Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are at the American Legion, 6101 NW 50th St., Warr Acres, OK 73122
- Morning Program: 10:00-11:30 pm
- Lunch (location TBD each month. If you are interested in joining us for lunch, please contact Alicia@AliciaDean.com a week before the meeting to find out the arrangements): 11:30-1:00
- Afternoon Program: 1:00-2:15 pm
- Business Meeting: 2:15-2:45 pm
- Prospective members may attend two meetings before joining
January 19, 2019 (All Day Program beginning at 10 a.m)
Getting Up-close and Personal with Scrivener PLUS Writing Prompts & Sprints
Have you downloaded Scrivener but don’t have a clue? Spend the day getting hands-on experience using Scrivener. Using a combination of word prompts for writing new words and writing them in Scrivener, participants can get their specific questions answered, starting with, “How the heck do I set up a project?” Those who don’t use Scrivener can come for the camaraderie and inspiration with word prompts and writing sprints. We’ll break for lunch and a quick business meeting between morning and afternoon sessions.
Requirements: Scrivener downloaded on your laptop. Don’t have Scrivener, you can get a free trial version, available for both Mac and PC. Download here: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/download
Moderator: Silver James, multi-published drinker of coffee, herder of cats, and wrangler of Scrivener. Have “Scrivener for Dummies,” will travel.
February 16, 2019
A Special ‘Romance’ program for Valentine’s Month
Each attendee will be provided a random romance scenario (you will draw from the scenarios written on slips of paper) and during the program, you will write a scene based on that scenario. Time permitting, some of the scenes will be read aloud, if the author wishes to share.
Not only is this a good exercise for your writing muscle, but it could potentially lead to an actual story you’ll want to write.
Don’t write romance? So what. It’s a good idea to step out of your comfort zone once in a while. All writing is great practice.
Additionally, there will be handouts with tips for writing romance.
March 16, 2019
April 20, 2019
Captain James Boggess, Oklahoma City Police Department, Criminal Intelligence ~ An “off the cuff” conversation about the general functions of the group and then a question/answer session.
Captain James Boggess has over 29 years of law enforcement experience, the last 25 years with the Oklahoma City Police Department. He is currently assigned to command the Criminal Intelligence Group (CIG) which is staffed with both sworn and non-sworn personnel consisting of investigators, uniform personnel, and analyst assigned within one of the following units; Gang Intelligence, Criminal Intelligence, Gang Enforcement, Crime Analysts, Computer Forensics or
Nuisance Abatement. Captain Boggess also oversees several task force officers assigned to various State and Federal partners. He works closely with the Oklahoma Information Fusion Center (OIFC) and serves as a member of the Fusion Center Steering Committee.
Captain Boggess started his law enforcement career with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety-Capitol Patrol in 1989 before moving to the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1993. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2002 and the rank of Captain in 2012. Since 2002, Captain Boggess has supervised units in Patrol, Highway Interdiction, Burglary, Crimes Against Children, Staff Inspections/Accreditation, Information Technology/Data Systems, the Office of
Professional Standards and the Criminal Intelligence Group.
Captain Boggess has completed several advanced courses of instruction to include but not limited to the Senior Management Institute for Police and the Fusion Center Leaders Program Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He is an advanced law enforcement instructor in the State of Oklahoma. Captain Boggess holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law Enforcement Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
May 18, 2019
PLOT IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD with Deborah Chester
Are story ideas teeming in your imagination, but you can’t quite pull them together? Do you plan a story but then find yourself stuck halfway through? Do your characters run away with you and change your story without warning? Do you ever sit down to write, but feel lost and unsure of where you’re going? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you need help with plotting. Creating a solid, workable plot that won’t leave you stranded is a matter of systematic planning. Deborah Chester—author of over 40 books, including FICTION FORMULA PLOTTING—will share tips on how to synthesize your ideas into viable stories that hold together from start to finish.
Deborah Chester, University of Oklahoma John Crain Presidential Professor, Professional Writing
Chester is the internationally published author of over forty novels and three nonfiction books on writing—The Fantasy Fiction Formula, Fiction Formula Plotting, and Fiction Formula Plotting Practice. She has written in numerous genres, including fantasy, science fiction, historical romance, regency romance, nonfiction, western, and young adult. Her national bestsellers include The Alien Chronicles, a science fiction trilogy published by Lucasfilm Publishing Ltd., and a fantasy trilogy for Ace Books called The Sword, The Ring, and The Chalice. Her historical young adult novel, The Sign of the Owl, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list, and was named to the Mark Twain Award master list in Missouri public school libraries. Her science fiction novel, The Golden One, made VOYA’s (Voice of Youth Advocates) Best Books for Young Adults list. Chester was named 1985 Oklahoma Writer of the Year and in 1994 was inducted into the Oklahoma Professional Writers Hall of Fame. In 2004, she was inducted into the Writers Hall of Fame of America. She is an active member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Chester attended the University of Oklahoma and received her B.A. and M.A. in professional writing. She has been teaching professional writing at OU since 1985. Her newest work of fiction, Justice at Percha Creek, will be available on Kindle
June 15, 2019
World-Building with Mel Odom
Is research getting you down? Does the “real” world hold you back because the facts don’t line up with your fictional fun?
Did you always want to go to Cabot Cove to see where J. B. Fletcher hung out and were disappointed to find out that the town wasn’t even real?
If so, this program is for you. You’ll be given an overview of how to build a fictional setting that reads true to your fans and make them want to visit their travel agents. Learn how to create fictional histories that sound so true readers will think they absolutely have to be real. How big do you want your town? Who are the important people in it? Where are the cool and hot spots for your character to hang out between major plot points?
Build a world that works with your story and challenges your character.
And if you want to add science fiction or fantasy elements, they’re only a layer away.
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 20, 2019
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.
August 17, 2019
Writing the Emotional Roller Coaster with Robin Patchen
Explore the three ways to add emotion to your manuscript and when it is appropriate to use each. Discover how to use the emotional wheel to bring more depth to your stories. Understand how to not just show how the characters feel but to draw your readers’ own emotions into the stories. With guidance and planning, learn to craft a story that will pull your readers onto an emotional roller coaster that will leave them breathless.
Nominated for ACFW’s 2018 Editor of the Year, Robin Patchen is a multi-published award-winning author and freelance editor. As a general editor with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’s Smitten line, she has the privilege of working with exceptionally talented romance authors. She is one of the authors of “5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing,” an in-depth guide to self-editing. Patchen loves mentoring new authors and helping established authors polish their books. She enjoys reading and editing almost every clean YA and adult genre.
For more information about Robin Patchen, visit her website at: http://robinpatchen.com
September 20-22, 2019
Annual Weekend Retreat (Members Only – non-members may attend for a fee) Details to be announced
October 19, 2019
Cullan Hudson is a freelance graphic designer and the author of the supernatural thriller, The Mound, and Strange State: Mysteries and Legends of Oklahoma, a nonfiction collection of strange-but-true tales from the Sooner State. Many of the tales included in that work were investigated personally by the author.
Hudson’s short story, “The Iron Door: Curse of the Sierra Jumanos”, was included in the 2005 Red Dirt Anthology and his op-ed pieces have been read across the country.
Many of the stories included in Strange State: Mysteries and Legends of Oklahoma were meticulously researched first hand. Some had never before been reported, while others were rediscovered by the author after having been forgotten for nearly a century.
Hudson enjoys traveling to paranormal locations and has visited sites from Central American pyramids to mysterious Moroccan mountains, haunted Roman Ruins, English castles and Bigfoot’s dark realm in the Pacific Northwest. Frequently the accounts that feature in this blog come from these experiences, which includes having lived in Puerto Rico for several years investigating that island’s famous forteana.
Currently Hudson is at work on several writing projects, including a sequel to The Mound and Stranger State: MORE Mysteries and Legends of Oklahoma. He is also busy penning a collection of short horror.
Romancing the Monster Contest!!!! (Members Only)
Write a 500 to 1,000 word story featuring a ‘Monster’ as a romantic lead.
Deadline September 25, 2019
- 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 16, 2019
Screenwriting with Nancy Miller
Executive Producer / Creator
Nancy Miller is a veteran television series producer and writer. She most recently was a consulting producer on Nashville. Before that, she served as executive producer on Lifetime’s series Against the Wall. She created the acclaimed TNT series Saving Grace which starred Academy Award winner Holly Hunter. The series is the fourth original series created by Miller.
Miller also created and served as executive producer on the successful drama series Leaving L.A. and the highly popular series Any Day Now starring Annie Potts. She created and produced the television series The Round Table. She’s worked on many other shows, including CSI: Miami, and The Closer.
Nancy went to Christ The King, Bishop McGuiness, and the University of Oklahoma, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority. She belongs to Christ the King Parish. Miller lived in LA for 36 years and recently moved back to OKC. She is very grateful and very, very happy to be home.