Experience Writing 2023

June 12-13 @ Asbury Church, Tulsa


Do you have a story in your heart or your head or half-finished in a drawer or on a hard drive? God gave you your story for such a time as this. He’s given you something the world needs to hear right now. Maybe you’ve been feeling that. Maybe this is the first you’ve realized. But let me tell you…

Experience Writing 2023 is the time to OVERCOME what’s held you back.

We will help you to jump those hurdles and give you the tools and perspective you need to become…

And a CONSISTENT Writer.

Experience Writing 2023 will help YOU gain the confidence to write your God-given story by equipping you with the tools and skills you need to write over, under, and around life’s obstacles to finish that book and finish it well!

Join us June 12-13 at Asbury Church (Tulsa, OK) for this uniquely multi-generational event as you learn to OVERCOME what’s stopped you and to write the story that’s been on your heart!

See you there!

Janice Buswell

Janice Buswell

Co-founder of Experience Writing

See Conference Details Below!

Conference Details

Cost – $75 (Preregistration Required)
Ages 11-111 welcome! Fiction writers and non-fiction writers welcome!

Meals are included in the ticket price and will be a time to talk to the speakers and to fellow authors!

Dates & Times

  • 8:30am-8:00pm, Monday June 12 (Lunch & Dinner included!)
  • 8:30am-5:30pm, Tuesday June 13 (Light Breakfast  & Lunch included!)

Asbury Church, 6767 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa OK 74133

Each day at 6pm the bookstore will be selling speaker’s books! Be sure to bring a little spending money!


Our Speakers

Robin Patchen

Robin Patchen

Robin Patchen is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the setting of her Nutfield Saga books, and then headed to Boston to earn a journalism degree. After college, working in marketing and public relations, she discovered how much she loathed the nine-to-five ball-and-chain. After relocating to the Southwest, she started writing her first novel while she homeschooled her three children. The novel was dreadful, but her passion for storytelling didn’t wane. Thankfully, as her children grew, so did her writing ability. Now that her kids are adults, she has more time to play with the lives of fictional heroes and heroines, wreaking havoc and working magic to give her characters happy endings. When she’s not writing, she’s editing or reading, proving most of her life revolves around the twenty-six letters of the alphabet.

Laurel Thomas

Laurel Thomas

A former high school English teacher, Laurel Thomas loves words and their power to convey remarkable stories. "River's Call" is an award-winning novel based in the deep South. History and the fantastic mesh in her fantasy series, "When Stars Brush Earth" and "Stones of Promise," published by Wild Rose Press.

When she’s not with family or roaming the halls of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as chaplain, she’s doing what she loves most – crafting stories of ordinary characters rising up against impossible odds to achieve the extraordinary.

Through "Write Your Heart Out!" and WriterCon Oklahoma City, she teaches and supports other multi-published industry professionals who equip writers for success through national conferences and weekend intensives.

Lindi Collins

Lindi Collins

Lindi's passion in life is cultivating her creativity and helping others to do the same. She desires to speak into the lives of those she encounters and help them realize their calling and full creative potential.

Armed with a flower and scissors, Lindi built a multiple six-figure wedding floral design company, The Bridal Garden, from scratch. Lindi has traversed the country and back again, leaving blooms in her wake.

Along the way, Lindi started another company and blog and recently self-published a bookazine, My Mayberry Lane. Lindi loves spending time with her family when she isn't chasing her next creative endeavor.

Janice Buswell

Janice Buswell

Janice Buswell is a multi-talented communicator, speaker, author of the Paradoxon series, and blogger behind Radical Simplicity. Her passion for stories began when she discovered they are one of the powerful keys God uses to unlock the truth in the hearts of His people. In her book series, the beauty and depth of classic literature collides with the power of modern themes in an altogether paradoxical journey.

When Janice is not writing, she loves to spend her time with emerging authors in one-on-one coaching, phone calls, coffee dates, speaking engagements, and through her role as co-founder of Experience Writing and the director of their yearly conference. There are few things that make her happier than seeing writers unleashed to tell the stories that only they can!

Our Venue

June 12-13

6767 S Mingo Rd

Tulsa, OK 74133

Conference includes lunch both days and dinner on Monday night! Plus the conference bookstore will be open at 6pm each night!

Our Schedule

Monday, June 12

8:30 – Registration

9:00 – “Why We Write” with Janice Buswell
What’s in your heart to say? Who needs to hear it? Knowing why God has called you to write and who He has called you to reach helps you identify, guard, and grow your voice. In this session, Janice will help you gain clarity about why YOU write.

10:45 – “Creating Compelling Characters” with Robin Patchen
Every great story is populated with memorable characters. But inventing those characters—their personality traits, dreams, desires, histories, fears—is no easy task. In this class, we’ll discover tools for creating characters who feel so real and lifelike that our readers will root for them until the very end.

12:15 – “Lunch with Authors”

1:30 – “Building Community” with Laurel Thomas
Relationships connect and perfect us as writers in our creative journey. We need our tribe!

3:05 – “Author Mingle”

5:00 – “Dinner with Authors”

6:30 – “Writing Through Life’s Trials and Difficulties” with Robin Patchen
Do you often set your writing aside to make room for urgent projects? Do you find it difficult to write when life has been physically challenging or emotionally draining? Do you struggle to prioritize writing when other tasks—and people—seek to distract you? Learn to meet your writing deadlines—external and self-imposed—despite the distractions, difficulties, and disasters that come your way.

Tuesday, June 13

8:30 – Light Breakfast

9:00 – “Crafting Quotable Prose” with Robin Patchen
In this class, we’ll discuss elements common to many well-known and easily recalled quotes. Using examples from multiple sources, we’ll discover how to use simplicity, repetition, and cadence in our own work, no matter what the genre, to create succinct, impactful, and memorable prose.

10:45 – “Finding the Right Editor” with Laurel Thomas
A successful manuscript requires an editor with the right skills for your unique project. Discover how to find a professional who’ll propel your work into excellence!

12:15 – “Lunch with Authors”

1:30 – “Pros to Help You Grow” (Mingle with Industry Pros)

3:00 – “What Keeps You From Writing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” with Lindi Collins
Do you ever struggle with a writing project because of fear? Do you ever ask yourself, “what if this story has already been written? What if someone else already wrote it better? What if I am not a good enough writer to complete the project?” In this session, Lindi will speak to the heart of your mind’s inner struggle— that negative voice inside that incapacitates your calling as a writer. She will motivate you to uncover your purpose, so your creative ability can be unleashed.

4:30 – “The Final Word” with Janice Buswell
A brief word of exhortation and a prayer to send you off to the next step of your writing journey!

Ready to Overcome?

Count me in! I am ready to take the next step in my writing journey!

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