January, 2018, Meeting At the January meeting of the Norman Galaxy of Writers, first-place winners will read their contest entries. If time allows, other 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 medium.com, 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 medum.com/@susanbcogan

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

May 2017 Speaker

Alicia Dean is both a freelance editor and an editor for The Wild Rose Press. She lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, and writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.
  She is the author of more than twenty-five published works under the name Ally Robertson for the Wild Rose Press suspense line. Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, and Lisa Gardner, to name just a few.
  Dean’s topic will be “Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them.”
  From her experience as an editor, she will alert us to some of the issues she sees in submissions.
• Filter Words (words that distance readers from the emotion and action (fewer of these will help make your writing more ‘showing’ vs ‘telling’).
• Head Hopping (switching points of view in scenes).
• Dangling & Misplaced Modifiers (what they are and how to be rid of them).

• Unnecessary words and phrases (ways to tighten your writing by eliminating them).

December 10 meeting at 11 a.m.

December potluck & Awards Ceremony: 
  At this potluck meeting we congratulate our contest winners, confirm a new slate of officers, invite our spouses and friends, and show off our best potluck dishes to share. Our outgoing president, Sherry Bynum, will bring one of the main dishes, roast turkey, and the incoming president, Shawn Bynum, will bring the brisket.
  Of course, water and coffee will be available, but if you want to bring soda, tea, or lemonade, please do. Your side dishes, salads, and desserts will make it all memorable.
  If you can help decorate, please contact Sherry (shebyn@sbcglobal.net) or Kathleen (katie.talks@gmail.com).

The next meeting will be on December 10, 2016 at 11 a.m 
University Lutheran Church, 914 Elm (Park at the back off College St.).
Join us and bring guests!