I’ve Joined the OCCWF Conference Staff!

It’s official — I’m part of the Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship (OCCWF) 2012 Conference staff. This year’s conference will held May 18-20 at the beautiful Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. The OCCWF faculty includes literary agent Rachelle Gardner, editor and writing mentor Mick Silva, author and screenwriter Bill Myers, Urban Fantasy novelist Merrie Destefano, and senior editor of Regal Books, Steven Lawson, just to name a few. You can find the entire faculty list HERE. I’ll be leading a 1-hour workshop, a m/s critique group, and be available for consultations, 15 minute sessions with anyone who wants to pick my brain, solicit my advice, or punch me in the nose for something nasty I’ve written. Here’s my workshop blurb: The Christian Speculative Fiction Writer – This workshop will discuss the continued popularity of speculative themes in our culture, how speculative themes mesh with Scripture, the market challenges that Christian authors in this genre face, and growing outlets and approaches for aspiring Christian Spec-Fic writers. Did I say how thrilled I am? Anyway, registration is open. If you happen to live in the SoCal area, I’d love to meet you!

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Mike is a monthly contributor to Novel Rocket. He is represented by the rockin’ Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary. Mike’s debut novel, “The Resurrection,” is in stores now and his novella, “Winterland,” is available in e-book formats. Mike’s sophomore novel The Telling releases May 2012. You can visit his website at www.mikeduran.com.