Calling All Creatives!

Please join us for our 2016 Mini-Conference featuring Allen Arnold. Here's a note from Allen about what you can expect...

Allen Arnold
I invite you to join me April 23rd for a day of breakthrough creativity. 

At this event, a rare group of of writers will gather in Oklahoma City for a time of ideation, restoration, and creative renewal. It is an interactive experience that fuses the practical with the mysterious. 

Everyone who attends will receive a spiral notebook that has been personalized with a unique message inside. It's the perfect place to take notes during the event - and to remember God's specific invitation to you on this journey.
The following thoughts provide a glimpse of what's to come at the event. Please join me for what promises to be a creative feast for storytellers.

1) Realize tips and techniques can only take you so far.
The craft of writing is both necessary...and not enough. As founder of one of the largest Christian Fiction divisions and former publisher to more than 500 new and best-selling authors, I know there is a deeper foundation. There is so much more...and it begins by looking at the two Creative Realms. 

2) Learn to Savor God's Identity as Creator.
In Scripture, the first way God introduces himself to us is as Creator. Many of us are so familiar with the details of Genesis 1 that we miss the reason why God chose to reveal this aspect of himself before any other–and how that affects our approach to creativity. 

3) Understand how knowing your Story leads to better stories.
When you know the themes and the scars of your Story, you better understand the Creator's invitation into the stories you were born to write. This breakthrough principle will shed light on the truer you and the truest form of your creativity.

4) Escape the creative resistance that derails you.
At times, we all feel overwhelmed, weary, disheartened, or isolated. What you may not realize is that these dry, dusty places are often traps set by the enemy. Discover the various Creative Deserts...and the way out.

5) Stay creative for the long haul.
Within a few years, many artists burn out or fade out. Learn how to be the exception through the art of Kintsugi and the way of Spiritual Manna. 

6) Discover what God thinks of your creativity.
Really - is there any higher goal than this? During the day, we'll individually enter into what C.S. Lewis refers to as a "thin place" where we'll listen to what the Creator's has to say about our creativity.

I hope to see you April 23rd!

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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


February Meeting

OCFW Welcomes Lacy Williams 

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host multi-published author Lacy Williams on Saturday, February 20, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Williams will speak on Empowering Your Characters with GMC. If you've struggled with weak or flat characters, or if you often find yourself with a sagging middle to your story, this topic is for you. Loosely based off of Debra Dixon's techniques in her book GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict, this workshop will teach writers how to create strong, motivated characters who are up for facing true story challenges. 
Lacy Williams is the author of 25 novels, novellas, and anthologies, including her latest, Prodigal Cowgirl, which was independently published. USA TODAY bestselling author Lacy Williams grew up on a farm, which is where her love of cowboys was born. In reality, she's married to a right-brained banker (happily with three kiddos). 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. Stay up to date with Lacy's new releases by joining her email newsletter list http://eepurl.com/GEkWD (copy and paste the address into your browser).
Lacy also writes YA action romance under the pen name Lacy Yager. She has a soft spot for bad boy heroes and heroines with swords. Although her teen years are long behind her, she enjoys writing about the drama and first love that comes with this time in our lives.
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


January Meeting

   OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host multi-published author Robin Patchen on Saturday, January 16, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Patchen will speak on Writing the Emotional Roller Coaster:  Explore three ways to add emotion to your manuscript and when it is appropriate to use each. Discover how to use the emotional wheel to bring more depth to your manuscripts and pull your readers onto an emotional roller coaster that will leave them breathless. 
     Robin Patchen is the author of four novels including her latest, Finding Amanda. She is one of the authors of 5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing, a new self-editing resource. She’s a multi-published contemporary novelist and a freelance editor specializing in Christian Fiction. Her greatest passions are to write God-honoring fiction and to enable other Christian authors to write fiction that has the power to change lives.        
     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.



Hey everyone- wanted to drop in and leave a quick note. We have moved our normal monthly meeting to a new location. In the past we have met in the Meeting Room at Mardel Christian Books in Edmond. Unfortunately that space is no longer available. Going forward we will be meeting at the Church Offices of Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond.

Henderson Hills is located at 1200 E I-35 Frontage Rd, Edmond, OK 73034. If you’re in Edmond it would be the corner of 15TH & I-35. The church offices are in a separate building located on the back side of the church. We hope to see everyone there- And be sure to check out our Speaker List for this year’s lineup!!!


NOV Meeting: Fast First Drafts with Julie Jarnagin

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host multi-published author Julie Jarnagin on Saturday, November 21, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Jarnagin will speak on Fast First Draft. Are you muddling through a messy first draft? Learn tools, tricks, and inspiration for getting it done faster and with fewer big edits needed. 

Ms. Jarnagin’s latest book, Kiss the Cowboy, published by Redbud Press, was released in May, 2015. Julie Jarnagin is a multi-published author of inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and two young sons who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. 

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