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M. J. Van Deventer

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Oklahoma City's Persimmon Hill magazine

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Background Information

Employment History

Editor

Persimmon Hill and Director of Publications


Contributor

KWTV


Co-Host On Read

Southwest Publications


Staff Writer

The Oklahoman


Director of Publications

Western Heritage Center


Frequent Speaker and Consultant

Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City


Editor

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum


Director of Publications and Editor

University of Central Oklahoma


Adjunct Professor

Oklahoma State University


Correspondent

Tulsa Home and Garden magazine


Web References(42 Total References)


The Writer Gazette: Writing resource site for writers on freelance and publishing, including articles, job board, contests, tips, books, guides, and more!

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M.J. Van Deventer had wanted to write from the time she was six years old.When she was 12, Burt Lancaster came to her hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma, to film a movie at Bacone College.She begged her junior high teacher to let her go interview him for the school paper.She even rode her bicycle to the college to do the interview.M.J. said, "I wasn't about to be escorted to my first celebrity interview by my parents and have them hovering behind the scenes."Now M.J. is Director of Publications for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and editor of Oklahoma City's Persimmon Hill magazine, the museum's award-winning quarterly journal on the West.She says, "I'm seldom turned down for an interview request."Her secret is that she "just asks."She explains, "What I've found is that people, famous or otherwise, love the opportunity to talk about themselves, their projects, and their passions in life.


WritingNow.com: Articles & Interviews: Shifting into High Gear -- Going Beyond the Basics By Linda Davis Kyle

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M.J. Van Deventer had wanted to write from the time she was six years old.When she was 12, Burt Lancaster came to her hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma, to film a movie at Bacone College.She begged her junior high teacher to let her go interview him for the school paper.She even rode her bicycle to the college to do the interview.M.J. said, "I wasn't about to be escorted to my first celebrity interview by my parents and have them hovering behind the scenes."Now M.J. is Director of Publications for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and editor of Oklahoma City's Persimmon Hill magazine, the museum's award-winning quarterly journal on the West.She says, "I'm seldom turned down for an interview request."Her secret is that she "just asks."She explains, "What I've found is that people, famous or otherwise, love the opportunity to talk about themselves, their projects, and their passions in life.When you meet them on their own turf, treat them with respect and courtesy, honor their time restraints, and give them an opportunity to share their innermost thoughts and feelings, you have all the elements to create a good feature story or celebrity profile."Recently, her "just ask" routine was reinforced when she asked Dave Bialis, general manager for Cox Cable in Oklahoma City and host of a monthly television show, to speak to her feature writing class at the University of Central Oklahoma.She says, "To his credit, he has snared interviews with Tom Selleck, Tiger Woods, and the young tennis star, Monica Seles, for interviews on his show."When one of the students asked, "How did you get those people to be on your show?"


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M. J. Van Deventer, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum


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BY M.J. Van Deventer


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M.J. Van Deventer Features Writer mjvandeventer@oklahoman.com


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