7/10/2014

July Meeting

Staci Stallings
OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Staci Stallings on Saturday, July 19th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Stallings will speak on Facebook and Twitter Tips.

Social media can seem like a jungle, and new authors don't always know how to approach promotions. When everything seems SO IMPORTANT, where do you even start? Ms. Stallings will give you that starting place, and if you've been at the online marketing game for a while, some tips on where to go from here. She'll talk about blogs, Facebook, and Twitter so that you'll understand how they work, but more than that, how they can go to work for YOU!
 
Staci Stallings’s latest novel, A Work in Progress, published by Spirit Light Publishing, was released February 13, 2013. A stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids, and a writing addiction on the side, #1 best-selling Christian author, Ms. Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! Staci also has two online groups for authors and readers. Grace & Faith Author Connection/Grace & Faith 4U and www.CrossReads.com. These help readers find awesome Christian authors, and Christian authors network with each other, make friends, and learn to get their titles out to a wider audience. To read more about Staci, go to www.stacistallings.net.

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





6/11/2014

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


5/05/2014

May Meeting

          OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Regina Jennings on Saturday, May 17, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Jennings will speak on There's Something Funny About Love. She will show how to add humor to your romance novels as she looks at common (and uncommon) plot devices for romantic comedies as well as opportunities to enhance the humor in other genres.
            Regina Jennings’ latest novel Caught in the Middle and An Unforeseen Match, a novella included in the collection A Match Made in Texas are published by Bethany House Publishers. Ms. Jennings is a homeschooling mother of four from Mustang who enjoys watching musicals with her kids, traveling with her husband and reading by herself. Regina graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. For more posts by Regina or information about her novels please visit her website -www.reginajennings.com.

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


4/03/2014

April Meeting

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Lacy Williams on Saturday, April 19th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Williams will speak on Before the First Word & Self-Pub Q&A. In this combination workshop, Lacy will briefly discuss the work that goes into a novel before she writes the first word, including brainstorming characters, developing the plot, and evaluating originality of ideas. For the second half of her workshop, Lacy will do a Q&A time with participants on the current market for self-publishing, retailers, audiobooks & print, the reality of making money, and more.

Lacy Williams’ latest novel, KISSED BY A COWBOY, is part of the FIRST KISSES anthology, available March 15, 2014. Ms. Williams is a native Oklahoman, a wife and mom to three. She grew up on a farm, which is where her love of cowboys was born. In reality, she's married to a right-brained banker. She gets to express her love of western men by writing historical romance. Her books have finaled in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Awards (2012, 2013 & 2014), the Golden Quill and the Booksellers Best Award.

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.

3/04/2014

March Meeting

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Janet Lee Barton on Saturday, March 15, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Barton will speak on Keeping the Joy in Writing. We all have those times when it’s like pulling teeth to put words on the screen. Or edits on the last book come in at the worst possible time. Or our proposal gets rejected. Day-to-day life happens and we didn’t get any writing done at all. Do we cave or do we keep the joy?Janet will try to help us get the joy back into our writing.
Ms. Barton is a multi-published, award-winning author of twenty-two novels and five novellas. Her latest book, A Place of Refuge, published by Love Inspired Historicals, is the second book in the Boardinghouse Betrothal series. While she’s lived all over the south, Janet and her husband make their home in his home state of Oklahoma. Janet is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and her local chapter, OKC Christian Fiction Writers. She is also a member of RWA's Faith, Hope and Love Chapter, and has served as president in both chapters.

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

2/06/2014

February Meeting


OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Linda Goodnight on Saturday, February 15, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Goodnight will speak on Write from the Heart, Adding Emotion to Your Novel. The best novels evoke powerful reader emotions. But how do authors bring you to laughter, tears, anger, or fears? NY Times Bestselling Romance author, Ms. Goodnight will share tips and techniques to pump up the emotion in your manuscript and keep your readers coming back for more.

Linda Goodnight’s latest novel, THE LAWMAN'S HONOR, published by Love Inspired, is the final book in the Whisper Falls series and will be released in February. Winner of the RITA Award for excellence in Christian fiction, Ms. Goodnight has also won the Booksellers’ Best, the ACFW Carol, and the Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Book Reviews. Linda has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today’s Bestsellers lists, and her romance novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Active in orphan ministry, this former nurse and teacher of the year lives in rural Oklahoma with her family. Readers may connect with Linda through her website at www.lindagoodnight.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

1/06/2014

January Meeting


OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Robin Patchen on Saturday, January 18, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Patchen will speak on Marketing Your Novel. Based on the brilliant insights of Amanda Luedeke of the MacGregor Literary Agency and Luedeke’s book, The Extroverted Writer, Patchen will discuss using the Internet to reach readers who will be interested in your novel’s subject matter.

Robin Patchen’s second novel, Faith House, was released in November with White Rose Publishing. Patchen is a member of ACFW and its Oklahoma City chapter. She was a semi-finalist in ACFW’s 2011 Genesis Award. She earned a degree in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston and currently lives with her husband, Edward, and their three children in Edmond, Oklahoma.

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