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Litfest Online

Join us for our 4th annual LitFest! Writers of all ages, skill levels, mediums, and genres are welcome. Enjoy the opportunity to learn from industry professionals on a variety of topics, all online, all at your own pace.

 

Get Inspired

Need some help getting started? Read to write, but don't know what? Or are you in a creative slump? Use these downloads to jump start your writing and provide writing inspo all month long. You can also follow our daily Instagram and Facebook story for a writing prompt every day.

 

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Resources

So you’re ready to write your bestseller, but you need a little guidance?  Good news! , With your Metropolitan Library System card you can:

  • Check out an iPad for in-library use at our Almonte, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, or Southern Oaks Libraries
  • Check out a Chromebook or laptop for in-library use at our Almonte Library.
  • Check out a Kindle Fire and/or WiFi hotspot for use at home
  • Check out books, CDs, DVDs, MP3 players, and magazines
  • Download or stream eBooksaudiobooksmusic, and magazines such as Writer’s Digest, Paris Review, The Writer, and Poets & Writers, among others
  • Use online resources like America’s Historical Newspapers, Film Scripts Online, Literary Reference Center Plus, and the Oklahoma Folklore Collection, among others to help with research questions.
  • Submit research questions to our Special Collections
  • Download or stream Feature Films and Documentaries

These are general services and features available to anyone, but there are also some writer-specific resources available here including curated booklists regarding craft in a variety of genres, notices of upcoming writing-related events in the Metropolitan Library System,

We have a great collection of audio and eBooks in our Overdrive collection which can be streamed or downloaded through the Libby app, available for free in your favorite app store. We also have Hoopla, a streaming service that offers movies, books, graphic novels, and music. And one of our newest additions, Kanopy, hosts a collection of art films, cult cinema, and documentaries, including many Criterion Collection titles.

I hope this is of some use to you, and please feel free to contact us at askalibrarian@metrolibrary.org or call us at (405) 231-8650 if you have any questions.

Writing Groups & Organizations

Local Groups

 

Online Writing Groups

Some groups may charge fees for membership or premium accounts.

 

Resources for OK writers

 

Summer Writing Program for Teens

OSAI Creative Writing Program (ages 15-19)

 

 

Writing Classes

Free Writing Classes

 

Writing classes under $50

 

Writing classes under $100

 

Writing Classes under $200

  • Masterclass ($180 annual fee, get access to all content)
  • Skillshare ($168 billed annually after 14-day free trial)
  • Storylogue ($197) Geared toward screenwriting

 

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

 

Master’s Degree Programs

Professional Writing / Popular Fiction MFAs

 

Creative Writing MFAs, MA, or PhD

 

Journalism Master’s Degrees with a Writing Focus

 

LitFest Programs



ABOUT Zoraida

Zoraida Córdova is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels and short stories, including the "Brooklyn Brujas" series, "Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate," the "Hollow Crown" series, and "The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina." In addition to writing novels, she serves on the Board of We Need Diverse Books, and is the co-editor of the bestselling anthology "Vampires Never Get Old," as well as the cohost of the writing podcast, Deadline City. She writes romance novels as Zoey Castile. Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and calls New York City home. When she’s not working, she’s roaming the world in search of magical stories.

View Zoraida Córdova Books in our Catalog

 


Author Liza Wiemer (The Assignment) joins us for Litfest 2021! In this online Zoom lesson, we’ll explore different techniques that will help you create unforgettable characters. Perfect for anyone who is getting started on a novel or writers who want some guidance developing their characters. We’ll do some hands-on exercises, explore values and conflicts as well as ways to dig deep into your characters’ psyche. Have paper, pen or pencil available for writing activities.


Download Liza Wiemer's Secrets to Writing Realistic Characters


It is becoming more and more important to have a strong online platform if you are going to create, market, or sell your work digitally. Join writer and creative coach, Marisa Mohi, to learn how to build and maintain your own online platform so that you can find digital success!.



Camron Wright has a masters degree in writing and public relations. His books have received numerous awards and been published in countries around the world. His works include The Other Side of the Bridge, Letters for Emily, The Rent Collector, and The Orphan Keeper. He and his wife, Alicyn, are the parents of four children. Learn more about Camron and his books at AuthorCamronWright.com.



Travis Hanson is an Eisner nominated fantasy/comics illustrator. He is also an expert on getting projects crowdfunded through Kickstarter. With 10 successfully funded projects, he has a strong working knowledge of the process, along with an active interest in teaching others how to navigate the intricacies of crowdfunding. This presentation will be held on Zoom, and a link will be sent out to all attendees prior to the event.



The world of publishing is constantly changing. The popularity of genres ebb and flow. Join best-selling author, Seanan McGuire, as she answers all of your questions on writing and the evolution of Urban Fantasy.


ABOUT THE Seanan


Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.

Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir's Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.

In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep.

Seanan lives in an idiosyncratically designed labyrinth in the Pacific Northwest, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the "marginally." It probably doesn't help that she has so many hobbies.

Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.

View Seanan Mcguire Books in our Catalog

 


Join authors Dahlia Adler (COOL FOR THE SUMMER) and Shaun David Hutchinson (A COMPLICATED LOVE STORY SET IN SPACE) as we discuss anthologies on Facebook! Anthologies have become a popular choice for readers, especially in the Young Adult genre. Anthologies are collections of short stories on a similar topic written by various authors. Two authors, who have also acted as editor of and contributor to various anthologies are here to discuss the process of creating, writing, and editing these collections.



Speculative worlds need grit and flaws to feel real. This workshop with author David R. Slayton will help you find your world's darker side, the fatal flaw that your heroes can't resolve. We'll look at some historical examples and societal, economic, and resource issues that can help deepen your world's reality.



Dan Wells, DM of the TypeCast RPG Gaming Show and author of Science Fiction and Horror novels including the John Cleaver Series and the Partials Series, will discuss storytelling techniques for RPG Gaming.



Have you been struggling to create an online presence? Do you want to learn how to promote your work on Amazon, Instagram, or even TikTok? Join writer and creative coach, Marisa Mohi, to learn the tips and tricks you need to get a following and make that money!



Join agent Seth Fishman of The Gernert Company as he discusses the role of an agent in your writing career, presents tools for your search, and highlights key questions to ask when seeking representation.



Author and agent Seth Fishman shares his insights as an author and agent on the creation of a picture book related to writing and art, the "rules" for picture books, and the ins-and-outs of getting it from concept to shelf.




Join us on Facebook Live for a new segment of Author Hour as part of this year's LitFest! We are going to chat with authors Alaya Dawn Johnson (RECONSTRUCTION: STORIES) and Isabel Yep (NEVER HAVE I EVER) about writing and publishing short story collections.



ABOUT THE AUTHORS:


ALAYA DAWN JOHNSON

Alaya Johnson is an award-winning author of speculative fiction for adults and young adults. Her most recent novel, Trouble the Saints, was published by Tor in July 2020. Her short story collection, Reconstruction, was published by Small Beer Press in January 2021.

View Alaya Johnson Books in our Catalog

 

 


Isabel Yap

Isabel Yap writes fiction and poetry, works in the tech industry, and drinks tea. Born and raised in Manila, she has also lived in California and London. She holds a BS in Marketing from Santa Clara University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2013 she attended the Clarion Writers Workshop, and since 2016 has served as Secretary for the Clarion Foundation. Her work has appeared in venues including Tor.com, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction. Her debut short story collection, Never Have I Ever, was recently published by Small Beer Press. She is @visyap on Twitter and her website is https://isabelyap.com.


View Isabel Yap Books in our Catalog

 

 


In certain writing circles, plot is considered a dirty word. But you can’t have a story without a plot, and an understanding of narrative structure and movement liberates rather than restricts. Join us as Author Lou Berney leads us through the ways in which a writer can start – and keep – the wheels turning.



Join us for an interview session with author Scarlett St. Clair! St. Clair has written many series including Hades and Persephone, the Hades Saga, and the King of Battle and Blood series. In this interview we will discuss her works specifically, the pros and cons of being a self-published author, how to market your writing in the age of social media, and much more. Aspiring writers and fans of Scarlett St. Clair alike won't want to miss out on this session for LitFest 2021!



You've probably heard writers talk about beta readers and critique partners, and maybe you're even looking for your own group of writer friends. In today's conversational session, author Danielle Ellison brings in her circle of critique partners (CPs) and beta readers (BRs) to discuss what the role we play in each other's writing process, the importance of CPs/BRs, what the expectations are and should be, and how you can find or build a community of your own!



Are you looking for a side gig? Editing might be for you! Join Meaghan Hunt to learn how to get into freelance editing and build your own business. It's time to make that money!



Join Liz Pelletier, Publisher at Entangled Publishing, for an insider's tour of the journey a book makes from pitch to purchase; starting with what an editor thinks while reading an inbox full of queries, through the acquisition process, to sales pitches, distribution, and finally working with retail chains for shelving.


 

Archived LitFest Sessions



Jerry Bennett is a full-time artist creating comic books, children's books, and shirt designs for licensed brands (Lucasfilm, Marvel, DC, Saban). He storyboarded for Mattel and Dreamworks and created animated book trailers for Scholastic and Lerner Children's Books. He also art directed Even in Death, an award-winning animated short, with talented students on the autism spectrum. He served as the 2018-2019 Paseo Arts/Skirvin Hilton Artist in Residence, creating and involving the community in participating in the process of comic art. Jerry is currently drawing more comics and creating licensed hand drawn sketch cards for Star Wars, Walking Dead, Stranger Things, Outlander and MST3K that are randomly distributed in their trading card packs.

 

  • Do companies pay for product placement to go in graphic novels?
    That possibly happens, and most likely the companies who want product placement will themselves have something specially created to have their products placed in.

 

  • Is there a rule about when it is okay to use a name brand in your work versus changing it (i.e. McDonald's versus McRonald's)?
    I’ve seen too many graphic novels that simply place the name brand without any hassles from the companies that own the licensing. Usually the publishing companies would tell you if it can be included. 

 

  • Do people pitch you ideas for what they think you should do for your next comic?
    Oh sure, I get approached often by writers with some great stories, but nowadays I have stories of my own I’m really wanting to see come to life that I can’t really entertain those other ideas anymore. (Unless it’s something that I’m absolutely stoked about.) :)

 

  • What is the best thing someone should do if they are trying to break into the comic's businesses whether as a writer or illustrator?   
    Get your comic made! Just go out and make it happen. We are in a golden age of creator-owner comics, and a fantastic resource in the internet to get it seen by the world and build an audience for your work. If the audience is big enough, the big publishers take notice. If you aren’t an author/illustrator, then find someone you can collaborate with and make that comic! Learn all about making comics! Network with all the comic creators in the area. (There is a huge group of us!)

 

  • If I am going to try and get my graphic novel published, do I need to have the whole thing written and drawn before submitting it or would I just need to write it and the publisher would find an illustrator?  
    Depending on what kind of story you want to tell, there are different ways to get a graphic novel published. Most of the time, publishers will want to see the whole manuscript if they are interested in your pitch. Having sample pages would hurt either, but be flexible in letting them change illustrators if you bring one along to collaborate with. Publishers usually match up artists with the stories they acquire, unless you’re an author/illustrator.

 

  • When you write a book, do you get a say on who illustrates it or does the publisher just have a go to set of illustrators they use?
    Established authors will eventually get more input in choosing illustrators, but writers generally do not have a say, though they can suggest illustrators. The publishing companies don’t usually have in-house illustrators anymore. They usually get established talent or discover new talent from agents, and have even been known to reach out through social media, especially for those illustrators with a large following.

 

  • What advice can you give me on how to condense my dialogue and story down to fit in a graphic novel format? I am used to writing novels and find myself being too wordy? 
    Writing a novel is definitely a different type of writing compared to writing graphic novels, which is a very script-based format. You can find tons of graphic novel manuscripts available to read online to study and find a style, of which there are MANY, that suits you.

 

  • What resources could you recommend to improve my drawing skills? 
    I would find all the tutorials out there available to purchase or watch for free. Also find books on the things you want to draw or improve upon in your drawing. Find critique groups that will give you HONEST BUT KIND feedback of your work. There is, however, no substitute for improving your skills than PRACTICE, though. ALWAYS BE DRAWING. Set aside a time, no matter how large or small, to draw. So many people talk about how busy they are, and that’s true, we are all busy, but your desire to improve is only matched by the amount of time you are willing to give to improve. 

 





Tune in as we talk to paranormal expert, Jeff Provine. Through his experience researching and writing about haunted locations across Oklahoma and running public ghost tours, he is well versed in all things ghostly. Jeff will go in depth on what it takes to write these spooky tales.





Join Andrea Foster, self-publishing guru, to learn how you can fast track your dream of being published, by doing it yourself- All for free!



Mark Woommavovah is a Comanche author that grew up on the Southern Plains of Oklahoma. He joined the Army and spent his career running all over the world. He was inspired to tell his story after seeing the joy that books brought to children during a Storytime in Hawaii. Since then, he used his childhood running messages for his grandmother, his Comanche heritage, and love of running to create his first children's book, "The Little Indian Runner".