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Evangelical Press Association Convention

The annual EPA Christian media convention is your chance to step away from daily activities to engage and interact with the EPA community. Join together to explore new ideas and learn from one another through powerful seminars, workshops, discussions and presentations.

Join us for EPA 2019, April 7-9, in Oklahoma City

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WHO WE ARE

The Evangelical Press Association is the world’s largest professional organization for the evangelical periodical publishing industry, both print and digital.

WHAT WE DO

EPA puts great focus on serving God through the written word, whether print or digital. Members of EPA share a commitment to excellence.

WHY WE MEET

The convention provides an opportunity to learn new skills and build relationships with editors, writers, designers, publishers and influential personalities in our industry.

EPA Convention

A Convention for Christian Print and Digital Media

The annual EPA convention is a source of new ideas and creative innovations. It provides an intense time of professional learning, networking and inspiration.

From writers to designers, editors to publishers and seasoned veterans to emerging talents, the EPA convention provides an opportunity to grow and become something greater. This is not just an association, but rather a unique and tightly woven community focused on professionalism, respect and commitment to God. EPA members do not just meet with Christian periodical publishing leaders — they become them.

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PARTICIPANTS

32

SPEAKERS

35

SESSIONS

256

AWARDS

Morning Forums

Convention forums bring diverse voices to critical current topics. Leading ministry and industry experts dialogue on viewpoints, trends, and the appropriate response of Christian media to these issues.

Past programs have addressed:
•  Racial reconciliation
•  Immigration
•  Civil discourse
•  Sexual harassment/abuse
•  World evangelization

Conference Intensives

Some conventions offer pre- or post-conference extended seminars on such concentrations as writing, editing, or photography. These seven-hour interactive sessions, led by industry leaders, delve deeply into advanced techniques designed to sharpen the skills of practitioners at any level.

SPEAKERS

At the heart of EPA conventions are the thirty breakout sessions featuring ministry and industry leaders, individuals who have risen to the top of their professions and are widely respected for their skills and knowledge. A stellar lineup of speakers has been assembled to present a wide variety of workshops on writing, editing, design, photography, technology, social media, management, marketing, and current issues.

Convention attendees will have five options from which to choose during each of six breakout periods. Here you will learn current trends, fresh concepts, and innovative ideas. This is where you will be challenged, trained, and equipped to take your skills to a higher level.

CONVENTION SCHEDULE

Conference Begins

Sunday | April 7, 2019

9:00 a.m.

Exhibitor Setup

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m.

Student Onsite Journalism Contest

10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Opens

1:00 p.m. -

3:45 p.m.

First-time Attendee Orientation

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Opening Plenary Session

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

Dinner

6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

Movie Screening (tentative)

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

MONDAY | April 8, 2019

Daily Schedule

7:15 a.m.

Sponsored breakfast (tentative)

7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

8:15 a.m.

Plenary Forum

8:15 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

9:10 a.m.

Break

9:10 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

9:40 a.m.

Workshop Block 1

9:40 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

10:35 a.m.

Break

10:35 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.

11:05 a.m.

Workshop Block 2

11:05 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:15 p.m.

Lunch

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

Feed the Children Project

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

2:35 p.m.

Higher Goals Awards - Part 1

2:35 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

Free time in Oklahoma City

3:00 p.m. -

Follow the link to the Venue page and find a list of all the things to do in Oklahoma City.

3:30 p.m.

OKC National Memorial & Museum Tour (optional)

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

Movie Screening - BREAKTHROUGH

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday | April 9, 2019

Daily Schedule

8:15 a.m.

Plenary Forum

8:15 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

9:10 a.m.

Coffee Break

9:10 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

9:40 a.m.

Workshop Block 3

9:40 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

10:35 a.m.

Break

10:35 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.

11:05 a.m.

Workshop Block 4

11:05 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:15 p.m.

Lunch

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m.

Business Mtg | Higher Goals Awards - Part 2

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

2:35 p.m.

Workshop Block 5

2:35 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

3:50 p.m.

Workshop Block 6

3:50 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

Closing Dinner |Awards of Excellence

5:30 p.m. -

Here's what convention attendees say:

  • This EPA Convention was a great time of learning, connecting, sharing, and brainstorming. It was great to be around so many other people who were passionate about Christian publishing and I left with lots and lots of ideas!
  • For my first EPA convention, I was very impressed. The event ran incredibly smoothly and was well-rounded in terms of workshop offerings and events. I had a great time and will definitely be back as often as I can.
  • The workshops were fantastic.
  • I thought the speakers were great. I found all my workshops to be helpful this year.
  • New workshops were offered on topics that I was eager to hear.
  • There was good content and good networking.
  • I was REALLY encouraged this year by a few people, and I came away affirmed in my writing ministry.
  • As a new editor, I loved meeting other people working in a similar field. It left me encouraged and challenged.
  • I greatly appreciated the feedback from the judges’ remarks on our contest entries. They are well worth the fees.
  • I think my personal highlight was just everything I came away with. I got a lot of great information and took a LOT of notes, and it’s exciting to take them home and figure out how to apply them in my context. It was also notable that every person I met seemed genuinely interested in connecting with me as a person – very rare and refreshing!

INSPIRATION. INSTRUCTION. INTERACTION.

JOIN US FOR EPA 2019 IN OKLAHOMA CITY

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EPA 2019 Convention

Oklahoma City

Discover the vibrant charm of Oklahoma. Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown hotel is just steps away from the historic Bricktown Entertainment District, Chickasaw Ballpark (home of the Oklahoma City Dodgers), Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Chesapeake Arena, American Banjo Museum, and the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team.

Families will love the Frontier City Theme Park, designed to duplicate an 1800s frontier town, where visitors see an reenactment of the gun fight at the OK Corral and ride thrilling roller coasters.

The hotel is also within walking distance of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, the site of the 1995 terrorist truck bombing.

Come discover all there is to do at the Evangelical Press Assocation 2019 convention in Oklahoma City.

EPA 2019 — Oklahoma City

Mark your calendars for the Evangelical Press Association Convention • April 7-9, 2019.