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).

January Meeting

The Norman Galaxy of Writers 2016 Contest winners will read their winning entries. 

2016 Galaxy Contest Winners
From left to right: Shelley Anne Richter, Barbara Shepherd, Lisbeth McCarty, Mary Brannon, Rebel Sowell,  Michael Whaley, Mary Payne.

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 ( or Kathleen (

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!

November Speaker: Deborah Chester

The November 2016 Galaxy speaker will be Debora Chester.

The internationally published, award-winning author of over 40 novels, Deborah Chester has written Regency romances, historical romances, young adult, science fiction, and fantasy. She is a tenured professor of professional writing in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches novel and short story writing.

She holds a B.A. with General Honors and an M.A. in Journalism; both degrees are from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied professional writing from author/teachers Jack M. Bickham, Robert L. Duncan, and Pulitzer-nominee Carolyn Hart. Chester has been writing professionally since 1978, and used two pseudonyms – Jay D. Blakeney and Sean Dalton – for some of her early science fiction.

In 2004, she was inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America.

Visit her website here:

July 2016

Tom Barczak will talk about building a career as a writer. He has published several fantasy books. Of one of them, Veil of the Dragon, he says, “My background is an artist, turned architect, turned author, who’s finally getting around to writing those stories I started on my front porch as a kid. It’s a story I've been trying to tell all along, in my paintings, with my poetry, and even before that, just sitting around the table with my friends, slaying dragons.”
  Tom is going to tell us more about writing and how he’s building his career as a writer. We know him as a past president of Galaxy, a busy dad of three really great boys, and a friend, always ready to help. Bring your notebooks and be ready to learn some tips about building a writing career.
  His second novel, Mouth of the Dragon, Prophecy of the Evarun, is scheduled for release by Perseid Press in summer/fall 2016.
Kathleen Park

April 2016

This month’s meeting will feature a special panel discussion of the books and other resources these members have found important to their development as writers.
  Linda Basinger will discuss particular aspects of fiction writing (like deep point of view!) and quote from some of her resources.
  Mary Payne will share not only the various trails she had to find and follow in researching her nonfiction two-volume book, Adoption’s Hidden History, but also some of her favorite books on writing.
  Shelley Anne Richter will discuss some of her resources in her success as a screenwriter.
  Tom Barczak, who has published Veil of the Dragon, a fantasy, as well as many short stories, will tell us about his favorite books that have helped him as a writer in the fantasy genre.
  Prepare to take notes as these seasoned writers comment on how certain books and resources have informed, guided, and inspired their writing. The atmosphere will be informal, and you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions about helpful books on various aspects of writing.

February Meeting

Jeff Provine grew up on his family’s Land Run farm north of Enid, Oklahoma. He published his first novel, the steampunk Celestial Voyages, when he was 19 years old. After completing his Master’s, he began teaching Composition, History, and, an original class he developed, The History of Comic Books. Provine began the OU Ghost Tour on Halloween of 2009, which has become an official tour for the university and prompted him to begin writing collections of local folklore. He has since published Campus Ghosts of Norman (2013), Haunted Norman, Oklahoma (2014), and Haunted Guthrie, Oklahoma (2015). Provine also writes fiction, such as his young adult Dawn on the Infinity, and maintains an online presence with his webcomic, The Academy, an alternate history blog, and very short stories on Twitter.