Saturday, January 29, 2011

Orange County Christian Writers Conference And Writing Contests

I'm reposting this from our G8Press blog because . . . well . . . I'm too lazy to write something new. Love that cut and paste.

Every writer should belong to a writers' critique group and should probably attend one or two more writers conferences a year. What's better than mingling with, and go one on one with, authors, agents, editors and publishing houses? Workshops included, because it's good to keep learning and polishing our skills.

The Orange County Christian Writers Conference is one my G8Press partners and I attend, or have tried to attend, every year. This year G8Press staff will actually volunteer our services; greeting team, food services, author's tables and making sure conference faculty is well taken care of. Should be fun!

So the scoop? Keynote speakers: Simon Tolkien (as in JRR's grandson) and Vinita Hampton Wright. There are a couple of intensive workshops on Friday. One is for fiction writers, the other covers memoir writing. Both classes are small so space is limited. This is to give each writer special attention. Friday night there is a panel discussion and dinner with faculty. I'm so there!

There is also a bunch of writing contests sponsored by OCCWF . . .

* Beverly Bush Smith Aspiring Awards
* WestBow Press Writing Contest
* Memoir Writing Contest
* Devotional Writing Contest
* Fiction Writing Contest

These contests are now open for submissions. There is no entry fee but you will need to attend the conference.

In any case, the conference continues on Saturday. Check in time is 7:30, oh my. This probably means I have to be there an hour or so before. I'm not used to those hours. But check out OCCWF website for more details (and there are plenty more). You can also click on that Like button and join them on Facebook.

Hope to see you there!

Debby A.

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