|2011||Charles W. Sasser|
|2010||Carolyn B. Leonard|
|2009||Amy D. Shojai|
|2008||R.L. "Red" Maier|
|1997||Bette Ward Widney|
|1986||Dwight V. Swain|
|1983||Opal Hartsell Brown|
|1982||Bessie Holland Heck|
|1981||Arrell M. Gibson|
|1980||Wm. "Bill" Burkhardt|
|1972||Charles C. Campbell|
The following is a list of Honorary Lifetime Members who were honored during years for which we do not have records. Please contact the webmaster if you have documentation (newsletters, etc.) that will tell us the year that these HLMs were awarded. Thank you.
- Naomi Taylor Casey
- Edna May Couch
- Lt. Col. Charles W. Dutreau
- Rose Ferrier
- Lowell Long
- Wm A. McGalliard
- Grace Slaughter
- Bonnie Speer
- Lu Spurlock
- Lu Tehee
2010 | Carolyn B. Leonard
Award winning writer, Carolyn B. Leonard, was awarded lifetime membership in OWFI in 2010.
“From the time I could read, I knew I wanted to be a writer,” Leonard said. “English and literature were my favorite subjects, and I always loved solving mysteries and researching to learn more about everything.”
She has several books in process and two books available on Amazon.com: Who’s Your Daddy? A Guide to Genealogy from Start to Finish, and the travel and history photo book, To Israel, With Love. Both books are being prepared for an updated second edition that should be on the market by Christmas.
Leonard’s historical novel and several non-fiction manuscripts have claimed awards in state and national competition, but remain incomplete. She plans to finish them all this year (every year), but her hobbies of flower gardening, photography, genealogy, computer networking, writer meetings, travel with her retired engineer husband Jon Heavener, friends, family and grandchildren habitually interfere.
Her background is mostly in newspaper and magazines, and she was a commissioned writer more than 15 years for Persimmon Hill, the award-winning magazine of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
2007 | Wayne Harris Wyrick
Wayne is the author of four published children’s books with four more in the publisher’s pipeline. In addition, he is the Non-Fiction Imprint editor for 4RV publishing. Wayne has been writing a monthly astronomy column for the Oklahoman since 1984, and has published a dozen astronomy and science fiction articles or short stories in various national publications. Wayne also offers editing services to novice authors.
1995 | Marcia Preston
Marcia Preston’s career answers the burning question: What can you do with an English degree? She has edited two national magazines, taught high school English, served as PR director for a museum, and freelanced for a long list of publications. Her novels have been published in at least seven languages and have earned a Mary Higgins Clark Award, an Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction, and four OWFI Best Book of Fiction awards. She’s a past president and honorary life member of both Oklahoma City Writers and OWFI, as well as a gardener, amateur lepidopterist, birdwatcher, and college football fan.
2009 | Amy Shojai
Amy Shojai has been reinventing herself for years. She’s a certified animal behavior consultant for cats and dogs, and the award-winning author of 30 best selling pet books that cover furry babies to old-fogies, first aid to natural healing, and behavior/training to Chicken Soup-icity. She co-founded the Cat Writers Association, created the puppies.about.com site as the Puppies Expert and was the cat behavior expert at cats.about.com, and you can find her half-hour Internet Pet Peeves radio shows here. Amy has been featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and Family Circle, as well as national radio and television networks such as CNN, Animal Planet’s DOGS 101 and CATS 101. She’s been a consultant to the pet products industry and a host/program consultant for select “furry” TV projects.
Amy is also a musician, actor and playwright, and brings her unique pet-centric viewpoint to public appearances and performances, audio books (her own and others), writer webinars, conference keynotes/seminars and thrillers with bite!
2014 | Vivian Zabel
Vivian Zabel has been a member of OWFI since 2002 and the OWFI Grant Director since 2016. She was honored as the Lifetime Member in 2013.
She often presents workshops and sessions at conferences concerning writing around the nation, including the Alaska Writers Conference and the OWFI conference. As a former English and writing teacher, she finds the teacher in her continues to erupt. She has held workshops for different groups and for OWFI affiliates.
Vivian is the President/CEO of 4RV Publishing as well as a published author and editor. Her books include YA books The Base Stealers Club, Case of the Missing Coach, and Prairie Dog Cowboy. She has three children’s books released, I Like Pink, Where Did Panther Go? and A Baby Doll from Santy Claus. Other available novels are Stolen, Midnight Hours, and a book of short stories and one of poetry.
4RV Publishing is looking for well-written books for all ages, fiction and nonfiction. Details concerning genre and details of standards and guidelines can be found here.
2013 | Linda Apple
Linda Apple served as the Conference Chair for OWFI in 2011 and as Conference President in 2012. She teaches both fiction and nonfiction workshops regionally as well as internationally. Linda is the author of five nonfiction books and two novels. Her novels are the first books in her Moonlight Mississippi series. Linda lives in Northwest Arkansas with her husband Neal, their five children and thirteen grandchildren.