Programs


Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are at the Oklahoma Museum of Art

Monthly Morning Program: 10:00-11:30 pm

    • Monthly Afternoon Program: 1:00-2:15 pm
    • Business Meeting: 2:15-2:45 pm
    • Lunch in the Cafe 11:30 before each meeting held at the museum. Email Mary Jo Springerto rsvp if you plan to lunch with your fellow chapter members
    • Prospective members may attend two meetings before joining

January 20, 2018

Cris Cunningham – Homicide Detective – Working a Crime Scene

February 17, 2018

Divorce & Custody Drama in Fiction – Krysta Scott

Family Law Attorney and Author Krysta Scott will share some of the ‘real life’ craziness she’s encountered in her career, dealing with divorce and custody issues. Many of our characters are single parents, going through or having gone through a divorce, or are dealing with paternity, visitation, custody, deadbeat–or even dangerous–former partners/spouses, etc. She’ll share a little about court proceedings and how the process works in Oklahoma along with details and laws that might be different in other states. Learn about some things your characters could possibly encounter and what kind of steps they might need to take to resolve the issues.

March 17, 2018

Creative Research to Enhance your Creativity – Liz Tyner
Without creativity, a writer is lost. Do you ever wonder what makes a writer able to keep producing manuscript after manuscript? Or how you can reduce the chance of writer’s block? The answer might lie in creative research, both for your novel and your life. This workshop will help you visualize your successful path, and take the steps you need to keep the stories flowing. 

Liz Tyner writes historical romance for Harlequin, a division of HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published in ten countries, including Italy and Sweden. She has written articles for regional and trade publications, and enjoys talking about writing almost as much as she enjoys creating her characters.

April 21, 2018

Kyle Bergersen – Screenwriting

For the last 15 years, Kyle has worked as a commercial director/cameraman shooting spots for Budweiser, Circle K, Honda, Toyota, Alamo Car Rental and many more. His advertising awards include a One Show Gold Pencil, Creativity Annual, Belding, Addy, Andy, Lulu, Golden Ollie, London Int’l Advertising Award and New York Festivals.

A proud member of the WGA/W, Kyle has had writing deals with Dreamworks Animation, CBS, Touchstone TV, USA Network and Castlerock Entertainment (in association with Sandra Bullock’s Fortis Films).

His indie feature, Love Comes To The Executioner, is a dark comedy featuring Jeremy Renner (Academy Award nominee for “Hurt Locker), Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love) and Jonathan Tucker (Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Released by ThinkFilm, it aired on Showtime and Starz and is still available on Netflix. Check out Bergerson’s profile at IMDB.

May  19, 2018

Donald Maass – Special Program!! – Embassy Suites on S. Meridian in Oklahoma City

THE EMOTIONAL CRAFT OF FICTION: How to Tell the Story Beneath the Surface – The emotional effect of fiction on readers is a craft.  Based on psychological research and study of what makes novels emotionally gripping, this intensive workshop takes participants beyond showing or telling to create an emotional journey for readers—one unseen but nevertheless deeply felt and ultimately unforgettable.

For more information and to register, see our Home page: https://okrwa.com/

June 16, 2018

Digital Marketing Plan ~ Mel Odom

Whether you’re a NY writer or an indie writer, you have to know how to market yourself today. The usual go-tos (Facebook, Twitter, website) aren’t working as well as they used to. Today’s writer needs to learn about Amazon’s analytics and velocity. Join us for a discussion on these topics.

Mel Odom lives in Oklahoma and is the author of dozens of books in many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, suspense, mystery, romance, Western, and horror. He’s written original novels based on television shows (The Secret World of Alex Mack, Sabrina, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roswell) and novels based on screenplays (Tomb Raider, XXX, Blade, Vertical Limit). He’s also written novels and gaming material for Wizards of the Coast’s Forgotten Realms, Shadowrun, Android, and others.

In addition to being a writer, he is a hobbyist gardener and carpenter.

In 2002, his novel The Rover won the prestigious National Library Association’s Alex Award, and in 1995 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Professional Writers’ Hall of Fame.

July 21, 2018

Digging into Dynamic Dialog with Editor, Speaker, and Award-Winning Author, Robin Patchen:

Learn to craft strong dialog that deepens characters, enhances emotional impact, adds humor, and provides energy that drives a story forward.

Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Patchen to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

August 18, 2018

Characters Who Grieve ~ Tamri Foxtain and Anna Kittrell

Grief affects people in different ways. Who we are grieving for, what type of relationship we had with them and how they died, are just a few factors in how we grieve.

Since, as writers, we often present characters who are suffering, we can benefit from understanding more about the process. The woman grieving the death of her child may not act the same as her spouse grieving the loss of the same child. (Instant conflict)

Grieving characters can deny their grief, fold beneath the weight of it, suffer from depression, suffer from guilt, explode in anger, drink, sleep all day, etc.

Your hero or heroine might not be the character who is grieving, but they could be dealing with a character who is.

A well meaning character can say exactly the wrong thing while trying to offer comfort, leading to hurt feelings instead.

Death and grief have the potential to create a host of problems for your characters.

September 15, 2018

Annual Weekend Retreat (Members Only) Details to be announced

October 20, 2018

Mike Fuller – Fear  

Michael Fuller has worked as a licensed professional counselor and marital and family therapist for the past forty years. Professionally, many of the fears he has encountered center around suicide, homicide, and the sundry steps people often take when suffering with certain mental illnesses.

At times, each of us have been terrified. Mike’s goal is to bring a better understanding of how fear works, the purpose it serves, and how fear can be used to engage and entertain readers.  

AND 

Romancing the Monster Contest!!!! (Members Only)

Write a 500 to 1,000 word story featuring a ‘Monster’ as a romantic lead.

Deadline September 17, 2018

  • Prizes: 1st Place: $20 Amazon Gift Card, 2nd Place: $15 Amazon Gift Card, 3rd Place: $10 Amazon Gift card

(More details will be shared on the member loop)

November 17, 2018

Silver James – Who, What, Where, When, and How: The Importance of Building a Series Bible
More and more publishers are looking for duologies, trilogies, and series. Learn how to write smarter by building a series bible from your original concept. This class will explore ways and means to create a series bible and discuss why even stand-alone titles need one. Laptops (and Scrivener users) welcome. 
Bio:
Multi-published and award-winning author Silver James likes to take walks on the wild side and coffee. Okay. She loves coffee. LOTS of coffee. Warning: Her Muse, Iffy, runs with scissors and can be quite dangerous. A cross-genre serial scribbler, she writes dark paranormal romantic thrillers, urban fantasy, and sexy contemporary romance for Harlequin Desire.

December 15, 2018

Christmas Party (Members Only)

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