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!

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At the May, 12, 2018, meeting of the Norman Galaxy of Writers, Galaxy members who won an award from the 2018 Oklahoma Writer's Federation, Inc., annual contest will read their winning entries. Some of the readers will also share the comments by judges. Those winners are: Barbara Shepherd, Mary Flowers, Brannon, and Lisbeth L. McCarty (all pictured below). Another winner (not pictured) is Shelley Ann Richter.  The meeting will take place at 10:00 a.m. at University Lutheran Church, 914 Elm Street, Norman, OK, with parking on the west side off of College street. We are hoping all the OWFI Galaxy winners are able to attend. To see who won in which category, click on "Galaxy Blog" on this web page. Hope to see you at the May meeting!


Susan Cogan, the 2018 President of the Norman Galaxy of Writers, explained the next club meeting on Saturday, April 14, 2018:


The April program is you!


This month's program will be a "pop up" contest. Over the last months, we've had three writing prompts in the Write Line. 1. Use an animal as a metaphor. 2. A peacock walks through the door. What happens next? 3. Eavesdropper: Write about a conversation you’ve overheard. If you have used these prompts, we are especially interested in hearing your work. If you haven't, no problem! Bring something short--1000 words or so--that you've written on any topic. If you write poetry, bring a couple of poems. You will have ballots to vote for your favorites and we'll tally at the end to see who won!  There will be some kind of prize for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 



The Norman Galaxy of Writers will meet on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Norman Public Library, downtown, in Room A-B. The speaker will be Susan Cogan, discussing "Further Adventures in Blogging" Susan will be teaching all of us how to create our own web blog. If possible, please bring a laptop or tablet with you. Susan will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a blog.





The Norman Galaxy of Writers will meet on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at University Lutheran Church, 914 Elm Street, Norman, OK, with parking on the west side off of College street. The speaker will be Lisbeth L. McCarty, discussing her latest book, "The Mental States of Murderesses." The book is a State-by-State look at female killers throughout the United States.