The Orange County Christian Writers' Conference began in 1984 as a ministry of the Orange County Christian Writers Fellowship. While that organization (OCCWF) is no longer active, the conference continues to serve writers in Southern California and around 

Our Goal

The Orange County Christian Writers' Conference strives to create a warm, friendly, family enviroment for Christian writers, authors, editors and experts  to meet, learn from, and consult with professionals in the Christian publishing industry.

Our goal is providing writers and authors of every genre, at every level, with valuable insights and networking opportunities with some of the top experts in the field of Christian publishing.

Whether you're a writer starting your first project, a part-time freelancer, or a career author, our focus is helping Christian writers develop their skills and support one another in love, prayer, and encouragement.

More than 30 years, this conference exsits because of dedicated professionals and volunteers who care deeply about our mission, and vision.

Kathy Ide, Director

Our Former Director

Kathy Ide

Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She is a full-time freelance editor/writing mentor and teaches at writers’ conferences across the country. She is the founder and director of the Christian Editor Connection and The Christian PEN.

Antonio and Gwendolyn Crawford

Our Chairman/Sponsor

Antonio Crawford

Antonio Crawford launched the National Christian Writers Conference™ (NCWC) in 2007. This conference is held biannually in San Diego and Washington, DC. The NCWC helps writers, authors, artists, and speakers publish their creativity in order to heal, inspire, and speak to the hearts of others living in the local communities. Antonio and his wife, Gwendolyn, are the founders of the Crawford Irby International Foundation™, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, which sponsors the Orange County Christian Writers' Conference.

Check out our program of Mentoring Tracks and the Appointment opportunities, then click here to register.