July 2021 Speaker Event

 WHERE: Virtual, via Zoom (link provided by emailing galaxy-info@narda.net. Please put “Galaxy Registration” in the subject line. We look forward to seeing you!

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. on July 10, 2021


Ginny Myers Sain, author of Dark and Shallow Lies (TYA novel available 8-31-21 from Razorbill/ Penguin), comes from a long line of writers, but her first love has always been the theatre. She has a degree in theatre and has spent most of her career teaching acting and directing plays and musicals. Ginny currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her teenage son and a very cowardly Doberman named Shipley. When she is not working in the theatre or writing, you're likely to find her listening to true crime podcasts, taking pictures of alligators, eating tacos, or planning a trip to Walt Disney World. Ginny will talk about how to use physical action in our writing. 

 Meeting via Zoom: 10:00 a.m. on June 12, 2021 

Barbara Shepherd, an award-winning writer, will discuss the business side of writing. Her website is:

www.barbarashepherd.com


Join us to hear Detective Kellie Robertson speak about police procedures.

WHERE: Virtual, via Zoom (link provided to members and those interested in the program closer in time to the event. If you would like to be sent the link and are not currently on the list, please contact Cuethelight@cox.net).

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. on May 8, 2021

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WHAT: Join us to hear Mary Payne speak (general content of speech below in the bio).

WHERE: Virtual, via Zoom (link provided to members and those interested in the program closer in time to the event. If you would like to be sent the link and are not currently on the list, please contact Cuethelight@cox.net).

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. on April 10, 2021

Galaxy member Mary Payne will facilitate our April program, where we will talk about our favorite books. "Many people have a special book they read over and over when life gets tough. We'd love to hear about yours! Please volunteer to tell us about it," Mary said.

The main presentation will center on how to promote your manuscript, even before it's ready to launch. As authors -- whether you're using a traditional publisher or publishing independently -- must do a lot of our own marketing, so find out what you can do to make your launch a success. Book bloggers (reviewers) are the new gatekeepers. You'll learn how to find them. And there's one easy thing you can do immediately that will help you in the future. Join us at the ZOOM meeting for details.

Mary Payne has a B.A. from Phillips University and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She's the author of a two-volume set of books, Adoption's Hidden History. Her new website is https://www.marypayneauthor.com.


 WHAT: Join us to hear Jennifer Oakley Denslow speak (general content of speech below in the bio).

WHERE: Virtual, via Zoom (link provided to members and those interested in closer time to the event. If you would like to be sent the link and are not currently on the list, please contact Cuethelight@cox.net).

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. on March 13, 2021

Jennifer Oakley Denslow is a poet and author of the historical novel, An Ignorance of Means, written during National Novel Writing Month and self-published Rapier Wit, the first book in her cozy mystery series about a small-town drama teacher, will be released in March. 

No matter how solitary the act of writing a novel may be, publishing a novel is a team effort requiring the input of beta readers and editors in order to offer the reader the best story possible. Jennifer is a career theater educator whose experience in directing plays and coaching forensics has given her unique insight into the value of asking for and applying critiques. In this session, you’ll learn how to identify the feedback you need, ask the right people to provide it, and apply the advice you receive to make your novel the best it can be before you publish.

Jennifer lives in northeast Oklahoma with her husband in a house with over 5,000 books, none of which both of them want to read.



 WHAT: Join us to hear the winning writers from the 2020 NGW Writing contest read their winning pieces.

WHERE: Virtual, via Zoom (link provided to members and those interested in closer time to the event. If you would like to be sent the link and are not currently on the list, please contact Cuethelight@cox.net).

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. on February 13, 2021.



 WHAT: Join us to hear Amy Brewer, a senior literary agent.

WHERE: Virtual, via Zoom (link provided to members closer and those interested in closer time to the event).

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. on January 9, 2021.

BIO: Amy Brewer wears many hats everyday, from senior literary agent at Metamorphosis, to co-author of the Texting Prince Charming series, to social media manager, and yoga teacher. Her intuitive human understanding can help other writers bridge the communication gap and jump into the publishing world. Her experience in the mental health field and yoga training help her guide and assist clients with stress and anxiety in this highly competitive industry. All of this is pulled together with a multi-tasking and hyper-organized brain, so that at the end of every day she feels accomplished and grateful. She is seeking captivating stories of human experience and books that touch her heart.



 2020 Holiday Zoom party!