July 2016

Tom Barczak will talk about building a career as a writer. He has published several fantasy books. Of one of them, Veil of the Dragon, he says, “My background is an artist, turned architect, turned author, who’s finally getting around to writing those stories I started on my front porch as a kid. It’s a story I've been trying to tell all along, in my paintings, with my poetry, and even before that, just sitting around the table with my friends, slaying dragons.”
  Tom is going to tell us more about writing and how he’s building his career as a writer. We know him as a past president of Galaxy, a busy dad of three really great boys, and a friend, always ready to help. Bring your notebooks and be ready to learn some tips about building a writing career.
  His second novel, Mouth of the Dragon, Prophecy of the Evarun, is scheduled for release by Perseid Press in summer/fall 2016.
Kathleen Park

April 2016


This month’s meeting will feature a special panel discussion of the books and other resources these members have found important to their development as writers.
  Linda Basinger will discuss particular aspects of fiction writing (like deep point of view!) and quote from some of her resources.
  Mary Payne will share not only the various trails she had to find and follow in researching her nonfiction two-volume book, Adoption’s Hidden History, but also some of her favorite books on writing.
  Shelley Anne Richter will discuss some of her resources in her success as a screenwriter.
  Tom Barczak, who has published Veil of the Dragon, a fantasy, as well as many short stories, will tell us about his favorite books that have helped him as a writer in the fantasy genre.
  Prepare to take notes as these seasoned writers comment on how certain books and resources have informed, guided, and inspired their writing. The atmosphere will be informal, and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions about helpful books on various aspects of writing.

February Meeting

Jeff Provine grew up on his family’s Land Run farm north of Enid, Oklahoma. He published his first novel, the steampunk Celestial Voyages, when he was 19 years old. After completing his Master’s, he began teaching Composition, History, and, an original class he developed, The History of Comic Books. Provine began the OU Ghost Tour on Halloween of 2009, which has become an official tour for the university and prompted him to begin writing collections of local folklore. He has since published Campus Ghosts of Norman (2013), Haunted Norman, Oklahoma (2014), and Haunted Guthrie, Oklahoma (2015). Provine also writes fiction, such as his young adult Dawn on the Infinity, and maintains an online presence with his webcomic, The Academy, an alternate history blog, and very short stories on Twitter.

October News

Scholarship Opportunity 
shared by Lisbeth McCarty:

I thought I would pass along the information below for any of you or your children or your children’s children or your friends/nieces/nephews, etc., (you get the idea) for this scholarship:
Who DOESN’T like free money?!?

What college student couldn’t use a little more dough?  COM is once again participating in the Mensa Education and Research Foundation’s scholarship program and we invite applications for scholarships in this year’s program.  The only eligibility requirements are that the applicant will be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited American institution of post-secondary education in the 2016-2017 academic year and that the applicant is a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.  

Awards will be made on the basis of an essay of fewer than 550 words, which describes the applicant’s career, vocational, or academic goal toward which the scholarship is to provide aid.  Entries will be judged and awarded at three levels: local, regional, and national.  More information and an online application can be found at: http://www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships/. All entries must be submitted online by January 15, 2016.  

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OU GHOST TOUR 
by Lisbeth McCarty:

A private ghost tour for Friday, October 16, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at OU.   This is a 75-minute walking tour, so you can combine getting a little exercise with learning about some of the eerie history of OU!  
**PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND A DIFFERENT TOUR FROM WHICH YOU'VE REGISTERED WITHOUT NOTIFYING THE VISITOR CENTER. Attendance is capped for safety and enjoyment. **
Tours depart from Parrington Oval, in front of Reynolds Performing Arts Center (a.k.a Holmberg Hall) at the following times:  6:30 p.m.

TOUR INFORMATION
~ Walking tour of approx. 75 min. in length
~ Free parking after 5pm on campus (see below), no visitor parking permit required
~ The same campus lighting exists as for any after-dark game, concert or activity. If you feel the need for extra lighting at your feet while walking, feel free to bring a flashlight.
~ Mobility equipment is not provided by OU and is the responsibility of the individual.
~ If tour is cancelled due to inclement weather, you may be contacted about a make-up tour. Otherwise you may register for a later tour, if space is available.
~ Free to the public. Accepting donations benefiting Children’s Advocacy Centers of Oklahoma

PARKING:
~ Parrington Oval
~ Commuter Lots on University Ave. near Boyd St.
~ Elm Avenue Parking Facility.
~ No Visitor Parking Permit is needed after 5pm.

FOR FURTHER QUESTIONS: visitor-center@ou.edu
COMPLETE VISITOR INFO:
visit.ou.edu


Photos from May 2015 Meeting

Shelley Anne Richter bedazzled us with song writing for profit.
Barbara Shepherd answered Lisbeth McCarty's  trick question, who wrote Patsy Cline's song Crazy? She got something "screwy" when she said Wiley Nelson.
Mary Brannon gave her kitty kat concoction to raffle winner Cindy Noble.