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You're invited!

to our 51st ANNUAL
Oklahoma Writers' Federation Conference

May 3 & 4, 2019

At the Embassy Suites by hilton
1815 South Meridian
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73108

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.


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Introducing Our 2019 Keynote Speaker

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Meg Gardiner

Bestselling US and international author

Edgar-winning novelist Meg Gardiner writes thrillers. Fast-paced and full of twists, her books have been called “Hitchcockian” (USA Today) and “nail-biting and moving” (Guardian). They have been bestsellers in the U.S. and internationally and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Into the Black Nowhere, her current title, is the second novel in the UNSUB series, featuring rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix. The Minneapolis Star Tribune calls it “thrilling and un-put-downable.” Stephen King says, “Into the Black Nowhere. Excellent. You know the drill, bookstore near you. Buy now, thank me later.” The first novel in the series, UNSUB, is nominated for a Barry Award for Best Thriller, and has been optioned by CBS.

Meg was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School. She practiced law in Los Angeles and taught in the Writing Program at the University of California Santa Barbara. Later she moved with her husband and three young children to London, where her first novel was published.

Beyond writing, Meg is a three-time Jeopardy! champion and a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. She lives in Austin, Texas.



  • Into the Black Nowhere


  • Phantom Instinct

  • The Shadow Tracer

  • Ransom River

  • The Nightmare Thief

  • The Liar's Lullaby

  • The Memory Collector

  • The Dirty Secreets Club

  • Kill Chain

  • Crosscut

  • Jericho Point

  • Mission Canyon

  • China Lake


  • China Lake won the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. Later it was a finalist for NPR’s 100 Best Thrillers Ever.

  • The Dirty Secrets Club was chosen one of the Top Ten thrillers of 2008 by Amazon and won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Procedural Novel of the year.

  • The Nightmare Thief won the 2012 Audie Award for Thriller/Suspense audiobook of the year.

  • The Shadow Tracer was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013.

  • Phantom Instinct was chosen one of “The Best Books of Summer” by O, the Oprah magazine.

  • UNSUB is nominated for the 2018 Barry Award for Best Thriller.

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.