You're invited!

to our 50th anniversary celebration
Oklahoma Writers' Federation Conference

May 4 & 5, 2018

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.


Introducing Keynote Speaker Jay Asher

Jay Asher

Jay Asher

New York Times Best Seller

USA Today Best Seller

Jay Asher's debut YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller. In 2017, it was released as a Netflix original series. His second YA novel, The Future of Us, was co-authored with Printz-honor winner Carolyn Mackler. His third YA novel, What Light, was released in 2016. And his first graphic novel, Piper, will be released on Halloween in 2017. His books are published in 40 languages.

You can learn more about Jay Asher at

Featured 2017 Releases


Long ago, in a small village in the middle of a deep, dark forest, there lived a lonely, deaf girl named Maggie. Shunned by her village because of her disability, her only comfort comes from her vivid imagination. Maggie has a gift for inventing stories and dreams of one day finding her fairy-tale love.
When Maggie meets the mysterious Piper, it seems that all her wishes are coming true. Spellbound, Maggie falls hard for him and plunges headfirst into his magical world. But as she grows closer to the Piper, Maggie discovers that he has a dark side.
The boy of Maggie's dreams might just turn out to be her worst nightmare...

13 Reasons Why

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. 
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.


Thursday Pre-Conference Workshop

What's the Big Idea: Creating a Strong Logline

A compelling logline can be key to both keeping your screenplay on track and to selling your material. Diane Drake will briefly cover the definition, purpose, and ingredients of a good logline, and then have attendees engage in a couple interactive exercises designed to practice crafting them. After that, we’ll have some time for Q&A on screenwriting and the film business.

Friday "WhoDunIt?" Luncheon

For our Friday "WhoDunIt" Buffet luncheon, come dressed in your best sleuthing outfit. While enjoying the fantastic lunch buffet, you'll have the chance to solve some puzzles to be entered for chances at prizes before our speaker begins his presentation.

How to Write a Science Thriller

Plenty of readers love science, and plenty hate it. Well, maybe "hate" is too strong a word; to be more precise, these readers are afraid of science thrillers and science-fiction novels, worried that the books will be too difficult or boring or perhaps remind them too much of tenth-grade chemistry or physics. So how can you write about science in a way that appeals to both kinds of readers? Mark Alpert, author of science thrillers and Young Adult novels, will explain how to weave science and technology into suspense fiction: how to convey information without overwhelming the reader, how to fill a high-concept premise with human drama, and how to inject fascinating ideas and strong emotions into a fast-moving, high-stakes plot.


Saturday Luncheon


Please join us for the official OWFI 50th Birthday celebration luncheon. We'll have cake and balloons, but instead of the guests arriving with gifts, guests will have a chance to win donated prizes in a raffle, all while enjoying a delicious lunch buffet. We'll also have an OWFI Lifetime Members Panel consisting of Linda Apple, Marcia Preston, and Wayne Harris-Wyrick, who will share with us how OWFI has positively contributed to their lives and writing careers.

Back to the 50's! The 2018 Costume Contest

In keeping with the 50th anniversary of OWFI, the 2018 Costume Contest will have a Back to the 50s theme. Come dressed as your favorite 1950s character in either books, movies, TV, music, and/or art.

Also, I am pleased to announce a new category the year:  The Best Group Category.  (Peggy Chambers inspired this category last year with her Ghostbusters group.)

Prizes will be awarded for:  Most Original/Creative, Most Whimsical/Humorous, Best Group, and Best Overall

So, polish up your saddle shoes.  Let out that poodle skirt. Find that coonskin cap, and clean that letter sweater.

Questions or suggestions? Contact Ruth Weeks.

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.

Other Tips

  • 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.