Tuesday, January 20, 2015

HOP UP TO YOUR PLATFORM!!

Join us Saturday, February 10th at 10:30 a.m. as multi-published, award winning novelist, Kellie Coates Gilbert leads an interactive workshop:
 BUILDING YOUR AUTHOR PLATFORM

We'll discover how to combine tools of social interaction so that you can exert some control over your career trajectory. We'll brainstorm ways to insert your personality and interests into the process so you can both find hidden pockets of readers that might already exist and attract the readers who would like to find you—and do so comfortably. We'll also take a fresh look at networks you already have in place to see if they're being used to your best advantage. The goal will be readiness to launch each of your books well, over and over, as you build a readership and a career.

YOU WILL DEFINITELY WANT TO      ATTEND THIS SESSION!!! 

A former legal investigator and trial paralegal, Kellie Coates Gilbert writes with a sympathetic, intimate knowledge of how people react under pressure. Her books tell emotionally poignant stories about woman in life-changing circumstances. Her next release, WHERE RIVERS PART, publsihed through (Baker/Revell), releases on February 17th.ry 17.

Kellie Coates Gilbert spent nearly twenty-five years working in courtrooms and behind the scenes of some of the largest and most well-known cases in America. She was one of the lead paralegals in the Jack-in-the-Box litigation, where uncooked hamburger resulted in the deaths of several toddlers and made many more critically ill. In the late nineties, she investigated the nation’s largest cattle fraud, which is now the subplot of her recently released A WOMAN OF FORTUNE, the first release in a collection of contemporary women’s fiction stories all set in Texas. WHERE RIVERS PART releases this week, which features another of her cases which she’ll tell you about. In 2012, her debut MOTHER  OF PEARL garnered these kinds of reader comments:  “I simply couldn’t put it down.” “This book was breath-taking.” “You should have warned I’d need a box of Kleenex.”  Kellie is currently writing for Revell Books, a publishing imprint of Baker Publishing Group. Her books not only explore the heart issues that matter most to women, but often allow readers an inside peek into her former legal world. 
                             For more information, go to www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com



The DFW Chapter of the American Fiction Christian Writers, fondly dubbed Ready Writers, meets the second Saturday of the month 
              from 10:30-12:00 noon at               

715 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76012

(click on name for directions)

Guests are always welcomed! Please join us for a Dutch Treat lunch at a local restaurant nearby after the meeting to network and fellowship with other Christian writers who are serious about their gift and their craft. 

 Members: remember to bring $2.00 speaker fee plus your annual $20.00 dues if you have not yet paid it.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

JOIN US FOR THE AUTHOR'S PANEL JANUARY 10th!

Got questions about publishing your book or article? We've got answers! 
Are you familiar with the different types of publishing? 
Can you spot the predators among the editors? 
Do You really need to attend a writer's conference? 
Whether you're just getting started writing or you've just written "The End," come interact with a panel of local authors who've been there and done that. 
And bring your friends and acquaintances who've been saying, "I'm thinking about writing a book, too. Can I pick your brain?"

Multi-published Panel:



LEE CARVER: 
Lee has lived in six foreign countries and studied nine languages including German and French. She and her husband traveled extensively throughout Europe while living in Spain. A five-week World War II history tour covering the areas where her father-in-law fought created the stimulus for this book. Lee taught biology and chemistry, served as a volunteer church musician, and in retirement was a missionary in the Brazilian Amazon. She is a member of ACFW and president of its ACFW-DFW “Ready Writers” Chapter, and is active in Stephen Ministry and Kid’s Hope. Learn more about Lee on her website atwww.LeeCarverWriter.com



LENA NELSON DOOLEY:
Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 800,000 books in print. Her book, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, was given the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western literature. The first book in her McKenna’s Daughters series, Maggie’s Journey received the 2012 Selah Award for historical novels, and the second book, Mary’s Blessing, was a 2013 Selah Award finalist. Book three, Catherine’s Pursuit, garnered a first place in the 2014 Carolyn Readers Choice Award, took third place in the 2014 Golden Scroll awards, and received the Will Rogers Medallion Award bronze medallion.

In addition to her writing, Lena mentors other authors and has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year Award. She is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful blogtalk radio show.

Her first book was published by Heartsong Presents in 1992. Since then she’s over 30 books published by three traditional publishers. She has also indie published 6 of her backlist books that the rights have reverted to her on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and indie published a book of Christmas short stories.



 JULIE  COSGROVE:
Freelance writer, author and  professional speaker Julie B Cosgrove leads retreats, workshops, and Bible studies. She writes regularly for several Christian women websites and devotional publications and has been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul, Upper Room's Devozine and Alive Now, The Secret Place, Light from the Word,Faith-filled Family Magazine  online ,The Journey and Good News Daily.  In February, 2013, she was commissioned by an international relief and development fund to write a mission-based Bible study.  
Julie has three Bible studies, a devotional, an inspirational  and three fiction novels published, and is currently contracted for two more novels in 2015 and working on another for 2016. She is a member of North Texas Christian Writers, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers,  Toastmasters International,  Daughters of the King, North Texas Christian Women's Chamber and the Christian Writers Network. She's a spokesperson for Women at Risk, International, a Christian missionary effort to rescue women from sex slavery in 30 countries. Julie is widowed, has one grown son, and lives in Fort Worth, TX with two cats.       


The DFW Chapter of the American Fiction Christian Writers, fondly dubbed Ready Writers, meets the second Saturday of the month from 10:30-12:00 noon at                                                     Arlington Community Church

715 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76012

(click on name for directions)

Guests are always welcomed! Please join us for a Dutch Treat lunch at a local restaurant nearby after the meeting to network and fellowship with other Christian writers who are serious about their gift and their craft.

                  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY

JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL

 READY WRITER CHRISTMAS PARTY and GIFT EXCHANGE!

December 13th at 10:30 a.m. 


715 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76012





Bring a Pot Luck Dish and a wrapped present of $10 or under to exchange.

If you wish, you can bring an originally written Christmas tale of under 1500 words or a poem.

Guests are invited to our open meetings.



*(click on name for map)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Special Two Hour Workshop with DiAnnMills - WOW!!

Join the ACFW- DFW Chapter on Saturday, November 8th  at 10:30 a.m.
for a special workshop with the renown multi-award winning author DiAnn Mills.

                     "DIALOG THAT SINGS, DANCES, AND PLAYS THE PIANO."


Cost $20.00

DiAnn is offering a one page critique, so please adhere to the following instructions to make everything go smoothly...

1. Please send her one double-spaced page that contains dialogue. She will use the submissions during the workshop, but the author's name will be anonymous.
2. You may start sending them asap as she has extended the deadline. It is now October 18th.
3. When you send her the email with your attachment, please put in the subject line: DFW Ready Writers Critique.
4. DiAnn's email is diann@diannmills.com.

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She currently has more than fifty-five books published.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. He books have won two Christy Awards and have been finalists for the RITA, Daphene Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers' Choice and Carol awards.

She is the founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the 2014 president of Romance Writers of America's Faith Hope & Love chapter. She is also a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Speakers and Writers Association and International Thrillers Writers.

Visit her website: www.diannmills.com and connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiAnnMills, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.

Ready Writers meet at 
Arlington Community Church
1715 W. Randol Mill Road Arlington TX 76012 
About 1 mile South of I-30 on Fielder. ACC is one block off Fielder on Randol Mill behind the Tom Thumb (on the corner of Fielder and Randol Mill) and across the street from Braums and McDonald's.      Click here for map.

Please feel free to bring a small snack and something to drink to the workshop. The Ready Writers will gather for a Dutch Treat Lunch after the workshop around 1:00 p.m.







Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Plot: Theory and Practice

Every great story idea needs wheels. A strong plot is the vehicle for getting your idea across to thirsty readers. In this workshop, Michelle Stimpson will help us explore classic structures--and when to break away from them--to build unforgettable stories. Participants will also leave with practical templates for planning novellas or full-length novels.

Join us on Saturday, October 11th at 10:30 a.m.at a new location:
Arlington Community Church1715 W. Randol Mill Road Arlington TX 76012 .817-460-5914
About 1 mile South of I-30 on Fielder. ACC is one block off Fielder on Randol Mill behind the Tom Thumb (on the corner of Fielder and Randol Mill) and across the street from Braums and McDonald's.      Click here for map



Michelle Stimpson is the national bestselling, award-winning author of more than 20 books and 50 short stories. A former public school teacher, Michelle takes joy in teaching others through a good story. She and her husband are the thankful parents of two wonderful adult children. They also have one crazy dog (Mi-Mi) who loves to watch televangelists.


When not writing or spending time with family, Michelle enjoys teaching classes to youth and adults as well as consulting for public schools. She also facilitates courses at her home church. Visit Michelle online at MichelleStimpson.com.

The DFW chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers is always open to guests. Won't you join us for this interesting lecture, and then for a Dutch treat lunch and networking at a local restaurant nearby? We'd love it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DOES YOUR WRITING NEED PIZZAZZ?

September 13th will be a meeting you will want to attend, no matter where you are in the writing process. 

Do you have trouble with adding setting details to your novel?

Or does writing dialogue give you a headache?

Is it hard to infuse your characters with deep emotions?

Do you often come to a roadblock when you're writing and can't get past it?

Layering Pizzazz will help you learn to get past these times. Come prepared to take notes. Whether you are published or not, write short stories or novels, all  fiction writers can benefit from this talk.

DFW Ready Writer Co-founder  Lena Nelson Dooley will guide us through this process. A multi-award-winning author, Lena has had more than 800,000 of her books sold.

In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful blogtalk radio show. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Higher Ground Films.

She has experience in screenwriting, acting, directing, and voice-overs. She has been featured in articles in Christian Fiction Online Magazine, ACFW Journal, and Christian Retailing.

Lena has won numerous awards—Will Rogers Medallion Award, Selah Award, Carolyn Readers Choice Award, to name a few. She lives in Texas with her husband of over 49 years. Their favorite activities involve time with their family members. Their daughters and sons-in-law have given them four grandchildren, and now they have two great grandsons, who delight them.

Lena has an active web presence on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin, Google+, and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books.


Make plans to attend the ACFW-DFW Chapter on September 13th at 10:30 a.m. We meet in the Bedford Public Library at the crossroads of Forest Ridge Drive and Bedford Road, a few blocks north of Hwy121. Visitors are always welcome.



Sunday, July 13, 2014

I detect a great meeting August 16th, Watson!

Crime Scenes and Characters


Brainstorm your cozy mystery or suspense plot ideas and investigative characters' development with  Detective Juliane.

Juliane sates, "I have been with my department for 6 1/2 years.  I was on patrol for 4 1/2 years before going into a geographic investigations unit. I am currently still in the geographic investigations unit. I am married with two amazing Great Dane dogs. I do Crossfit, play volleyball, and make stained glass for my hobbies. I also enjoy reading a little bit of everything.

I will discuss what I currently do in my geographic investigations unit; what life is like for a patrol officer; and police culture. To break down these topics even further, for geographic investigations, I investigate burglaries of habitations, burglaries of vehicles, thefts, criminal mischief, and any assaults - not domestic related. For a patrol officer, the kind of service calls that a patrol officer answers on a regular basis, including domestics, report calls, vehicle accidents, and mental calls. For police culture, I will touch on how police officers are/can be treated by the public, and how officers can have support through their "police family."

So, all you future Jessica Fletcher types have your plot twists and who-done-it red herrings ready. Take plenty of notes in your black book to make sure the DCI or CIS who is investigating the crime scene in your tale is realistic. Discover the ins and outs of an investigation unit, and life as a police officer, on and off duty. 

For those who don't write in this genre, well...you have an antagonist or two in your story line, right?  Maybe even a police officer, sheriff,  or futuristic law enforcement personnel? Our August meeting will help you write your characters as three-dimensionally molded and realistic. 

Betcha after an  hour of, as Hercule Poirot would say, little grey cell exercising with Juliane, you'll be spurred to click away on that keyboard. It will be worth the weave through the Mid-Cities'construction zones to get here.

So, join ACFW-DFW on AUGUST 16th, at 10:30 a.m. We meet in the Bedford Public Library at the crossroads of Forest Ridge Drive and Bedford Road, a few blocks north of Hwy121. Visitors are always welcome.