July

July Norman Galaxy of Writers Meeting:
When: Saturday, July 13, 2019
            Business Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.
            Speaker Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m.
            Feel free to attend both or just the speaker meeting
Where: Downtown Norman Pioneer Library
             225 North Webster
Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!


Dan Snell will discuss creative nonfiction, including his failures at conveying factual information in a palatable manner, as well as his successes in publishing historical books.

June Norman Galaxy of Writers Meeting:
When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
            Business Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.
            Speaker Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m.
            Feel free to attend both or just the speaker meeting
Where: Downtown Norman Pioneer Library
             225 North Webster
Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!



Jennifer Palmer is an investigative reporter covering education for Oklahoma Watch, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet with offices in Norman and Oklahoma City. She has written a variety of watchdog stories on education topics including school choice, lunch shaming, gifted education, literacy and reading, and higher education. Her work has brought reforms like a new law on virtual charter school attendance policies and improved safeguards to prevent discrimination by private schools that accept tax credit scholarships. A reporter since graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2003, she's covered crime, courts, breaking news, schools, retail, and business, but the watchdog role suits her best. She was named Best Reporter and  took first place for education reporting in 2018 by the Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Chapter. 

Jennifer will tell us about how she got where she is today, starting as a columnist at the OU Daily to covering crime and courts at a scrappy weekly in New Mexico, to this full-time beat reporting at an investigative news outlet. She'll tell us how she takes a story from idea to published. Also, she will discuss: What is watchdog journalism? What is nonprofit news? And why does it matter?


May Norman Galaxy of Writers Meeting:

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019

            Business Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

            Speaker Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m.

            Feel free to attend both or just the speaker meeting

Where: Downtown Norman Pioneer Library

             225 North Webster

Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!

Norman Galaxy of Writers Welcomes Poet Jane Taylor for the May Meeting
The Letter Poem: Old Form/New Ways
Jane Vincent Taylor, a poet, has had her work published in  Crosstimbers, Thunder, Calyx, Chariton Review, New Plains Review, and Oklahoma Today, as well as other publications.  Not only has she published books of poetry, but she has also won prizes and fellowships, conducted workshops and seminars, and given lectures.
Jane Taylor holds a Master's Degree in Library Science (the University of Oklahoma) and a Master's Degree  in Creative Writing, from University of Central OK. She’s served as the head of Reference at UCO and currently is a librarian at Rose State.
At the May Galaxy meeting, Jane Taylor will teach attendees about Letter Poems. 

April Norman Galaxy of Writers Meeting:
When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
            Business Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.
            Speaker Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m.
            Feel free to attend both or just the speaker meeting
Where: Downtown Norman Pioneer Library
             225 North Webster
Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!

The April speaker is Sabrina A. Fish. She is the award-winning Author of the Fantasy Romance series, The Gate Keeper Chronicles, and three YA Fantasy novellas in the multi-author Shine series created by New York Times best-selling author, William Bernhardt. She proudly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. BOOMER SOONER!

Sabrina advocates being involved in the local writing community, and is the 2018 President for the Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc.(OWFI). She is an annual featured speaker at the Rose State Writing Conference and has been a panelist at Wizard World Comic Con.

Born and raised mostly in Oklahoma(ask her sometime about the three years she spent lost in a rabbit hole that looked a lot like Texas), she currently lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, son, and two cats, where she owns a trophy company and collects names for her novels from lists of award recipients. She loves all things chocolate and her husband is sweet enough to never let the candy dish near her computer become empty. When she isn't writing & promoting her novels or running her company, she can be found reading, scrapbooking, or spending quality time with her family.

To find out more about Sabrina and her books, visit her website www.SabrinaAFish.com


March Norman Galaxy of Writers Meeting:
When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
            Business Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.
            Speaker Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m.
            Feel free to attend both or just the speaker meeting
Where: Downtown Norman Pioneer Library
             225 North Webster
Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!



New York Times best-selling author William Bernhardt is the March speaker. He is the author of the Ben Kencaid series. His historical novel Nemesis:The Final Case of Eliot Ness is currently being adapted into a miniseries for NBC. He has also written a book of poetry titled The White Bird, as well as a series of books on writing fiction, plays, a musical, and children's books.

Mr. Bernhardt has received numerous writing-related awards, including the Southern Writers Guild's Gold Medal Award, the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award, and the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award.

In 2013, Mr. Berhardt won on Jeopardy!

On August 30 -- September 2, 2019, Mr. Bernhardt will host WriterCon 2019 in Oklahoma City. For more information, see: www.writercon.org. Members of the Norman Galaxy of Writers will enjoy a $45 discount for WriterCon2019.

William Bernhardt's website is: www.williambernhardt.com.



February Norman Galaxy of Writers Meeting:
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019
            Business Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.
            Speaker Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m.
            Feel free to attend both or just the speaker meeting
Where: Downtown Norman Pioneer Library
             225 North Webster
Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!


Kim Ventrella, author of Skeleton Tree
The 2019 February speaker for The Norman Galaxy of Writers is Kim Ventrella. Kim 
is the author of the middle-grade novels Skeleton Tree (2017) and Bone Hollow (2019, Scholastic Press), and she is a contributor to the upcoming New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark anthology (2020, HarperCollins). Her works explore difficult topics with big doses of humor, whimsy and hope. Kim has held a variety of interesting jobs, including children’s librarian, scare actor, Peace Corps volunteer, French instructor, and overnight staff at a women’s shelter, but her favorite job title is author. She lives in Oklahoma City with her dog and co-writer, Hera. Find out more at https://kimventrella.com/ or follow Kim on Twitter and Instagram: @KimVentrella.

Winners Onstage!

WHAT, WHEN, & WHERE: The winners of the annual Norman Galaxy of Writers contest will read their entries on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster, Norman, Oklahoma, from 10 a.m. to noon. We want to hear as many entries read as time allows, so if you won any place or Honorable Mention, please bring your entries with you to be prepared to share your writing.
Bring your friends!