Friday, May 29, 2015

Maximizing Research - Be empowered!

Empower your writing with well researched information. Join us on Saturday, June 13th as Lynne Gentry guides us through her tips and tricks of the trade.

Lynne Gentry has always been a storyteller.

Trained in theater arts at Oklahoma Christian University, she’s written and produced everything from full-length musicals to a children’s theater curriculum. As the former Director of the Dallas International Performing Arts Academy, she now teaches private acting lessons. Her students have successfully auditioned for Broadway, Disney, Nickelodeon, American Idol, various television series, local and national commercials, talent agencies, and major college theater programs.

A professional writer for twelve years, Lynne has written for Christian Woman magazine, Guideposts, Tyndale, Worthy, HCI Books, and now Howard Books/Simon & Schuster.  Her stories have been finalists in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis contest and the prestigious Westbow’s Fiction contest.

Believing we can work together to change our world, she has co-founded The ECHO Project, a humanitarian organization dedicated to becoming the voice for the poorest of the poor in one of the darkest corners of the world…Africa.

Lynne love spending time with her family or working the Baylor oncology wards with her medical therapy dog Roman. 

Her books will be on sale: $10 for Healer of Carthage & $15 for Return to Exile or $22 for both.


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, April 27, 2015

COULD WRITING BECOME YOUR NEXT CAREER?

Join us on May 9th and find out!
Jackie Castle will clue us in on... 


Building Your Business Plan:
Moving from a writing hobby to a writing life.
How to plan out the steps to your writing career and why you should.


Bio--
Jackie Castle is the author of The White Road Chronicle series. She graduated from UT Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas with a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She's a published freelance writer, storyteller, and former elementary school educator.
Her favorite pastime, besides reading, is traipsing through her fantasy worlds in search of another story.



You will probably want to bring a laptop, but it is not mandatory.


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. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

FIGURATIVELY WRITING...


JOIN US ON APRIL 11TH

Figurative Language--You can't leapfrog from Hell to Valhalla! Or . . . can you? When you describe something by comparing it to something else, you're using figurative language. How about that? Find out what you're doing right and wrong, when enough is enough and how a little can go a long way in your manuscript. "Hey, I am literally writing a book, ya'll." 

After a short business meeting, multi-published author and blog radio host, Linda Kozar, will guide us through using figurative language successfully and correctly in fiction.



Linda Kozar, represented by Amanda Luedeke, MacGregor Literary, is the co-author of Babes With A Beatitude—Devotions For Smart, Savvy Women of Faith (Hardcover/eBook, Howard/Simon & Schuster 2009), Misfortune Cookies and Just Desserts (“When The Fat Ladies Sing” cozy mystery series, Print, Barbour Publishing 2008), and Strands of Fate (Hardcover/eBook, Creative Woman Mysteries 2012). Her cozy mystery series again published and expanded as ebooks at Spyglass Lane Mysteries, MacGregor Literary from 2012-2014, and in September of 2014 Linda indie-published and the continues the series: Misfortune CookiesA Tisket, A CasketDead As A DoornailThat Wasn't Chicken, and Felony Fruitcake. Her latest foray into indie publishing, produced Alligator Pear, (a gothic historical romance, 2013), Moving Tales, Adventures in Relocation, (a nonfiction anthology 2013), and Doomsday Devotions (an end times devotional 2014). Linda is an active member of Cozy Mystery Magazine, which publishes an annual Christmas anthology of its contributing authors, A Cup of Cozy (Short Mysteries and Holiday Recipes, 2013) and A Cup of Cozy 2 (Short Mysteries and Holiday Recipes 2014). Her speculative fiction story, Aperture, will release in an anthology book titled Out of the Storm (HopeSprings Books 2015), the proceeds of which will be donated to the ACFW Scholarship Fund. 

In 2003, she co-founded, co-directed, and later served as Southwest Texas Director of Words For The Journey Christian Writers Guild. She received the ACFW Mentor of the Year Award in 2007, founded and served as president of Writers On The Storm, The Woodlands, Texas ACFW chapter for three years and continues on the board. In addition to writing, Linda has served as Lead Host of the Gate Beautiful Radio Show, on the Red River Radio Network/BlogTalk Radio since 2010. 
Linda belongs to: CAN (Christian Authors Network), RWA (Romance Writers of American), NHRWA (North Houston Romance Writers of America), ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), Writers On The Storm, The Woodlands, Texas Chapter of ACFW, Toastmasters (Area 56) The Woodlands, Texas, The Woodlands Church, The Woodlands, TX.

She and her husband Michael, married for over 25 years, have two lovely daughters, Katie and Lauren and a Rat Terrier princess named Patches.

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, March 4, 2015

Join Us March 14th For a FREE Workshop




Setting: the Unsung Character of Your Novel
 (estimating 1.25 hours//Laptop suggested)

J.A. Marx helps authors refocus their imagination in a way that will up their story's suspense, add depth, possibly create humor, and potentially cause a plot twist. As part of this workshop, authors will have a chance to write a scene involving their own story character and apply the elements J.A. teaches.J.A. writes suspense with a heart to mend souls. Her companions are adventure and imagination. Add in the supernatural, and her day is complete. 

Above all, J.A.’s desire is to see people set free to live and love. She feels her purpose on earth is to participate in what Jesus Christ came to do: destroy the works of darkness. (1 John 3:8b).Her desire to promote health and wholeness grew from 17-plus years in marriage coaching and developing small group ministries in four different states across the USA.

Her books, both independent and traditionally published:



The Destiny Series, 2014 http://amzn.to/1EvrKBj
Destiny Defied, book 1
Destiny Delivered, book 2
Destiny Defended, Rakshasa’s Curse, book 3 (official release summer of 2015)

A Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt (co-author) 2012 http://amzn.to/14JBJyv
A Ruby Christmas (co-author) 2013
Family Lies, Deadly Ties Releasing in 2016

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/embattledspirit/boards/



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

(click on name for directions.)



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, January 20, 2015

HOP UP TO YOUR PLATFORM!!

Join us Saturday, February 14th 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, published 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 a.m.-12:00 noon at               

1715 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 a $2.00 speaker's fee plus your annual $20.00 dues if you have not yet paid it for 2015.

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

1715 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. 


1715 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)