2019 Craft of Writing Conference

The Tulsa NightWriters Club held our fourth annual Craft of Writing Conference on Saturday October 26, 2019.  It was an all-day event held at the Martin Library on Garnett, the same place we have our monthly meetings.  Thank you club Vice-President Rex Griffin for spearheading this excellent adventure. And thanks to the officer board for providing a forum for writers at different steps along their literary path to meet on a level playing field to learn from each other.

The following was a list of featured speakers and subjects. Further down this page, you’ll see the speaker’s names and subjects, followed by notes some have provided for your use. You’ll see their names highlighted in bold print immediately below. They hope you enjoyed their session, and that you’ll find their notes helpful.

  • Phetote Mshairi—Keynote
  • Mary Coley—Writing/Editing 101 For Mystery Writers
  • Dr. Gary Conrad—Medical Jargon 101: What Works and What Doesn’t 
  • Joshua Danker-Dake—Editing Workshop: Sentence and Paragraph 
  • John Fulton—Sci/Fi
  • Rex Griffin—Crafting Emotions: Make Your Reader Feel It 
  • Nikki Hanna—Write With Voice, Style, and Humor
  • Renee LaViness—Nanowrimo: Tips and Tricks for Writing a Novel in 30 Days    ,,, click here for a printable copy of her notes. Renee LaViness
  • Romney Nesbitt— DIY (Do It Yourself) Writing Practice
  • Jeff South—Yes, But Is It Funny?
  • M. Carolyn Steele—Research: Getting It Right the First Time
  • Carla Stewart—Women’s Fiction
  • Bill Wetterman—A Writer’s Journey From Novice to Marketing 

Tulsa NightWriters Club

An OWFI AffiliatePresents

The Craft of Writing Conference

Free to the Public

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:20 a.m.-4:20 p.m.

Martin Regional Library
2601 South Garnett Road, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74129

This event is not affiliated in any way with the Tulsa City-County Library.
The Library neither sponsors nor endorses this event, the speakers, or the organization.

2019 TNWC Craft of Writing Conference
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Martin Regional Library, Tulsa, OK

Speaker and Session List

SESSION I, 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

Auditorium:   Keynote

Speaker: Phetote Mshairi

Phetote (Fee toe tee) Mshairi (Em shah ee ree) is a poet, author, performing artist, poetry slam champion, teaching artist, social and environmental activist, actor, song and jingle writer, playwright, curator, MC, mentor, philanthropist, substitute teacher, and moderator from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Phetote has been writing ever since he was a young man-child wielding a pen as a wordsmith’s apprentice. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Langston University. Phetote is a curator and teaching artist on the Spoken-word/Poetry Committee at Living Arts of Tulsa. Phetote Mshairi appreciates the power of words and he lives poetically.

 

 

SESSION II, 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Auditorium: Writing/Editing 101 or Mystery Authors

Tips to edit your manuscript with mystery in mind, using cliffhangers, suspenseful words in dialog and action, and atmospheric language. She’ll include tips from her “Creating Suspense” workshop.

     Speaker: Mary Coley

Mary Coley, an Oklahoma native, wrote her first story in the second grade, and her first ‘book,’ a girl spy novel, in the eighth grade. For many years, she dabbled in writing, attending conferences and seminars, jotting down story starts and journaling. Marriage, children and divorce prevented total dedication to a writing career during that time. Since taking early retirement, she has devoted most of her time (when not traveling or visiting family) to writing mysteries.

Mary has written four books in the ‘Family Secret Series’, including Ant Dens, which was a finalist in the Oklahoma Book Awards. One of her stand-alone mysteries, Blood on the Cimarron, won the Tony Hillerman Award at the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards last October. Three of her previous books have been finalists in that competition. She is now at work on her seventh mystery, The Crystalline Crypt. To learn more about Mary and her books, visit https://marycoley.com.

 

Lecture Room: Yes, But is it Funny?

A famous showbiz axiom goes, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” This applies to writing, too. What does it take to be funny when crafting a story, essay, or novel? This presentation covers how to insert humor into your scene setting, characters, and dialogue.

     Speaker: Jeff South

Jeff South was born and raised in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and started writing stories about a ghost-hunting cat named Midnight when he was only eight years old. He has lived in Broken Arrow with wife Sandy for the past nine years. He is a writer, actor (stage and screen), and director. His daytime job is a corporate trainer specializing in leadership development. Jeff maintains a blog, Upstream of Consciousness, where he writes about film, television, books, music, pop culture, and the occasional memory of growing up in southeast Missouri. Kilroy Was Here is his first novel.

 

Conference Room: Like Star Wars Only Not At All: Mastering the Logline for Your Sci-Fi/Fantasy Story

You can’t grab a reader if you can’t describe your book to them. Learn where your story fits into the genre landscape (even if it doesn’t) and how to craft a winning premise.

     Speaker: John Fulton

John Fulton is an author and filmmaker who has made an unreasonable amount of money animating plastic soldiers on YouTube. He is also the author of the novel The Janitor Must Die, and he hopes its sequels will catapult him to fame and fortune. He lives in the Darkest Midwest, where he competes with the native wildlife for basic resources like wi-fi and root beer.

 

2019 TNWC Craft of Writing Conference
Speaker and Session List (Cont.)

SESSION III, 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

Auditorium: Crafting Emotions: Make Your Reader Feel It

Bring out your characters’ emotions and evoke emotions in your readers. We’ll discuss reader-character bonding, the different levels of emotion, making big emotions small and small emotions big, indefinable emotions, building your emotional story world, getting under the reader’s skin, and as many other concepts of writing emotions as we can wedge into a 45-minute presentation.

     Speaker: Rex Griffin

Mentored by the late Jack Bickham, Rex Griffin graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a degree in Professional Writing. After years of raising a family and earning a living, and with encouragement from friends, he decided to chase his lifelong dream of writing novels. Professing a love for history, it seemed natural for him to write a novel of a fascinating time and place swept into the corner of American history. Studying under the likes of Donald Maass, Lisa Cron, and William Bernhardt, Rex crafted Frontier on Fire, the story of Shad, an African slave of Creek Indians, at the outbreak of the Civil War. Shad will be joined by Riggins, and together they will fight with the First Kansas Colored Infantry in his second novel, Time To Strike.

Lecture Room: A Writer’s Journey From Novice to Marketing

This talk will take you on a writer’s journey from the dream of being a writer, through the mistakes and successes of building creditability among peers, and finally to recognition by the literary world, whomever they are to you. How do you move from novice to journeyman, and journeyman to professional? How do you learn the craft? How do you test your knowledge? And finally, how you market yourself and your work?

 

     Speaker: Bill Wetterman

Novelist Bill Wetterman has published multiple thrillers, including The Fifth Step; Room 1515 – The Peacock Trilogy – Book 1; Madness – The Peacock Trilogy – Book 2; Busted—The Odyssey of Holly Bunn; The Literary Murders; A Covenant with Death – The Peacock Trilogy – Book 3; Yellowstone—A Fall from Grace; Redeeming Paula—A Love Story?; Getting Even; and Indecision. He has one non-fiction work, So You Want to be a Published Author. Bill is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Federation, The Lexicon Writers, and the Tulsa NightWriters Club. A three-time winner of the Tulsa NightWriters Club’s Flash Writing Contest, he is on the preferred authors list for Chicken Soup for the Soul. Bill also operates Wild Side Novels and has published anthologies and other authors interested in e-books and paperbacks.

 

Conference Room: Medical Jargon: What Works and What Doesn’t

Dr. Conrad will walk you step-by-step on how to write accurate, descriptive medical scenes, ones that will keep your reader wide-eyed and glued to the page. He will be happy to answer your questions as together you dive deep into the steaming guts of medical writing.

     Speaker: Dr. Gary Conrad

Gary D. Conrad lives with his wife, Sheridan, and their dogs, Karma and Buddy, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Gary is an emergency and integrative physician, and his interests include Tibetan rights, meditation, the music of Joseph Haydn, organic gardening, choral work and wilderness hiking. Gary’s first book, “The Lhasa Trilogy,” was the first place winner in both the Fiction: New Age and Fiction: Visionary/ Metaphysical categories at the 2012 International Book Awards, and garnered a silver award in the Fiction category at the 2013 Nautilus Book Awards. His second work is “Oklahoma Is Where I Live,” a collection of mostly autobiographical short stories. It was released in September 2013. Gary’ third novel, “Murder on Easter Island,” was the winner of the Fiction: New Age category at the 2015 International Book Awards. The book also was a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards and received honorable mention at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. “Murder at Stonehenge,” Gary’s highly anticipated sequel to “Murder on Easter Island,” also won a first place in the Fiction: New Age category at the 2019 International Book Awards. In July 2019, Gary’s fifth novel, “The Pit: Memoir of an Emergency Physician,” was published.

 

 

 

 

2019 TNWC Craft of Writing Conference
Speaker and Session List (Cont.)

 

 SESSION IV, 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

Auditorium: Write with Voice, Style, and Humor

Participants in this session learn step-by-step processes for developing personal voice, style, and humor. A writer’s most valuable commodity is his voice. Fresh approaches to expressing voice are designed to ensure that a writer stands out. How to discover a personal style, one that sets the writer apart, is also revealed. Techniques for introducing humor, no matter how serious the work, are illustrated. Triteness is a fatal flaw. The practical tools presented show writers how to deliver uncommon creations that reflect unique, personal expressions—those worthy of their readers’ time and the attention of agents and publishers.

     Speaker: Nikki Hanna

When asked to describe herself in one sentence, Nikki Hanna said, “I’m a metropolitan gal who never quite reached the level of refinement and sophistication that label implies.” The contradictions reflected in this description are the basis for much of her humorous prose. She describes her writing as irreverent and quirky with strong messages.

In addition to numerous awards for poetry, essays, books, and short stories, Hanna received the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation’s Crème de la Crème Award and Rose State College’s Outstanding Writer Award. As a self-published writer, her book awards include the National Indie Excellence Award, the USA Best Book Finalist Award, two international Book Excellence Awards, and four Independent Book Awards. Her books are available on Amazon and through her website.

 

Lecture Room: Editing Workshop: Sentence and Paragraph

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, the tale is in the telling. In this session, we will focus on craft to explore how we can get more out of every sentence we write and make our writing more effective. True editing goes miles beyond punctuation and spelling. The good news is that anyone can improve at it—even if you don’t think of yourself as an editor!

     Speaker: Joshua Danker-Dake

Joshua Danker-Dake is the author of the acclaimed comic novel The Retail and the President of the Tulsa NightWriters. An editor by trade, he has edited thousands of articles and over a dozen books, fiction and nonfiction. Other things he gets rather excited about include He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, bombastic European power metal, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and health and fitness.

 

 

Conference Room: Writing Women’s Fiction

What makes a book Women’s Fiction? Is it even a genre? Join us to dig deep into understanding and crafting memorable Women’s Fiction and learn some basic tools to jumpstart your work.

     Speaker: Carla Stewart

Carla Stewart is the award-winning author of six novels. With a passion for times gone by, it is her desire to take readers back to that warm, familiar place in their hearts called “home.”

She launched her writing career in 2002 when she earned the coveted honor of attending the Guidepost’s Writers Workshop in Rye, New York. Since then, she’s had numerous magazine and anthology articles published. Carla has been an Oklahoma Book Award finalist six times and a popular Pulpwood Queens Book Club author. Her debut novel was the 2011 trophy winner of OWFI”s “Best Book of Fiction.” A native Oklahoman and OU graduate, Carla now lives and writes in the Dallas area. Learn more about Carla at www.carlastewart.com.

 

2019 TNWC Craft of Writing Conference
Speaker and Session List (Cont.)

 

SESSION V, 3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Auditorium: Research: Getting It Right in the First Place

Regardless the era, regardless the genre, research is the first order of business lest the writer lose his reader due to anachronism. Anachronism. What’s that, you ask? A quick search defines it as an act of attributing a custom, event, or object to a period to which it does not belong. See how easy research can be. Examples abound in this program which discusses the usual avenues of fact finding, as well as how to “think outside the box” when searching for elusive information.

     Speaker: Carolyn Steele

Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, M. Carolyn Steele has won numerous writing awards, including several crème de la crème, and is published in seventeen anthologies. She has two published novels to her credit, Spirit of the Crow and Outrun the Bullets. She combines her knowledge of storytelling and genealogy to present programs on recording ancestor stories. Her non-fiction book Preserving Family Legends for Future Generations was a 2010 First Place Heartland Bookfest winner. Website: http://www.mcarolynsteele.com.

 

Lecture Room: Tips and Tricks for Writing a Novel in 30 Days

Reneé La Viness has taken the NaNoWriMo challenge almost every year since 2012. She will share some of her toughest experiences and offer tips and tricks to help others prevent writer’s block and achieve the goal of 50,000 words in 30 days.

     Speaker: Reneé LaViness

Reneé La Viness is deeply involved in the publishing field. She has offered local workshops and spoken at numerous conferences and other events. During her tenure at 4RV Publishing, she served two years as the Children’s Corner Imprint Editor. She proudly carries the titles of contest sponsor, contest judge, founder and/or organizer of multiple writing-related groups and events, including local critique groups, the annual Read. Write. Share! Writers Retreat in Arkansas, and the annual Meet the Publishers! event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been published in books, ebooks, anthologies, magazines, and newspapers. For more information, see her author page on Amazon, or visit her website at www.reneelaviness.com

Click on this link for a printable copy of Renee’s notes:

Renee LaViness

 

Conference Room: DIY (Do It Yourself) Writing Practice

Want to write more but just can’t seem to find the time? This workshop is taught by a Creativity Coach who can show you how to find the time you’re looking for. In this workshop, you will create a personalized writing practice that fits your schedule and energy levels. Using a weekly format rather than a daily goal allows you to meet your writing goals even when life gets in the way. Bring a calendar marked with your appointments through the end of the year. Copies of Romney’s book, Secrets from a Creativity Coach, will be for sale at the conference for $15.

     Speaker: Romney Nesbitt

Romney is a creativity coach, artist, public school art teacher, writer and ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has facilitated workshops on creativity for artist and writers groups regionally and at Romance Writers of America’s annual conference. She is a member of The Tulsa NightWriters Club, Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc., Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Creativity Coaching Association, and Spiritual Directors International.

2019 TNWC Craft of Writing Conference
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Martin Regional Library, Tulsa, OK

Speaker and Session List
SESSION I, 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Auditorium:  Keynote
Speaker: Phetote Mshairi
Phetote (Fee toe tee) Mshairi (Em shah ee ree) is a poet, author, performing artist, poetry slam champion, teaching artist, social and environmental activist, actor, song and jingle writer, playwright, curator, MC, mentor, philanthropist, substitute teacher, and moderator from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Phetote has been writing ever since he was a young man-child wielding a pen as a wordsmith’s apprentice. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Langston University. Phetote is a curator and teaching artist on the Spoken-word/Poetry Committee at Living Arts of Tulsa. Phetote Mshairi appreciates the power of words and he lives poetically.
SESSION II, 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
Auditorium: Writing/Editing 101 or Mystery Authors
Tips to edit your manuscript with mystery in mind, using cliffhangers, suspenseful words in dialog and action, and atmospheric language. She’ll include tips from her “Creating Suspense” workshop.
Speaker: Mary Coley
Mary Coley, an Oklahoma native, wrote her first story in the second grade, and her first ‘book,’ a girl spy novel, in the eighth grade. For many years, she dabbled in writing, attending conferences and seminars, jotting down story starts and journaling. Marriage, children and divorce prevented total dedication to a writing career during that time. Since taking early retirement, she has devoted most of her time (when not traveling or visiting family) to writing mysteries.
Mary has written four books in the ‘Family Secret Series’, including Ant Dens, which was a finalist in the Oklahoma Book Awards. One of her stand-alone mysteries, Blood on the Cimarron, won the Tony Hillerman Award at the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards last October. Three of her previous books have been finalists in that competition. She is now at work on her seventh mystery, The Crystalline Crypt. To learn more about Mary and her books, visit https://marycoley.com.
Lecture Room: Yes, But is it Funny?
A famous showbiz axiom goes, “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” This applies to writing, too. What does it take to be funny when crafting a story, essay, or novel? This presentation covers how to insert humor into your scene setting, characters, and dialogue.
Speaker: Jeff South
Jeff South was born and raised in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and started writing stories about a ghost-hunting cat named Midnight when he was only eight years old. He has lived in Broken Arrow with wife Sandy for the past nine years. He is a writer, actor (stage and screen), and director. His daytime job is a corporate trainer specializing in leadership development. Jeff maintains a blog, Upstream of Consciousness, where he writes about film, television, books, music, pop culture, and the occasional memory of growing up in southeast Missouri. Kilroy Was Here is his first novel.
Conference Room: Like Star Wars Only Not At All: Mastering the Logline for Your Sci-Fi/Fantasy Story
You can’t grab a reader if you can’t describe your book to them. Learn where your story fits into the genre landscape (even if it doesn’t) and how to craft a winning premise.
Speaker: John Fulton
John Fulton is an author and filmmaker who has made an unreasonable amount of money animating plastic soldiers on YouTube. He is also the author of the novel The Janitor Must Die, and he hopes its sequels will catapult him to fame and fortune. He lives in the Darkest Midwest, where he competes with the native wildlife for basic resources like wi-fi and root beer.
SESSION III, 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
Auditorium: Crafting Emotions: Make Your Reader Feel It
Bring out your characters’ emotions and evoke emotions in your readers. We’ll discuss reader-character bonding, the different levels of emotion, making big emotions small and small emotions big, indefinable emotions, building your emotional story world, getting under the reader’s skin, and as many other concepts of writing emotions as we can wedge into a 45-minute presentation.
Speaker: Rex Griffin

 

Mentored by the late Jack Bickham, Rex Griffin graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a degree in Professional Writing. After years of raising a family and earning a living, and with encouragement from friends, he decided to chase his lifelong dream of writing novels. Professing a love for history, it seemed natural for him to write a novel of a fascinating time and place swept into the corner of American history. Studying under the likes of Donald Maass, Lisa Cron, and William Bernhardt, Rex crafted Frontier on Fire, the story of Shad, an African slave of Creek Indians, at the outbreak of the Civil War. Shad will be joined by Riggins, and together they will fight with the First Kansas Colored Infantry in his second novel, Time To Strike.

 

Lecture Room: A Writer’s Journey From Novice to Marketing

This talk will take you on a writer’s journey from the dream of being a writer, through the mistakes and successes of building creditability among peers, and finally to recognition by the literary world, whomever they are to you. How do you move from novice to journeyman, and journeyman to professional? How do you learn the craft? How do you test your knowledge? And finally, how you market yourself and your work?
Speaker: Bill Wetterman
Novelist Bill Wetterman has published multiple thrillers, including The Fifth Step; Room 1515 – The Peacock Trilogy – Book 1; Madness – The Peacock Trilogy – Book 2; Busted—The Odyssey of Holly Bunn; The Literary Murders; A Covenant with Death – The Peacock Trilogy – Book 3; Yellowstone—A Fall from Grace; Redeeming Paula—A Love Story?; Getting Even; and Indecision. He has one non-fiction work, So You Want to be a Published Author. Bill is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Federation, The Lexicon Writers, and the Tulsa NightWriters Club. A three-time winner of the Tulsa NightWriters Club’s Flash Writing Contest, he is on the preferred authors list for Chicken Soup for the Soul. Bill also operates Wild Side Novels and has published anthologies and other authors interested in e-books and paperbacks.
Conference Room: Medical Jargon: What Works and What Doesn’t
Dr. Conrad will walk you step-by-step on how to write accurate, descriptive medical scenes, ones that will keep your reader wide-eyed and glued to the page. He will be happy to answer your questions as together you dive deep into the steaming guts of medical writing.
Speaker: Dr. Gary Conrad
Gary D. Conrad lives with his wife, Sheridan, and their dogs, Karma and Buddy, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Gary is an emergency and integrative physician, and his interests include Tibetan rights, meditation, the music of Joseph Haydn, organic gardening, choral work and wilderness hiking. Gary’s first book, “The Lhasa Trilogy,” was the first place winner in both the Fiction: New Age and Fiction: Visionary/ Metaphysical categories at the 2012 International Book Awards, and garnered a silver award in the Fiction category at the 2013 Nautilus Book Awards. His second work is “Oklahoma Is Where I Live,” a collection of mostly autobiographical short stories. It was released in September 2013. Gary’ third novel, “Murder on Easter Island,” was the winner of the Fiction: New Age category at the 2015 International Book Awards. The book also was a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards and received honorable mention at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. “Murder at Stonehenge,” Gary’s highly anticipated sequel to “Murder on Easter Island,” also won a first place in the Fiction: New Age category at the 2019 International Book Awards. In July 2019, Gary’s fifth novel, “The Pit: Memoir of an Emergency Physician,” was published.
SESSION IV, 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Auditorium: Write with Voice, Style, and Humor
Participants in this session learn step-by-step processes for developing personal voice, style, and humor. A writer’s most valuable commodity is his voice. Fresh approaches to expressing voice are designed to ensure that a writer stands out. How to discover a personal style, one that sets the writer apart, is also revealed. Techniques for introducing humor, no matter how serious the work, are illustrated. Triteness is a fatal flaw. The practical tools presented show writers how to deliver uncommon creations that reflect unique, personal expressions—those worthy of their readers’ time and the attention of agents and publishers.
Speaker: Nikki Hanna
When asked to describe herself in one sentence, Nikki Hanna said, “I’m a metropolitan gal who never quite reached the level of refinement and sophistication that label implies.” The contradictions reflected in this description are the basis for much of her humorous prose. She describes her writing as irreverent and quirky with strong messages.
In addition to numerous awards for poetry, essays, books, and short stories, Hanna received the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation’s Crème de la Crème Award and Rose State College’s Outstanding Writer Award. As a self-published writer, her book awards include the National Indie Excellence Award, the USA Best Book Finalist Award, two international Book Excellence Awards, and four Independent Book Awards. Her books are available on Amazon and through her website.
Lecture Room: Editing Workshop: Sentence and Paragraph
Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, the tale is in the telling. In this session, we will focus on craft to explore how we can get more out of every sentence we write and make our writing more effective. True editing goes miles beyond punctuation and spelling. The good news is that anyone can improve at it—even if you don’t think of yourself as an editor!
Speaker: Joshua Danker-Dake
Joshua Danker-Dake is the author of the acclaimed comic novel The Retail and the President of the Tulsa NightWriters. An editor by trade, he has edited thousands of articles and over a dozen books, fiction and nonfiction. Other things he gets rather excited about include He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, bombastic European power metal, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and health and fitness.
Conference Room: Writing Women’s Fiction
What makes a book Women’s Fiction? Is it even a genre? Join us to dig deep into understanding and crafting memorable Women’s Fiction and learn some basic tools to jumpstart your work.
Speaker: Carla Stewart
Carla Stewart is the award-winning author of six novels. With a passion for times gone by, it is her desire to take readers back to that warm, familiar place in their hearts called “home.”
She launched her writing career in 2002 when she earned the coveted honor of attending the Guidepost’s Writers Workshop in Rye, New York. Since then, she’s had numerous magazine and anthology articles published. Carla has been an Oklahoma Book Award finalist six times and a popular Pulpwood Queens Book Club author. Her debut novel was the 2011 trophy winner of OWFI”s “Best Book of Fiction.” A native Oklahoman and OU graduate, Carla now lives and writes in the Dallas area. Learn more about Carla at www.carlastewart.com.
SESSION V, 3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Auditorium: Research: Getting It Right in the First Place
Regardless the era, regardless the genre, research is the first order of business lest the writer lose his reader due to anachronism. Anachronism. What’s that, you ask? A quick search defines it as an act of attributing a custom, event, or object to a period to which it does not belong. See how easy research can be. Examples abound in this program which discusses the usual avenues of fact finding, as well as how to “think outside the box” when searching for elusive information.
Speaker: Carolyn Steele
Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, M. Carolyn Steele has won numerous writing awards, including several crème de la crème, and is published in seventeen anthologies. She has two published novels to her credit, Spirit of the Crow and Outrun the Bullets. She combines her knowledge of storytelling and genealogy to present programs on recording ancestor stories. Her non-fiction book Preserving Family Legends for Future Generations was a 2010 First Place Heartland Bookfest winner. Website: www.mcarolynsteele.com.
Lecture Room: Tips and Tricks for Writing a Novel in 30 Days
Reneé La Viness has taken the NaNoWriMo challenge almost every year since 2012. She will share some of her toughest experiences and offer tips and tricks to help others prevent writer’s block and achieve the goal of 50,000 words in 30 days.
Speaker: Reneé LaViness
Reneé La Viness is deeply involved in the publishing field. She has offered local workshops and spoken at numerous conferences and other events. During her tenure at 4RV Publishing, she served two years as the Children’s Corner Imprint Editor. She proudly carries the titles of contest sponsor, contest judge, founder and/or organizer of multiple writing-related groups and events, including local critique groups, the annual Read. Write. Share! Writers Retreat in Arkansas, and the annual Meet the Publishers! event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been published in books, ebooks, anthologies, magazines, and newspapers. For more information, see her author page on Amazon, or visit her website at www.reneelaviness.com
Conference Room: DIY (Do It Yourself) Writing Practice
Want to write more but just can’t seem to find the time? This workshop is taught by a Creativity Coach who can show you how to find the time you’re looking for. In this workshop, you will create a personalized writing practice that fits your schedule and energy levels. Using a weekly format rather than a daily goal allows you to meet your writing goals even when life gets in the way. Bring a calendar marked with your appointments through the end of the year. Copies of Romney’s book, Secrets from a Creativity Coach, will be for sale at the conference for $15.
Speaker: Romney Nesbitt
Romney is a creativity coach, artist, public school art teacher, writer and ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has facilitated workshops on creativity for artist and writers groups regionally and at Romance Writers of America’s annual conference. She is a member of The Tulsa NightWriters Club, Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc., Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Creativity Coaching Association, and Spiritual Directors International.

DISCLAIMER:  This event is not affiliated in any way with the Tulsa City-County Library. The Library neither sponsors nor endorses this event, the speaker(s) or the organization.

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Here are a few pictures depicting our 2019 conference. We expect 2020 to be bigger and better.