Galaxy Meeting, Saturday, August 8, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., via Zoom.

Norman Galaxy of Writers member Susan Cogan will speak about journaling.  

June 13, 2020, Meeting, 10 a.m.:

The updated rules for the annual contest of the Norman Galaxy of Writers will be discussed during the business meeting. Tom Barzak will be the featured speaker. The entire meeting is via Zoom, and Galaxy members will be sent a Zoom invitation.

Thomas Barczak is an artist, turned architect, turned author. His work includes the epic fantasy fantasy novels, Veil of the Dragon, and Mouth of the Dragon, the Kindle serial, Awakening Evarun, along with work in multiple anthologies, including the award winning Heroes on Hell series, created by Janet and Chris Morris. His latest published work is the short story “Souls of a Lion,” in the anthology “Heroika: Skirmishers.”

In regard to his Galaxy topic, Mr. Barczsk said:

Well, all I can say is its 2020.

Not a bad year for me so far. Got another short story published and in print. Hoping to finish my third novel by years end. I was hoping I’d already be done by now, but I’ve found that it has been increasingly hard to write lately.

So how does one write best in a pandemic, recession, political division, protests, increased racial tension, job loss, financial insecurity, murder hornets, and all the other, what are now, more seemingly mundane insecurities?

And what does it mean to write your best?

What is best?

Well, I personally believe it all comes down to the willingness to write badly. I’m also pretty sure I’m not the only one walking through this right now. I’ll share my experience and tips with all of this, but I also want to hear yours.

I have a feeling that together, we might just find the answer.

May 9, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.

The May 9, 2020, Norman Galaxy of Writers Meeting will be via ZOOM.

Writers Cindy Noble, Kathleen Park, and Sherry Bynum will serve on a panel. Each member will share a few techniques that made them AK, “Did I do that in my novel?” The presentation will include techniques that these writers have learned from one or two writing instructors who are also published authors. Members will be sent a link to the ZOOM meeting. Hope you can join us!

Retail, Library, Shelving, Market, Volumes, Books
The April 11, 2020, meeting of the Norman Galaxy of Writers (NGW) will be via Zoom due to people sheltering at home because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting, due to number restraints, will only be available to actual members of NGW (those who have paid dues). After a short business meeting, winning entries which were not read previously will be read aloud by the authors. The current NGW President will be e-mailing information to members a few days before the meeting about how to use Zoom.
 The March 14, 2020 Meeting has been CANCELLED!
Due to the evolving and uncertain COVID-19 situation, the board has cancelled
this Saturday's meeting in order to protect our members.

We will reschedule Sherry Bynum's interactive workshop for a date
later this year. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it develops.

You are invited to come to the next Galaxy of Writers meeting to participate in an interactive presentation by Sherry Bynum.

WHEN: March 14, 2020. Business meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. The readings will begin at 11:00 a.m. Feel free to attend both sessions or just the reading session.

WHERE: Norman Public Library Central, 103 West Acres Street, Norman, OK

Sherry Bynum is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor. She is a retired professional educator and School Counselor. She has served twice as the President of the Oklahoma Counseling Association (OCA), and three times as President of Oklahoma Association of Addiction Counselors, a division of the Oklahoma Counselors Association, she also served as OCA’s Newsletter Editor twice. Sherry had a private counseling practice from 2005 to February 2018.

Sherry wrote her first children’s book when she was in the fourth grade. Her mother helped her mail it to Golden Books. Sherry said, "That was my first rejection. The editor sent me a personal letter, encouraging me to continue writing. The way he addressed me made me feel encouraged and quite grown up."

After she started college and continued through post graduate work, Sherry didn’t start writing fiction again until after the death of parents, who died a little more than a month apart. Sherry started writing as a way to deal with her grief. 

After several months of writing, she decided she needed to learn from professional writers. This was a turning point. Once again, Sherry enrolled in classes.   She has taken professional writing classes with Bonnie Speer, Jack Bickham, Mel Odom, and Debbie Chester. Sherry is a published author and winner of writing contests.

Sherry has presented interactive workshops at the national, state and region levels of her        professional organizations. This will be Sherry’s second interactive presentation to the Norman Galaxy of Writers, as well as a 3 hour interactive workshop with Galaxy members several years ago. She also used interactive exercises when working with her large and small counseling groups.

Sherry said, "We all learn differently. This presentation will give members and guests an opportunity to continue to grow as writers, published individuals who have been writing, and new writers.

Interactive exercises empower writers to be mindful or aware of the five senses, and the importance of experiences, and memories."
You are invited to come to the Norman Galaxy of Writers February 8, 2020, meeting to hear the 2019 writing contest winners read their winning entries.

WHEN: February, 8, 2020. Business meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. The readings will begin at 11:00 a.m. Feel free to attend both sessions or just the reading session.

WHERE: Norman Public Library Central, 103 West Acres Street, Norman, OK 

                                          December Holiday Party and Awards Banquet
WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2019. Decorating begins at 10:00 a.m., but the party starts at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: University Lutheran Church at 914 Elm. 
 The church is on the corner of Elm and Lindsey, although parking is in the back on                             College street. Hope to see you there!