October 9, 2021, Speaker Event

 WHERE: Virtual, via Zoom with link provided by emailing:

                                          galaxy-info@narda.net. Please put “Galaxy Meeting” in the subject line. Also, the meeting will be in person (wear a mask) in the Pioneer Room at the Norman downtown library. We look forward to seeing you in person or on Zoom!

TIME: 10:00 a.m.

Professor Marty Ludlum will bring his Power Point presentation on copyright and trademarks.

 

 He’s a seasoned lawyer and professor at the University of Central. In his spare time he’s an unreformed wanna-be novelist.  Pre-Covid, he enjoyed international travel. He lives in Edmond with his wife of 35 years, Kara, and spends most of his spare time spoiling his two-year-old grandson, Tommy, who is the center of the universe. He has presented various legal topics to writers' groups throughout the southwest. Professor Ludlum's fall back job is as a children's birthday party magician, in case the teaching thing does not work out.



 

September 11, 2021, Speaker Event

 WHERE: Virtual, via Zoom (link provided by emailing  writeline-ed@narda.net Please put “Galaxy Meeting” in the subject line. Also, the meeting will be in person (masked) in the Pioneer Room at the Norman downtown library. We look forward to seeing you in person or on Zoom!

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. on August 14, 2021

Darleen Bailey Beard is the author of several children’s books, including The FlimFlam Man, Twister, and The Babbs Switch Story.

 Darleen graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1986, with a degree in Professional Writing. One of her professors said “Anything worth getting is worth busting your butt over.”

 

“He was absolutely right. Everything worth getting does take a lot of hard work to achieve. I remind myself of this when I have to edit and edit and edit my books before they go to print. Writing is the easy part. But editing takes time and that’s what I’ll talk about—how to edit your manuscript to make it stronger in today’s competition. These are editing techniques that will work for all genres.”

 


 August 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 August 14, 2021

Hayley Leatherwood, managing editor of Oklahoma Living magazine, received her bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University and her master's degree from the University of Oklahoma. Hayley joined OKL in 2011 and has focused her work on design, development, and print and digital communications. Hayley has received more than 20 national awards for writing and was also named to Oklahoma's NextGen Under 30 for her work in media. Hayley is passionate about people, cooperatives, and sharing technology with others to improve user experiences.

 

She lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband Grant, and their dog, Pete. They brought their newborn daughter, Andie Jane Leatherwood, home from the hospital on Mother’s Day, 2021. 

 

Hayley will talk with us about all things Oklahoma Living and opportunities for writers to break into print with small regional trade magazines.

 


                                 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.