The Registration desk will be open
Thursday, 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
What can you expect at the conference?
- See what's offered on the 2017 Conference Schedule. Read the full session descriptions to learn more. Coming soon.
- Visit the Conference Faculty page and learn about the writers, editors and agents you'll meet.
- Want to help out? We have many Volunteering Opportunities for you to choose from!
- You could Sponsor a Contest Category! Coming soon.
- Want feedback? Send your work to our Book Doctor! Coming soon.
- Don't forget to make your Silent Auction and Table Centerpiece creations to raffle! Coming soon.
Introducing Keynote Speaker Kelley Armstrong
#1 New York Times Best-Selling Author
#1 Globe & Mail (Canada) Best-Selling Author
USA Today Best-Selling Author
Sunday Times (UK) Best-Selling Author
Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and far too many pets.
Featured 2016 Releases
Betrayals – Cainsville Book 4
Someone is killing street kids in the city, and the police have tied Ricky to the crimes. Setting out with Gabriel's help to clear Ricky's name, Olivia once again finds her own life at risk. Soon the three are tangled in a web of betrayals that threatens their uneasy equilibrium.
City of the Lost – First in a new mystery series
Imagine a secret town, isolated in the Yukon wilderness, deliberately cut off from the world, where everyone is pretending to be someone they're not. Even good people can get up to some very bad stuff.
- 2015 – Masked Truth (YA thriller)
Age of Legends – teen fantasy
- 2016 – Forest of Ruin
- 2015 – Empire of Night
- 2014 – Sea of Shadows
The Blackwell Pages – middle-grade adventure
(as K.L. Armstrong, cowritten with M.A Marr)
- 2015 – Thor’s Serpents
- 2014 – Odin’s Ravens
- 2013 – Loki’s Wolves
Darkness Rising / Darkest Powers - teen paranormal
- 2008–2013 – 6 novels, series complete
Cainsville - modern gothic
- 2015 – Deceptions
- 2014 – Visions
- 2013 – Omens
Nadia Stafford series – crime
- 2007–2013 – 3 novels, trilogy complete
Otherworld series – urban fantasy
- 2001–2012 – 13 novels, series complete
The Box Luncheons
Ben Montgomery's Dirty Little Narrative
Thursday Pre-Con Workshop
How to make your true short stories for magazines and newspapers sing. Ben Montgomery, a prize-winning enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, shares tips on how to report for narrative and breathe life into your words.
Casual Q&A with Editor Ann Leslie Tuttle
Are you considering traditional publishing? Do you wonder if editors contracted with publishers take on side work for indie authors? Do you want a chance to ask any questions you might not get to during your pitch session with Ann Leslie Tuttle? Well then, join us for a casual Q & A box lunch for a chance to ask all your questions.
Honing Your Writing Process to a T(ea)
Sonia Gensler, published author and tea enthusiast, will share the evolution of her writing process during Saturday's "High Tea" luncheon. With honest discussion of what worked and what didn't, Sonia (a self-acknowledged process junkie) will review the strategies she's used for research, character development, story planning, and revision. Planners and "pantsers" alike will come away from this session with an arsenal of tactics for avoiding and/or breaking through writer's block.
OWFI Fundraising Raffle
Whew, the contest pieces have been entered and you can relax, but the OWFI Conference is getting closer! May 4-6 and we will gather for all things writerly. I am making a list of people interested in bringing centerpieces to the conference to promote their latest book – or just their talent.
The centerpieces, also known as book bouquets, will be on display at the conference and for auction on Saturday night at the banquet. At the awards the banquet they will grace the tables. Buy as many tickets as you like at the registration table or at the banquet on Saturday night and take home a handmade item by your favorite author.
You don’t have to have a new book this year – or a book at all, we still welcome your centerpiece. What genre do you write? Aspire to write? Maybe you love them all! Show us how you feel about writing and think about your story and things that are important, then begin to decorate! You can use any container, just a platter, maybe a stick! There’s beauty in simplicity.
Please send me an email letting me know you will make a centerpiece at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll put you on my list. I hope to have a lot of participation this year. Proceeds go to the general OWFI fund.
Do you have a business that caters to authors?
We have a very limited amount of vendor tables available for purchase for the OWFI conference.
$50 covers the fee for both days.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re attending OWFI for the first time, welcome! We hope you’ll make us a permanent date on your calendar.
Here’s what you need to know to have a great conference.
What to Wear
- There’s no dress code, but most people choose business casual clothing for the daytime sessions.
- The Friday night banquet features a costume contest. If you’d rather not enter, slacks, a dress, or even nice jeans are OK.
- Attire for the Saturday night banquet is usually fancier. You’ll see some long dresses and maybe even a tux or two. If you aren’t into formal wear, business casual clothing is fine, too.
What to Bring
- Business cards, if you have them.
- Notebook and pen, for taking notes during the sessions. Laptops are welcome too, but outlets are limited.
- A sweater or light jacket. The rooms can be chilly.
- Your ID, if you want to indulge during happy hour.
- During sessions, people often need to come and go due to pitching appointments or volunteer assignments. That’s no problem, but please make sure the doors close gently behind you.
- Please silence cell phones during the sessions.
- Water and glasses are available in the seminar rooms. Coffee can be purchased in the hotel restaurant.
If you have any questions, ask the folks at the OWFI registration desk or anyone wearing an Officer or Volunteer badge. We’ll be glad to help.