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1/2/20

EL RENO WRITERS



 

Creative Quills New Author Events & Classes for 2020

WRITER'S PROMPT: The fire...

 
PICTURE PROMPT: What's happening here?
 
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Need assistance writing or editing?  Need to know more about self-publishing or e-books?  We're happy to help!  Come visit at Creative Quills OR sign up for the CVTech classes beginning Tuesday, January 15th.  For more info, contact booklady@pldi.net or call  to
pre-register for classes at 405.422.2201.
 

Writer's Tip:

Single quotes are only used for one reason: if a person in dialogue is quoting someone else's exact words.

Example:

Mary said, "Hey, Joe, what did Mom say?"

Joe replied, "Mom said, 'Don't you dare do that!' So, don't, Sis!"

Double quotes are often used to quote authors or to name articles and sometimes to label things, but single quotes are never used except within another quote.
 
CREATIVE QUILLS CREATIVE WRITING GROUP BACK AT EL RENO CARNEGIE LIBRARY...FREE!
Creative Quills meets at El Reno Carnegie Library.  Join us for writing exercises and lots of fun  This is a safe place to share your writing and get your creative spark started!  We do lots of extracurricular activities too, so come join us if you have been looking for like-minded writers!  First event of 2020 is Tuesday, January 14.every other Tuesday at 10:30am.
 


WE NOW HAVE AN ONLINE COMMUNITY!!!
If you can't attend our events, you can surely join our writing community online!  Get all of our prompts from the library meetups, and find out what we're doing, plus get writer's tips and contest/publishing info!  Some of this is private info, so be sure to join to get in on the scoop!  Check us out at http://www.patreon.com/CreativeQuills !!!


Below are 2 of our graduating classes for WRITE PUBLISH & MARKET YOUR BOOK 2019!

 
 
NEED TO ADD TO YOUR RESUME?  We have opportunities for you to get published in local newspapers.  Writing can be fiction or non, but must be clean and be 650 words or less.  In order to be eligible, you must attend one of our FREE Creative Quills meetups OR join one of our Tech School classes for the semester.  Writers who attend our events at least once are eligible to submit.  They will be edited only for spelling, grammar, and punctuation before publication.  We reserve the right to say no to anything inappropriate for publishing standards of the newspapers/magazines in question.  For more info, contact Andrea at addresses below.


NEW CLASSES & CREATIVE QUILLS NEWS

WRITE PUBLISH & MARKET YOUR BOOK is an 8 week class that teaches everything you need to know about finishing a book for publication, how to get it published and then how to sell.  The focus is doing all of this on a limited budget.  This class is $89 for 8 weeks, 6-9pm on Mondays.  People who complete this class are eligible for the WORKSHOP class scheduled on Wednesdays.  VETERANS, STUDENTS, and SENIORS MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE a discount, making the class ONLY10 FOR A SEMESTER!! Just ask about discounts when you call.  for 8 weeks. Winter semester starts TUESDAY, JANUARY 14. 6-9PM and runs Call 405.422.2201 to register.
 
Dear Fellow Writers,
I just wanted to send this note to wish you all a Happy New Year and wishes that all your writing and publishing dreams come true in 2020.  Those of you who know me know that I am devoted to making this happen, and in 2019, over 25 Creative Quills members published their own books.  In addition, Creative Quills published its fourth book of short stories in as many years, entitled Christmas Treasures: From Our Past to Your Present.  
This coming year, we invite you to join us as we set new writing and publishing goals.  We look forward to continuing to submit to literary publications and contests, including Nimrod Journal and The Writing Cooperative as well as Writer's Digest and Oklahoma Center for the Book contests.  We hope to sell our publications at OWFI (Oklahoma Writer's Federation Inc.) as well as participate in the conference with a booth.  We already sponsor a tiny library and hope to have several in El Reno (our place of birth) as well as other towns in NW Oklahoma this year.  Lastly, we will be publishing a book of spooky stories available for Halloween 2020.
Please join us as we return to our home in the newly remodeled and historic El Reno Carnegie Library for our FREE Creative Writing meetup on Tuesdays at 10:30am. (Check the calendar for dates.)  And if you need help finishing your book or getting ready to publish, don't forget our 8 week classes at CVTech on Rt. 66 in El Reno, entitled WRITE PUBLISH AND MARKET YOUR BOOK.  CVTech gives awesome discounts to senior citizens, veterans, and students--like $10 for an entire semester!!!  CVTech has enabled many a publishing dream to come true!  
I have been in the writing, publishing, and marketing biz since 1977 and have worked with numerous famous authors.  My expertise can save you a lot of time and money and give you invaluable information so that you won't get tricked or ripped off by publishing vultures.  I also have many great ideas for marketing your book(s), and indeed, you will learn from your classmates' experiences as well.
Again, I thank you for being part of Creative Quills and hope that you join us for the many writing experiences we plan to share together in 2020.  Whether you just want to find some friendly support and camaraderie for your writing journey or if you have more concrete dreams for publishing--whether traditional or self-publishing, we would love to meet you and have you join our safe, fun writing group!
Thank you again, and here's to a new year that fulfills all your writing and publishing dreams!
Cheers, Andrea Foster, aka "The Booklady"  
 
CHECK OUT OUR NEW TINY LIBRARY AT IRON TREE COFFEE COMPANY, 108 WOODSON IN EL RENO!  

A Note from Andrea...@akabooklady on Twitter

Join our Oklahoma writers as we head into 2020 Find us at the El Rebo Carnegie Library every other Tuesday starting January 15 at 10:30am.  This event is FREE.  We publish books of short stories, join community events, hold Open Mic Nights, and much much more! Then, join our online community at http://www.patreon.com/CreativeQuills. We hope you will come explore your love of writing with us!  --Andrea

CHECK OUT ALL OUR ONLINE COMMUNITIES!
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12/16/19

2020 Mega Writers Conference Announced, Springfield, Missouri

Springfield MO is hosting it’s first ever MEGA CONFERENCE in 2020.  The three major writing groups, Sleuths’ Ink Mystery Writers, Springfield Writers Guild, and Ozarks Romance Authors are joining together to host this event.  

9/6/19

2019 NIMROD CONFERENCE

PRESS RELEASE: NIMROD CONFERENCE FOR READERS AND WRITERS

Nimrod International Journal’s 2019 Conference for Readers and Writers will take place October 18th–19th. Featuring nationally known writers and newly discovered award-winners, this conference is also distinctive in that it pairs editors with writers who want individual critiques and guidance in refining their writing.  
On October 18th, Nimrod will kick off the Conference with Write Night at the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum. Write Night is free and open to the public and will begin with a reception of light bites and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. Following at 7:00 p.m. will be an Author Chat, reading, and book signing with poet Kim Addonizio and fiction writer Margot Livesey. The event is co-hosted by Magic City Books and co-sponsored by The University of Tulsa’s Creative Writing program. 
On October 19th at 9:30 a.m., Nimrod will host the all-day Conference for Readers and Writers at The University of Tulsa. Participants will have the opportunity to work with over forty distinguished authors and editors at the Conference. Special guest authors and editors include National Book Award finalist and poet Kim Addonizio; Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts fellow, fiction author Margot Livesey; mystery novelist Rachel Howzell Hall, author of the Detective Elouise Norton series; 2017 Oklahoma Poet Laurate Jeanetta Calhoun Mish; William C. Morris Young Adult Debut Award finalist Anna-Marie McLemore; literary agent Jennifer Udden; and more.
Participants can choose from a wide array of panels and workshops on writing fiction, poetry, nonfiction, mystery, and young adult literature; publishing contracts; and more. Those who pre-register and send brief writing samples by October 12th also have the opportunity to sit down to discuss their work one on one with an experienced editor and/or have an individual critique of a novel query. 
Just a few of the workshops at the Conference:
  •      Hush, Shut Up, Please Be Quiet: How to Write Better Dialogue
  •      Revise Your Poem Without Killing It
  •      Crowdsourcing Research: Creative Nonfiction
  •      Publishing: Contracts 101
  •       Unpossessed: Reconsidering the Demonized in YA and Speculative Fiction
  •      Persona Poems: Speaking in Someone Else’s Voice
Each registrant is entitled to participate in readings, panel discussions, masterclasses, novel-query critiques, and one-on-one editing sessions, though those who plan to register for novel-query critiques or one-on-one editing sessions must register by October 12th.Scholarships to help cover registration costs are available for students, teachers, and adult writers in need. Professional development credit is available for Tulsa Public Schools teachers.
Registration Information:
  • October 18th, 6:30 p.m., the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, 2445 S. Peoria Ave.: Nimrod Write Night. Free and open to the public. No reservations needed. 
  • October 19th, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., TU’s Allen Chapman Student Union, 440 S. Gary Ave.: Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers.
    • Early Bird Registration is open until September 14th ($50/standard, $10/scholarship). 
    • Regular Registration is open September 15th–October 15th ($60/standard, $10/scholarship). 
    • Late Registration will take place at the door ($70/standard, $15/scholarship). 
Those who wish to participate in a one-on-one editing session or novel-query critique session must register and send in 2–3 pages of poetry or 4–5 pages of prose by October 12th.
For registration forms and more information, including scholarship information, please contact Nimrod at 918-631-3080; e-mail nimrod@utulsa.edu; or visit the Nimrod website: www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.

7/22/19

Gripping Tale by Author Roxie Faulkner Kirk



 The story of Red Dirt Hymnbook is one set in a land and time that are nearly prototypes of  a mythic 'Anyplace' peopled by "Everyman' archetypes.  It could be the 1970's or 1980's but seen through the lens of a religious strata - Holiness sects and subgroups - existing under a dozen or more banners - they are as current as today.  In Kirk's work the author masterfully captures larger than life themes and small nuances with equal skill. She handles both with a soft focus haze of a dream of the not too distant past and the harsh edged shadows of glaring ugly reality.

Told through the powerful and authentic voice of Ruby Fae, young wife of young traveling preacher J.W.Jasper, throws back the covering of appearances of holiness to reveal the frailty of humanity tainted by patriarchy, power hunger, and manipulation. It is a land at once familiar and idealized, peopled by characters drawn in vivid lines of reality, whose stories speak to not just one group but to the broader wealth of human experience.

These all combine gently, elegantly. At first with just a teasing whisper of currents under the surface and then with gripping force to pull the reader into the story, and into a world bordered by appearances, corrupted by control, poisoned by the misuse of scripture, and stalked by the hunger of the human heart to be free.

The motif of music - how it can be used to manipulate perceptions of skill (as Ruby notes early in the book) and present a false front that helps people to see only what they manipulators desire. How that music and memories can serve as a soundtrack for the search of the soul for identity and value  become thematic. Spanning the book like a long and much traveled country road. References to old camp meeting spirituals and hymns (well known to those in Baptist, Holiness, Nazarene and other religious groups) are interspersed with the hits of the book's setting (John Denver Country Roads to Three Dog Night's Jeremiah was A Bullfrog) creating almost count and counter point as two words and two realities begin to merge.

The Red Dirt Hymnbook by Roxie Faulkner Kirk is a beautiful story told in an eloquent, sometimes poetic manner as fresh as the prairie winds and as limitless as the broad blue sky. The voice of Ruby Mae Jasper is fresh, clean, and vividly compelling. Highly recommended!

Visit the author at: /http://www.roxiefaulknerkirk.com/about-roxie/

Review by MaH2019



1/22/19

Oklahoma Book Festival Returns for 2019


Mark the date on your calendars now to journey to Oklahoma City's Boat District for the next installment of the Oklahoma Book Festival.  From the page comes this explanation of their purpose :
"Mission -The Oklahoma Book Festival brings authors and readers together to create an exciting venue where literacy, artistic expression, and cultural experiences are celebrated.  Vision -
To encourage Oklahomans to love reading and to enhance their cultural awareness."

The 2019 Book Festival will be September 21: "Join us for a fun-filled day celebrating books, authors, readers, and illustrators. The 2nd Annual Oklahoma Book Festival will take place at the Boathouse District in Oklahoma City on September 21, 2019!  Thanks to generous sponsors and donors, the Oklahoma Book Festival is FREE and open to the public."

The event is sure to please -
–Featuring 50-75 of America’s finest literary talent
–Panel discussions and author presentations
–Book signing times
–Children’s storytelling and craft activities
–Entertainment
–Food trucks
–Vendors and merchandise
–and of course, BOOKS!

https://okbookfest.org/

Looking for Authors in NW Oklahoma

A new blog "Cimarron Country" is looking for authors who come from or live in the area of Payne County. Surrounding counties welcome. A list of these authors will be added to the page. The purpose of the page is to increase awareness of the landscape, places, and history of Payne County and region including the authors and artists.

Send information to marilynahudson@yahoo.com

10/6/18

HUDSON TO EXPLORE THE 'BAWDS AND BARS' OF EARLY DAY OKLAHOMA IN NEW WORK

A new volume in the 'Neighborhood of Hell' history series is scheduled for 2019. It is a follow up to the 'Oklahoma Bad Girls' by Oklahoma author Marilyn A. Hudson, released in 2018, and first in the 'Neighborhood of Hell' series.

Early fancy girls and dens of booze and violence will be the focus of the new work.  The stories of these citizens of the shadow world of vice, broken dreams, and tarnished lives provides history, social context, details and an insightful look into the world of the 'working girls' and the whiskey peddlers of early day Oklahoma.

9/13/18

2018 NIMROD Conference for Writers and Readers

Nimrod International Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104
nimrod@utulsa.edu
phone: 918-631-3080.
web site: www.utulsa.edu/nimrod


PRESS RELEASE: NIMROD CONFERENCE FOR READERS AND WRITERS


Nimrod International Journal's 2018 Conference for Readers and Writers will take place October 19th–20th. Featuring nationally known writers and newly discovered award-winners, this conference is also distinctive in that it pairs editors with writers who want individual critiques and guidance in refining their writing. 

On October 19th, Nimrod will kick off the Conference with Write Night at the Tulsa Garden Center. Write Night is free and open to the public and will begin with a reception of light bites and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. Following at 7:00 p.m. will be an Author Chat, reading, and book signing with Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award Patricia Smith, author of Blood Dazzler, and winner of the American Book Award and Oklahoma Book Award Rilla Askew, author of Fire in Beulah. The event is co-hosted by Magic City Books and co-sponsored by The University of Tulsa’s Creative Writing program.

On October 20th at 9:30 a.m., Nimrod will host the all-day Conference for Readers and Writers at The University of Tulsa. Participants will have the opportunity to work with over forty distinguished authors and editors at the Conference.  Special guest authors and editors include fiction writer Rilla Askew, Oklahoma Book Award winner and author of Fire in Beulah; poet Patricia Smith, National Book Award nominee, NAACP Image Award winner, and author of Blood Dazzler; New York Times-bestselling memoirist and poet Jill Bialosky, author of History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life; young adult author Erin Bow, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award winner and author of The Scorpion Rules; romance author Sarah MacLean, two-time RITA Award winner and author of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished; mystery author Julia Thomas, author of The English Boys; poet Kaveh Bassiri, Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency winner; and Carl Engle-Laird, editor at Tor.com Publishing.

Participants can choose from a wide array of panels and workshops on writing fiction, poetry, memoir, mystery, young adult literature, romance, and science fiction; ways to attract the attention of literary agents and publishers; and more. Those who pre-register and send brief writing samples by October 13th can also have the opportunity to sit down to discuss their work one on one with an experienced editor and/or have an individual critique of a novel pitch.

Just a few of the workshops at the Conference:

How Do I Know When I’m Done?: Strategies for Revision
Making History, Taking Place: Historical Fiction
Poetry: Using Emotion Effectively, Bravely, and Responsibly
Using Weakness to Build Strong Characters
Choose Your Own Disaster: Worldbuilding for Fantasy, Science Fiction, and More
Your Agent, Your Editor, and You: Understanding Publishing’s Gatekeepers

Each registrant is entitled to participate in readings, panel discussions, masterclasses, novel-pitch critiques, and one-on-one editing sessions, though those who plan to register for novel-pitch critiques or one-on-one editing sessions must register by October 13th. Scholarships to help cover registration costs are available for students, teachers, and adult writers in need. Professional development credit is available for Tulsa Public Schools teachers.

Registration Information:

October 19th, 6:30 p.m., the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave.: Nimrod Write Night. Free and open to the public. No reservations needed.

October 20th, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., TU’s Allen Chapman Student Union, 440 S. Gary Ave.: Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers.
Early Bird Registration is open until September 30th ($50/standard, $10/scholarship).
Regular Registration is open from October 1st–October 16th ($60/standard, $10/scholarship).
Late Registration will take place at the door on October 20th ($70/standard, $15/scholarship).

Those who wish to participate in a one-on-one editing session or novel-pitch critique session must register and send in 2–3 pages of poetry or 4–5 pages of prose by October 13th.


For registration forms and more information, including scholarship information, please contact Nimrod at 918-631-3080 or e-mail: nimrod@utulsa.edu or visit the Nimrod website: www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.




Nimrod International Journal

The University of Tulsa

800 S. Tucker Dr.

Tulsa, OK 74104

(918) 631-3080

www.utulsa.edu/nimrod

9/13/17

HUDSON ANNOUNCES UPCOMING BOOK on "OKLAHOMA BAD GIRLS"

The 1890's in Oklahoma saw the twin territories rife with gangs, crooks and outlaws. The fairer sex was represented in this mix, although sometimes with less attention to facts or even credibility.  In OKLAHOMA BAD GIRLS (2017) meet a variety of women, along with their companions and idols, whose stories are often absent or heavily distorted in the history books. Follow these desperado adventures of some fascinating women from Oklahoma's Gilded Age.

Introduced will be stories of Cattle Annie, Little Britches, "Tom King" aka Flo Quick,Jessie Findlay, and others...Watch for additional volumes in this series, Neighborhood of Hell.

Marilyn A. Hudson is the author of several nonfiction works including "When Death Rode the Rails", "Into Oblivion", and "Murderous Marriages".  Additionally she is the author of fictional works "Foul Harvest", "Sword of Anath", and coauthor of "The Mound".

Hudson has been labeled "The Bizarre History Genie" for her skill in unearthing long buried and forgotten nuggets of history.  An author, storyteller, artist and library professional Hudson is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. 

[Image by Fresh Eire Designs, Cullan Hudson]

Publishing date : September 2017, with distribution through Amazon  and Kindle, TBA

8/6/17

Chickasha Author Publishes

Chickasha, Oklahoma resident Brian McNatt has recently published two books. Estranged: A Tale of Two Sisters available on Amazon and Legends of Heraldale avaliable on Lulu.

Author Steve Clark

Steve E. Clark, suspense author with book Justice is for the Lonely
Author of Justice Is for the Deserving and Justice Is for the Lonely, Reviewer of suspense, mystery and thrillers.
Steve Clark is an author and lawyer in Oklahoma City specializing in medical malpractice. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor limited to the top 1% of attorneys. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

With a lifetime of practicing law under his belt, Steve began his writing career by publishing Justice Is for the Lonely: A Kristen Kerry Novel of Suspense.  His years in the courtroom result in a highly realistic yet spellbinding drama that William Bernhardt, bestselling author of Dark Eye said“hooked me on the first page and kept me reading long into the night. Kristen is one of the most interesting lawyer-characters I've read in a long time.''  Justice Is for the Deserving, Steve's second novel in the series, is now out and receiving outstanding reviews. Michael Gibson gave it five stars and called it a "A Noir Tour De Force" ... "You won’t be able to put this one down. It is a genuine tour de force, one I expect to be shown soon at a theater near you. Are you listening Quentin Tarentino?"

After receiving his law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1975, he embarked on a prolific career in law in which he started his own firm, taught law at Oklahoma City University- College of Law and became a managing partner at Clark & Mitchell, P.C., where he remains today. He has solidified his reputation as an expert in various areas of law by giving more than 20 professional presentations to his peers over the years. He has also been ranked as a “Superlawyer” on superlawyers.com every year since 2005.

His wife, Jane, was a scholarship athlete at the University of Oklahoma. They currently live in Oklahoma City and have five children. He has coached his four daughters in the Amateur Softball Association and enjoys being involved in his son’s sports activities. Steve is active in state and local politics, the Catholic Church community, and had served as a board member of Infant Crisis Services, a non-profit organization providing emergent infant care.

Steve is currently working on book three in the series.
Here is his web link  www.SteveClarkAuthor.com 

The Woman Without A Voice. Louise Farmer Smith


Author Louise Smith announces new book set in Oklahoma, THE WOMAN WITHOUT A VOICE, Pioneering in Dugout, Sod House and Homestead (pub date 9/29/2017.) This non-fiction account of my family’s struggle during the drought and Panic of 1893 which destroyed their Nebraska farm continues as they flee to Oklahoma Territory to begin life in a dugout near Weatherford.
Press Release:

Who Speaks for the Mother?

In 2017 we mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Laura Ingles Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie and other beloved books told from the point of view of the child. But what was the pioneer mother, Mrs. Ingles, thinking throughout all that cabin-building, well-digging and then abandoning their home to start over in an even lonelier place?

The Woman Without a Voice by Louise Farmer Smith reveals through women’s diaries the fears of pioneer women who, in obedience to their husbands, left their homes to take their children into a wilderness. “And this is my story,” Smith writes, “as I’ve tried to uncover the mysteries of the pioneer women in my own family—Ida, Mary Lillian, Zoe, and Phebe Ann, the one they left behind.” 

This riveting memoir opens when drought and the Panic of 1893 destroy Smith’s great grandfather’s Nebraska farm. Pressure from the bank leads to the auction of their equipment and animals and their move to a claim in western Oklahoma Territory where they begin life in a dugout. This book, which contains 17 family and other antique photos, is propelled by the mystery of Phebe Ann, the mother of the family, who is left behind. Smith traces her fate through records from the Lincoln Asylum.\\

Praise for THE WOMAN WITHOUT A VOICE
  • “Louise Farmer Smith has written a part of history we aren’t taught in classrooms....the true resilience of her female ancestors....heartbreaking, moving and ultimately inspiring memoir about the strength of women.”
  • JoAnna Woolridge Wall, J.D. Lecturer, Women and Gender Studies, University of Oklahoma  Husband and wife sat side by side on the wagon bench.... diaries suggest they lived in different worlds....
  • A compelling tale...to anyone considering writing their family’s often complex and difficult history.”
    Lisa Kendrick, Librarian, Genealogical Center, Albuquerque, NM

Smith, a PEN\New England Discovery winner, grew up in Oklahoma, majored in Letters and earned two masters degrees from Yale and Goddard. She later trained in family therapy, and worked for a US congressman. She was a Bread Loaf Fellow in 2005. Her work has been supported by the Ragdale  Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Two of her stories received Pushcart nominations. Her novel, One Hundred Years of Marriage, was a finalist for the Prairie Heritage Award, 2015. Her prize-winning stories appeared in five anthologies and in her collection, Cadillac, Oklahoma.

The Woman Without A Voice is available 9/29/2017 from Upper Hand Press.
For more information: netgalley.com upperhandpress.com louisefarmersmith.com
614-886-2462 for sales. 202-543-2899 for interviews.