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.) 

Basket Wars

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

Baskets fighting to the death! Bring your popcorn and prepare to watch weave versus tweed in this battle for the championship! Keep an eye on our Basket Wars silent auction area and help people place bids. We welcome donations of gift baskets. Proceeds go towards our Scholarship fund.

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.

The Pitch Room

Chair: Traci Schafer
Time Commitment: Time commitment: Two-hour shifts during the conference.

Help with signups and timekeeping during the agent/editor pitch sessions.


Chair: CJ Miles
Time Commitment: 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: 2
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!