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.
*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
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.
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.
gave treasurer’s report and sales are doing well. There are still some
outstanding dues, please pay those ASAP. WordWeaver dues are only $10.
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 WordWeaverAnthologies@gmail.com.
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, www.owfi.biz.
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
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.
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
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
followed her public relations report with the treasurer’s report and anthology
were made regarding the Seasons of Life anthology.
REGARDING THE ANTHOLOGIES WILL NOW NEED TO BE E-MAIL TO WordWeaverAnthologies@gmail.com.
All other WordWeaver business will still be sent to
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.
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 WordWeaverAnthologies@gmail.com
if you’d like your author copy by November 15, 2014.
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).
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.
WordWeavers meeting will be November 18, 2014 at 6:30 at the Bartlesville
Public Library, meeting room B.
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
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 OWFI.org.
Their newsletter NEEDS articles.
Submission deadline is Oct. 15.
order of business: Our new incoming
officers will be as follows:
- Barbara Shoff
- Eloise Needleman
- Diana Purser
- Jennifer McMurrain
Executive Board Members - Denise Jarmola and Jennifer McMurrain
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
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
Anthology Business: Cover Color – Coral was voted as final
Anthology Contracts – Get those signed and then submitted to
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
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
Our next WordWeavers meeting will be Tuesday, October 21st
at the Bartlesville Public Library, meeting room TBA.
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, CDJarmola@sbcglobal.net