Monday, April 10, 2017

2nd ANNUAL MAY MINI CONFERENCE!!

The ACFW DFW chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers
Invites you to the
2nd Annual May Mini Conference on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the
Arlington Community Church 1715 W Randol Mill Rd.
9:30 a.m. - 4: 00 p.m.
Registration Required (info below)

Keep up with further infohttps://www.facebook.com/DFWReadyWriters/




Keynote Speaker
Becky Wade Extreme Survival Skills for Writers
At some point in every writer's journey, she or he will come up against the 'Joy Stealers': Comparison. Stress. Discouragement. Burn Out.  Joy stealers are real and dangerous.  They can detour writers, end ministries, and steal away a writer's love of their calling.  So how is a writer to survive?  And even thrive in the face of them? In this workshop, Becky will provide writers with soul-deep Biblical encouragement, testimonies from longtime writers, and practical tools for combatting the joy stealers so that we can, "throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And... run with perseverance the race marked out for us," Hebrews 12:1.

Wade is a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  Originally a published general market historical romance writer, after caring for her three growing children, God called her back to writing, this time in Christian fiction. She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of the My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the upcoming Bradford Sisters series. Visit http://beckywade.com/home/ or https://www.facebook.com/authorbeckywade/ to find out more about our dynamic keynote speaker.

Other speakers (alphabetically)


Lee Carver – The Real World Meets Fiction
Writing biography, memoir, and life experience using everything you know about writing fiction. Fiction and non-fiction writing share some interesting characteristics. Learn the intricacies of writing biography, memoir, and life experiences from a seasoned writer of both fiction and non-fiction who assists others in telling their story, getting it on the page, and out to the populace.

Lee Carver is once again failing at retirement. She is a hybrid author in every sense: fiction and nonfiction, traditionally and independently published. She is also a freelance editor with formatting, as well as print book and e-book upload expertise. During her husband's international career, Lee lived and reared their two children in multiple countries. She has traveled in approximately 49 countries, settings which become material in her novels. The Carvers have now settled in the Fort Worth area. For more information about Carver visit: www.LeeCarverWriter.com and https://www.facebook.com/lee.carver.507


Jackie Castle – Tracking Your Series
Are his eyes blue or brown? And what was the name of that dragon? Or the name of the street the antiques shop is on? Jackie Castle loves writing big books and long series and over time has haphazardly learned how to keep track of her characters, towns, and the folks that inhabit her story worlds. Come find out a few of her tricks and be willing to share your own ideas about what has worked for you.

Castle looks for the extraordinary in every ordinary day that she experiences. She is the author of The White Road Chronicles - a fantasy series, The Sentinel Archives for school-age readers, and newly released Madison Creek Bed & Breakfast romance series. She lives in her comfortable Texas home where she spins entertaining tales and enjoys relaxing in the evenings with her family. Find out more about her shenanigans over at Jackie Castle's Story World: www.jackiecastle.com and https://www.facebook.com/jackie.castle
Tina Johnston, NCC LPC MCC – Take Care of You/Take Care of Your Characters
Your characters have something to say to your readers, so it is important they be given adequate “voice.” By taking care of yourself, you are taking care of your characters so they can become fully developed to deliver their message to the reader, which is really just your message in disguise.  In this interactive presentation learn how to level up your God-given talent, your passion for writing, and an empowerment to be your best.

Johnston is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Director of NewStarts, located in North Texas. She specializes in Personal Development and Career Advancement for adults, teens, and adolescents. Additionally, she develops employee productivity programs for companies to improve company culture and financial stability. Her passion is helping others discover and reach for their God-given potential. Find out more about Johnston at: http://www.createnewstarts.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/CreateNewStarts/
Joy Massenburge – Plugging into the POWER!
A testimonial about operating in your God given gifts. Signs to look for when you’ve disconnected from the original power source. Learn everyday things you can do to get back on track.
Massenburge crafts the love stories of pastors and their kids. She was born the sixth child of a pastor. Thinking she had avoided the church scene, she married a football player but on signing day with the Green Bay Packers, Mr. Football advised her she would be a pastor’s wife. They raised pastor’s kids; a son, a daughter, and a god-daughter. With the kids married or off to college, she took the advice of her favorite author and joined ACFW and (coming from the more eastern side of the state) the not-so-local DFW chapter where she serves as Chaplain.  Visit her at: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJoyMassenburge/
PLEASE NOTE TIME DIFFERENCE FOR THIS EVENT
Reservations are required by Friday, May 5
Subject line: May Mini Conference 2017
Body of text: Name(s) and best phone number(s)
A confirmation email will be sent with further info.

ACFW DFW members - $25 (member by April 15)
Non-ACFW DFW members - $30
High School and College students (WITH school ID) - $15
(Additional $5 for registration after May 5 for all the above)

Lunch is included in the conference fee.
Reserve your spot today!
See you there!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Making Memes with PicMonkey

Come join us at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, at Arlington Community Church, 1715 W Randol Mill Rd, when we welcome author Varina Denman as she presents "Making Memes with PicMonkey." 


What is a meme and why do writers need to know how to make them?

According to Google® memes are a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users. In other words, a meme is a short phrase, a piece of information, a profound thought, set to a creative background. Writers should learn to make them in order to have your name, branding and books in front of your reader, giving you a type of advertising, especially when they go viral. And besides, they’re just plain fun.

Laptops, although not mandatory, are welcome for this interactive presentation. Explore the ins and outs of PicMonkey all while Denman illustrates how to work with it.

Denman writes stories about the unique struggles women face. Her award-winning Mended Hearts series, revolving around church hurt, is a compelling blend of women’s fiction and inspirational romance. Her latest novel, Looking Glass Lies, releases in May from Waterfall Press. Her debut novel “Jaded” won the ACFW Genesis Contest, the BRMCWC Selah Award, and the INSPY’s Bloggers’ Award for Excellence in Faith-Driven Literature. In addition to her new release, Denman is the author of the “Mended Hearts” Series.

A native Texan, Denman lives near Fort Worth with her husband and five mostly grown children with whom she has homeschooled. To learn more about Denman and her writing, visit:  https://varinadenman.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/varina.denman/.

DFW Ready Writers meetings are held at the 
1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, in Arlington  
10:30am-noon. 
(click on name for map)


Reservations are not required for this event but they are helpful to the ACFW DFW team for planning purposes – especially if planning to bring a laptop. Reserve your spot today!
Subject line: April 2017 – Varina Denman
Body of text: Name, best phone number, number of spots being reserved (names of each if multiple).and for this month only – are you planning to bring a laptop?

As is usual, all are invited to attend a Dutch treat lunch after the meeting for further networking and fellowship.

To keep up-to-date with ACFW DFW news and information, we invite you to visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DFWReadyWriters/



Friday, March 3, 2017

Plotting- Don't Re-Invent the Wheel

Please join us Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 10:30am at Arlington Community Church as we welcome author Michelle Stimpson when she presents, “Plotting – Don’t Reinvent the Wheel.”
As Stimpson explains, “in this workshop, we’ll explore tried and true archetypes and tropes, helping authors understand that you don’t need to reinvent the wheel to write the next Great American novel.
Stimpson, a national best-selling author knows what she’s talking about in regards to plotting, as can be seen on her website dubbed with the words - Where Writing and Faith Got Married. A prolific writer, she is the author of multiple award-winning fiction and Bible-based, non-fiction books, as well as writing and career change books. She writes real. Real life, wrapped in a good story. One only has to glance at the titles and read the blurbs to know that her books are filled with humor, heart and healing! Her “Mama B,” “Boaz Brown,” “A Few Good Men,” and “What About” book series’ are just a few of those on her author shelf.
Along with her full-time writing career Stimpson is a speaker and an educator with a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas Arlington. She has taught elementary through high school, in addition to training adults; not to mention her life “work” as a wife, mother, and newly minted grandmother!
You can learn more about Stimpson from her website:  https://michellestimpson.com/ or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleStimpsonWrites/

DFW Ready Writers meetings are held at the 
1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, in Arlington  
10:30am-noon. 
(click on name for map)
Reservations are not required for this event but they are helpful to the ACFW DFW team for planning purposes. Reserve your spot today!
Subject line: March 2017 – Michelle Stimpson
Body of text: Name, best phone number, number of spots being reserved (names of each if multiple).
As is usual, Dutch-treat lunch afterward for further fellowship and networking with your fellow writers.
See you there!





Sunday, January 29, 2017

“Rules! We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rules.”

Please join us Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 10:30am at Arlington Community Church when we welcome speaker Richard L. “Doc” Mabry as he presents, “Rules! We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Rules.”
“Rules. Elmore Leonard says there are ten. James Scott Bell boils it down to three. Dave Barry has only one. Anne Rice says there are none…And still others have their own “take” on this subject. So what’s a writer to believe?” 
With Mabry we’ll take a look at some of these rules and talk about what writers can, can’t, should, should not, and may on occasion do as they write fiction…and why.
Mabry, who retired after 36 years as a physician, is the author of “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have been a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel, finalists for the ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award, as well as winner of the Selah Award with “Lethal Remedy.” He is the author of one non-fiction book “The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse”, ten published novels, and two novellas. His latest novel, “Medical Judgment,” is currently nominated in the Inspirational Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category of RT Reviewers Choice Best Book Award.
In addition to being part of our own ACFW DFW group, he is a proud member of the International Thriller Writers, FHL (Faith, Hope, and Love), a special interest chapter of Romance Writers of America, and Southern Writers.
You can learn more about Doc Mabry from his website: http://www.rmabry.com/, blog: http://rmabry.blogspot.com/, or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rmabrybooks.  

Reservations are not required for this event but they are helpful to the ACFW DFW team for planning purposes. Reserve your spot today!
Subject line: February 2017 – Richard Mabry
Body of text: Name, best phone number, number of spots being reserved (names of each if multiple).
As is usual, Dutch-treat lunch afterward for further fellowship and networking with your fellow writers.
See you there!

DFW Ready Writers meetings are held at the 
1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, in Arlington  
10:30am-noon. 
(click on name for map)
For those that would like to continue with fellowship and networking after the meeting, a Dutch treat lunch follows at a nearby restaurant.

And keep up with events, DFW Ready Writers new book releases, news and information visit:https://www.facebook.com/DFWReadyWriters/

Friday, January 6, 2017

JANUARY 2017 SPOTLIGHT – Harry Hall


Please join us Saturday, January 14, at 10:30am at Arlington Community Church when we welcome speaker, Harry Hall, as he presents “Through the Time Machine:  Researching for Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction.”

“To effectively write about the past, we must hold our readers’ hands and invite them on the adventure. But how do we bring the era to life if we can’t visit it, or even talk to someone who was there?” Hall asks. “We must strip away our prejudices, assumptions, and feelings of nostalgia. Then we will discover a new depth to our storytelling.”

You don’t write historical fiction? Hall’s presentation is still for you as he proves that writers who research for the specifics of their books are more effective authors. According to Hall, “both fiction and non-fiction authors should research to make their characters come alive. But where do we get the information we need? How do we ‘hold our reader’s hand’ through the journey and into the past? How can we create credible characters?”

Hall spent countless hours over twelve years researching and writing “The Pedestriennes: America’s Forgotten Superstars,” the first book ever written about the professional female endurance walkers whose exploits, both on and off the track, dazzled the country from 1876-1881. “Pedestriennes” has won the Mayborn prize, Independent Publishers – or “IPPY” Award, and Writer’s Digest Award.

Hall, has more than 20 years in journalism, having written for multiple publications. His background as an award-winning radio talk show host and public speaking teacher at SMU and the University of Dallas led him to write, “Help! Everyone is Staring at Me,” a book of tips about overcoming one of our greatest fears, that of public speaking.
To learn more about Hall, visit: http://harryhallspeaks.com/

Reservations are not required for this event but they are helpful to the ACFW DFW team for planning purposes. Reserve your spot today!

Subject line: January 2017 – Harry Hall
Body of text: Name, best phone number, number of spots being reserved (names of each if multiple).

As is usual, Dutch-treat lunch afterward for further fellowship and networking with your fellow writers.


See you there!

DFW Ready Writers meetings are held at the 
1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, in Arlington  
10:30am-noon. 
(click on name for map)
For those that would like to continue with fellowship and networking after the meeting, a Dutch treat lunch follows at a nearby restaurant.

And keep up with events, DFW Ready Writers new book releases, news and information visit:https://www.facebook.com/DFWReadyWriters/

Sunday, December 4, 2016

It’s Christmas Party Time!



December 10 is our annual Christmas Party come celebrate with us! Here are some specifics:
·         We will be meeting at our normally scheduled time of 10:30a with a potluck luncheon (so no restaurant lunch afterward). A sign-up sheet went around in November – if you need a reminder of what you signed up for, please contact Cathy Rueter through the event page DFWReadyWriters.Events@gmail.com

·         Wondering what to bring? We are still in need of some more main dishes, as well as drinks, and condiments for the party.

  • ·         There will be an ornament exchange this year in lieu of a gift exchange. For those that want to participate, please bring a wrapped ornament. Members and guests alike are invited to participate in this exchange. 

  • ·         All members are invited to write a short story or poem and read it during our sharing time that day.

  • ·         There will be a short installation of 2017 officers. PLEASE make sure that Lee Carver has received your votes.


·         Although not mandatory, reserving your spot for this meeting is still appreciated for time planning purposes.

·         If you will be reading your story or poem, it is highly encouraged that you let us know through the event signup email.

·         This is also a great place to let us know what you plan to bring if you didn’t get the chance previously DFWReadyWriters.Events@gmail.com




 The outgoing 2016 and incoming 2017 
board members of
ACFW DFW Ready Writers wish to extend our brightest Christmas blessings and best New Year prayers  for peace, joy and love to all our members and your families. May 2017 find you writing plenty of words and enjoying many meetings with us!



Thursday, October 27, 2016

You are in for a treat in November ~ Two events on one day!



Please join us Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10:15am  (NOTE THE TIME IS EARLIER!!) 



PART ONE: Lyndie Blevins 

“The Other Side of WritingThe Power of Words, Characters and Stories from a Reader’s Perspective.” 


She is our very first presenter in what we plan to bring you each, Launching Writers as Speakers.

Blevins will speak from her point of view as a reader, the various words, characters and stories which have made her laugh, cry, understand her life and changed her thinking and behavior. She will share what she has discovered about the creative writing process as she read. 

She is a firm believer in the connection between writer and reader as stated by Steven James in “Story Trumps Structure,” “Developing the ability to see things from a reader’s point of view is one of the most important things you can do as a storyteller.”

From Blevins’s presentation, “the audience will take away a glimpse of the emotive power of literary art from a reader’s perspective. And the inspiration (and knowledge) that words can change lives.”

Growing up in Duncanville, TX gave Blevins the richness of small town life while the nearness of Dallas and the large metroplex, gave her another reference point to draw from. She still lives in Duncanville, in one of the few hillside lots, full of trees and a creek, in a town that was originally flat hay fields. She is a Jesus-follower and a Texan. She enjoys the UT Longhorns, fabric art, practicing her craft of writing, and of course, reading her books.

A graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in government, she spent 35 years working in a government agency in the field of Information Technology. In 2008, she wrote her first book for NaNoWriMo, and while she did finished with over 50,00 words, she also unintentionally broke every rule in all the writing books.
When she retired in 2009, she embarked on her writing career but had to take a three-year break to care for her elderly parents in 2013-2015. She’s returned to the keyboard now, “I yearn for wide open spaces in all areas of my life. I write about characters who find their true fulfillment living in community with others.” Her own home community currently consists of a dog, two cats and Japanese Fighting fish. Blevins is published with works in three anthologies.

 Lyndie will be followed by a panel discussion,

PART TWO: “So What’s this Writing Life REALLY Like?” Our panelists will be (alphabetical): Frank Ball, Jackie Castle, Lynne Gentry, and Michelle Stimpson.  




What better way to follow a talk from the lips of a reader turned writer than with a moderated panel discussion about the real life of writers? Here’s your chance to ask Frank, Jackie, Lynne and Michelle what life is like when they’re on deadline, what they do to start their writing day, how they get their inspiration, and well, honestly, “What’s it REALLY like to be a writer?”

Frank Ball - For ten years Ball directed North Texas Christian Writers to help members
improve their writing skills. In 2011, he founded Story Help Groups to encourage and equip all Christians to tell their life-changing stories. Besides his speaking engagements and writing, Ball ghostwrites, copy edits, blogs, graphic designs, and coaches writers to help others publish high-quality books. Previously a Pastor of Biblical Research he wrote sermons, teaching materials, and hundreds of devotions. He is also a panelist on The Writers’ View. His book “Eyewitness: The Life of Christ Told in One Story” is a compilation of biblical information on the life of Christ in a chronological story that reads like a novel. For more information about Ball, visit http://www.frankball.org/

Jackie Castle - Castle looks for the extraordinary in every ordinary day that she
experiences. She is the author of “The White Road Chronicles” a fantasy series, “The Sentinel Archives” for school-age readers, and newly released “Madison Creek Bed & Breakfast” romance series. She's enjoyed many crazy adventures from working as a hairstylist, to her brave quest of teaching children in daycare and elementary schools. She now lives in her comfortable Texas home where she spins entertaining tales and enjoys relaxing in the evenings with her husband Bob, their children and grandchild. Her favorite pastime, besides reading, is traipsing through her imaginary worlds in search of another story. Find out more about her shenanigans over at Jackie Castle's Story World: http://www.jackiecastle.com/

Lynne Gentry - Gentry has always been a storyteller. Growing up on a Kansas dairy farm,
Gentry longed for adventure. Her imagination took her to exotic places to meet famous people, in order to escape rural isolation. Her story and storytelling continued from there. After years of writing musicals and skits for the Christian stage, she started writing fiction. She has written for Simon & Schuster, Tyndale, HCI Books, Guideposts, Worthy, Howard Books, and Christian Woman Magazine. She’s also a professional acting coach who trains young people for successful Hollywood, Broadway, and college theater program auditions. When this inspirational speaker is not on stage or writing high-stakes adventures, she’s spending time with her family or working the oncology wards with her medical therapy dog. Contact Lynne through her website: http://www.lynnegentry.com/

ATTENTION: It is with great sadness that we must announce: due to the apsssing of someone clsoe to her, Michelle will nott be a panelist, I have asked our chapter president, J.A. MArx to step in for her and be our fourht panelsit. Thanks you J.A. for supporting this event on such short notice.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Michelle and her freind's family.
Cathy Rueter
Vice President
Michelle Stimpson – A bestselling author, Stimpson has penned more than thirty Christian
fiction books including traditional bestseller “Divas of Damascus Road,” Amazon #1 bestseller, “Stepping Down,” the award-winning “Mama B” series, and “Falling Into Grace,” which has been optioned for a made-for-TV movie. She has also published more than fifty short stories through her educational publishing company, WeGottaRead.com. Michelle holds an English degree from Jarvis Christian College and a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a part-time language arts consultant and serves in women’s ministry through teaching and publishing. She and her husband have two young adult children and one bizarre dog. Visit her online at https://michellestimpson.com/.

Join us for this once a year Two-fer!

Please reserve your spot for the November meeting by email: DFWReadyWriters.Events@gmail.com
Subject: November – Blevins and Panel Discussion
Text Body: Name, number of reservations and best phone (name of each if multiple reservations please) 


See you there!


DFW Ready Writers meetings are held at the 
1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, in Arlington  
10:30am-noon. 
(click on name for map)
For those that would like to continue with fellowship and networking after the meeting, a Dutch treat lunch follows at a nearby restaurant.

And keep up with events, DFW Ready Writers new book releases, news and information visit:https://www.facebook.com/DFWReadyWriters/