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SWOSU hosts talk about OWFI and their benefits

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

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By Margarita Garcia

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President of Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc, Shelly Pagach, and Conference Chair Aleasha Shelnutt, came to SWOSU to speak about their organization and the upcoming conference. They are looking for college students who are interest becoming writers to join OWFI.

OWFI is a large group made up of smaller affiliates around the states Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas. They are a nonprofit federation made up of writers’ groups who are dedicated on promoting higher standards of written word and have been around for about 52 years.

OWFI offers bimonthly virtual workshops and they also have a quarterly newsletter. In the newsletter, they have writing prompts that you can write about and send back to be hopefully published.

The workshops are an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about writing and more. OWFI is a great community for aspiring writers and others. They also have annual writing contest that is open to all members. There are 34 categories and 4 are for published authors.

In May, there will be a conference for all writers, aspiring writers, and more. The keynote speaker this year will be Alton Carter, author of The Boy Who Carried Bricks. There will be costume contest, a jeopardy game, two luncheons, and many workshops. They will have speakers on how to get publish, podcasts, and more. They will be announcing the winner of their annual writing contest on Saturday, May 2.

Pagach believes that is important to help others who want to become better writers and show them the way. Writing fits into many career types whether or not you decide to become a writer. Shelnutt believes it is very to explore writing because it can help you with your career.

Membership is free for students and for nonstudents it is a $30 annual fee. The annual writing contest has a fee of $30. To enter the conference, the fee is $125 for the whole weekend and hotel cost is separate.

For more information on the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc and how to join, visit https://www.owfi.org.

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