https://youtu.be/IXQ8gUfjsaE Romance author Kathy Wheeler was the speaker at the July 15th meeting. I didn't start the video when she first began, missed the introductory portion. I just now am posting the video due to difficulties with YouTube (probably my doing something wrong). Please enjoy the meeting as recorded. Use the following link to reach the video on YouTube.
We tried to video the meeting and writing workshop 1st session with my small camera, not knowing it would only tape for 30 minutes. Therefore, we have the business meeting and the beginning of the workshop on tape. I will outline the rest of the workshop.
Hopefully, by next month someone will show me how to use my laptop, and we can video the whole meeting and workshop, or we'll make two tapes.
One problem, to upload a video on the site, I had to upgrade the site. Anyone who can/will donate a few dollars would be virtually hugged by me.
Now for the video, followed by the outline and "assignment."
We first covered where to get ideas: reading, hearing, experiencing (our experiences or someone else's), or having an idea pop in our heads.
Next, find what information is needed: research, brain storm, or imagine.
Organize material: storyline, outline, take notes, have "movie" in one's head, synopis, plot & characters (fiction), events &/or people (nonfiction), timeline.
Have "start" to attract reader: hook, thesis (nonfiction), and/or title.
Six of the eight winners in the Pen and Keyboard Writers Student Short Story contest attended the January 11, 2014 meeting. Photos of all winners are posted on Student Short Story Contest page.
Saturday, January 17, 2014, Pen and Keyboard Writers will honor the short story contest winners. Ann Schmidt from Edmond Life & Leisure will cover the event for the paper.
The meeting will begin at 10 AM, and refreshments will be served after certificates for all winners and first place winners receive registration for the OWFI Writing Conference.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Pen and Keyboard Writers sponsored a short story writing contest in two divisions, college students and high school students. The winner of each division receives a scholarship to the 2014 OWFI Writing Conference. The results of the contest are as follows:
1st place Fiction and Reality Dianne Wade SNU
2nd place The Write of Shame Morgan Sorrell UCO
3rd place Unbroken Promises Keyllyn Eaddy UCO
HM New Hope Madison Castelli UCO
High School Division
1st place Insaffatus Candance Osterhout Crossings Christian
2nd place The Sinister Ethan Smith Edmond Memorial
3rd place Antique Jenna Hapton Edmond Memorial
HM Safe in Mind Aubrie Visor Edmond Memorial
All those listed will be honored at the January 11, 2014 meeting of Pen and Keyboard Writers. Vistors are invited.
Several emails bounced, so we hope those who know winners will pass the word to those who haven't heard.
The deadline for the competition passed, and entries have been sent to the judges, three for each division.
In the college division, twelve students entered. In the high school division, fifteen entered. Pen and Keyboard Writers are pleased with the results of our Student Short Story Contest.
Results will be p
Pen and Keyboard Writers is sponsoring a student short story contest. The winner of each division (college students and/or high school students) will receive a scholarship to the OWFI Writing Conference May 1-2, 2014. See contest page for details.
The 15 contest entries are in the hands of the judges. Results will be announced by September 15.
Vivian Zabel had handouts showing the differences in terms for the same general item. The discussion covered how important using the "right" word can be and how the correct detail word or phrase can create a full mental image.
Jacque Graham and Jim Craig listened, and at times added comments to the discussion.
Dr. Mary Adkinson joined the group for the first time today. Eva Mahoney asked questions that helped us all better understand.
Kathy Gibbs spoke about the importance of research in fiction as well as for non-fiction.
Eva Mahoney and Jim Craig listen to Kathy. Others attending included Jacque Graham, Jim Martin, and Sharon Tenny. We all learned something to help us be careful to get our facts correct, even if mixed with fiction.