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Readings: 7pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month except for December which will be on the 12th.
Contact: Aline Smith, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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OKC Writers -
Regular meeting time and place
3rd Saturdays each month at 10 am.
St Luke’s ME church, Room 225
222 N.W. 15th Street Oklahoma City, 73103
(driving directions: http://stlukesokc.org index.php/about_us/driving_directions)
Enter through the northwest door,
by handicap parking and go to Room 130.
2020 - Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.
Saturday, March 21, 10:15, OKC WRITERS
ST LUKE’S UMC, 222 NW 15th Street
Oklahoma City Writer’s, Inc. hosts: Buffalo Tales--the true story of how people, from Oklahoma Territory to New York, worked together to save the buffalo from extinction.
Desiree Webber will present how she researched and crafted a tale of this remarkable story of forward-thinking individuals who placed fifteen buffalo into train cars to start the nation’s first bison refuge. This event is free to the public on Saturday, March 21 from 10:15 to 12:00 in the morning at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th Street in Oklahoma City.
Webber is author of two nonfiction middle-grade books for children, The Buffalo Train Ride (Doodle and Peck - 2019, 1999), and Bone Head: Story of the Longhorn (Eakin Press - 2003). Both were named Oklahoma Book Award Finalists by the Oklahoma Center for the Book. In addition, she received the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Author’s Award for The Buffalo Train Ride, and a “Storytelling World Honor Title” award for Travel the Globe: Multicultural Story Times.
In addition, Webber is a graduate of UC San Diego with a B.A. in Communications and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Master’s in Library and Information Studies. She speaks to all ages about the remarkable story of forward-thinking individuals who placed fifteen buffalo into train cars to start the nation’s first bison refuge. You may visit her website at: www.desireewebber.com
Starting the first buffalo bison refuge.
PREVIOUS SPEAKERS (RECENT PAST!)
Fifty Shades of Crime Fiction on Saturday, February 15
The world of mystery/suspense/thriller fiction includes many sub-genres that an aspiring author needs to understand.
Marcia Preston will define these categories, along with examples, and offer a modus operandi for the actual writing. This event is free to the public on Saturday, February 15 from 10:15 to 12:00 in the morning at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th Street in Oklahoma City.
Marcia Preston has edited two national magazines, served as PR and publications director for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage museum, and freelanced for a long list of publications. Her six previous novels were traditionally published and earned a Mary Higgins Clark Award, an Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction, and four Best Fiction Book awards from OWFI. She’s a past president and honorary life member of both Oklahoma City Writers and OWFI.
Her newest novel, The Spiderling, deals with the struggle of 11-year-old Kiwi Seager and her mother to build a new life after Kiwi’s father is killed in the Iraq War. The story grew from Marcia’s concern from her grand-daughters as her son served three tours in the Middle East. Official release date for the book is June 2.
Ken Hada (kenhada.org) presents: The River White: An Ekphrastic Poetry Reading & Workshop. On January 18 at 10:15 at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th, Oklahoma City, OK 73103, Room 130. Ken will introduce us to The River White: A Confluence of Brush & Quill, demonstrating the accompanying watercolors that make the ekphrastic narratives of the book.
Ken Hada has published seven volumes of poetry, including his two latest, Not Quite Pilgrims and Bring an Extry Mule (Chicago: VACPoetry, 2019 & 2017). His work has been featured and/or awarded by the National Western Heritage Museum, SCMLA, Western Writers of America, Oklahoma Center for the Book and the NPR program, The Writer’s Almanac. Ken teaches at East Central University where he has directed the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival for 15 years.
Kathleen Listman, OKC WRITERS program chair, will be asking for recommendations for next years speakers. We usually have 30 to 40 people in attendance. OCWI offers no payments for speakers, but you are welcome to sell your publications when you speak.
If you want to volunteer someone else as speaker, you can send information for them, but please ask them first!
Kathleen says, I am looking for a few good presenters.If that peaks your interest, please let me know. I will also need to know something about you--such your contact information, proposed topic (with a one sentence description), and a short biography of your experience in the world of writing and/or publishing.
These are the dates I have available for speakers in 2020. You may note that some of the months are already taken and others may disappear. So, let me know more than one time when you would like to speak.
If you would rather be on a panel, there are not any months set for that yet, so let me know when you would not be available. The following subjects are currently planned for panels:
Law for authors (in spring)
Children’s books (in summer)
Self-publishing (in fall)
OKC WRITERS program for December 21:
DAYNA DUNBAR will be presenting: Autobiographical fiction--Weaving real life experiences into your fiction.
Dayna Dunbar is a novelist published by Ballantine Books. Her first novel, The Saints and Sinners of Okay County won the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma Book Award. The book is set in 1976 in a fictional town that looks suspiciously like her hometown of Yukon. She has given writing workshops all over the country and even in Mexico. More than merely transforming interviews into narrative, she helps shape the way the narrative is told.
Dayna Dunbar, MA
Novelist & Ghostwriter
Contest entries will be available to be picked up at this meeting. The creme de la creme will be announced and those entries will be available, in addition to the ones that people did not pick up last time. As this was the first time we tried on-line entries and ended up printing them out rather than scanning them. Some people picked up contest entries that were not theirs. We didn't have envelopes for them. We hope these will be returned we'll try to make sure that the entries get to the correct person.
September 2019 Presentation: Book promotion as a "performance art"
Nathan Brown is an author, songwriter, and award-winning poet living in Wimberley, Texas. He holds a PhD in English and Journalism from the University of Oklahoma where he taught for seventeen years. He served as Poet Laureate for the State of Oklahoma in 2013/14, and now travels fulltime performing readings and concerts, teaching workshops and speaking on creativity, poetry, songwriting, and creative writing.
Nathan has published roughly nineteen books. Most recent are An Honest Day’s Confession; Apocalypse Soon: The Mostly Unedited Poems of Ezra E. Lipschitz; and Don’t Try, a collection of co-written poems with Austin Music Hall of Fame songwriter, Jon Dee Graham. Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems, was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Oklahoma Book Award. His earlier book, Two Tables Over, won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award.
He’s taught memoir, songwriting, performance, and creativity workshops from Tuscany to the Sisters Folk Festival in Oregon, the Taos Poetry Festival, the Woody Guthrie Festival, Laity Lodge, the Everwood Farmstead Foundation in Wisconsin, as well as for Blue Rock Artist Ranch near Austin, Texas.
PROGRAM SATURDAY AUG 17
BILL BERNHARDT William Bernhardt will present the paths to publishing, and discuss the realities of each path to publication to help you discover the path that will lead to the greatest success--and fulfillment--for you.
Bernhardt is the author of forty-eight books, most recently Court of Killers (#1 Bestseller flag on Amazon), the second book in his new Daniel Pike legal thriller series. His previous works include the bestselling Ben Kincaid series, the historical novels Challengers of the Dust and Nemesis, two books of poetry (The White Bird and The Ocean’s Edge), and the Red Sneaker books on fiction writing.
In addition, Bernhardt founded the Red Sneaker Writers Center to mentor aspiring writers. The Center hosts an annual writers conference, small-group writing retreats, a monthly newsletter, a phone app, and a bi-weekly podcast. More than three dozen of Bernhardt’s students have subsequently published with major houses. He is also the owner of Balkan Press, which publishes poetry and fiction as well as the literary journal Conclave.
Bernhardt has received the Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (University of Pennsylvania) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (Oklahoma State). He has has won the Oklahoma Book Award award twice. In 2019, he received the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.
July 2019 Presentation: Writing process of her book, The Accident of Birth, about immigration
Roxana L. Cazan is an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches world and postcolonial literature and creative writing. She is a translator of Romanian. Her translation of Matei Vişniec’s “Teeth” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize byReunion, at UT Dallas. Her poems have been featured inCold Creek Review, The Healing Muse, Adanna Literary Journal, Watershed Review, Allegro Poetry, the Peeking Cat Anthology, The Portland Review, Harpur Palateand others. Her full-length poetry book,The Accident of Birth, has just been published by Main Street Rag in 2017. Dr. Cazan’s scholarly work focuses on ethnic and postcolonial literature and women’s studies and has appeared inNeophilologus, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Comparative Literature Studies, Studies in American Jewish Literature, American Journal of Undergraduate Research, and Demeter Press. A chapter is forthcoming inRemembering Kahina: Women, Representation and Resistance in Post-Independence North Africa, Routledge.
JUNE 15, 2019 speaker Traci Ison Shafer
BUILDING YOUR FICTIONAL WORLD
Traci will share things to keep in mind when building your fictional worlds--whether they are set in the present time and place, the distant future, or long ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Traci Ison Schafer lives in Ada, Oklahoma, and is a Price Analyst for the United States Air Force. She’s a native of Ohio and started her career at the infamous Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which she used as the backdrop for her first book, the science fiction novel The Anuan Legacy.
Traci is current Past President of the Oklahoma City Writers and is an officer on the Executive Board of the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc., where she serves as First Vice President. She also remains active in the writing community in the Dayton, Ohio, area where she’s a founding member of the critique group The Plot Sisters (est. 2012) and has served as a panelist at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton.
Traci has a master’s degree in business, a bachelor’s degree in science education, and has earned teaching certifications in several science fields including physics, astronomy, and earth science. She’s curious about all things beyond the physical world such as aliens, reincarnation, and psychic abilities, making them among her favorite writing topics.
Traci’s writing has earned several awards, including Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Silver Medalist in Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror E-book; National Indie Excellence Award (NIEA) Winner in Science Fiction; NIEA Finalist in New Adult; and Finalist for the Independent Author Network (IAN) Science Fiction Book of the Year. When not busy writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her family.
20 April 2019 Presentation: Power of Vivid Imagery
Laurel Thomas will walk you through the craft of building riveting and emotionally rich stories through effective imagery. Join us for interactive exercises that help build your own palette of sensory images that show instead of tell.
A former high school English teacher, Laurel Thomas has written for magazines such as Guideposts, Mysterious Ways and others. In addition to her first published novel, River’s Call, Laurel has ghosted nonfiction and edited others. Check out her website at www.laurelannthomas.org
Saturday MARCH 16, 2019 PROGRAM
Jesse Sauer will present "In favor of a poetics of impermanence."He will discuss the relationship between poetry and time, and conduct a few poetry writing exercises
Jesse Sauer is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Poetry, After spending two years teaching in China, he came to Oklahoma where he obtained a Master's Degree in TESOL from OCU. Currently, he is a senior instructor in ESL.
Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.
Saturday February16, 2019
Speaker: Chad Reynolds co- founder of Pennycandy Books - an OKC children’s book publisher.
Chad Reynolds presents - Some Thoughts on Writing and Publishing for Kids.
Chad Reynolds is the co-founder of Short Order Poems and Penny Candy Books. A graduate of the MFA program at Emerson College in Boston, he has published five poetry chapbooks. Penny Candy Books is an independent children’s book publishing company based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Savannah, Georgia with a mission is to publish children's literature that reflects the diverse realities of the world we live in, both at home and abroad.
January Speaker: Lou Berney will be discussing his new novel, November Road, and the research he did for it. So maybe a title along the lines of, NOVEMBER ROAD AND THE JFK ASSASSINATION: FACT AND FICTION. Berney is the best-selling author of the novels NOVEMBER ROAD (named one of the best books of 2018 by the Washington Post), THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE (winner of the Edgar Award), WHIPLASH RIVER, and GUTSHOT STRAIGHT, all from William Morrow. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as THE NEW YORKER, PLOUGHSHARES, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Oklahoma City University.
Saturday, 15 December 2018
Speaker: Timothy L. Trujillo
Subject: "What Makes a Writer"
natural healthcare provider, educator and author. He has written poetry for an anthology in Los Angeles, organizational newsletters, correspondence, magazine articles, a book, and many Facebook posts.
He is a graduate and former instructor at Gil Boyne’s Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles and served as an Examiner for the American Council of Hypnotists Examiners. He maintains private practice in Oklahoma City, where he is also Director of First Medicines. He is a popular presenter at expos, conferences, and schools. A lifelong entertainer and performer, his presentations are imbued with enthusiasm, humor, and rich storytelling rooted in deep compassion for those who suffer.
November program - 2018 OKC Contest winners
Topic: Contest winners
16 June 2018
Kathleen GibbsJune speaker, Kathleen Gibbs. Her topic, "The Journey of Kathleen Gibbs," is a play on the title of one of her books, "Journey of the Cheyenne Warrior" and covers her adventures in marketing her books across several states and several years.
Kathy has a Bachelor’s Degree in language arts from theUniversity of Oklahoma and a Master’s Degree in Southwestern Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma. She was a high school teacher for 30 years, worked for the Oklahoma Historical Society in Photo Archives for two years, and was State President of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society for four years. She is a member of Western Writers of America and lives in Bethany.
As a teacher, she taught English, German, ancient history, world and state geography, humanities, and journalism. Other endeavors include being an archaeologist, a traveler, writer, mother of three, grandmother of eight, and recently great-grandmother of one.
She bends many fascinating details with true historical events in her writings.
Her first published historical novel, Journey of the Cheyenne Warrior , began her writing career and her second book, Last Real Cowboy , was recently published. This book ties in well with the recent celebration of the 150th anniversary of the ChisholmTail and the 125th anniversary next September of the Cherokee Outlet Land Run in 1893.
August 18, 2018 OCWI meeting: Book Publishing: From Start to Finish
Melanie Larson will discuss what happens after a manuscript has been accepted for publication. She has worked as an editor at Nicci Jordan Hubert Editorial for a number of years and has edited for several publishers since she graduated from Abilene University with a degree in journalism.
Nicci Jordan Hubert Editorial, located in New York City, is a team of professional substantive editors and copy editors who have served many critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors.
JACK BURGOS —JULY 2018-
Short fiction is in high demand. Indie publications are always looking for short stories to publish in collections called anthologies, but the process of submitting to an anthology can be confusing and, at times, frustrating. Jack Burgos, editor for ‘A Murder of Storytellers’, explains how indie publishers seek out new authors, form relationships with them, and help to develop careers. This talk will cover how to find and submit to an anthology and, most importantly, how to hold open the door to publication.
Jack Burgos is a 34-year-old author of transgressive, speculative fiction living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Colombian and Cuban immigrants. He graduated cum laude from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2007, with a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Philosophy, a Political Science minor, and a concentration in Creative Writing. He graduated with an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tulsa in 2013. Jack co-founded the writing critique group Nevermore Edits in 2012, through which he continues to improve his craft. His work has been published in Happy Days, Sweetheart, Beyond the Nightlight, Now Playing in Theater B, Dark and Dangerous Things III, The Book of Blasphemous Words, and Terror in 16-Bits. He edited Broken Worlds and The Misbehaving Dead published by A Murder of Storytellers . His debut series Stormborn debuted on May 1, 2017, with its first novella, 13 Hearts to Start a Storm . The second book in the series, The Knave and the Fool, comes out in June 2018.
Jack serves as the webmaster for the Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc. and as the Vice President for Nevermore Edit . When he isn't engaged in writing-related activities, Jack proudly works as a home-based counselor for a non-profit agency with at-risk youth.