Post #91 – Memoir Writing News – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler
Writing Conference Alert
Kendra and I are thrilled to tell you about the Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc’s (OWFI) 45th annual conference. We’ve been invited to give a double session on Writing Alchemy and would love to see you there. This year’s conference theme is: Revive! Strive! Thrive! And we think that’s a perfect motto for all of us. Is your memoir writing languishing? Would you like to surround yourself with writers who face many of the same issues that you do? Want lots of new ideas and guidance?
Then join us in Norman, Oklahoma from May 2-4 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. (1-405-364-8040). You can find out more by going to: OWFI. There is a tab for the Conference and you’ll find information about the speakers, about agents, about the workshops, and about the sessions. If you want to register, there is an online form.
Here are just a few of the fantastic speakers lined up for the conference:
Jodi Thomas is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist who has written 35 books and 11 anthologies. She is also a 5 time RITA award winner, the coveted recognition from the Romance Writers of America which earned her a place in their Hall of Fame. With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics.
Jane Friedman is the web editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review, where she oversees digital content strategy and online marketing/promotion. But you probably know her as the (now former) publisher of Writer’s Digest. She has more than a decade of hands-on experience in using new media and technology to engage and grow both online and offline communities.
Marilyn H. Collins is an award-winning author of nonfiction books and—as both editor and freelancer—over 100 magazine/newspaper features. She is a frequent conference speaker, editor of the online newsletter Proficient Writer NEWS, and author of a new series, Step-by-Step Writing Guides. The guides include: Memoir Writing Guide; You Can Write a Book about Your Family, and The Art & Business of Writing Local or Regional History.
Mendy Knott’s writing reflects life as a working-class woman who grew up a Southern preacher’s kid. She served in the US Air Force and was a veteran police officer in Atlanta, GA, but is best known for her powerful performance poetry, peace activism, and ongoing support of women’s creativity.
And the list goes on. There will be a fantastic creativity spirit in Norman, OK from May 2-4. This just might be the right time for you to Revive! Strive! Thrive!
PS And if you haven’t taken one of our workshops, then we invite you to join us at the OWFI Conference from 2-4:45 on Friday May 3 for our session: Writing Alchemy: Take Control of Your Writing.