November/December Writers Reminder

Writers Reminder - Sept/Oct 2018

by Carolyn B. Leonard


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1. Local Programs 

2. Contests 

3. Conferences & Orgs for writers - a half-dozen or more  

4. Blog - “The Newest Museum in the Nation’s Capital”  (by carolyn leonard)

5. EDITORS for hire! 

6. Publishers (Lots of publishers) 

7. Agents (a few good ones)

8. Opportunities for Freelance Writers (several)

9. Writing Classes & Grant Offers (Some NEW ones)

10. Jobs for Writers (Eight, last count) 

11. Plays and Screen Writing (two NEW) 

12. Poetry

13. Carolyn’s Book Review: “Katherine” by Anya Seton

14. Letters to Editor (Looking for Critique Grps, Grassroots Lobbying & more) 

15. Website Winner –

16. Story Call Outs: Check out this big list! 

17. Announcements, Indies NEWS


Check out the main site as well:


Scroll down, and click on any underlined listing to go directly to the subjects you are most interested in. If you find any dead hotlinks, please let me know <>



1.LOCAL PROGRAMS - If you belong to another local writing group, and would like it listed here, please send an email with the info to


* OKC Writers - 3rd Saturdays each month at 10 am. Now meeting at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 15th and Harvey, OKC. Enter through the northwest door, go to 1st floor, Room 130, (405) 232-1371. (Click here to read program details)

* OKC Christian Fiction writers meet 3rd Saturdays at 1 pm at Henderson Hills church, located at 1200 E I-35 Frontage Rd, Edmond OK. We meet in the church offices on the back side of the church campus. 

* Pen and Keyboard Writers meet the 2nd Saturday of the month, from 10 AM until noon at the WELL CHURCH (formerly Edmond Christian Church) 2800 E. Danforth Road (corner of Coltrane & Danforth), in the Family Life Center, room 2. The FLC is the building to the right of the Chapel (building with cross). We enter in the north door (door facing parking lot is to kitchen), and go to the second class room on the left.. They welcome anyone who is interested in writing, whether a beginner or published author. The group works together to help each other improve their writing. For more info contact Dianna Street <>

* Wordwrights Christian Writers  meet from 10 am to noon. the second Saturday of the month in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 7501 NW Expressway, Room #B-13. Directions: Two stoplights west of Rockwell on NW Expressway, turn north on Silver Crossings. Follow the private road until you reach a fork. Go around the building to the north parking lot in front of the Conference Center. Use the glass door (to the west) with the keypad for a code. Once inside, signs will point the way; an elevator is available. If you are a visitor to Wordwrights, please email in advance for an entry code.

* Norman Galaxy of Writers - meets every month on 2nd Saturday, 10 AM to noon at Norman Public Library, downtown, 225 North Webster. For more info, email

* OKRWA --OK Romance Writers Association meets on the third Saturday of each month; members write romantic suspense, Christian romance, contemporary, erotic, and historical romance. Historical is mainly westerns and the Regency period. Meetings are at the OKC Art Museum in Classroom C at 1 pm. For more information contact Mary Jo Springer email, <>

* Oklahoma Playwrights Association: meet 4th Thursdays from 6 to 9 pm.  For more information contact Playwright leader Janis Contway at <>

* Mid-Oklahoma Writers: meets the second Tuesday of every month 7-9 pm  in the Family Center behind Eastside Church of Christ, 916 S Douglas, Midwest City, OK



2. CONTESTS (Click here for more info on Contests)

•       Creative nonfiction deadline Dec 1

*    CREATIVE NONFICTION (deadline 2.25/2019)

*    OKC Writers contest Sept 19

*       Readers Digest (ongoing)

*       OWFI annual Writers Contest Feb 1 deadline

•    L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest (Various)

•    Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize (Jan 31, annually)

•    Tony Hillerman Prize (June 1, annually)

•    Young Lions fiction Award (August, annually)

•    New Voices Award (Sept 30, annually)

•    PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (Oct 31, annually)

•    OWFI annual Writers Contest - more than 20 categories - real money!



3. CONFERENCES  (Click HERE for more info on Conferences)

   OWFI Conference 2019 (1st full weekend in May) 



4.  MY BLOG– “ The Newest Museum in the Nation’s Capital” 

By Carolyn Leonard


The Newest Museum in the Nation’s Capital

Posted on August 27, 2018 by buffalo234 


There are at least 75 active museums in Washington DC. Some are more well-known than others, like the Smithsonian.  We have visited several of them in the past, and this year we toured the newest one.


A member of the Green family from OKC, Danielle Smith, recently led our group in seeing the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC.  If you go, don’t miss the “fly over DC” virtual reality ride. That is, jump in for the six minute virtual reality experience if you are NOT susceptible to motion sickness. The point of this dazzling, multi-sensory tour, “flying” from the Lincoln Memorial to the Library of Congress is to point out many biblical references in and around the capitol city. Visitors stand on a moving ride that simulates flying over the city to see biblical quotes on monuments and othr government buildings.In just five minutes, travelers visit twelve landmarks, highlighting fifteen biblical texts. 

Surprisingly, some of the most important monuments, buildings, and landmarks do include religious words, symbols, and imagery............CLICK HERE TO READ THE BLOG AND SEE THE PICTURES



5. EDITORS for hire!  (Click HERE for more info on Editors)

•    Staci Mauney

•    Robyn Conley, the Book Doctor

•    Ghostwriting - Joan Rhine 

•    Bernhardt editing services

•    Red Pen Editing

•    MORE

•    Maria Veres is no longer taking editing work.

•    Kathleen Park (on leave of absence while caring for her husband.)


more coming...



6. PUBLISHERS  (Click HERE to read more about these Publishers)



Thumbs down from Writer Beware - quite a long list and descriptions. ALWAYS - before you invest money in publishing your work, check with Writer Beware and other experts. Go here:



7. AGENTS   (Click HERE to read about these Agents)






9.  WRITING CLASSES AND GRANTS (Click here for more info on Writing Classes & Grants)

Writing Classes:



•    Oklahomans for Special Library Services (OSLS)

•    Oklahoma Humanities Council

•    Mid America Arts Alliance

•    Oklahoma Tribes Preserve Traditions, Cultural Capital Grant

•    Looking for a GRANT WRITER! 

•    Grants for Artists and Writers

•    OK State Regents for Higher Ed- Writing Proposals & Grants

•    Click here for more info on Writing Classes, Grants)



10. JOBS FOR WORKING WRITERS  (Click here for more info)



11. PLAYS and Screen writing (Click here for more info)



12. POETRY  (Click here for more info)




“Katherine”  by Anya Seton        


A Novel Published by  Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, of Boston & New York

Copyright 1954, renewed 1982

ISBN 978-0-544-22288-5 (pbj)

593 pages

(Review by Carolyn Leonard)

This wonderful book has been a best-seller for ages, based on the life of Katherine (Roet) Swynford, mistress and later wife of King John of Gaunt (Ghent), Duke of Lancaster and the son of King Edward III.  This classic novel tells the most romantic love story in British history – the true tale of Katherine and John, the ancestors of much of the British Royal family.  It is set in the vibrant 14th century England, leading up to the Wars of the Roses.


Daughters of a Saxon knight, Payn de Roet, Katherine and her older sister Philippa were orphaned young and placed in the household of John’s mother, the Queen. The deRoets were of Hainalt, a province of what is now SW Belgium that stretches from the Flanders Plain in the north to the Ardennes in the south. Historical events in the book are very well researched, as are the fashions and the physical locales.   ......... ................... (click HERE to read the full review )



14.  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (Click here for more info)

    Meg Welch Dendler, Barbara Ketzer Roberts, Nancy Hartney, Joan Vanarsdall, Carol Round, Dusty Richards, Andrea Moon,, Susan Perry, Bill Wetterman.

    Judith Rycroft, Brenda Thomas, Cynda Thomas, Lynn Broderick, Janet Lullo, 

    Carolyn Steele, Sharon Erwin, Wende Williams, Joan Billings, Janis Butler, Chuck Sasser, Susan Perry, Teresa Hoy.

    About Tate Publishing ...

    Julie Loomis’ “After School Group”

    Congrats to Ed Koonce!

    Steven James author, writing workshop

    Red Flag! - American Writing Association

    Red Flag! (from Ray Tune)

    Invitation from WRITERS RELIEF

    John Biggs, author, inre: Duotrope Publishing

    Information on copyright about song lyrics usage

    Working Writer wants feedback

    An E-Book Formatter!

    Red Truck Review: ...Forum... publisher

    Bernhardt Writing Classes

    How to Autograph a Kindle or other e-book

    Grassroots Lobbying

    Ghostwriter available



15.  AUTHOR WEBSITE WINNER  (Click here for more info)


Website Winner - Maria Veres


Maria, a freelance health and business writer,  specializes in content marketing writing for mid-sized businesses. With two decades of experience as a wordsmith, She knows how to package your message to get the results you need.



16. STORY CALL-OUTS:  Click HERE to read more about these markets.

(Paying Markets--mostly)

•    EIGHT new call-out subjects from Chicken soup! varied deadlines

•    Guideposts

•    Country Outfitter Style 

•    Writers Digest - The Last Page (ongoing call for submissions) 

•    Writer’s Digest - Reject a Hit (ongoing)

•    Dialogual (ongoing)

•    Your Impossible Voice -fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more

•    The Notebook, rural roots - but progressive thinking

•    Front Porch Journal

•    Working Writer 

•    OKIE Magazine

•    Pegasus - Genealogy opportunity

•    Blogger for Writer Beware

•    Get your NEWS in the newspaper

•    Family Chronicle - Family History Writers

•    No more - Cups of Comfort



17. WRITERS NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: (Click HERE to read more)    


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–Jennifer Ashley, romance author.


Best Wishes,


Carolyn B. Leonard

Editor, Writer's e-Reminder




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