Thursday, December 3, 2015

November 17, 2015 Minutes

Those who attended the Bartlesville WordWeavers Club meeting in November were Jennifer (President), Saralyn (Treasurer), Abigail (PR), Erin (Secretary), Cindy, Tawnya, Charlotte, Sally, Rita, Stacey, Marilyn, Linda, Margery, and Ann. We also had two first time guests: Glenn and Francia Vermillion. Glenn and Francia were extremely fun to talk to and would be valuable new assets to our club. We hope to see them again soon!

On the day of the meeting the club had given away free copies of the Seasons of Life anthology on Kindle. Most people forgot until that afternoon, but we ended up having 118 Kindle copies taken that day with no PR.

Old News:

We were reminded not to forget to share the Book of the Day on Facebook.

There was information given out about four upcoming writing competitions:
  • 2016 Oklahoma Book Awards - Deadline January 8, 2016
  • OWFI Conference May 13th and 14th - Deadline February 1, 2016.
  • Friends of the Library, February 1st, 2016 - enter by the end of December, 2015
  • 10th Annual North Texas Book Festival Book Awards on April 8th and 9th, 2016 - Submissions Sept 1st, 2015 - December 31, 2015.
Kindle copies of Seasons Remembered will be given out for free on December 13th and 15th. Let's try to remember to publicize this time around. Who knows how many copies we could get out there with some PR effort if we gave away 118 without any!

New News:

OWFI has changed formats on their Newsletter. It is now being updated monthly on the webpage.

Our December meeting will be shared with our club Christmas Party. It will be taking place on December 15 at 6:00 pm at President Jennifer McMurrain's house. Bring your favorite goody; sweet or savory. Please remember that we will be conducting a normal club meeting as well as celebrating, so print out and edit the stories we are sent for a critique session. An e-mail with more details will be forthcoming.

There is some exciting news for various club members! Jennifer was accepted by BookHub, which is notoriously difficult to get into. Charlotte had a book signing the Saturday after the meeting at the Nowata Library.

For NanoWriNo this year our club had 3 participants. Abigail wrote her first full draft of a book, Saralyn worked on a rough draft for All the Little Pieces, and Jennifer was writing the rough draft of her next novel. These ladies deserve lots of respect for making that commitment and trying to write everyday!

Margery announced that she is almost done editing a book for Robert Peters. He already has one book published in the 90's. He needs help formatting and publishing on Amazon. He also needed editors. Several club members volunteered to help Mr. Peters.

Last but not least, Abigail got not one, but two contracts for "Pockets" Magazine. She will be in two back to back issues: Jan/Feb 2016 and March 2016.

I hope to see you all in a couple of weeks at the Christmas Party!

Erin McMillan, Bartlesville WordWeavers Club Secretary

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October 20, 2015 Minutes

Members attending the October 2015 meeting were Jennifer McMurrain, President; Cindy Bolder, VP; Sarah Lynn, Treasurer; Erin McMillan, Secretary; Tawnya Hobbs York; Marilyn Boone; Sybil Copeland; Linda Durkiss; Rita Durrett; Charlotte Smith; Darla Tressner; Hillary Smith; and Eloise Peacock. We also had a guest, Suzanne Read, who paid her dues and joined at the meeting. Welcome Suzanne! We look forward to reading your work.

Sarah Lynn gave the Treasurer's Report.

Jennifer informed us that the club had given away 44 Seasons of Life the weekend before as a promotion.

In our New News, Jennifer had come out with her 3rd novel in her Quail Crossings series: Missing Quail Crossings, the Tuesday before. Jennifer is currently busy with a book tour. We congratulate her on the fruits of her labor and wish her the best in her travels.

Charlotte Smith had received another delivery of her book Murder, Murder Everywhere that day. Congratulations, Charlotte!

Congratulations are also in order for Sybil; she just completed a story about her home for her memoir. It is a tour of her home. Sybil gave a helpful suggestion in that pictures are a handy tool for writers.

Rita informed us that she has a 4th editor for her project, and we are all hoping for headway.

Pepper Hume has an art exhibition in Dewey. Go check it out.

For our Main Business portion we discussed our new anthology, Seasons to Celebrate.

Jennifer gave all the present members handouts on the overview of the book, such as rules and protocol. On October 27th she e-mailed the guidelines to all members.

Present members were able to sign up for her own submission deadline. There are two for each meeting until August 2016.

Tawnya took some pictures of the meeting for the WordWeavers Club website. Thank you, Tawnya!

The next WordWeavers meeting is November 17th. Details are forthcoming.

Thus ended the Official Meeting.

Jennifer McMurrain then took us through her notes on the "Fast Draft" workshop given by Candy Heabens. We learned many suggestions on how to write a draft in two weeks.

The meeting adjourned.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

January 2015 minutes

*No December minutes were take due to it being our annual holiday party. 

President Barbara Shoff brought the meeting to order with seventeen present.  Anyone having trouble sending entries to OWFI should watch the video by Jennifer McMurrain. Try to make your word count have a 50 word “cushion” because some programs come up with different numbers which can disqualify your entry. We covered the costs for OWFI and the scholarships available. We encouraged entries to the Friends of the Library contest, which also has its deadline on February 1st, and to Listen to Your Mother Oklahoma, Chicken Soup, and Good Old Days magazine. In memory of Bob Long, a motion to give $50 to the Homeless Shelter was passed. Several also gave donations totaling $16, so the amount from our treasury would be for $34.  A motion to compile a list of books about writing our members would be willing to loan to others was passed. .  We critiqued  two stories. Then Barbara encouraged anyone wanting to submit something (10 pages or less) to be critiqued to send it to her  by Friday Feb 13 to then be sent out to others for our next meeting February 17. Meeting adjourned. ~ Diana Purser

Monday, November 24, 2014

November Minutes

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, WordWeavers held their monthly meeting. Barbara Shoff, Charlotte Smith, Eloise Needleman, Jennifer McMurrain, Saralyn Miller, David Pennel, Irene Chang, Janis Lussmyer, Abigail Singrey, Hank Hankinson, Mary Kincaid, Margery Warder and Rita Durrett were all in attendance. We would like to send a very warm welcome to Marshall Bennett. We’re so glad you came.
Barbara opened the meeting with quick introductions, followed by a public relations report. Jennifer encouraged everyone to share the book of the day on Facebook. Word of mouth is the best form of advertisement and make sure to congratulate those who have a book release, because it’s hard work and a big deal.

Jennifer then gave treasurer’s report and sales are doing well. There are still some outstanding dues, please pay those ASAP. WordWeaver dues are only $10.

Jennifer followed with an anthology report. Seasons of Life is LIVE!! Please spread the word. She then went over how to order additional copies of the anthologies. Remember all anthology business needs to go to

The OWFI newsletter and lack of information was discussed and I’m pleased to announce that as of this evening the rules and regulations for the OWFI contest are up on the OWFI blog,

Our next meeting is a closed meeting, only WordWeaver members* are invited as we will be having our meeting/Christmas party at Eloise Needleman’s house at 1900 Saturn Court. We will be sending out an e-mail with a map closer to time. The Christmas party will be on December 16, 2014 at 6:00pm. Please bring your favorite Christmas party food. *This applies to established members, if you have been a member you are welcome to come even if your dues aren’t current, but please pay your dues ASAP.

If you have a Christmas story you’d like to share, please bring it to the party. Please keep all submissions to 5/6 minutes.

Monday, November 3, 2014

October Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, Oct 21st, WordWeavers held their monthly meeting. Barbara Shoff, Jayleen Mayes, David Pennel, Marilyn Boone, Jennifer McMurrain, Irene Chang, Rita Durrett, Janis Lussmyer, Saralyn Miller, and Angel Riggs were all in attendance. We would like to send a very warm welcome to Allison Albert. We’re so glad you came.
Barbara opened the meeting with quick introductions, followed by a public relations report. Jennifer informed everyone that if they would let her know when they have new releases she would be more than happy to include them in the Facebook profile pic rotation.

Jennifer followed her public relations report with the treasurer’s report and anthology sales report.

Many decisions were made regarding the Seasons of Life anthology.

1.    ANYTHING REGARDING THE ANTHOLOGIES WILL NOW NEED TO BE E-MAIL TO All other WordWeaver business will still be sent to

2.    The anthology will be sold at Amazon, Kindle, Createspace, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords for the first 3 months. After the first 3 months, if there are no sales during those first 3 months, the anthology will go in the Kindle Selects program to utilize their promotional materials.

3.    Every author who participated in the anthology will receive 1 copy of the anthology at cost, which is $4.52. The WordWeaver organization will pick up the cost of shipping and handling for this one time shipment. You must notify the WordWeavers via if you’d like your author copy by November 15, 2014.

4.    WordWeavers will be able to order books for their book signings at a discounted cost. A $3.00 fee will be added to the cost of book including shipping and handling. WordWeavers can then do whatever they see fit with the books they have purchased, no more money will be owed to the WordWeavers. Order forms will be provided. You will be able to pay via check, PayPal, credit/debit or cash (please keep in mind we may not always have change).

The meeting concluded with Barbara asking everyone what direction they’d like to see the WordWeavers move in. There were talks of critiquing no more than three submissions on a first come first serve basis, knowledge share programs, and writing prompt exercises.
The next WordWeavers meeting will be November 18, 2014 at 6:30 at the Bartlesville Public Library, meeting room B.

Monday, September 22, 2014

September Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Wordweavers  Meeting – Thursday Sept. 16, 2014  - Diana Purser, Secretary

The meeting was called to order by out-going President Jennifer McMurrain. We went around the table introducing ourselves. We had five new people present.

Sharon Barrett, David Pennell, Marilyn Boone, Eloise Needleman, Erin McMillan, Hank Hankinson, Irene Chang, Charlotte Smith, Barbara Shoff, Rita Durrett, Janis Lussmyer, Mary Kincaid, Linda Derkez, Heather Davis, Cindy Molder, Bob Long, Sara Gagan, Angel Rigg, and Penny Sharpton were present.

At 7 p.m. we posed for a photo for the anthology taken by Paula Young showing all the people present at that meeting. Those not present who have items in our anthology need to send an individual photo to Jennifer McMurrain  by October 1st.   More information will be sent to authors involved in the anthology via e-mail.

OWFI NEWS:   Jennifer announced changes being made the categories for the annual writing contest as well as a few price changes. All information will be made public in the October issue of the OWFI Report. The OWFI web site is now being rebuilt, but its domain name will still be  Their newsletter NEEDS articles.  Submission deadline is Oct. 15.

Next order of business:  Our new incoming officers will be as follows:
President - Barbara Shoff
Vice-President - Eloise Needleman       
Secretary - Diana Purser
Treasurer/PR - Jennifer McMurrain
OWFI Executive Board Members - Denise Jarmola and Jennifer McMurrain
OWFI Delegates - Barbara Shoff and Charlotte Smith

Diana Purser secured a table for the WordWeavers at the Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival and anyone who had published books was invited to attend.

Anthology Sales:  We sold a few at the County Fair and some more over Amazon. Jennifer proposed that we do a Promo Give-Away of Seasons Remembered in October and then once again just before Seasons of Life comes out. That motion was made, seconded, and passed.

Anthology Business: Cover Color – Coral was voted as final background cover.

Anthology Contracts – Get those signed and then submitted to Jennifer ASAP.

The Anthology Committee will be meeting soon to decide the order for the stories in each section. The goal will be to help the book “flow” from story to story as best as possible.  Once those decisions are made, Jennifer will start the formatting so proof books can be ordered ASAP.

DUES for WordWeavers  ($10)  and for OWFI ($20)  are now due.  Please send your checks to Jennifer McMurrain, our new Treasurer. E-mail if you need her address.  

Out-going President Jennifer McMurrain made her “farewell speech” saying that she is so very proud of all of the members for working so hard and being so cooperative. She said that she could not have been a good president without all the wonderful members. She will still be an officer – Treasurer and Public Relations – so she will continue to be very involved and available to answer questions. She wanted us to know that she will be cheering us on as we continue to work on our various projects.

Our in-coming President Barbara Shoff also made her “opening speech,” asking everyone to come to the October meeting with lists of each of our strengths and weaknesses -  lists of ideas about which of our talents or areas of expertise we would be able to SHARE with our fellow writers  -  and lists of suggestions about guest speakers, projects, how to handle critique sessions, etc.  She wants to hear from everyone about what directions we think WordWeavers should go in the future.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 and opened to “Free Chat” time so that we could all have a chance to meet and get to know the five new people.

Our next WordWeavers meeting will be Tuesday, October 21st at the Bartlesville Public Library, meeting room TBA.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

August Meeting

Bartlesville WordWeavers met August 19, 2014 at the Bartlesville Public Library. Jennifer McMurrain presided.
There was no treasurer's report in Diana Purser's absence.
Jennifer reported on the sales of the 2012 Anthology, 2991 copies are in the hands of readers.
The WordWeaver members voted on the cover art for the 2014 Anthology. The cover, "Silhouettes" was selected.  
Final 2014 Anthology revisions will be emailed in the next few weeks. Please return as soon as possible to the editors.
The next meeting is September 16, 6:30 PM at the Bartlesville Public Library. The elections for new officers will be held by ballot during the meeting. Members interested in serving as a 2014-2015 officer please contact Denise Jarmola,
Keep Writing,
Cindy Molder
WordWeaver Secretary