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
Author Krysta Scott presents From Hole Hearted to Whole Hearted: the Romantic Arc of the movie, 10 Things I Hate About You.
Fears and Anxieties – Unhappy, anxious, conflicted characters are interesting characters. Learn how humans act and react based on their fears and anxieties. Presented by: MICHAEL FULLER , Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Marital & Family Therapist at Anadarko Public Schools and in his Private Practice in downtown Anadarko. He works with students of all ages, individuals, families and couples.
Author and Professor, Jennifer Lynn Barnes: The Cognitive Science of Fiction: The Psychology of Stories and Why We Like Them
Sara Orwig, best-selling author of more than 100 romances, will present a program on how to juggle life and your writing.
Romney Oualline Nesbitt – Author of ‘Secrets from a Creativity Coach’ presents:
“Five Reasons You May Not Be Living Your Best Life as a Writer.”
Time management strategies, how to use your intuition to make a difficult decision, procrastination lies we all prefer to believe, the importance of real, manageable goals and the benefits of 5 minutes a day for meditation.
Oklahoma City Homicide Detective Cris Cunningham will talk about working a homicide scene, share information about police work that will add accuracy and authenticity to your books, and share slides of actual crime scenes. Her presentations are riveting – you don’t want to miss this one! (The business meeting will be held directly after lunch and before the presentation so that Detective Cunningham’s program can run longer if need be and those who wish to stay can do so.)
OKRWA FALL RETREAT – Free to Members – $50 for non-members – lunch included – Embassy Suites on South Meridian in OKC – Friday, September 15th through Sunday, September 17th
A weekend of writing, fellowship with other authors, and honing your writing skills. Weekend will include…
- Writing exercises
- Writing games (with prizes)
- Movie/Pizza Night – Members will gather for pizza (provided by the chapter) and to watch a movie and diagnose it using Blake Snyder’s ‘Save the Cat’ method.
- Down-time for writing
- Special Presenter – Sharon Sala with LOVE YOUR BOOK – A workshop on plot and characterization
Sharon Sala is a long-time member of RWA, as well as a member of OKRWA. She has 112 books and novellas in print, published in five different genres – Romance, Young Adult, Western, Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. First published in 1991, she’s an eight-time RITA finalist, winner of the Janet Dailey Award, five-time Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine, five time winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award, and five time winner of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence, winner of the Heart of Excellence Award, as well as winner of the Booksellers Best Award. In 2011 she was named RWA’s recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her books are New York Times , USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly best-sellers. Writing changed her life, her world, and her fate.
Paranormal themed program – PLUS, a fun contest where members can submit a 500 word story with some kind of villain/monster as the romance hero.
DIY for Writers – Self-Editing/Self-Marketing – Multi-Published author/editor Alicia Dean will share tips and tricks to polish your manuscript in the final stages so that it’s editor-ready. She will also share some tips and advice about marketing your book without appearing like a used care salesman (no offense to used car salesmen), ways to cross-promote with other authors, using your marketing dollars wisely, and fun/unique ways to promote yourself and your books.
Annual OKRWA Christmas Party, hosted by President (location and date TBA)
**You must be a member in good standing of OKRWA to attend