Three authors received 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!
 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

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.

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

Other Scheduled Speakers Include:

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

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.  

Ozark Creative Writers Inc.

Ozark Creative Writers, Inc. is comprised of a Board of Directors whose sole purpose is to sponsor an annual conference. We encourage you to join your local writers group however, OCW is not affiliated with any group or organization.  read more

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

Best Western Inn of the Ozarks

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The 2015 Conference a huge success!

Participants had the opportunity to hear workshops by top professionals including Elizabeth Lyon and Tiffany Schofield. In addition, over 10 independent publishers joined Publishers Row, ​a new addition this year. Long time board member Chrissy Willis rejoined the OCW Board and will serve as conference chair for the 2016 conference.

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