Western Writers' Colloquium

When: Sat., March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Stillwater Public Library, 1107 S. Duck

Fee: $10, included lunch and refreshments

Registration: Register online, by mail, or in person.

Western American Literature typically encompasses characteristics of individualism in rural settings with geographic boundaries, but complexities and tensions can exist in how this type of literature is understood. At this one-day colloquium, four Oklahoma writers and scholars will provide a learning experience for anyone interested in writing, researching, and publishing Western literature.

Pre-registration and $10 fee for lunch and refreshments is required. Lunch includes
sandwich (ham, turkey, roast beef) or veggie pita from McAlister’s with chips, pickle and cookie.  Tea and water to drink.  Morning refreshments will be served.



Untangling the Myth: Writing Western Biography
Michael Wallis, an award-winning author of 18 books and a storyteller. His books include Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride; David Crockett: The Lion of the West and (co-author) Mankiller: A Chief and Her People, the autobiography of the late Wilma Mankiller. http://www.michaelwallis.com




“HerStories: Women of the West”
Patricia Loughlin,
Professor of History at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her history specialties include Women’s, American Indian, and the American West. Her books include Hidden Treasures of the American West: Muriel H. Wright, Angie Debo, and Alice Marriott. Loughlin is currently working on a children’s biography of Angie Debo.



“Searching for Stories of Oklahoma History: Opportunities and Trends”
Bob Blackburn, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society which maintains 32 museums, historic sites and affiliates throughout Oklahoma. He has authored or co-authored 18 books including You Know We Belong to the Land: The Centennial History of Oklahoma.



Western History: Indigenous Voices
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, is an historian, writer, and Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Haywood. Her memoir, Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie documents her early years in Oklahoma. A lifelong social justice advocate, her latest book is An Indigenous People’s History of the United States. http://www.reddirtsite.com

To register online:

STEP 1 of 2: Fill out and submit the registration form here. If you cannot access the form, please email Lynda Reynolds with your name, phone number, address, the name of the person on the credit card you are using to pay, and any dietary restrictions.

STEP 2 of 2: Use the Paypal "Add to Cart" button below to pay online.

To register by mail:

STEP ONE: Print out this form

STEP TWO: Mail filled out form and check to: Lynda Reynolds, Stillwater Public Library, 1107 S. Duck, Stillwater, OK 74074

To register in person:

STEP ONE: Print out this form or go to the Help Desk and ask for a form to be printed.

STEP TWO: Take filled out form and check or cash to the Business Office. Registrations brought in the evening or on the weekend may be taken to the Help Desk.