Update April 14, 2015: Online Registration for our October 23-24, 2015 Conference is now available via EventBrite!
Book Contract Contest!
Check it out! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! This year the winner of the WWSW contest will be awarded a BOOK CONTRACT by Bold Vision Books.
Bold Vision Books is an independent Christian publisher looking for non-fiction and fiction with a compelling Christian message.
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Held at the brand new Crossings Community Center
10255 N. Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City
Fiction Non-fiction Screenwriting
Children’s Marketing Ghostwriting
Indie Publishing Social Media Branding
Our speaker line up includes:
James Scott Bell is the #1 bestselling author of Plot & Structure, and thrillers like Don’t Leave Me, Blind Justice, Deceived, Try Dying, Watch Your Back, and One More Lie
Jim attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He graduated with honors from the University of Southern California law school, and has written over 300 articles and several books for the legal profession. He has taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and numerous conferences in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.
He is the purveyor of short and to the point Writing Videos.
Jim served as fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine, to which he frequently contributes, and has written four craft books for Writer’s Digest Books: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers and Conflict & Suspense. His Write Your Novel From The Middle was an instant #1 Amazon bestselling writing book.
A former trial lawyer, Jim now writes and speaks full time. He lives in Los Angeles. He blogs every Sunday at The Kill Zone.
Karen Ball has been in publishing for over 30 years, serving as an executive and acquisitions editor, building fiction lines for Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and B&H Publishing Group. Karen is also owner of Karen Ball Publishing Services, LLC, a literary agent with the prestigious Steve Laube Agency, and the co-creator of Write from the Deep and Live from the Deep with Erin Taylor Young, and a popular speaker and podcaster. She’s had the honor of acquiring and working with some of the best writers in the industry, including Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Brandilyn Collins, Ginny Yttrup, Robin Jones Gunn, Terri Blackstock, and many others. Karen’s own books have received awards, including the Reader’s Choice award and the ACFW award for the Best Inspirational Novel of the Year, and one of her novels was a finalist for the Christy Award for Excellence in Writing. Karen lives in Oregon with her husband, father, and a their four-legged, furry “kids,” including an ever-happy Corgi named Kirby, and an Aussie-Terrier mix she affectionately refers to as “the black hole of emotional need.”
Shannon Ethridge is an international speaker and award-winning author of 22 books including the million-copy best-selling Every Woman’s Battle series, The Sexually Confident Wife, and The Fantasy Fallacy. She holds a master’s degree in counseling/human relations from Liberty University and has spoken for over 20 years to youth, college students, and adults about… well… let’s just say “all-things-sexual.” Her passions include challenging adults and teens to embrace a life of sexual integrity, encouraging married couples in their pursuit of sexual and emotional fulfillment, equipping parents to instill sexual values in children at an early age and coaching women who have looked for love in all the wrong places (through her Women at the Well 4-day Intensive Workshops).
In addition to serving as an advocate for healthy sexuality, Shannon also mentors aspiring writers and speakers who are passionate about launching (or strengthening) their own writing or speaking platform through her 12-month online B.L.A.S.T. Mentorship Program (Building Leaders, Authors, Speakers & Teachers).
Although grateful for the opportunities to influence this generation as a writer and speaker, Shannon remains most passionate about her role as a wife to Greg (married 25 years) and a cheerleader to their two adult children, Erin (23) and Matthew (20). They reside in Tyler, TX. Learn more at www.shannonethridge.com or www.blastmentoring.com.
Karen Porter is an international retreat and seminar speaker and a successful businesswoman. She is the author of seven books including I’ll Bring the Chocolate: Satisfying a Woman’s Cravings for Friendship, Faith and Get Ready! and Speak Like Jesus!
Karen spends most of her time coaching aspiring writers and speakers and training communicators across the globe. She is a frequent guest on regional and national radio and TV programs. She contributes to national magazines such as Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, and American Taste. She has also written curriculum for Lifeway Resources.
Karen and her husband, George, own Bold Vision Books, a Christian publishing company, that is giving away a BOOK CONTRACT at this year’s conference. (Be sure to subscribe to the WWSW newsletter list for details on how to enter.)
Karen says her marriage to George is her greatest achievement, but she’d love to talk to you about her five grandchildren! In her spare time, Karen continues her life-long quest to find the perfect purse. Karen is a people person, plain and simple and you will love to laugh with her and maybe even cry a little as she shares her joys and struggles.
Lindsey O’Connor is an author, freelance journalist, and speaker. Her latest book is The Long Awakening: A Memoir. She’s contributed to public radio’s Weekend America, WashingtonPost.com, The Rocky Mountain News, Christianity Today, Writer’s Digest, Guideposts and others. She is a former broadcaster, was a finalist for an Audie award, and is a member of the Association of Independents in Radio and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. True story is her thing. She and her family live in Colorado. Visit her website at lindseyoconnor.com.
Christopher P. N. Maselli is the award-winning author of more than 40 books including Zonderkids’ Amazing Laptop series. Chris has been writing for 20 years and his experience includes children’s writing, advertising, ghostwriting, online marketing and more. But more than anything, Chris loves helping put other writers on the fast track to success through his training at WritingMomentum.com. Chris lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife and three children. His website is christopherpnmaselli.com.
Rene Gutteridge is the award-winning and best-selling author of twenty-one novels, including her latest releases Misery Loves Company (suspense), Greetings from the Flipside (comedy) and Heart of the Country (drama). Her recent suspense titles also include Listen, Possession and Escapement. She has novelized six screenplays and movies, including two new releases in 2014, Just 18 Summers and Old Fashioned. Her romantic comedy with screenwriter Cheryl McKay, Never the Bride, won the Carol Award in 2010 for Best Women’s Fiction.
Her indie film, the comedy SKID which is based on her novel, is in post-production and due to release in 2015. She is a creative consultant on Boo, a script based on her beloved novel series, which is in development at Sodium Entertainment with Cory Edwards attached as director and Andrea Nasfell (Moms Night Out) as screenwriter. Her novel My Life as a Doormat is also in development.
A former intensive care nurse, Melanie Hemry traded in her stethoscope for a computer and soon won the coveted Guideposts Writing Contest. A contributing writer for Guideposts for many years, Melanie’s stories have warmed the hearts of readers around the world, and some have been picked up by Reader’s Digest for worldwide distribution. In addition to hundreds of magazine articles, Melanie has 36 published books to her credit, six under her own name and 30 which she ghosted for other people. A few of her titles include A Healing Touch, Hugs for Single Moms, and the four books in the Anointing series which she co-authored with Gina Lynnes. She also wrote Jerry Falwell: His Life and Legacy with his widow, Macel Falwell.
Branching out from nonfiction, Melanie has been a longtime attendee of the Santa Fe Screenwriter’s Conference and also Act One’s Reel Spirituality conference in Hollywood, California where she has honed her screenwriting skills.
A favorite at writer’s conferences and workshops, Melanie has also led her own writing intensives for upcoming new authors. Some of those she coached have gone on to sell to Guideposts and won their writing competition while others have published books. Melanie can be found on Facebook and through her website at www.melaniehemry.com.
Cheri Fuller is an award-winning, best-selling author of 44 books and hundreds of articles. Having taught writing at the university level and at writer’s conferences, her wide experience in the publishing industry gives her a wealth of practical wisdom for authors. A specialist in writing book proposals, she has helped many new authors shape a winning proposal and get their books published. Her website is cherifuller.com.
Bold and transparent, Christy Johnson tells it like it is. As a certified life coach, soul health advocate and author of Love Junkies, 7 Steps for Breaking the Toxic Relationship Cycle, Christy is passionate about imparting hope to women and leading them on a journey of self-discovery to improve their soul health. Her captivating testimony about how Christ redeemed her addiction to love and helped her forgive the offender who was responsible for the death of her youngest son will inspire you to ditch the drama and walk in forgiveness. Christy is a popular conference speaker and has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs including Trinity Broadcasting Network. She has several stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and God, Girls & Getting Connected. Driven to help authors bring their platform to the marketplace, Christy managed the marketing, social media and website for Write Well Sell Well. For more information and a free ebook, How to Live Soul Healthy in a Toxic World, visit Christy at christyjohnson.org.
Dr. Wesley Fryer is a classroom STEM teacher, digital learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, and change agent. He teaches 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma. Wesley earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of three books on using multimedia to support learning. Wes became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, and is a 2014 PBS Digital Innovator. He helps organize free EdCamp and PLAYDATE professional development events in Oklahoma, as well as the free, annual K-12 Online Conference each year. Find Wes online his blog “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” and on www.wesfryer.com. (@wfryer)