The biggest event in my career lately has been joining the staff of Oregon Christian Writers as the In-Person Critique Group Coordinator. Heidi Gaul volunteered to be the Orientation Coordinator when members first sign up to be in a group. Gail Sattler is our Online Critique Group Coordinator who gets people matched up with others in their genre. And I am the In-Person Coordinator for OCW members who want to meet face to face.

Our president, Marilyn Rhoads, and current staff have been anxious to provide members with this perk for some time. Our three one-day conferences and four day working conference in the summer are wonderful, but people need contact with other writers on a regular basis to keep growing and not get discouraged.

Our newly formed team spent countless hours February through March creating documents, emailing them back and forth for final edits, and deciding just how we wanted to go about this.

We launched our program in April and immediately started getting sign-ups. After we announced the new critique program at the one-day May conference the response has been non-stop!

It’s exciting to be a part of such a great organization where people are hungry to be the best they can be to glorify the Lord and share His message of hope. I am honored to have this position and be able to interact with many of our members on a daily basis.

Making an announcement at the OCW conference in May
Our president Marilyn Rhoads introducing workshop speakers
My nonfiction workshop members critiquing each other’s writing