2/03/2016

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

1/06/2016

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.

1/04/2016

WE HAVE MOVED!!!!

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!!!

11/16/2015

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





 

9/28/2015

OCT Meeting: Lacy Williams- Making Facebook Work for You

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host multi-published author Lacy Williams on Saturday, October 17, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Williams will speak on Making Facebook Work for You. Frustrated by how little reach you have using some of Facebook's features? Join Lacy as she shares strategies to reach your tribe of readers who want to buy your books.

Ms. Williams’ latest book, Her Cowboy Deputy, published by Love Inspired Historical, will be released in October, 2015. USA Today bestselling author Lacy Williams works in a hostile environment of three bosses age 5 and under. She lives in Oklahoma with her hubby, those small tyrants, and two Spaniels.

She started her publishing career with Harlequin Love Inspired Historical in 2011 and has written ten additional books for that line. And she has somehow managed to be a hybrid author since 2011, also indie publishing 13 books & novellas. Her books have finaled in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Awards, the Golden Quill and the Booksellers Best Award.

In 2014, Lacy launched inspirational romance publisher Redbud Press with her two partners. As Managing Editor, Lacy has a passion for helping authors get their stories out to readers, especially when it is a “book of their heart” that hasn’t yet found a home, or a backlist book that deserves new life. Lacy is almost always glued to her computer working on story structure edits, SEO, graphic design, cover art, and spreadsheets. Lots and lots of spreadsheets.

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

9/14/2015

September Meeting: Linda Goodnight

***Please Note: this is a change from our previously published schedule. Agent Karen Ball is unable to join us this month.***

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host author Linda Goodnight on Saturday, September 26, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Goodnight will speak on Marketing and Your Social Media Personality. Do you feel overwhelmed with the abundance of online platforms and marketing possibilities? In this workshop, you'll discover your social media personality and learn the best online places to focus your marketing strategy.


Linda Goodnight’s latest novel, THE MEMORY HOUSE, published by HQN, was released in April, 2015. New York Times and USA Today bestseller, Ms. Goodnight, writes novels to touch the heart as well as to entertain. Her stories of hope have won the RITA , the Carol, the Reviewer’s Choice, and numerous other industry awards.

A small town girl, Linda remains close to her roots, making her home in rural Oklahoma. She and her husband have a blended family of eight, including two teenagers recently adopted from Ukraine. Many of her books are about family and children and rightly so, as she draws her emotional stories from her surroundings, her great love of family, and from personal experiences as a nurse and teacher. 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, email Susan Crawford at OCFWchapter@gmail.com.

8/07/2015

August Meeting: Becky Wade

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will host multi-published author Becky Wade on Saturday, August 15, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ms. Wade will speak on Taking Your Writing to the Next Level. Writers can do everything "right" with the basics: point of view, scene structure, and characterization, and still manage to write a book that agents, editors, and readers end up throwing against a wall in frustration.  During the session, she will hit on some higher level considerations that every writer should weigh when crafting heroes, heroines, dialogue, pacing, theme, conflict, and more. 

Becky Wade’s latest book, A Love Like Ours (A Porter Family Novel Book #3), published by Bethany House Publishers, was released April 28, 2015. During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She's been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky's passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances with Avon Books, then put her career on hold for several years to care for her kids, then recently returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She felt led to move to the genre of contemporary Christian romance and couldn't be more thrilled with it. 

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

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.