Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc. Conference May 5 & 6 2017

I am honored to be apart of OWFI.

It was the first writers conference I attended as a writer. I am proud to be a member of this organization. It is a non profit group dedicated to promoting higher standards for the written words. They encourage professional writing and recognize Oklahoma writers.

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Click here for more information on OWFI there is registration at the door. http://owfi.org

Embassy Suites

1815 South Meridian

1-405-682-6000
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73108
USA

 

I will be attending this conference again this year. I also entered the contest for the first time. I  am also excited to hear the speakers they have lined up. The workshops they provide are professional and full of helpful information for different genres. I will also be signing up for pitch sessions for my new fiction book.

These are the speakers I am looking forward to hearing the most.

Kelly Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and far too many pets.

 

Cara Brookins Sessions

Cara Brookins is an author and motivational speaker. In addition to her memoir Rise, How a House Built a Family, she has seven published fiction novels including young adult, middle grade, and adult. Her #RaiseMyRoof lectures motivate audiences around the country to build a new life and a new perception of self. A large social media presence on Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook connect her to millions every month.

 

There is a bookstore to purchase books. So bring your money and buy some books!!

I hope to see you there.

Pictures from the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

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Enid Author Fest 2017

 

I am honored to be invited as an Oklahoma author to celebrate books at the Enid Public Library on  Rescheduled for March 4, 2017  10 a.m – 4 p.m

 You will be able to meet more than thirty Oklahoma Authors.

I grew up about one mile east of the library. My younger brother and I would stop at the library during the summer to cool off from riding our bikes in the hot mid-west sun. It was our little bit of heaven. A cold water fountain and the clean bathrooms was the first thing on our minds. The business of reading was second. The books let us escape our chaos.

We didn’t have goggle or the internet. We had microfiche machines.

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If you wanted to learn something you read an encyclopedia at home or you went to the local library.

I remember learning about the dewey decimal system and what fiction and non fiction books meant. I felt in control of my learning for the first time in the Enid Public Library. I would walk up to the wooden drawers called card catalogs. If I knew the name of an author or subject I would give the metal holder a tug and finger through the cards. The card would have a numbers. I took a small pencil and a piece of  scratch paper and scribbled the secret code.

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I traveled shelf to shelf  book searching with my younger brother in tow. He was mischievous little kid. He liked animal books of any kind. I would often find him a couple books first and sit him on the rug with the rest of the children. When I felt comfortable he would stay and read. I would search for my books.

The Enid Public Library was always a safe place for me and many other children.

In a world where 2/3 students can’t read proficiently by the end of 4th grade we need libraries.

Reports show that the rate of low literacy in the United States directly costs the healthcare system millions of dollars every year.

For the reasons above, read to your children every day. When they start reading make it a routine in your household to have reading time.

Reading made my life easier as a child and an adult.

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Enid Public Library

120 West Maine St.

Enid, OK

Please visit their website by clicking below

http://www.enid.okpls.org

Here is list of my favorite books as a kid.

  1. Summer of the Monkeys
  2. Where the Red Fern Grows
  3. Sounder
  4. How to Eat Fried Worms
  5. Blubber
  6. Outsiders
  7. Super Fudge
  8. Flowers in the Attic
  9. Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  10. Boxcar Children

I challenge you to make a list of your favorite book when you were young teen.

You are invited to 

Enid Author Fest 2017 is March 4th 10 a.m – 4 p.m

Free Admission

Book Signing, Readings and Selling

I will be signing and selling

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