50th Annual Ozark Creative Writers Conference
October 6-8, 2016

Best Western Inn of the Ozarks

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Endorsements from Participants: 

"I was very inspired by all the speakers at the OCW Conference this year.  After publishing my first novel in 2005, I took a long break from writing (no real excuses), but I’ve recently retired from my day job and rebooted my writing career.  The information and encouragement attendees received during the sessions truly rekindled my excitement to be a published author.  In other words, I am totally energized! 
Congratulations to all those who made this a successful event!!  I’m looking forward to next year’s conference." -Beth Urich

"Thanks to networking and workshops, Ozark Creative Writers conference has been a boost to my career and self-confidence as a writer and public speaker. This is the conference to attend if you want to further your dream of being a published author."-Angela Drake


The OCW Board of Directors is happy to announce that Editor Gary Goldstein has been added to this year's program!

Three authors received contracts.as a result of the networking provided by Publisher's Row 2015. For more information about some of the publishers featured in Publishers Row Click here.

Conference Highlights

  • Workshops by published authors, editors and agents
  • Publishers Row, independent publishers available to hear about your next project
  • Writing contests available to all participants
  • Something for everyone from the widely published professional to the aspiring writer!

 Thursday Afternoon Early-Bird Session Added for 2016

Join Tiffany Shofield for a special Thursday afternoon session open to all registered attendees. Learn about "SLANG". For more information 

 Publisher’s Row
 If you are a publisher we invite you to join Publisher’s Row in order to introduce your publishing company to our talented  writers. The deadline for reserving your spot is September 15th. You may display your materials on an 8 foot banquet table that we supply.  Please join us!
If you are a publisher, contact Lou at Ozarkcreativewriters1@gmail.com

DAVID MARION WILKINSON, a 5th generation native of Arkansas and descendant from some of the state's earliest pioneers, is an award-winning novelist and author who made the transition mid-career to screenwriting, largely due to the many development deals that came his way as the result of his published books.  In the last three years, Wilkinson has written, or co-written, over 30 hours of film and cable programming.  He co-produced the mini-series TEXAS RISING for the History Channel, and  is producing a Civil War mini-series based on an original script by John Sayles--a project which remains in development.  

Other Scheduled Speakers Include:

  • Tiffany Schofield
  • JoJo Thoreau
  • Cherry Weiner
  • Martha Strain Wilkinson
  • Linda Apple
  • Brett Cogburn
  • ​Thomas Eaton
  • ​Gary Goldstein

To celebrate our 50th Anniversary we will be awarding $2800 in prize money this year. You must register for the conference by  September 1 to enter the contests!  Click Here for complete details.

Highlights from the 2015 Conference!

Scheduled to Speak

OCW Board of Directors

All Ozark Creative Writers, Inc.Board Members are volunteers. Lou Turner will serve as President for the 2016 Conference. Susan Swartwout is Vice-President and Chrissy Willis is Conference Director. To meet the OCW Board click here.