October Norman Galaxy of Writers Speaker Meeting
When: Saturday, October 12, 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.
Please note the new temporary location while the library is in the process of moving to the new building:
Where: West Wind UU Congregation, 1309 Boyd Street, Norman, OK
Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!


Deborah Chester is the internationally published author of 44 books, a few articles, and short stories. Deborah has written in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, nonfiction, historical romance, Regency romance, horror, young adult, and westerns. Her pseudonyms include Lewis Kern, Sean Dalton, C. Aubrey Hall, and Jay D. Blakeney.

In 1981, her young adult novel The Sign of the Owl was named to the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list. She was the 1985 Oklahoma Writer of the Year and was inducted into the Oklahoma Professional Writing Hall of Fame in 1994. She was honored by the Writers Hall of Fame of America in 2004.

Her nonfiction titles on writing technique include The Fantasy Fiction Formula, Fiction Formula Plotting, and Fiction Formula Plotting Practice. Her western novel Justice at Percha Creek is available from Amazon.com, and most of her fantasy and science fiction titles are available in digital format.

Deborah teaches Professional Writing in Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma where she is the John Crain Presidential Professor.





September Norman Galaxy of Writers Speaker Meeting
When: Saturday, September 14, 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.
Please note the new temporary location while the library is in the process of moving to the new building:
Where: West Wind UU Congregation, 1309 Boyd Street, Norman, OK
Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!


                     Chris Carter Shows How To Perfect That Short Story

“Literary Structures: Deep, Deep, and Deeper.” That’s what we’ll discover by following Dr. Chris Carter’s lead through Katherine Mansfield’s story “The Daughters of the late Colonel.” He will illustrate several of the kinds of structure at work in a piece of fiction. And you’ll have your own copy to do it with at the meeting. But before that, you can download and read the story on Google.
“We will find structures more or less on the surface, measurable by clock and calendar, and we will find deeper psychological and archetypal structures, not so easily marked off by any standard,” Chris promises us. “But even the comparatively shallow structures involve time, and nothing has deeper roots than our sense of time. Mansfield is particular good at crafting a story using some of all of this.” And maybe you will be, too, after spending time with Chris Carter.

Chris Carter is from Oklahoma City and a graduate of OU. Although his work took him to several other states, for the past six years, he’s been at the University of Oklahoma, lecturing in the Department of English and the Osher Lifelong Learning institute.

Perfect That Short Story for the Contest—Chris Carter Shows How
“Literary Structures: Deep, Deep, and Deeper.” That’s what we’ll discover by following Dr.
Chris Carter’s lead through Katherine Mansfield’s story “The Daughters of the late Colonel.”
He’ll illustrate several of the kinds of structure at work in a piece of fiction. And you’ll have
your own copy to do it with at the meeting. But before that, you can download and read it on
Google.
“We will find structures more or less on the surface, measurable by clock and calendar, and we
will find deeper psychological and archetypal structures, not so easily marked off by any
standard,” Chris promises us. “But even the comparatively shallow structures involve time, and
nothing has deeper roots than our sense of time. Mansfield is particular good at crafting a story
using some of all of this.” And maybe you will be, too, after spending time with Chris Carter.
Chris Carter is from Oklahoma City and a graduate of OU. But his many kinds and places of
work took him to several other states. For the past six years, though, he’s been back at the
University of Oklahoma, lecturing in the Department of English and the Osher Lifelong Learning
institute.
September 14 is the date, ten to noon, the time. The Central Library is in the process of moving
into its new digs. So, our meeting this month and the next will be at the West Wind UU
Congregation, 1609 W. Boyd.


August Norman Galaxy of Writers Meeting:

When: Saturday, August 10, 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!


Award-winning author Barbara Shepherd  will be presenting,“Secrets from the Contest Queen,” and answering the question: Why should anyone enter writing contests? She will share tips on what to enter and in which categories, what not to enter, why rules are so important, how to handle critiques, how to make the best use of your time, and forms she designed to keep track of submissions, contest entries, and awards.


Barbara is the recipient of more than 350 writing awards in local, regional, national, and international contests for fiction, non-fiction, screenplay, stage play, and poetry. She is the 2019 Poetry Society of Oklahoma Poet Laureate, has won the American Christian Writers’ Writer of the Year (twice), received a Readers Choice Award from miller’s pond, the Bonnie Speer Crème de la Crème award from Norman Galaxy of Writers (two years in a row), and a Crème de la Crème  award from Mid-Oklahoma Writers. She has been a Finalist for OWFI’s Crème de la Crème award ten times, won the Rose State Writers Conference 2016 Outstanding Author award, and was the 2017 Poet for Oklahoma State Fair’s Voice of the Fair. Her stage play received an award and was performed in the Stillwater Short Play Festival. She is also a Woody Guthrie Poet, a former Nominee for Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma, and an Honorary Life Member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Her website is: www.barbarashepherd.com

  
Her books include: River Bend, The Potbelly Pig Promise, Voices in Time, Vittles and Vignettes, A Centennial Celebration of Oklahoma Stories, Imagination Turned Loose, Beads on a String -- Peace, Joy, and Love, and Patchwork Skin. She is also published in anthologies, literary journals, and magazines.