Free Writing Workshop

100 Years of Writing

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 518 West Randolph, Enid, OK 73701

October 15, 2022

Sponsored by Enid Writers Club, Enid Arts Council, and St. Matthews Episcopal Church

Free to the public—but preregistration is required

Limit 90 people

9:00 – Registration, Free Coffee, Tea, and Doughnuts

10:00 – Stephen Jones – taking the McVeigh / OK Bombing case to book, from agents, publishers, etc. (Book: Others Unknown: The Oklahoma City Bombing Case and Conspiracy, with Peter Israel, 2001)

11:15 – John Biggs – Magic Realism, the role of magical thinking in the human condition and naturally in the literature. (Books: Shiners, which won the OWFI award for best published book in 2017, Clementine–a song to end the world, and Sacred Alarm Clock)

12:15 –Boxed lunch offered for $11 (must order and pay in advance, turkey, ham, or vegetarian). Mail check to the address below.

1:45 – Keynote Speaker – Rilla Askew – Facts, Freedom, and Fancy: Research & Imagination in Historical Fiction (Books: Fire in BeulahHarpsong, Kind of Kin, and Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place. Her most recent novel, Prize for the Fire, is about the Early Modern Reformist and writer Anne Askew, who was burned as a heretic at Smithfield in 1546.)

All speakers will have their books available for sale and signing


For registration contact Peggy Chambers

Winners of 2021-2022 Writing Contest

EWC Contest Awards—Banquet on May 12, 2022
Category #7, Essay or Article (2 entries)
1st place: Lynn Phillips for “Charles”
2nd place: Martha Draper for “A Bit on Humor”
Category #6, Humor (2 entries)
1st place: Lynn Phillips for “Heavenly Ropin’”
2nd place: Martha Draper for “Funnies”
Category #5, Poetry (6 entries)
1st place: Paula Benge for “Love’s Memory”
2nd place tie:
Pam Courtney for “The Father’s Daughter”
Lynn Phillips for “Beauties Only Skin Deep”
3rd place: Peggy Chambers for “White Cap Beach”
4th place tie:
Cathy Thorp for “Reflection”
Martha Draper for “Late December 31, 2021”
Category #4, Flash Fiction (2 entries)
1st place: Lynn Phillips for “It’s Quite Now”
2nd place: Martha Draper for “The Traveling Guitar”
Category #3, Memoir (2 entries)
1st place: Peggy Chambers for “If This Pen Could Talk”
2nd place: Martha Draper for “Here Comes Birthday Number Seventy-Plus”
Category #2, Juvenile Short Story (3 entries)
1st place tie:
Peggy Chambers for “Blaze’s Race”
Lynn Phillips for “Rise and Shine”
2nd place: Martha Draper for “A Short Story”
Category #1, Short Story (3 entries)
1st place: Peggy Chambers for “Ravenden Springs”
2nd place: John Toles for “CIAO”
3rd place: Martha Draper for “Stamp Collector”

Obituary for Hugh Hairs, Past President, EWC

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Hugh Michael William Hairs, the world’s only Delti-Loafologist and “Original London Blitz Baby” has passed away at the age of 81.
Born in England September 8, 1940, Hugh called Oklahoma home since 1977 and was best know as the Post Card Man as he produced over 300 episodes of The Post Card Show on PEGASYS Public Access Television.
The services celebrating and honoring the life of Hugh Hairs, of Waukomis, will be held Friday, March 18th, at 2 p.m. in Waukomis Christian Church under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared with the family online at Services will be livestreamed on the Brown-Cummings Funeral Home Facebook page.

La Jean Kirby – Obit (former member of EWC)

The services celebrating and honoring the life of LaJean “Jeannie” Ann Kirby, 71, of Enid, will be held Thursday at 10 in the Brown-Cummings Funeral Home Chapel, Alan Seibel officiating. Services are under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.

She was born August 29, 1950 to Edward J. “Ted” Rollo and Caroline “Carol” Elizabeth Erickson in Enid, Oklahoma and passed from this life at home February 16, 2022 in Enid, Oklahoma.

She was raised and educated in Enid as a young child, then moved with her family to Arkansas, and then returned to Enid. She married Michael Ray Burnham in Enid in 1964 and gained an additional set of parents in Robert “Fred” and Lorena Burnham. From this union came three children, Michael, Sherri, and Doug. The family lived in California for a short time before returning to Enid. She married John Johnson and from this union came one son John Paul “J.P.” and bonus daughter Vanessa. She was a medical assistant for Drs. Washburn and McIntyre, and later Dr. Pontious, and worked various jobs while raising her children. She married Kent Kirby August 8th of 1997 and gained three bonus daughters, Krissy, Kamber, and Kaylen. She earned her degree from Northern Oklahoma College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She began working at N.O.D.A. as an Ombudsman supervisor as a long-term care advocate.

LaJean enjoyed hiking, taking walks, photography, participating in many 5ks with her husband Kent, and especially dancing. Her lifelong friendships were particularly treasured. She and Kent enjoyed traveling, including visiting Alaska, and visited precious family members in California, Hawaii, Wisconsin, and Australia. They also enjoyed many adventures as she joined Kent in his job working and traveling across the United States. Some of her happiest times were when her whole family gathered together. She absolutely loved spending time with her family and was a true matriarch.

She is survived by her husband of twenty-four years Kent Kirby, of the home, four children, Michael Burnham and wife Kenda, of Marshfield, Missouri, Sherri Salyer and husband Keith, of Enid, Doug Burnham and wife Tina, of Dennison, Texas, and John Paul “J.P.” Johnson and spouse Keli Gonzales, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; three bonus daughters, Krissy Smith and husband Craig, of Marbleton, Wyoming, Kamber Kirby, of Medford, Oklahoma, Kaylen Corder and husband Nate, of Alva, Oklahoma; her mother, Carol, of Roseville, California; seventeen precious grandchildren and one on the way; twelve precious great-grandchildren; her siblings, Rebecca Oliver, of Magalia, California, Lindy Rollo, of Placerville, California, Jay Rollo, of Eldorado Hills, California, and John Rollo, of Durham, California; two beloved Yorkies that she cared for like babies, Boo and Izzy; many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and lifelong friends.

She was preceded in death by one great-granddaughter Alana Raelyn Burnham; her two dads Ted Rollo and Fred Burnham, one mother, Lorena Burnham; and one sister Susan Elizabeth Rollo.

Memorials may be made in her honor to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital with Brown-Cummings Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds.

Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family online at