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2020 - Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.


OKC Writers - 

Regular meeting time and place  

3rd Saturdays each month at 10 am.  

St Luke’s ME church, Room 225

222 N.W. 15th Street  Oklahoma City, 73103

(driving directions: http://stlukesokc.org index.php/about_us/driving_directions)

Enter through the northwest door, 

by handicap parking and go to Room 130

(There will be signs and people to help you find the way). (405) 232-1371 

Time: Coffee @ 10a, program @ 10:15a.m.

October OKC Writer Speaker News

Maria Veres will present Writing in Tough Times on Saturday, October 17 from 10:15 to 11:30 in the morning at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th Street in Oklahoma City.Wearing a mask is required.Maria will talk about why it can be hard to do creative work right now, how to take good care of ourselves as artists, and how technology can help us stay afloat in these uncharted waters.

Maria Polson Veres is the author of three books of poetry. Her most recent collection, Church People, was an Oklahoma Book Award finalist and received the OWFI Best Book of Poetry award in 2018. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in many publications. She writes monthly business profiles for Edmond Outlook magazine and owns a content writing business.

Maria teaches adult creative writing classes at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City, as well as leading private workshops and retreats. She holds an M.A. in English from Texas State University. She has served three terms on the OWFI Executive Board, most recently as conference coordinator in 2016. She is a frequent featured reader at metro area poetry events.

When she’s not writing, Maria enjoys long walks, amateur photography, and concocting healthy recipes. She is hopelessly addicted to dark chocolate.

Find Maria online at mariapolsonveres.com.

Poetry Society of Oklahoma Website: 




By Bill Boudreau, contributor

The Lunchbox

217 E. Main, Shawnee, OK

Phone: (405) 432-5232

Readings: 7pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month except for December which will be on the 12th.                        

Contact: Aline Smith, email: naspurline@aol.com

Poetry Readings from Poetry Society of Oklahoma

The Second Sunday Poetry Readings program provides a

monthly venue for selected regional poets to share their

work. Former Oklahoma Poet Laureate and Oklahoma

Book Award winner Carl Sennhenn hosts. The Depot, 200

S. Jones—Norman

Last Sunday Reading (Feature & Open Mic)

Full Circle Bookstore, 2 p.m.

50 Penn Place, Oklahoma City

Individual Artists of Oklahoma - IAO Gallery

706 W Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City

FIRST Sunday of the month

Word Pulp

First Thursday Monthly, 7:30 p.m.

Slam and Feature, Psi Certified

Queen of Sheba Restaurant, OKC

2308 N Macarthur Blvd

Coffy's Café Open Mic

Every Friday, 8 p.m.

Spoken Word & Singer/Songwriter

1739 N.W. 16th Street, OKC

To view other poetry readings in the area, visit website http://www.okpoets.org

1.LOCAL PROGRAMS - If you belong to another local writing group, and would like it listed here, please send an email with the info to carolynleonard@me.com.

Remind people that the OCWI contest entries are due, along with $10.00 in check or money order. On September 19. Bring them to the meeting, or mail before September 19 to 8232 NW 30th, Bethany, OK

September 19 presentation:Book Trailers - Pay or Do it yourself with PowerPoint.

Susan Kite has always enjoyed writing but began seriously crafting stories over twenty-five years ago. Fan-fiction was the main focus at first, but a visit to the Mission San Luis triggered her first YA novel,My House of Dreams. Speculative fiction novels includingThe Mendel Experiment (and winner of Royal Palm Literary Award), Blue Fire, Power Stone of Alogol, and fantasy novelRealms of the Catfollowed. Her latest book is a Young Adult speculative fiction adventure calledMoon Crusher.The author has English and Instructional Media degrees from Utah State University. She worked in public school libraries, mostly in Tennessee, for 35 years. Now retired, Ms. Kite lives in Yukon, Oklahoma.She has an award-winning children's tall-tale in pre-publication with Doodle and Peck.

Susan Kite will present Book Trailers - Pay or Do it yourself with PowerPoint on Saturday, September 19 from 10:15 to 11:30 in the morning at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th Street in Oklahoma City.Wearing a mask is required.


We will be MEETING as a group Saturday Aug 15 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th St. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Or watching from home on Facebook: Oklahoma City Writers, Inc (OCWI)

Here is the meeting invitation for the presentation by Lara Bernhardt at 10:30 (Passcode is required):

Lara Bernhardt is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Where Women Meet Fiction OCWI

Time: Aug 15, 2020 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 740 7139 5181

Passcode: 9eY1yd


Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Kathleen Listman

V.P. Programs

Lara Bernhardt, an Oklahoma Book Award Finalist will present Where Women Meet Fiction on Saturday, August 15 from 10:15 to 11:30 in the morning at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th Street in Oklahoma City. Wearing a mask is required.  (Because that interferes with drinking coffee, don’t expect any.)

Lara Bernhardt is a Pushcart-nominated writer, editor, and audiobook narrator. She is Editor-in-Chief of Balkan Press and also publishes a literary magazine, Conclave. Her debut novel, The Wantland Files, was a finalist for the 2017 Oklahoma Book Award for Best Fiction. The sequel, The Haunting of Crescent Hotel, was a 2019 semi-finalist for the KBR Awards Horror/Suspense category. Shadow of the Taj, her first women’s fiction, was a 2020 Oklahoma Book Award finalist. She lives in Oklahoma with her family. You can follow her on all the socials @larawells1 on Twitter and @larabern10 on Facebook, BookBub, and Instagram.

OKC WRITERS PRESIDENT LACI LITER is out of town, so Roxana Cazan will introduce Staci on Facebook Live. Then go to Zoom for the program.

‍ 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Zoom Meeting link available on OCWI Facebook page

Oklahoma City Writers, Inc. presents Staci Mauney— The Editing Process: Revising Your Work for Publication

Jun 20, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting (link also available on OCWI Facebook page)


Meeting ID: 723 4847 9968

Password: 7YmS0v

The Editing Process: Revising Your Work for Publication

Do you know how to edit your own work? Do you know when it’s time to bring in a professional? In this workshop, Staci Mauney will discuss the differences among developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. We’ll dive into the self-editing process and discover tips and tricks for revising and editing your own work. We’ll also talk about how to ensure your work is ready for self-publication or submission to a traditional agent, editor, or publishing house. Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, editing is an essential step that should never be skipped. This workshop will help you discover techniques to polish your stories and present them in the best possible light to your readers. We’ll do several interactive exercises, so bring a pen and paper or a laptop and be ready to share!

Staci Mauney is a freelance writer and editor and indie author from Oklahoma. She is the co-owner of Prestige Prose, a freelance writing and editing company found atprestigeprose.com. As an author, she has written four devotionals in the Echoes of Joy series, where her Yorkshire terrier, Lilly, is the main character. She volunteers for a variety of organizations in her local community. She is a member of Oklahoma City Writers, Inc., and a member and past president of the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. (OWFI).

Oklahoma City Writer’s, Inc. hosts: Buffalo Tales--the true story of how people, from Oklahoma Territory to New York, worked together to save the buffalo from extinction.

Presenting Desiree Webber!

Buffalo Tales -- the true story of how people, from Oklahoma Territory to New York, worked together to save the buffalo from extinction.

Desiree Webber will present how she reseached and crafted a tale from this remarkable story of forward-thinking individuals who placed fifteen buffalo into train cars to start the nation’s first bison refuge. This event is free to the public on Saturday, March 21 from 10:15 to 12:00 in the morning at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th Street in Oklahoma City.

Desiree Webber is the author of two nonfiction middle-grade books for children. One is titled The Buffalo Train Ride, published by Doodle and Peck (2019, 1999), and the other is Bone Head: Story of the Longhorn, published by Eakin Press (2003). In addition, she is the joint author of four professional books for librarians and teachers, published by ABC-CLIO. Both of her children’s books, The Buffalo Train Ride and Bone Head: Story of the Longhorn, were named Oklahoma Book Award Finalists by the Oklahoma Center for the Book. In addition, Webber received the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Author’s Award for The Buffalo Train Ride and a “Storytelling World Honor Title” award for Travel the Globe: Multicultural Story Times. She is a graduate of UC San Diego with a B.A. in Communications and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Master’s in Library and Information Studies. Webber speaks to all ages about the remarkable story of forward-thinking individuals who placed fifteen buffalo into train cars to start the nation’s first bison refuge. You may visit her website at www.desireewebber.com.

Multicultural Story Times.

In addition, Webber is a graduate of UC San Diego with a B.A. in Communications and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Master’s in Library and Information Studies. She speaks to all ages about the remarkable story of forward-thinking individuals who placed fifteen buffalo into train cars to start the nation’s first bison refuge. You may visit her website at: www.desireewebber.com 

Oklahoma City Writers, Inc. (OCWI) Presents

Lisbeth McCarty - 

Crime and Publishing

May 16 at 10:00 am at Oklahoma City Writers, Inc. (OCWI), Facebook live

‍ https://www.facebook.com/groups/361487350534204

Lisbeth L. McCarty, a graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Journalism and a J.D. in Law, is an award-winning writer. 

She has been published in local, state and national journals, newsletters, and magazines, as well as online. She has also written numerous books. Including: I Cooked; Therefore, They Ran, Ours Was the House and Mental States of Murderesses: Women Who Kill. Lisbeth will be speaking about various lessons she had learned from being a writer.

McCarty’s books available on Amazon are: The Mental States of Murderesses;  I Cooked; Therefore, They Ran; Ours was the House; The Bitten Air; Scared Spell That Ends Well; Confound the Moon; Mustang Island; How the Worst was Dunn; Unicorn and Friends; and From the Heart of the Galaxy (an anthology).

Desiree Webber

Children’s Author

Starting the first buffalo bison refuge.

Fifty Shades of Crime Fiction on Saturday, February 15

The world of mystery/suspense/thriller fiction includes many sub-genres that an aspiring author needs to understand. 

Marcia Preston will define these categories, along with examples, and offer a modus operandi for the actual writing. This event is free to the public on Saturday, February 15 from 10:15 to 12:00 in the morning at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th Street in Oklahoma City. 

Marcia Preston has edited two national magazines, served as PR and publications director for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage museum, and freelanced for a long list of publications. Her six previous novels were traditionally published and earned a Mary Higgins Clark Award, an Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction, and four Best Fiction Book awards from OWFI. She’s a past president and honorary life member of both Oklahoma City Writers and OWFI.

Her newest novel, The Spiderling, deals with the struggle of 11-year-old Kiwi Seager and her mother to build a new life after Kiwi’s father is killed in the Iraq War. The story grew from Marcia’s concern from her grand-daughters as her son served three tours in the Middle East. Official release date for the book is June 2.

Ken Hada  (kenhada.org) presents:  The River White: An Ekphrastic Poetry Reading & Workshop. On January 18 at 10:15 at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th, Oklahoma City, OK 73103, Room 130. Ken will introduce us to The River White: A Confluence of Brush & Quill, demonstrating the accompanying watercolors that make the ekphrastic narratives of the book.


Ken Hada has published seven volumes of poetry, including his two latest, Not Quite Pilgrims and Bring an Extry Mule (Chicago: VACPoetry, 2019 & 2017). His work has been featured and/or awarded by the National Western Heritage Museum, SCMLA, Western Writers of America, Oklahoma Center for the Book and the NPR program, The Writer’s Almanac. Ken teaches at East Central University where he has directed the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival for 15 years.

Kathleen Listman, OKC WRITERS program chair, will be asking for recommendations for next years speakers.  We usually have 30 to 40 people in attendance. OCWI offers no payments for speakers, but you are welcome to sell your publications when you speak. 

If you want to volunteer someone else as speaker, you can send information for them, but please ask them first!

Kathleen says,  I am looking for a few good presenters.If that peaks your interest, please let me know. I will also need to know something about you--such your contact information, proposed topic (with a one sentence description), and a short biography of your experience in the world of writing and/or publishing.

These are the dates I have available for speakers in 2020. You may note that some of the months are already taken and others may disappear. So, let me know more than one time when you would like to speak.


Apr. 18    

May 16

Jun. 20   

Jul. 18

Aug. 15   

Sep. 19   

Oct. 17

Dec. 19

If you would rather be on a panel, there are not any months set  for that yet, so let me know when you would not be available. The following subjects are currently planned for panels:

Law for authors (in spring)

Children’s books (in summer)

Self-publishing (in fall)

OKC WRITERS program for December 21:

DAYNA DUNBAR will be presenting: Autobiographical fiction--Weaving real life experiences into your fiction. 

Dayna Dunbar is a novelist published by Ballantine Books. Her first novel, The Saints and Sinners of Okay County won the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma Book Award. The book is set in 1976 in a fictional town that looks suspiciously like her hometown of Yukon. She has given writing workshops all over the country and even in Mexico. More than merely transforming interviews into narrative, she helps shape the way the narrative is told. 

Dayna Dunbar, MA

Novelist & Ghostwriter 



Contest entries will be available to be picked up at this meeting.  The creme de la creme will be announced and those entries will be available, in addition to the ones that people did not pick up last time. As this was the first time we tried on-line entries and ended up printing them out rather than scanning them. Some people picked up contest entries that were not theirs. We didn't have envelopes for them. We hope these will be returned we'll try to make sure that the entries get to the correct person. 

September 2019 Presentation: Book promotion as a "performance art"

Nathan Brown



Nathan Brown is an author, songwriter, and award-winning poet living in Wimberley, Texas. He holds a PhD in English and Journalism from the University of Oklahoma where he taught for seventeen years. He served as Poet Laureate for the State of Oklahoma in 2013/14, and now travels fulltime performing readings and concerts, teaching workshops and speaking on creativity, poetry, songwriting, and creative writing.

Nathan has published roughly nineteen books. Most recent are An Honest Day’s Confession; Apocalypse Soon: The Mostly Unedited Poems of Ezra E. Lipschitz; and Don’t Try, a collection of co-written poems with Austin Music Hall of Fame songwriter, Jon Dee Graham. Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems, was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the Oklahoma Book Award. His earlier book, Two Tables Over, won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award.

He’s taught memoir, songwriting, performance, and creativity workshops from Tuscany to the Sisters Folk Festival in Oregon, the Taos Poetry Festival, the Woody Guthrie Festival, Laity Lodge, the Everwood Farmstead Foundation in Wisconsin, as well as for Blue Rock Artist Ranch near Austin, Texas.


BILL BERNHARDT  William Bernhardt will present the paths to publishing, and discuss the realities of each path to publication to help you discover the path that will lead to the greatest success--and fulfillment--for you.

Bernhardt is the author of forty-eight books, most recently Court of Killers (#1 Bestseller flag on Amazon), the second book in his new Daniel Pike legal thriller series. His previous works include the bestselling Ben Kincaid series, the historical novels Challengers of the Dust and Nemesis, two books of poetry (The White Bird and The Ocean’s Edge), and the Red Sneaker books on fiction writing. 

In addition, Bernhardt founded the Red Sneaker Writers Center to mentor aspiring writers. The Center hosts an annual writers conference, small-group writing retreats, a monthly newsletter, a phone app, and a bi-weekly podcast. More than three dozen of Bernhardt’s students have subsequently published with major houses. He is also the owner of Balkan Press, which publishes poetry and fiction as well as the literary journal Conclave

Bernhardt has received the Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (University of Pennsylvania) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (Oklahoma State).  He has  has won the Oklahoma Book Award award twice. In 2019, he received the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

July 2019 Presentation: Writing process of her book, The Accident of Birth, about immigration

Roxana Cazan



Roxana L. Cazan is an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches world and postcolonial literature and creative writing. She is a translator of Romanian. Her translation of Matei Vişniec’s “Teeth” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize byReunion, at UT Dallas. Her poems have been featured inCold Creek Review, The Healing Muse, Adanna Literary Journal, Watershed Review, Allegro Poetry, the Peeking Cat Anthology, The Portland Review, Harpur Palateand others. Her full-length poetry book,The Accident of Birth, has just been published by Main Street Rag in 2017. Dr. Cazan’s scholarly work focuses on ethnic and postcolonial literature and women’s studies and has appeared inNeophilologus, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Comparative Literature Studies, Studies in American Jewish Literature, American Journal of Undergraduate Research, and Demeter Press. A chapter is forthcoming inRemembering Kahina: Women, Representation and Resistance in Post-Independence North Africa, Routledge.

. https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/?product=the-accident-of-birth


20 April 2019 Presentation: Power of Vivid Imagery

Laurel Thomas will walk you through the craft of building riveting and emotionally rich stories through effective imagery. Join us for interactive exercises that help build your own palette of sensory images that show instead of tell.

A former high school English teacher, Laurel Thomas has written for magazines such as Guideposts, Mysterious Ways and others. In addition to her first published novel, River’s Call, Laurel has ghosted nonfiction and edited others. Check out her website at www.laurelannthomas.org

Saturday MARCH 16, 2019 PROGRAM 

Jesse Sauer will present "In favor of a poetics of impermanence."He will discuss the relationship between poetry and time, and conduct a few poetry writing exercises

Jesse Sauer is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Poetry, After spending two years teaching in China, he came to Oklahoma where he obtained a Master's Degree in TESOL from OCU. Currently, he is a senior instructor in ESL.

JUNE 15, 2019         speaker Traci Ison Shafer


Traci will share things to keep in mind when building your fictional worlds--whether they are set in the present time and place, the distant future, or long ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Traci Ison Schafer lives in Ada, Oklahoma, and is a Price Analyst for the United States Air Force. She’s a native of Ohio and started her career at the infamous Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which she used as the backdrop for her first book, the science fiction novel The Anuan Legacy. 

Traci is current Past President of the Oklahoma City Writers and is an officer on the Executive Board of the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc., where she serves as First Vice President. She also remains active in the writing community in the Dayton, Ohio, area where she’s a founding member of the critique group The Plot Sisters (est. 2012) and has served as a panelist at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton. 

Traci has a master’s degree in business, a bachelor’s degree in science education, and has earned teaching certifications in several science fields including physics, astronomy, and earth science. She’s curious about all things beyond the physical world such as aliens, reincarnation, and psychic abilities, making them among her favorite writing topics.

Traci’s writing has earned several awards, including Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Silver Medalist in Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror E-book; National Indie Excellence Award (NIEA) Winner in Science Fiction; NIEA Finalist in New Adult; and Finalist for the Independent Author Network (IAN) Science Fiction Book of the Year. When not busy writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her family. 

Oklahoma City Writers, Inc.

Saturday February16, 2019

Speaker:  Chad Reynolds co- founder of Pennycandy Books - an OKC children’s book publisher.

Chad Reynolds presents - Some Thoughts on Writing and Publishing for Kids.

Chad Reynolds is the co-founder of Short Order Poems and Penny Candy Books. A graduate of the MFA program at Emerson College in Boston, he has published five poetry chapbooks. Penny Candy Books is an independent children’s book publishing company based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Savannah, Georgia with a mission is to publish children's literature that reflects the diverse realities of the world we live in, both at home and abroad.

November program - 2018 OKC Contest winners

Topic: Contest winners

January Speaker: Lou Berney will be discussing his new novel, November Road, and the research he did for it. So maybe a title along the lines of, NOVEMBER ROAD AND THE JFK ASSASSINATION: FACT AND FICTION. Berney is the best-selling author of the novels NOVEMBER ROAD (named one of the best books of 2018 by the Washington Post), THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE (winner of the Edgar Award), WHIPLASH RIVER, and GUTSHOT STRAIGHT, all from William Morrow. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as THE NEW YORKER, PLOUGHSHARES, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Oklahoma City University.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Speaker:  Timothy L. Trujillo

Subject: "What Makes a Writer"

natural healthcare provider, educator and author. He has written poetry for an anthology in Los Angeles, organizational newsletters, correspondence, magazine articles, a book, and many Facebook posts.

He is a graduate and former instructor at Gil Boyne’s Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles and served as an Examiner for the American Council of Hypnotists Examiners. He maintains private practice in Oklahoma City, where he is also Director of First Medicines. He is a popular presenter at expos, conferences, and schools. A lifelong entertainer and performer, his presentations are imbued with enthusiasm, humor, and rich storytelling rooted in deep compassion for those who suffer.

August 18, 2018 OCWI meeting: Book Publishing: From Start to Finish

Melanie Larson will discuss what happens after a manuscript has been accepted for publication. She has worked as an editor at Nicci Jordan Hubert Editorial for a number of years and has edited for several publishers since she graduated from Abilene University with a degree in journalism.

Nicci Jordan Hubert Editorial, located in New York City, is a team of professional substantive editors and copy editors who have served many critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling authors.