Tulsa NightWriters officers are elected in November of each calendar year, and officially installed at the December TNW Christmas party.
President — Joshua Danker-Dake
Joshua Danker-Dake is the award winning author of the acclaimed comic novel The Retail. A writer and editor by trade, he has published nonfiction on a variety of subjects, with special focuses on nutrition/fitness and theology/Bible. His current fiction pursuits are primarily in the realm of science fiction. He also serves as the Strategy and Tactics Editor for Diplomacy World, the flagship publication of the Diplomacy hobby, and he has been a regular contributor to http://www.the918.org. Other things he gets rather excited about include strength training, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, bombastic European power metal, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
Vice-President – Rex Griffin
After years of earning a living, I had long since put away any fanciful ideas of serious writing like I dreamed about when studying at OU. But a coworker (who is now a Tulsa NightWriter) encouraged me to pursue an idea I had for a novel. Thus, my writing journey began anew. I talked to people about the story, including an enthusiastic lady who extolled the virtues of a local writing group, the Tulsa NightWriters. That inspiring woman was TNWC Hall of Fame inductee Peggy Fielding, and though my schedule would not allow it at the time, the NightWriter seed had been planted.
Becoming a Tulsa NightWriter topped my list when I retired in 2013. In the beginning, I sat in the back and listened, intimidated by the accomplished authors and their mastery of the writing craft. But their skills ignited my desire to learn. I attended conferences and workshops, always eager to grasp and understand the constructive details of fine storytelling. Over the last year or two, I began to share a few of the things I picked up. Gratefully, some NightWriters noticed and, to my astonishment, believe I am qualified to take a leadership role in the club. I am honored by their confidence (though I question their wisdom).
With their encouragement, guidance—and a lot of help—I hope to earn their trust, and yours, as your 2019 Vice President. I vow to work my hardest and do my best as Vice President of the Tulsa NightWriters.
Treasurer – Marion Grace
After I joined TNWC, I asked the Vice-President, Bill Wetterman, if I qualified for the Accountability Partnership Program. He said, “Yes, of course!” and showed me an example of the kind and welcoming characteristics of this club. I ran and got elected to the Treasurer’s position. That helped me get to know people. This club is full of well published authors who love to help those who are new.
The club offered a chance to write a short story to be included in an anthology written by the Tulsa NightWriters. Half the authors were published and half were unpublished. I was lucky enough to have my story, “Chosen,” included. Then, the club gave a contest for flash writing. I had never heard of it. They taught me the guidelines. I wrote a story, “Coping Skills,” and won first prize! I can’t thank TNWC enough.
Editor — Cindy Rose
I’ve been a member of the Tulsa NightWriters Club, off and on, since the early 1990s, but you probably haven’t noticed, as I’ve spent most of that time being quiet and inconspicuous in one of the back rows. I worked for Samson Resources Company as a paralegal for 32 years and eight months before being caught in its last downsizing. While working there, I honed some serious skills in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint and served a few years as newsletter editor for the Tulsa Area Paralegal Association. I view my layoff as a sign for me to recharge my writing and would love to include serving as the NightWriters Editor in 2019 as part of that path.
I’ve been writing since junior high. One of my poems was published in the University of Tulsa’s Nimrod literary magazine while I was a student there, and I later published several “confession” stories (thanks to Peggy Fielding’s tutelage). Over the years, I’ve placed well in a few writing contests, including First Place in the 1990 Tulsa NightWriters Warm-up Contest, First Place in the 1991 Tulsa NightWriters Annual Best Sellers Contest (Romance Novel category), and finalist in the Contemporary Fiction Category of the 2010 Genesis Contest sponsored by American Christian Fiction Writers. My current WIP is a novel in the women’s fiction genre, but I was recently bit by the article writing bug, dividing my attention. My goals this year include developing a website and/or blog. I’m blessed by an incredibly supportive husband (Jerry) and a spoiled and rowdy black lab (Molly).
Hospitality Director – M. Carolyn Steele
Raised and educated in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Carolyn enjoyed a career in both journalism and commercial art before retiring to pursue a love of writing and genealogy. She has been a member of Tulsa NightWriters for so many years she cannot remember exactly when she first joined, except to note in that time many short stories have been published in seventeen anthologies.
Carolyn has garnered a number of awards, which include being nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her writings reflect a childhood steeped in Civil War history and Indian lore. Her first historical fiction novel, Spirit of the Crow, was released March 2017.
Combining her knowledge of storytelling and genealogy, Carolyn presents a variety of programs designed to inspire others to commit family stories to paper and authored the book, Preserving Family Legends for Future Generations, a 2010 First Place winner for Heartland New Day Bookfest.
Carolyn delights in her two beautiful daughters and two lively grandsons.
Visit her website: www.mcarolynsteele.com
Communications Director — Deniece Adsit
Deniece Adsit is author of Lessons from the Journey, published October 2015. Her writing career began in response to receiving a diagnosis of stage IV cancer. While going through surgeries and treatments, blogging became her coping mechanism. Initial postings were about her faith (or lack of it) and the purpose for her life, going forward. Soon after beginning her blog, she was accepted as a recurrent contributor to Community Spirit Magazine, which she did for four years. The magazine articles were very similar to the ones on her blog. Her friends, her family, and her doctor all encouraged her to put these mini stories of her life into a book, which she did. Lessons from the Journey became that book. It is currently available on Amazon. Deniece lives near Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is involved in various writing groups and organizations. She currently posts “Tuesday Tips” on Tulsa NightWriters Club’s Facebook page. The tips range from grammatical choices to time management for writers. She is an active member of Tulsa NightWriters and OWFI and a couple of supportive critique groups. Her most recent endeavors are works of fiction written under a nom de plume.
Webmaster — Non-officer position
Jim Laughter served in the U.S. Air Force for 20-years and retired as a Master Sergeant in 1991. He is the creator of Galactic Axia, a series of young adult science fiction adventure books. His 2010 true-crime biography of the Steven Stayner kidnapping, From Victim to Hero, made Jim a best-selling author when it reached number one in the Amazon kindle store. His psychological thriller, The Apostle Murders, holds the record for the most kindle downloads in a single day. Jim served as editor of NightScripts for two years, and also served as President of the Tulsa NightWriter Club for two years, and Communications Director for one year. In 1982, Jim founded Missions Hotline, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding the education of national students in foreign missionary seminaries around the world. When time permits, Jim enjoys playing tournament poker.
2019 OWFI Delegates
- Joshua Danker-Dake
- Rex Griffin
- Marion Grace
- Tony LoPresti