The Norman Galaxy of Writers will meet on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at University Lutheran Church, 914 Elm Street, Norman, OK, with parking on the west side off of College street. The speaker will be Lisbeth L. McCarty, discussing her latest book, "The Mental States of Murderesses." The book is a State-by-State look at female killers throughout the United States.

The January 13, 2018, meeting will take place at University Lutheran Church, 914 Elm Avenue, Norman, OK. Park in the back of the church, off College Street. Meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. Hope to see you there!
January, 2018, Meeting: At the January meeting of the Norman Galaxy of Writers, all of the first-place winners who are available will read their contest entries. If time allows, second and third-place winners will also read.

Galaxy at OKC Writers Contest

The Norman Galaxy of Writers had a great showing today at the OKC Writers contest!

Our wins were: 
  • Juvenile Story: Sky Lucking, 2nd Honorable Mention; Barbara Shepherd, 1st Honorable Mention; Mary Brannon, 2nd place
  • Short Story: Barbara Shepherd, 1st place
  • Flash Fiction, Lisbeth L. McCarty, 3rd place; Barbara Shepherd, 2nd place
  • Feature: Barbara Shepherd, Honorable Mention; Lisbeth L, McCarty, 3rd place; Sylvia Forbes, 1st place
  • Essay: Mary Brannon, 3rd place
  • Short Story: Lisbeth L. McCarty, 1st Honorable Mention
  • Inspiration: Sylvia Forbes, Honorable Mention

Holiday and Awards Party

On December 9, 2017, the Norman Galaxy of Writers ("Galaxy") members and friends will gather at 11:00 a.m. for our annual Holiday and Awards Party. Galaxy provides the proteins (prepared by Sherry Bynum and our 2017 President Shawn Bynum), and the rest of us bring a side dish or dessert to enjoy. The location is the Lutheran Church, 914 Elm Street, Norman, OK, and parking is behind the church, off College Street. Hope to see you there!

In November, 2017, Sherry Bynum spoke to our group about mindfulness and how that can relate to writing. Her speech involved actions using chocolate kisses, Skittles, and peanuts. She ran out of time to deal with the toothpicks we all had at our stations. What do you think was the purpose of the toothpicks?
On October 14, 2017, Susan Cogan will be the featured writer talking to the Norman Galaxy of Writers. Please join us at 10:30 a.m. at the University Lutheran Church, 914 Elm Street, Norman, OK. There is no charge. Parking is not on Elm Street but on the street directly west of the church.  Hope to see you there!

How to make money blogging while having some fun
Susan Brassfield Cogan will talk about the ins and outs of blogging, especially focused on, an on-line platform open to writers on hundreds of topics. Cogan will share tips and tricks and wisdom she learned mostly by accident and with lots of trial and error. She blogs at

Cogan is a full-time writer, has 30 years’ experience in graphic design, occasionally dabbles in art, and is a CTI Life Coach. She is the author of many novels: The Man Who Needed Killing, an Oklahoma Mystery, Black Jade Dragon, Dragon Sword, and Dragon Rising.  She is also the author of The Last Gift, Heart of the Tengeri, and Murder on the Waterfront. Her nonfiction works include: Hands of the Buddha, The Buddha’s Three Jewels, Rewriting the Buddha and The Pocket Darwin. She has also written numerous award-winning short stories.


The Bonnie Spears Creme de la Creme Award

The Bonnie Speer Creme de la Creme Award goes to the highest scoring entry in any of the six categories of the annual contest in the Norman Galaxy of Writers. The prize was first given in 2001, and below are the winners with the name of their entry and category to date. As of this time, Francis Searcey is the only writer who has won the award twice.

The Norman Galaxy of Writers' Annual Contest

Entries are due no later than Saturday, October 14, 2017. See Contest tab for more details