Do you have a story to tell?
Listen to Your Mother provides the opportunity for people across the country to take the stage--actual and virtual--and tell a story about motherhood. Last year I was part of Oklahoma City's debut performance. You don't have to be a mother or a woman to submit. You also don't have to go solo. Submit here. (Check back here next Friday for more on what I've done about the experience.)
Check out Oklahoma Writers Federation's contest to enter over twenty different categories for $20. Each entry gets a critique. Deadline is February 1. They also have a conference that offers useful information to newbies and professionals.
Speaking of conferences and the opportunity to meet with agents, Oklahoma has an outstanding chapter of Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators led by Anna Myers. We're having a conference in Oklahoma City on March 29.
If you're not a writer, what is your art? What passionate thing do you do to create change in the world? How do you ship your art?