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OCU Adds Suspense to Funny

Oklahoma City University's annual Creative Writing Festival, this year titled “Gags And Chills: The Art of Laughter and Thrills in Creative Writing,” will take place March 31 in the Walker Center on Florida Avenue near N.W. 26th St. The festival, free to the public, will give local authors and aspiring writers opportunities to be recognized for their work and a venue to discuss with other writers effective techniques on getting published.

“This year at the OCU Creative Writing Festival we have decided to mix things up a bit,” said Amrita Sen, assistant professor of English at OCU and event coordinator.  “Our topic ‘Gags and Chills’ brings together two often opposing genres: gags and thrillers. The results should be quite amazing,”

Novelist Keith Remer, along with gag writer and OCU alumnus Stan Silliman, will discuss the foundations of their writing craft, focusing on how to devise plots for thrillers and master the art of quips. In addition, OCU professors Terry Phelps and Sen will offer workshops on developing characters and poetry writing. 

 Attendees are invited to read their creative writing during the festival, and authors will be available to sign their books for the public.

As part of the day-long festival, local high school students can enter their works to win writing scholarships of $1,000 and $500 to Oklahoma City University. Local writers can also participate in a writing contest for cash prizes. The deadline for all contests is Feb. 29. More information can be found at the festival’s website:

Advance registration is recommended by e-mailing Sen at with your name and writing affiliation.