Saturday, November 23, 2019

You Are Invited!

Come join the festivities on Saturday, December 14th at 10:30 a.m. at Arlington Community Church! Guests welcome.

Ye Olde Thespian Troupe and other entertainment – enjoy, and maybe even participate in a short play written by our own Bard of the Treasury, Lyndie Blevins. 

Ye Olde Booksellers – this is your chance to purchase books from your ACFW DFW author friends! (Selling is only open to ACFW DFW members.)

Plus, much fun, food, and fellowship!

**Other activities available for members only. See our member newsletter for more details.

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* Pot luck Dish 
* Paper cutting scissors (for part of the entertainment activity)
* (Optional) bring/donate packages of colored pens to include with our Christmas gift to our host church's Awanas program.
* Cash if you would like to purchase members books from Ye Olde Booksellers (they make great gifts for your favorite bookworm. Acceptance of check or CC is up to each bookseller).
* Enjoy and participate!

* Member? See our member newsletter for further member-only details. Don’t get the member newsletter, yet? Send a message to ACFW DFW to be added to the list:

See you there!

~Your 2019 ACFW DFW Board

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Launching Writers as Speakers

Join us Saturday, November 9, 2019 as we hold our annual “Launching Writers as Speakers” (LWaS) program. This event is for our members to begin their journey of becoming speakers in the comfort and care of their fellow members. The program will be held at Arlington Community Church, 1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, Arlington,, TX from 10:30a.m.-12pm.

The 2019 LWaS program welcomes Connie Leonard and Ann Boyles as our presenters this year.

Connie Lewis Leonard will present, “Called to Write.” Why do you write? What are your goals? What do you do when you get discouraged?

Lenoard is an accomplished novelist and active journalist who writes fiction and nonfiction. As a journalist, she regularly writes inspiring personal interest stories about people who make a positive difference in the world. Her articles can be found in multiple regional magazines published by Green Fox, With You in Mind Publications, and RedFinn Publications.

Leonard’s latest Christian romance, Play Me back Home in Texas, was released on Amazon in October 2019. Other books include Light up My Life in Texas, Somebody Somewhere in Texas, A Psalm a Day, and Big C, little c.

A retired public school teacher, Leonard shared her passion for writing with her students, encouraging many young writers to pursue their writing interests. She has a Master of Arts in English and Education from Midwestern State University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Angelo State University.

She lives in Granbury with her husband and three rescue dogs and enjoys visiting with their two grown children and three grandchildren. Connect with Leonard at:

Ann Boyles will present “How Subtext Can Create the Aha! Moment.” Discussing an awareness of how subtext functions, how it can increase our skill, and utilizing it to enrich our writing and capture our reader.

Boyles has written three novels that make up the series, Dragonfly Trilogy. The stories are set in the mid-nineteenth century, primarily in Japan. She is in the process of self-publishing and expects to launch her books beginning in early January 2020.

Her Japanese settings harken back to a specific call God gave her to Japan after she joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. She lived in Japan for four years, where she taught English Bible studies as well as met and married her missionary husband. She briefly met her Japanese cousins there, not knowing she would someday write fictional stories about their common ancestor, her great-great-uncle, the first American consul in Nagasaki.

Later, for thirteen years she directed the Dallas Baptist University Intensive English Program for international students. Additionally, she led teams for summer English camps and seminars in Taiwan, mainland China, and South Korea. Officially retired now, she still teaches an international course, “Developing the Christian Mind,” at DBU.

Boyles is the winner of the 2018 ACFW Genesis award and the ACFW Virginia Crown award for historical romance. She believes these awards belong also to her many mentors who came along to assist her, first in North Texas Christian Writers, then for several years in the ACFW critique group at Janice Olsen’s home, and currently in the local ACFW DFW group. Connect with Boyle at:

The meeting is followed by a pay-your-way lunch at a nearby restaurant for further fellowship and networking.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Dynamic Setting: Using Sensory Details to Ground Your Story.

Join us Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Arlington CommunityChurch, 1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, when we welcome back Jessica White, former ACFW DFW secretary and longtime member, as she discusses, “Dynamic Setting: Using Sensory Details to Ground Your Story.”

White, who recently moved from the DFW area explains, “learn how to use sensory details unique to your characters to bring your setting to life and drop your reader into a world they wish was real.”
She is a prayer warrior who loves to encourage and teach others how to create safe spaces for the hurting and lost. She graduated in 2014 from Western Governor’s University with a B.A. in Educational Studies, in addition to publishing her first books, Surviving the Stillness and  Bound by Brokeness.

White is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Mantle Rock Publishing, and represented by Hartline Literary Agency. She is also a founding member and admin of 10 Minute Novelists. She created and manages their annual 365 Writing Challenge, encouraging writers to develop the habit of writing daily.

When she's not writing or coaching fellow authors, she can be found spending time with her husband and two daughters or curled up with a good book. Visit with her at: or

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The program is followed by a pay-your-way lunch at a nearby restaurant for further fellowship and networking.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Please join ACFW DFW on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Arlington Community Church when we hold a Board’s Choice program, “Conference? Sign Me UP! A Question and Answer Panel Discussion.”

Do you have questions about writing conferences, retreats, and workshops? Wonder how everything works at these events? Don’t know who to ask, where to go, what to take? Want to know more about a specific conference?

Moderated by ACFW DFW Secretary, Sara Seese, this panel of various chapter members who have attended, volunteered with, and held such programs around the country will be on hand to answer your questions. Whether attending the 2019 ACFW National Conference in San Antonio later in September, or getting ready for the upcoming conference season—be prepared, be informed, and be ready to take your writing to the next level with the writing community.

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Most meetings are followed by a pay-your-way luncheon at a nearby restaurant. Join us for fun, fellowship, and food afterward.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

How to Hook Your Readers:

Please join us Saturday, August 10th  at 10:30 a.m., when we welcome writer Jenny Whitehurst Smith as she presents, “How to Hook Your Readers: Using Your First Lines to Make Your Novel Irresistible.”
We’ve all had those books that have kept us reading far past the allotted time. What makes a book hard to put down? And maybe more importantly, how do we write those? With Jenifer, we’ll explore options on how we can begin our novels in a way that will have our readers excitedly turning pages.

Jennifer Whitehurst Smith is a writer and a CPA in the piney woods of East Texas. She serves as the Treasurer for the East Texas American Christian Fiction Writers group, and occasionally helps her father with his sixty beehives. When she's not writing, she enjoys learning Korean with her son (who was born in Korea) and running with her husband (who is much faster than she is). 

She won the 2016 and 2017 ACFW First Impressions competition in the Romantic Suspense genre, and she silver medaled in the 2017 ACFW Genesis competition. This year she is a Genesis Finalist in the Speculative genre. 

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Meetings are held at ArlingtonCommunity Church 1715 W. Randoll Mill Rd, Arlington, most often followed by a pay-your-way lunch at a nearby restaurant. This is a time for further fellowship, fun, and networking with other writers of all experience levels.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Brave Brainstorming.”

Join us on Saturday, July 13, 10:30am-12:00pm, when we welcome author, Lynne Gentry, as she shares tips and tricks for “Brave Brainstorming.”

As writers, why should we learn brainstorming techniques? Gentry explains: You’re talking with friends and someone mentions something that catches your attention. A little voice inside of you shouts this would be a great story! Ideas fire in your mind. You can see the title. You can see the characters. You can see most of the plot. You can see the happy-ever-after ending. You can see editors paying you big bucks for this gem. You have never felt so creative in your life. And then you start writing. At first, you fly. Then you crawl. Then you stall. What do you do when you’re at 20,000 words in and your creativity dries up? BRAINSTORM. But for most of us, thinking outside the box is easier said than done. Or is it? Come learn some simple techniques that can take your individual and partnership brainstorming sessions to a bold new level.  

We could have easily added playwright, producer, acting coach, and storyteller to Gentry’s introduction because she’s all that and more. Trained in theater arts at Oklahoma Christian University, she’s written and produced everything from full-length musicals to a children’s theater curriculum. This former Director of the Dallas International Performing Arts Academy also 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 nearly twenty years, Gentry has written for a large Christian Radio Broadcasting company, Christian Woman magazine, Guideposts, Tyndale, Worthy, HCI Books, Howard Books/Simon & Schuster. She has several indie-published titles. Her stories have been finalists in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis contest, the prestigious Westbow’s Fiction contest, and the Carol Awards.

Believing we can work together to change our world, Gentry joined with Lisa Harris to found 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.

Gentry loves laughing with her family or taking her medical therapy dog to the Baylor oncology wards to make people smile.

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ACFW DFW Ready Writer meetings are held at Arlington Community Church, 1715 W. Randol Mill Rd in Arlington. Most meetings are followed by a pay-your-way lunch for further fellowship and networking.

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ACFW DFW MEMBERS: Gentry has a special offer for ACFW DFW members. Please see your members email and/or the members only FB page for details.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

TEN: Healthy Habits for Your Writing Life.

Join us Saturday, June 8, 2019 as we welcome writer and speaker, Kathryn McClatchy. She will present TEN: Healthy Habits for Your Writing Life.

McClatchy has had to learn the hard way how to become a healthy, productive writer. She started her career in marketing and advertising, then joined the world of academia teaching literature, composition, research skills, and rhetoric. In 2006, as she was finishing her master’s degree and preparing to start her PhD, Kathryn suffered the first of many strokes. One day she was a college professor, the next day she was learning to read, write, talk, walk, and pretty much everything else, all over again.

In the last decade, she has applied her education and experience to reinventing herself as a writer and public speaker. In addition to writing thrillers and creative nonfiction, McClatchy has created and/or manages social media campaigns for three non-profit writing organizations, created and facilitated a flash fiction contest that has since been named after her. Learn more about her at or

Additionally, McClatchy coaches writers and businesses on platform building, productivity, ADA Compliance, and developmental writing. She can be found on Twitter at: and Instagram:, as well as other social media sites.

McClatchy will be joined by her ever-present companion, Gizmo-the Service Dog. When he’s not acting as McClatchy’s safeguard and protector, he keeps himself busy helping her with his own Facebook page: and Instagram account:

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ACFW DFW Ready Writer meetings are held at Arlington Community Church, 1715 W. Randol Mill Rd in Arlington. Meetings are most often followed by a pay-your-way lunch for further fellowship and networking.

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