June Meeting

Rene Gutteridge

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Rene Gutteridge on Saturday, June 21, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Gutteridge will speak on Character Development in Fiction. A great, catchy plot will certainly sell a book, but a memorable character will plant your story into the hearts of your readers long after they've read the last page. Learn techniques, tricks, and craft secrets that will help make your story memorable and catch the eye of an editor right away!

Rene Gutteridge’s latest novel Just Eighteen Years, published by Tyndale House Publishers, was released March 21, 2014. Ms. Gutteridge is the author of seventeen novels, including her latest releases, Heart of the Country, Escapement, Possession, and Listen from Tyndale House Publishers. Her other suspense titles include, The Surge, The Splitting Storm, Storm Gathering, and Storm Surge, plus her very first novel, Ghost Writer (Bethany House Publishers).

She is also known as a comedy writer. Her latest comedic novel is Never the Bride  (winner of the 2010 Carol Award for best women's fiction), co-written with screenwriter Cheryl McKay (of The Ultimate Gift).Her other comedy titles from WaterBrook/Multnomah Publishers include The Boo series and The Occupational Hazards series. Another very popular comedy title is My Life as a Doormat, a Women of Faith selection for 2006, from Thomas Nelson. She has written one novelization, The Ultimate Gift, for Thomas Nelson.

Rene also has extensive experience writing comedy sketches, and worked for five years as the director of drama for a church. She has a degree specializing in screenwriting, for which she earned the Excellence in Mass Communication Award, and graduated magna cum laude. She is married to Sean, a musician and worship leader, and has two children. They reside in Oklahoma, where Rene writes full-time and enjoys instructing in college classrooms and writers conferences.

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 at Mardel Christian Store, 3300 South Boulevard in Edmond. For more information, visit http://okcchristianfictionwriters.com or email Susan Crawford at OCFWchapter@gmail.com


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