Monday, May 23, 2011

WordWeaver May Minutes and News

Tuesday, May 17th, WordWeavers held their monthly meeting. Diana Purser, Rita Durret, Denise Jarmola, Barbara Shoff, Marilyn Boone, Tawnya York and Jennifer McMurrain were all in attendance.

During the first business hour it was decided that WordWeavers would continue meeting throughout the summer and to set our age limit to 18 and above, with the stipulation that they are no longer in school. As much as we hate to set an age limit, we feel it’s important for all our WordWeavers to feel comfortable when submitting their work for critique.

We also discussed much of the information we learned at OWFI. The most important of which is to not give up. More than one of our members was asked to submit a manuscript for possible publication, so we wish them luck. And if you haven’t seen it yet, there is an article about WordWeaver’s trip to OWFI in Sunday, May 22nd paper.

The rest of the meeting was spent critiquing, while enjoying a wonderful cake that Tawnya brought. Thanks again Tawnya, it was yummy! Next month we will critique work from Diana, Jennifer and Tawnya. Our next meeting will be June 21st at 7pm in Meeting Room A (upstairs, food and drinks welcome). See you on the 21st.

Monday, May 16, 2011

WordWeavers May Meeting

WordWeavers May meeting is Tuesday, May 17th at 7 pm at the Bartlesville Library in Meeting Room A (upstairs). Open to new members.

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!!