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Morning Sessions


Coffee and Tea will be served throughout the day

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome & Announcements

Location: The Woods

Please Note: Registration is open from 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM & throughout the day during scheduled breaks.

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Jeff Sharra

Location: Dogwood

Topic: History Through Storytelling

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Session Break

Be sure to visit the author tables to visit with them & check out their books! 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Jeff Sharra

Location: Dogwood

Topic: The Writing Process

11:30 AM - 1:30PM

Break for Lunch

Please note: Lunch is on your own

Breakout Sessions I

Choose one breakout session

1:30 PM - 2:30PM

Kim McCoy

Location: Dogwood

Topic: The Poetic Object 

Ginny Myers Sain 

Location: Hickory

Topic: Keeping It Real: Writing Believable YA Dialogue

Rene Guttteridge

Location: Oak

Topic: Writing Fiction Synopsis and Proposals

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Session Break

Be sure to visit the author tables to visit with them & check out their books! 

Breakout Sessions II

Choose one breakout session

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Darcy Pattison

Location: Oak

Topic: Successful Indie Publishing

Shel Harrington

Location: Hickory

Topic: How to Get Your Name Out There When Nobody Knows Your Name: Specific Ways to Start Building Name Recognition Before the Book Deal

Tiffany Schofield

Location: Dogwood

Topic: The Secret of Showing Instead of Telling to Strengthen Your Manuscript

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Session Break

Be sure to visit the author tables, meet authors & check out their books! 

4:00 PM ~ 5:00 PM

Sessions Wrap-up with Chrissy & Linda

Our OCW family gathering! 

Location: Dogwood

Once you've attended OCW, we consider you part of our writing family.


During this time together Chrissy and Linda want to answer any questions you may have about the conference. We'd also like to hear your suggestions for next year. 


This is also your opportunity to brag! We want to hear about your accomplishments since we met last! Finally, let us know what you hope to achieve in 2024. 

We appreciate you being a part of us here at OCW! 

Evening Activities

Open: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Happy Hour (Cash Bar)

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Awards Banquet (Awards to be presented at 8pm you may attend the awards even if you do not attend the banquet) 

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