Due to inclement weather, the original holiday has been changed as noted below!

You are cordially invited to attend the Norman Galaxy of Writers Awards Banquet!

WHEN: December 15, 2018. Dining begins at 11:00 a.m. Arrive at 10:00 a.m. if you would like to help decorate.

WHERE: The University Lutheran Church, 914 Elm Avenue, Norman, OK. Parking is available on College Street behind the church.
The Galaxy Officers are bringing meat dishes. Everyone else is welcome to bring a side dish (vegetables, bread, dessert, etc.).

                                               Hope to see you there!

On Saturday, November 10, 2018, Andrew Horton will speak to the Norman Galaxy of Writers. You and your friends are all invited! The meeting take place from 10 a.m. to-12 p.m.,  in the Lowry Room of the Norman Public Library Central, 225 N. Webster Avenue, Norman, OK.      www.ou.edu/cas/fms/faculty-staff/andrew-horton

Andrew Horton's credentials include:
  • Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma
  • Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana
  • Award-winning screenwriter
  • Author of 30 books on screenwriting, cultural studies, and film

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, Mark Twain will speak to The Norman Galaxy of Writers. Well, at least, author Dan Snell will be appearing as Mark Twain. This event will take place at the Norman Public Library, 225 North Webster, Norman, OK, Gallery Room.

Mr. Snell is in demand as Mark Twain. Here are some other venues where he will be speaking:

McFarlin Methodist Church, date TBA.

Norman Newcomers Club: October 8, 2018, 10 p.m.

Curiosity Fest by the Oklahoma Humanities Council, OKC Civil Center, October 20, 2018, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Henderson-Tolson Center, Norman, December 6, 2018.

The September speaker is Allison Lee Palmer, author of The Sun King.  This meeting will take place at the Norman Public Library, downtown Norman, 225 North Webster, Norman, OK, September 8, 2018, in one of the meeting rooms.


Kris Lackey will be the speaker on August 11, 2018, at the meeting of The Norman Galaxy of Writers. The meeting take place from 10 a.m. to-12 p.m., at the University Lutheran Church at 914 Elm. The church is on the corner of Elm and Lindsey and parking is in the back on College street. 

Kris has been published in Wisconsin Review, The Missouri Review, and Cimarron Review. He has also written the novel Nail's Crossing. His website is: https://krislackey.com/about-kris/

In July, Amy Miller and Peggy Frazier Doviak will be presenters. Bios/photos received are below:

Amy Miller, who uses the nickname AEM to sign her books, is the author of the Endeavor Series and other random literature.  While it’s rumored that she’s a homeschooling mama of 4 and wife of a dude who works with computers, most of the time she’s spotted with her nose in a book or clicking away on a laptop.  Her main fantasy series, based in Oklahoma, blends old and new magical creatures and themes.  Because seriously, the kind of bra worn while riding a dragon is important, ya’ll.  Currently she’s working on book 5, Fervent Desolation.   

When Peggy Doviak’s mother got taken to the cleaners by an unscrupulous stock broker, Peggy got mad. She was so angry that she changed careers from corporate training to financial planning because she wanted to ensure that what happened to her mother never happened to anyone else. She has been committed to putting her clients first through a fiduciary relationship from the first day, not even knowing then that her position was optional and unpopular to many so-called financial advisers. But she’s learned a lot. She earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM practitioner designation and went on to earn a Master’s in Finance with an emphasis in Financial Analysis even though she already had a Ph.D. in education. Active in her profession, Peggy works with financial literacy organizations, hosts a Knowledge Circle for the Financial Planning Association, wrote a recurring column for the Journal of Financial Planning, and is a member of the Women in Finance (WIN) Initiative of the CFP Board. She is a consumer advocate for fair financial practices both locally and nationally through her membership on the Legislative and Regulatory Issues Committee of FPA, and she enjoys meeting with lawmakers in Washington, DC. However, perhaps Peggy’s greatest shaping of the profession has come through staying in education. She has taught literally thousands of financial advisers in classes covering advanced certifications, the preparatory curriculum for the CFP exam, and master’s level courses in financial planning. Although Peggy Doviak can’t keep every consumer safe, she keeps trying.

The June presentation at Galaxy will be Susan Cogan talking about Journaling. Keeping a diary is a perfectly good thing to do, but there are three kinds of journals that writers should consider keeping. #1 is a bullet journal. This type of journal helps to organize your time and your ideas. Busy people often keep a day planner which is very helpful but planners are not specific to writers and the needs of creative people. #2 is, for want of a better term, a "Journal-Journal." This is a journal for discussion, daydreams, and brainstorms. It can be a repository for anything from movie reviews to unhinged rants. Journal #3 is called a "Commonplace Journal." In this journal, you keep snips and bits of ideas, pictures, things torn out of the newspaper or random quotes you find here and there. Cogan will discuss how to set up each kind of journal and how to roll them all into one, if that is what works best for you.  The meeting is June 9, 2018, with the meeting beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the University Lutheran Church, 914 Elm Street, Norman, OK, with parking on the west side off of College street. Hope to see you there!