Conway Creative Writers

Conway Creative Writers were pleased to have author Nancy Powell visit them on Friday, June 7. She talked about her writing and publishing journey. The principal setting, for the "Ollie’s Angel" series, is central Arkansas. This is a trilogy about her mother’s early years. Nancy Powell, the author, painted the background landscape for the cover — from the farm near Greenbrier where she grew up. Nancy, retired after 29 years of service as Traffic Coordinator for the City of Fort Smith, now resides on a farm near Fort Smith.

"Dark Secrets", originally called "Ollie’s Angels", won first place in the 2010 Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. (OWFI) Mainstream Novel Contest. That same year, the second book in the series, "Angels for All", won a third place award in another OWFI category. The set of three books, "The Ollie’s Angel Series", was named after the guardian angels that watch over Ollie and warn of impending dangers. The name, "Dark Secrets", came from secrets that she held inside or shared with her best friend. "Angels for All", the second book, covers the Great Depression era. The third book, "Listen for the Angels", begins in 1938 and covers a 20-year span — during that time the family moves to California farms and back again to Arkansas.

Conway Creative Writers are now celebrating their seventh anniversary. They meet from 2 to 4 p.m. every Friday at the Faulkner County Library. For information, call Shirley Ann Barham 513-9316 or email her at