Chair: Vickey Kennedy
Volunteers: H. B. Berlow, Nick Lyon, Diane McCartney, and Dion Mayes-Burnett

If you're an Affiliate Group, or a close-knit group of writers, and you'd like to sit together, your best bet is to reserve a table. It's as easy to do as filling out a form. (Check the banquet table reservation page for table availability.) 

Chair: Jayleen Mayes
Time Commitment: One-hour shifts, all day Friday and Saturday morning.

Are you looking for a fun, competitive way to contribute to the OWFI scholarship program? Then Basket Wars is the way to go!  We need baskets of all shapes and sizes full of goodies to be entered for a silent auction during the conference.  This is the time to get creative. What would writer's want/need? What would YOU bid on for yourself? Don't forget this is WAR because the baskets in each category (small & large affiliate, small & large individual) will win prizes!  Last year 11 attendees received scholarships and we raised $1145 for scholarships/expenses for this year.  So put on your thinking helmets and help us make our 50th Anniversary the best year for Basket Wars yet!

Book Room and Author Signings

Chair: Christine Jarmola

All speakers, OWFI officers, & authors published since our last conference who are registered for the conference are invited to have their books in the book room. There is no charge to participate. Sign ups for book signing slots will be posted soon.

Chair: Ruth Weeks
Time Commitment: 1-2 hours after the Friday night banquet.

Buzz Sessions are informal talks held after the Friday night banquet. They are a popular event at every conference. These sessions are a great way to mingle with members and share information in a very relaxed, informal atmosphere. If you have a writing-related area of expertise to discuss, sign up to present a session. We also need people host and coordinate the sessions.

Chair: Vickey Kennedy

Support our contest by sponsoring a category. A donation of $105 covers all the cash awards for a category. A half-category sponsorship is $55. Donations of any amount are needed and welcome!

Chair: Ruth Weeks
Volunteers: Linda Apple & Jan Vanick

Back by popular demand, our costume contest will take place at the Friday night banquet. 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. 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.

Chair: Jennifer McMurrain

At the Friday night banquet we will recognize all OWFI members who have published books since the last conference. No charge, but you must sign up in advance to be included.

Chair: Traci Schafer
Volunteers Sought: 12
Time Commitment: One-hour shifts during the conference.

Help with scheduling, ushering, and timekeeping during the agent/editor pitch sessions.


Chair: CJ Miles
Time Commitment: Two-hour shifts during the conference.

Greet conference attendees, hand out registration packets, and take payment.

Judges: Myloe Yeager, Adrean Messmer, & Jodi Thompson

Full (two-day) and Partial (one-day) Conference Scholarships are available for qualifying applicants. Lodging and extra tickets, lunches or workshops are not included. Membership in OWFI is not required, but suggested. Applications for scholarships must be received not later than March 1, with notification of selection by March 15. Apply now!

Chair: Eric Reitan
Volunteers Sought: 27
Time commitment: Must attend the speaker’s sessions at the conference and may have other duties as needed.

Shepherds assist and introduce our conference speakers.

Chair: Jack Burgos
Volunteers Sought: 1
Time Commitment: Must be available during sessions and/or be available via text while sessions are going on.

Charged with the responsibility over technology used during the conference, the Technoscribes are a group of writers who also know how to use tech. They know that tech isn't magic; it's logic. Even if you're not good with technology, if you're good with numbers and basic logic, you can be taught. Being a tech support genius is all about reading the right things, knowing how to do an Internet search, and faking indelible confidence! The needs are various, unexpected, and you'll be celebrated for it. Join the Technoscribes today!