Links

RENEE’ LA VINESS…

Writing Workshops – jespiddlin.com/designingtheworldwithwords
On Facebook – facebook.com/Author.ReneeLaViness
On LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/reneelaviness
On Amazon – amazon.com/author/reneelaviness
On Pinterest – pinterest.com/ReneeLaViness
On 4RV – 4rvpublishing.com/renee-laviness.php

TULSA AREA WRITING GROUPS…

Critical Ink – facebook.com/groups/criticalink1
Fellowship of Christian Writers – fellowshipofchristianwriters.org
Society of Children’s Book Writers (Okla) – oklahoma.scbwi.org
South Tulsa Writers Meetup – meetup.com/writers-937
Tulsa NightWriters – tulsanightwriters.wordpress.com
Unbreakable Spines – facebook.com/groups/363503770436532

AREA WRITERS CONFERENCES…
If a conference is always scheduled on the same day/date/weekend, please let me know and I’ll be glad to add a note for it.

Ozarks Writers League – ozarkswritersleague.com/#!february/c1swn
Annual Free Conf. – facebook.com/events/320903948412112
Mid-South Christian Writers’ Conference – midsouthchristianwriters.com
Read.Write.Share! Writers Weekend – facebook.com/ReadWriteShareRetreat
MidSouthCon – midsouthcon.org
Called to Write Conference – calledtowriteconference.wordpress.com
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – oklahoma.scbwi.org
DFW Writers Conference – dfwcon.org
Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. – owfi.org
Nonfiction Writers’ Conference – nonfictionwritersconference.com
Missouri Writers’ Guild – missouriwritersguild.org
Arkansas Writers’ Conference – arkansaswritersconference.org
…..(AWC is always the 1st Saturday in June.)
Siloam Springs Writers Conference – Siloam Springs Writers Guild
East Texas Writers Guild – etwritersguild.org
White County Creative Writers – whitecountycreativewriters.org
…..(WCCW is always the Saturday before Labor Day.)
WriterCon – writercon.org
Mid-South Book Festival – midsouthbookfest.org
The Successful Writer Conference – thesuccessfulwriterconference.com
Rose State Writers’ Conference – rose.edu – long URL
Ozark Creative Writers – ozarkcreativewriters.com
…..(OCW is “always the week of the 2nd Saturday in October,” per Dusty Richards.)
Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers – utulsa.edu/nimrod/conference.html
Heart of America Christian Writers Network – hacwn.org
Tulsa NightWriters Club Annual Conference – tulsanightwriters.wordpress.com

TEXAS Workshops, Conferences, Groups – texasbooklover.com/p/texas-writers-workshops.html

OTHER GREAT STUFF…

NaNoWriMo – This is a great annual challenge. Just write and have fun.

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Gifts for Writers

If you have a family member or friend who is a writer, and you want to give them gifts—for birthdays, holidays, or just because—but don’t know what to give, you’re not alone. Even writers have trouble offering ideas.

Most writers use and keep the inexpensive basic supplies listed. Listen for them to mention they are almost out or need to buy more, soon. Some don’t use all these things, so you do have to familiarize yourself with your writer’s preferences.

On the more expensive end of the list, you will find items we need—like conferences and workshops, or things need done but don’t always remember to do—like fixing the car, or things to help us get away from the desk, once in a while.

Below are some good ideas. They start small and move up in price. Free or almost free ideas are at the bottom.
Erasers – Hand-held erasers or pencil-tops?
Pens – Plastic, wood, metal? Ink or gel? Ink color(s)? Clip on side? Rubber pads around the middle?
Sticky Pads or Stickers – Color? Size? Design?
Paper Clips – Color? Size? Design?
Staples – Color? Size? Design? Brand?
Stapler – Color? Size? Design? Brand?
Highlight Markers – Color? Size? Design? Brand?
Permanent Markers – Color? Size? Design? Brand?
White-out – Color? Design? Brand?
Spiral or Other Notebooks – Wide ruled? College Ruled? No lines?
3-Ring Binders – Color? Size? Design? Brand?
Copy paper
Printing paper – Some of us use colored paper or cardstock, too!
USB/Thumb Drives – Do they prefer small or large capacity? Is there a preferred brand or style?
Earbuds or Headphones – Color? Size? Design? Brand?
Yarn – Some writers crochet or knit while conjuring stories. Know their brand, color, type preferences before you buy! There are other needed items, too, such as needles, hooks, etcetera.
Desk Organizer – Color? Size? Design? Brand?
Chair Pad – For more comfortable sitting.
Business Cards – Only order these with your writer’s approval. You can reorder their normal ones or help them design new ones.
Pamphlets – Only order these with your writer’s approval. You can reorder their normal supply or help them design new ones.
Books – Hardcover? Paperback? Ebook? Audio Book? Listen for wished-for book titles.
Magazine Subscription – Ask which ones they really want.
Ink Cartridges – This is a great gift! All writers need these! Buy the cartridges their printer/copier requires.
Light bulbs – Type – CFL, LED, Halogen?  How many watts? Brand?
Haircut/Hairstyle – Great when the writer has an event coming up.
Manicure/Pedicure – Do they have a preference?
Bus Pass – If they ride the bus a lot, buy a season pass to help them get from Point A to Point B.
Taxi Pass – Is there a way to pay some taxi time in advance?
Turnpike Pass – Some writers use the turnpike. Apply some cash to their stash.
Computer Program or App – Which ones have they been wishing for?
Clothing – For desk time or public events. You’ll need sizes, colors, styles, brands, etcetera.
Cozy socks or houseshoes – Color? Size? Design? Brand? Style?
Photo Shoot for Author Picture
Cover Art / Illustrator
Carry Bag – For laptop, luggage, books, and more.
Gift Cards or Prepaid Credit Cards – For specific stores (print shop, gasoline, restaurant), or whatever they wish. These would be extra welcome just before a trip.
Advertising – Help them announce their new book, new project, etcetera.
External Hard Drive – Is there a brand or style they prefer?
Display Rack – for book signings and sales. Color? Size? Design? Brand?
Author Poster – for books, events, etcetera. (Design should be discussed with writer.)
Easel – to Display Posters. Color? Size? Design?
Computer – They will use this a LOT and need one that is up-to-date and suits their specific needs. (So, please learn their needs before purchasing one.)
Professional Edit – Is the work almost finished? Pay for a professional copyedit to polish the story.
Desk/Table/Chair – For office, or travel? Color? Size? Design? Brand?
Bookcase – Color? Size? Design? Brand?
File Cabinet – Color? Size? Design? Brand?
Video Camera – For book trailers and more. Color? Size? Design? Brand?
Webinars – Listen for subjects your writer wants/needs help with.
Workshops – Listen for subjects your writer wants/needs help with.
Study Courses – Listen for subjects your writer needs help with.
Gym Membership – Staying healthy can be hard for a writer who spends much of her time in a chair.
Writer’s Retreat – Alone or with a friend or friends, it’s nice to get away and write.
Conferences – Pay their way to a conference they want to attend.
Online Conferences – There may be an online conference they wish to attend.
Travel – Pay for a plane trip, rental car or other transportation to get to conferences or other events.
Hotel – Pay for their hotel costs to attend a conference or other event.
Research Trip – Would it help them to be on location? Send them there, or help them afford it!
Automobile – Upkeep, repair, or replacement.
Home – Upkeep, repair, or replacement.

A fun get-away is always a good idea for a writer who stays shut in a lot.

Day/Night Out – At the fair or carnival, concert, movies, swimming pool, skating rink, bowling alley, pool hall, learning to ride a horse, or?
Hiking, Fishing, Camping – Take time away from the writing to enjoy some of their favorite down-time hobbies.
Cruise – Where do they want to go? Is there something to celebrate, or would a cruise help them get away from all the interruptions of daily life?

Other ideas which are shareable:

Walk – Walk or jog together, or walk the dog(s).
Drive – Take a drive to nowhere in particular. Just hop in the car and go away for an hour or two.
Join them at a conference. Some writers want to attend a conference or other event, but won’t drive there alone. Just having someone along is a blessing. Take something to occupy your time while they’re at the event, or sign up to attend with them!

There are many more I could add, but these are items we use and/or need. And, if you’re reading this, you care enough to buy your writer something useful. Thank you for that.

If this list helps you find a gift for your writer, or you have other ideas, please share. I’d love to hear from you.

Have a Very Merry Christmas!

(Watch for more about the FREE 5th Annual MEET THE PUBLISHERS! event in Tulsa Oklahoma. The 2019 date is Saturday, March 30th. Mark your calendars!)

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