by Carolyn B Leonard

The early bird gets the ?›ƒ?ª?? discount. Save 25 bucks by registering before March 15 for the Oklahoma Writers?›ƒ?ªƒ?› Federation, Inc (OWFI). Even though the price goes up after the 15th, it is still the best bargain in a writers conference around the country. The annual 2-day conference always features best-selling authors, literary agents, editors, as well as local authors.

Keynote speaker Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author, writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. A USA Today reviewer wrote of Eloisa’s very first book she “found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar;” People Magazine raved “romance writing does not get much better than this.” OWFI President Christine Jarmola of Bartlesville said James won the RITA, the highest award given by the Romance Writers of America, last year and this year she is nominated for an award from Romantic Times Book Review. Currently Ms James is a distinguished professor who also writes technical non-fiction material, and she is head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City.
“How does she do it?” Jarmola asked. “Come to the conference and let her tell you.”

Workshops offered Friday and Saturday include speakers Brandi Barnett, Mel Odom, and Heather Smith Davis as well as Darleen Bailey Beard, Andrew E. Kaufman, Donis Casey, David Morrell, Jan Morrill, and several other writers, editors, and agents. Information about the conference schedule and speakers is available on the OWFI web site at http://www.owfi.org, with registration available both online and by mail. Registration is limited to the first 400 to apply to prevent crowding and to allow for one-on-one time with the speakers.

The Friday night ?›ƒ?ª?Famous Author?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s Banquet?›ƒ?ª? will honor OWFI members with one or more books published during the past year. OWFI is a multi-genre writers?›ƒ?ªƒ?› organization with more than 800 members across the United States and around the world, holding the oldest and most respected writers’ conference in the Midwest. This year marks OWFI’s 46th annual conference, which will be held May 1 ?›ƒ?ªƒ?? 3, 2014, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The conference caps off Oklahoma Writer?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s Week, as named by the Oklahoma State Legislature. Conference attendees also have the opportunity to meet with one or more agents or editors, take their favorite speaker to lunch, or share Friday or Saturday night dining tables with published authors and speakers.

To learn more about OWFI, contact the OWFI President Christine Jarmola at 918-766-5068, or the webpage www.owfi.org


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