Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Taming the Social Media Beast

Facebook account? Twitter account? Pinterest…..too much time getting lost in them instead of writing? Then the February meeting is for you!

Join us Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:30am, when multi-published author, Becky Wade takes a practical look at this very subject in ‘Taming the Social Media Beast.’

Becky explains:
“We’re writers, not social media gurus!  The bulk of our time should be spent writing yet, for many of us, social media has become a frustrating, energy-sapping beast that we need to tame.”

Sound familiar???

In this talk, Becky will provide practical tips about how best to utilize Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.  Her goal isn’t to overwhelm you by adding more items to your To Do list.  Take heart!  The insights provided are designed to give writers the best value for whatever amount of time they have to dedicate to these platforms."


Becky is a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She's the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader's Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn HeartUndeniably YoursMeant to Be Mine, and A Love Like Ours.


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

1715 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76012




Guests are always welcomed to attend free of charge! Members pay $2.00 per meeting.

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.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

AUTO CRIT- IS IT FOR YOU?

Whether you self-publish, have a team of editors with your traditional publisher, or are somewhere in between, we all need tools to help us write crisper and in a more polished manner. Agents, editors and publishers (as well as our readers!) appreciate well-worded, well-paced works.

Join us on Saturday, January 9th at 10:30 a.m. as multi-published, award-winning author Julie B Cosgrove reviews the self-editing program called Auto-Crit. She will explain each of the layers of the program, go through some samples of how it works, and relay her honest opinion and her experiences with using it. Then you can better decide if this tool would be beneficial to your writing career this year. Unfortunately, there won't be enough time to input pieces of each member's writing, so it is not necessary to bring a laptop.

Julie is our DFW chapter webmaster and has self-published as well as been traditionally published. She has four novels in the market place and is under contract for five more in 2016-2017. She was awarded the honor of being one of the "50 Writers You Should Be Reading in 2015" by The Author Show, and one of her short stories won second place in a statewide competition hosted by Texas Authors Association.
 She regularly contributes to several devotional websites and publications including The Journey, Light from the Word, Thoughts About God, The Life.com, Good News Daily and Faith-Filled Family Magazine. She has published six non-fiction works and is a professional workshop leader and speaker.
Julie has achieved the highest level of speaking in Toastmasters International and was awarded outstanding club secretary (2013) and outstanding club president (2015) for District 25, which encompasses an area from Abilene to Irving and from Waco to the Red River. She is also the outgoing president of the women of her denomination in North and Central Texas.


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

1715 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76012




Guests are always welcomed to attend free of charge! Members pay $2.00 per meeting.

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.



Monday, December 7, 2015

JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY!!


The annual ACFW-DFW Christmas party will include a pot luck lunch with ham provided and the exchange of gifts in the $10-15 range (but it doesn't have to be store-bought).

 Several authors of short Christmas stories will read them to us, we'll play one game with a writer's twist, and install the new board officers.

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

1715 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76012




                                       Guests are always welcomed to attend free of charge!  

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Writing Through the Chaos and Not Losing Your Mind.

When your life suddenly takes a  ninety degree turn and you have deadlines, and your perfect world spins out of control, how do you keep writing? 

Join us on November 14th to find out. 

Leann will share some of the lessons she learned on her journey from being on top of the world to finding herself looking up from the bottom of the well, and about the God who walked with her through it all.


Leann Harris ( a.k.a Barbara Harrison) has always had stories running around her head, and started writing when her youngest child started school. Her first book was published in 1993. She’s a teacher of the deaf and written all her adult life. She’s been contracted with Harlequin through her eighteenth book. She’s written romantic suspense, inspirational romantic suspense, futuristic and inspirational romance. She has also ventured into Indie books. In the series of Legacy of Lies, Book1-The Last Lie, 06/14, Book 2-The Last Truth, 11/14 are out. Book 3-Stolen Secrets should be out at the end of 2015. Her last LI book, A Rancher for Their Mom, had a June 2015 release. Book 3 of Rodeo Heroes Series will be out in June 2016.

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

1715 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76012




Guests are always welcomed to attend free of charge! Members pay $2.00 per meeting.

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.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

JOIN US ON OCTOBER 10th


READY WRITERS presents:
Author Frank Ball and...


How to Write a Captivating Story 

Good grammar, interesting or helpful information, and abundant details help you write great blogs. But you need more than basic skills to produce a captivating story—or a book that will keep readers up all night to find out what happens. Learn the five essential elements of great storytelling so you can hold your readers’ attention from the beginning to the end.


Frank Ball founded North Texas Christian Writers and is now building the ministry of Story Help Groups to encourage and equip all Christians to tell their life-changing stories. In preaching, teaching, and counseling, he tells stories that strengthen people’s faith and causes the light of Christ to shine brightly. He is a writer, speaker, and thought provoker—a weird dreamer who thinks he will one day snow ski a left and right track past both sides of a tree.

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

1715 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76012




Guests are always welcomed to attend free of charge! Members pay $2.00 per meeting.


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.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Write Image- How to Get It...Why You Need it.

Does this outfit make me look ______? Fill in the blank.
All kidding aside, what exactly makes me….me?
As Christian writers, is it how we see ourselves? How others see us? Or is it what our readers think of our work? Do we present ourselves in the best possible light? Does that light shine through us?

Join Cathy Rueter, Saturday, September 12, as she examines the various impressions we broadcast as Christian Writers in ‘The Write Image.’

As an added bonus, photographer Sheila Stone of Personal Perspectives Photography, will be on hand to take professional headshots. As time is limited, these will be on a signup basis. Approximately six spots are left. Please see flyer below for cost, website, and other specific information. Contact for signup is currently through Cathy at RueterC.Writer@gmail.com or 817-422-4802.

Cathy Rueter took time away from an active freelance writing and editing career to work as a reporter and newsletter editor. Now she is returning to her passion of article writing and pursuing a career as a Christian author. The former technical industry editor finds more joy in working as a development editor; assisting new authors with finding their unique voice and worth as writers.  

Originally from the Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area, she is embracing her adopted state of Texas where she resides in the Fort Worth area with her husband, two sons, and her writing partner, Indigo, a Betta fish who is more interested in his yellow box of food than in any real literary discussions.


You can find a variety of topics discussed on her website/blog ‘Up in the Attic with Cathy Rueter’ at www.cathyrueter.com or stop by for a visit on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cathyrueterwriter.


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

1715 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76012




Guests are always welcomed to attend free of charge! Members pay $2.00 per meeting.


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.



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

JOIN US SATURDAY, AUGUST 8th as we polish our POV!

Who Is Telling Your Story?
An Exploration of Point of View

Point of View. We’ve all heard it but we’re not always clear on what it means or why a solid and consistent point of view is so crucial to our story.

In this class we will discover
·         The importance of point of view
·         Deciding which character or characters will tell the story
·         The differences kinds of point of view
o   First person
o   Third person
·         And the subtle differences in various types of third person
·         How the point of view choice affects the telling of the story
·         We’ll explore the strengths and weaknesses of each
·         We’ll identify traps and pitfalls that can limit or distort the point of view and jerk the reader out of the story

We’ll come out of the class with a clearer understanding of point of view and the impact of this concept on our story telling. 


BIO:

Henry’s novel, Journey to Riverbend, won the Operation First Novel award sponsored by the Christian Writers Guild and was published by Tyndale House in January, 2011.

Henry has a life-long love for the American West and the stories of the people who lived there. In his fiction, he seeks to bring their adventures to life, to show the struggles and triumphs over man and nature that helped build a strong people.

Henry and his wife of nearly fifty years live in North Texas. From this base, they enjoy their church, their friends and traveling, especially to visit their far-flung family.

He is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. He serves as Associate Director of North Texas Christian Writers. He regularly teaches at conferences and workshops, leads writing groups, edits, and mentors and coaches.

Besides his writing, Henry treasures working with other writers and helping them on their own writing journeys.



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

1715 W Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX 76012




Guests are always welcomed to attend free of charge! Members pay $2.00 per meeting.


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.