Friends of the Library invite the community to its annual board meeting and creative writing awards celebration at 7 p.m. Monday at the Bartlesville Public Library.


The annual creative writing contest gives our local aspiring writers a chance to share their work. This winter, 76 of these writers entered their unpublished work in the categories of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature. And this year, for the first time, 8th-grade students became eligible to enter their poetry and fiction writing in the contest, and to have the chance to win cash prizes.


Winners in all categories will be announced and awards presented at the April 16 meeting.


Sidney Brammer is the keynote speaker for this year’s event. Brammer is an English professor at Rogers State University at the Bartlesville campus and an online creative writing professor for Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in theater production and a master’s degree in creative writing from Rainier Writing Workshop.


Brammer has taught courses in fiction, creative nonfiction and memoir writing, as well as screen and play writing. She is also a published short story writer, freelance fiction editor, former journalist and award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director.


In 2017, Brammer was selected to participate in the Sewanee Writers Conference. She is currently at work on three novels and several new short stories.


At the upcoming Friends of the Library event, Brammer will share her experiences and reflections on the writing life.


The creative writing contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, a non-profit group. The all-volunteer Friends of the Library Board of Directors works to encourage community members to engage with reading and to utilize the array of services offered by the Bartlesville Public Library. The Friends of the Library and its members also provide financial support for programs offered by the library, including the Battle of the Books and the Summer Reading program, as well as many other projects.