Monday, May 9, 2011

WordWeaver Winners and OWFI News

Bartlesville WordWeavers, Denise Jarmola, Jennifer McMurrain, Diana Purser and Tawnya York, all attended the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. Conference this past weekend. The ladies attended workshops on different writing topics such as finding your writing voice and how to catch an agent’s eye. Several of the ladies attended one-on-one meetings with different agents and editors from around the country. Jarmola and Purser were both ask to send manuscripts for possible publication.

Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of the Cotton Malone series and hits like The Amber Room, was the key note speaker at this year’s conference. His message was one of optimism and continuing to push forward even when the rejection letters start to pile up. Other speakers included, New York Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, romance writer, Gretchen Craig, cozy mystery writer of the a la Mode series, Wendy Lyn Watson, as well as numerous other authors, agents, and editors.

Saturday night an awards banquet was held and a number of WordWeavers walked away with writing awards:

Denise Jarmola won 1st Honorable Mention, out of 59 entries, in Nostalgia Prose with Meeting Grandfather.

Barbara Shoff won 2nd Place, out of 17 entries, in the Mazie Cox Reid Column category with her Turning Brown Thumbs Green column.

Jennifer McMurrain won 3rd Honorable Mention, out of 25 entries, in Picture Books with Pinky’s Adventure, 2nd Place, out of 67 entries, in Short Story with Footprints in the Snow, and 1st Place, out of 17 entries, in Contemporary Romance Novel with Winter Song.

Congrats to all the winners!!

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