OCFW Mini-Conference, April 23rd

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host speaker Allen Arnold at their sixth annual mini-conference as he presents The Wildness of Writing with God. Get ready to discover why God called you to write, how to escape your Creative Deserts, and step into the Truer Identity that the Creator has for you.  This powerful, beautiful, disruptive journey takes writers from feeling alone, burnt out and hopeless to a place of creative freedom, fellowship, and intimacy. Whether you're a seasoned author or new writer, this is your invitation into a rare, foundational journey that has the potential to change the story you're living...and the story you're writing.

Allen Arnold's mission is to help storytellers, songwriters, and artists discover how to intimately and actively create with God. He cut his teeth in the advertising world (think the HBO series Mad Men on steroids) and then spent more than twenty years in Christian publishing. As the founding Fiction Publisher for one of the world's largest Christian publishing houses, Allen oversaw the development of more than five hundred novels. He knows first-hand how common it is for creators to become disheartened, overwhelmed or burnt-out–as well as what it takes to help the dreams of writers become reality. He now oversees Content at Ransomed Heart – a ministry in the mountains of Colorado led by New York Times Bestselling Author John Eldredge. But that doesn't really describe the man. Allen savors time with his family, craves the beach, drinks salsa by the glass, and is hooked on the TV series "Lost". He pursues his calling to the larger creative community as a featured or keynote speaker at numerous gatherings and conferences each year.

The mini-conference will be held on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00p.m. at the Memorial Road Church of Christ, located at 2221 E Memorial Road in Edmond, Oklahoma. The location is just west of Oklahoma Christian University and a short jaunt off I-35 or the Kilpatrick Turnpike. The cost is $50 with pre-registration or $60 at the door. Online registration is available here.

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 at Henderson Hills Baptist Church, located on the Corner of 15th & I-35 in Edmond. For more information, email JJ Johnson at OCFWchapter@gmail.com.


March Meeting- Kathleen Y’Barbo

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host multi-published author Kathleen Y'Barbo on Saturday, March 19, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Y’Barbo will speak on Make Me Care: The Fundamental Promise of Storytelling. In a world where books are cheap or free and choices abound for readers, how do we make our readers stop shopping around for their next book and read ours? Make them care. It is as simple and as difficult as that. Learn more about the elements of the promise of storytelling and how to make your readers care—with a few tips from the expert storytellers at Pixar!

Kathleen Y’Barbo’s latest book, Firefly Summer, published by Redbud Press, was released June 23, 2015. Bestselling author Ms. Y'Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of fifty novels with more than one million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad. Her novel Sadie's Secret won the Romantic Times Magazine Inspirational Romance of the year for 2014.

A certified family law paralegal and former literary publicist, Kathleen has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader's Choice Award and several Top Picks by Romantic Times magazine.  A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and a former member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, she is a proud military wife and an expatriate tenth-generation Texan cheering on her beloved Texas Aggies from north of the Red River. 

OCFW meets the third Saturday of the month at 1:00 at Henderson Hills Baptist Church, located on the Corner of 15th & I-35 in Edmond—please note: this is a new location. For more information, visit http://okcchristianfictionwriters.com or email JJ Johnson at OCFWchapter@gmail.com