I was scheduled to give a presentation titled "Social Media Quickie for Authors: Get in - Get Done - and Get Back to Writing" at the Ozarks Writers League (OWL) quarterly conference at Ozarks Technical Community College in Hollister, Missouri this morning (Feb. 21, 2015).
I got a message just after 8 this morning from past president Karen Nelson that the president, Casey Cowan, asked her to inform me my presentation was canceled.
While nasty weather conditions exist, nobody called, texted, emailed or otherwise messaged to ask whether I would be able to make it. Since I live in the area, I did not choose to stay at the hotel. As a blind non-driver, I had arranged transportation and was fully prepared to give the interactive presentation I had spent considerable time and energy preparing..
The schedule was reorganized for a delayed start time and supposedly "abbreviated." Interestingly, one talk was ADDED to the event.
Nonfiction author Karen Nelson is doing an unscheduled talk about characters. She describes herself on her website as: "a writer and teacher in Southwest Missouri, specializing in educational and nonfiction works. "
From the rearranged and "abbreviated "schedule:
2:15 - 3:00 - Session 2
- (planned) Velda Brotherton - "You're Never Too Old For Love"
- (planned) Pam Foster - Critique Group
- (NEW! Karen Nelson - "Creative Characters"
While the official reason will be weather, the late start and the perceived necessity to use the speakers who were on-site, the addition of an unplanned talk in this scaled-back schedule appears suspicious.
Numerous OWL members attending the conference expressed excitement over getting help from me with their social media.
Could some more sinister forces be at play? ou decide.
3 Board Members Resign on same Day
On a related note, I was a board member until I resigned last week over a variety of issues, including bullying, censorship and abuse of leadership. OWL is a 501(c)3 organization subject to all the laws and legalities of any nonprofit. Three board members all resigned within an hour over these issues.
Ozarks Writers League Conference Kicked Out of Private Christian College for Planned Sex Talks
OWL got kicked out of its 30-year meeting place at College of the Ozarks, a private Christian college because of the racy nature of some of the workshops. While some of the League leadership called it censorship, the college is privately funded and not subject to the same regulations as publicly funded colleges.
I say their house, their rules. I don't blame C of O one bit. I did not approve the topics and was not involved in the process of finding speakers or naming their talks. Had this been passed through the entire board VS a subset, the negative publicity could potentially have been averted.
Though I was supposedly the Publicity Coordinator, the president and his chosen did not involve me or some other board members in any of the planning of speakers, topics, or response to the College of the Ozarks decision.
Thankfully, with the ease of technology and the fact I have the tools available, nobody has to miss out on getting help!
You can attend this same presentation from hte comfort of your own computer, tablet or phone free of charge. See details below:
FREE Online Presentation: Social Media Quickie for Authors: Get In - Get Done - Get Back to Writing
HOW to attend? Via a link. Watch and listen from your computer or web-enabled tablet or phone.
Date: Thursday, February 26
Time: 8 PM Eastern US (5 Pacific)
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I look forward to helping you make social media EASY!
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Ronda Del Boccio, best selling author, speaker and mentorSHARE!