty who will be presenting at this year’s conference. We’re excited to have Meg Gardiner, fellow Oklahoman and three-time Jeopardy! champion, as our keynote speaker, and we have a number of agents and editors lined up who will be taking pitches on both Friday and Saturday afternoon. Check out the schedule and sign up for your chance to pitch. It’s first come, first served for pitching slots. Each person is only allowed one slot prior to the conference, so sign up today. Once at the conference, attendees will be allowed to sign up for any remaining slots.

We have several sessions for which you will need a separate ticket. Tamara Hart Heiner, young adult author, will present the pre-conference session. This session is open to the public, so tell your friends! Join us for a luau-inspired luncheon on Thursday, May 3, with Robin Patchen presenting on the topic of Writing When Life Gets in the Way. On May 4, we’ll explore the galaxy as John Biggs presents how to Let Magic Realism Work Its Spell on Your Fiction. You can purchase your tickets for the pre-conference session and themed luncheons on the Registration page.

Volunteer opportunities abound, and your help is needed. If you’d like the chance to know one of the speakers better, volunteer to shepherd that person. Shepherds introduce the speaker’s sessions and take the speaker to lunch if the speaker wants company. Visit the Volunteer page to see all the opportunities and sign up for the one that interests you.

We also need donations for two fundraisers: Basket Wars and centerpieces. Proceeds from Basket Wars are used to provide scholarships for attendees. Centerpieces will be displayed at the Friday night banquet. Purchase a ticket for a chance to win a centerpiece and help support OWFI.

See you in May!