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. 



July

July Norman Galaxy of Writers Meeting:
When: Saturday, July 13, 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!


Dan Snell will discuss creative nonfiction, including his failures at conveying factual information in a palatable manner, as well as his successes in publishing historical books.

June Norman Galaxy of Writers Meeting:
When: Saturday, June 8, 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!



Jennifer Palmer is an investigative reporter covering education for Oklahoma Watch, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news outlet with offices in Norman and Oklahoma City. She has written a variety of watchdog stories on education topics including school choice, lunch shaming, gifted education, literacy and reading, and higher education. Her work has brought reforms like a new law on virtual charter school attendance policies and improved safeguards to prevent discrimination by private schools that accept tax credit scholarships. A reporter since graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2003, she's covered crime, courts, breaking news, schools, retail, and business, but the watchdog role suits her best. She was named Best Reporter and  took first place for education reporting in 2018 by the Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Chapter. 

Jennifer will tell us about how she got where she is today, starting as a columnist at the OU Daily to covering crime and courts at a scrappy weekly in New Mexico, to this full-time beat reporting at an investigative news outlet. She'll tell us how she takes a story from idea to published. Also, she will discuss: What is watchdog journalism? What is nonprofit news? And why does it matter?


May Norman Galaxy of Writers Meeting:

When: Saturday, May 11, 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!

Norman Galaxy of Writers Welcomes Poet Jane Taylor for the May Meeting
The Letter Poem: Old Form/New Ways
Jane Vincent Taylor, a poet, has had her work published in  Crosstimbers, Thunder, Calyx, Chariton Review, New Plains Review, and Oklahoma Today, as well as other publications.  Not only has she published books of poetry, but she has also won prizes and fellowships, conducted workshops and seminars, and given lectures.
Jane Taylor holds a Master's Degree in Library Science (the University of Oklahoma) and a Master's Degree  in Creative Writing, from University of Central OK. She’s served as the head of Reference at UCO and currently is a librarian at Rose State.
At the May Galaxy meeting, Jane Taylor will teach attendees about Letter Poems.