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Glimpses of OCW

Carolyn Bickel, Debby Lee, Julie Zander, Heather Alexander with Kyle Pratt behind.

Carolyn Bickel, Debby Lee, Julie Zander, Heather Alexander with Kyle Pratt behind.

In August I attended the Oregon Christian Writers (OCW) conference in Portland. About fifteen years ago this was the first conference I ever attended. I’ve attended other conferences since then, but OCW remains special to me. Consequently, I know many of the regular attenders, but it seems that more people recognize me than I know. I’m always trying to remember names.

The conference ran for several days. I always take a few pictures, but this year I decided to make a short video of my experience. In the video I included the picture of Kelsey and me that you see in the blogpost, A Good Conference. I also included video from classes and many more pictures.

Over the days of the event, I thought I took ample pictures and video, but when back home I discovered that I didn’t have all I needed. Still, I worked to create it. Over the last few weeks, I combined what I had with some pictures that friends provided and made this six-minute video. I hope you enjoy it,

Also, if you’ve ever been to the Oregon Christian Writers (OCW) conference. press the red button below and let me know about your experience.


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A Meeting with Friends

For many years the Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference was the only conference that I attended.

Friends and Authors Debby Lee, Kristie Kandoll, Barbara Blakey with Kyle Pratt

These last few years I regularly attend more events, but OCW is the one where I feel most at home. I have friends here. Don’t misunderstand me; this is not some small gathering of casual writers. A few years ago I was eating lunch in the main hall and Frank Peretti asked to sit at my table. I can’t remember what I ate, but I’ll never forget our conversation about his books and writing in general.

Cascade Award winner and friend, Jill Williamson

Cascade Award winner and friend, Bethany Hayes

Several hundred attended the Cascade Awards dinner tonight, the last full day of the OCW conference, but despite the size, almost every year, I know someone who wins. This year two friends, Jill Williamson and Bethany Hayes were honored for their work. I laughed out loud when presenters James Rubart and Susan May Warren couldn’t find the right certificate for two of the finalists. Susan threw off her black gloves looking for the correct paper as laughter thundered through the room. Still smiling, I said to the woman beside me, “I’ve seen worse confusion at the ceremony.”  

After the awards dinner, I hurried out hoping to congratulate my two friends and nearly ran into Randy Ingermanson. I didn’t even know he was there.

Every year during the coaching sessions and workshops, I learn things and while that’s important it isn’t why I come back. I’m not sure how something this large can feel so comfortable, but it does, and that keeps me coming back.


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Lost at Sea

The Lost at Sea scavenger Hunt has begun.

I’m taking part in a fun event with seventeen other authors, including Jill Williamson, Kerry Nietz, and Morgan L. Busse.

You, the reader, visit the websites of the speculative fiction authors, read a little about their books, gather clues, and enter contests along the way. My website is stop nine and I’m giving away five signed copies of Seekers of Earth, book one in my new series the Guardian Knights of Terra. Many of the other authors are giving away their books and two lucky winners with receive Kindles.

The Lost at Sea scavenger hunt has already started, but you still have a chance to join in and win the prizes so, click here to start and enjoy the hunt.

I'll be doing another giveaway for signed copies of Seekers of Earth starting on March 1st. So if you didn't win during the Lost at Sea Scavenger Hunt you'll have another chance.


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