Friday, April 1, 2016

May Mini-Conference – Our Ten Year Anniversary Celebration

ACFW-DFW Chapter, affectionately known as ‘Ready Writers,’ warmly welcomes visitors to its Saturday, May 14, 2016 workshop featuring DiAnn Mills and Lee Carver. 

The event, our ten year anniversary celebration, will be held at the Arlington Community Church, 1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, Arlington from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm.
Join us at 10:30 am for coffee and goodies, and stay until the end at 3:00 pm for all the training, brain-storming, networking, and fellowship with other creative writers – experienced and novice alike.

The day begins at 10:30 am with ‘Blurbs, Pitches, and Tags,’ led by Lee Carver, followed by a free lunch and goodies. 

Then, DiAnn Mills’ two-hour workshop, ‘Plotting A to Z,’ runs from 1:00-3:00 pm.
The entire workshop is free to Ready Writers members. Guests are invited to join us for $30 for the entire day, including the lunch. Wi-Fi is available, though not necessary for either session. Bring notebooks, computers, or other devices for immediate application of the lessons.
Reservations are requested for both members and guests alike for this event. Email reservations to DFWReadyWriters.Events@gmail.com. Subject line: MAY Mini-Conference. Your name, best phone contact, and number of spots being reserved are requested in the body of the email.
Lee Carver (10:30am session), author of ‘A Secret Life,’ and others books, describes ‘blurbs’ as the sales description which appears on the back cover of books and on all sales channels such as Amazon.com and GoodReads; ‘pitches’ are the thirty-word hooks designed to pique an agent, publisher, or buyer’s interest; and ‘tags’ are the briefest of all hooks, not attempting to tell the plot but going straight to emotion.Lee Carver: http://www.leecarverwriter.com/


Multi-published, award winning author, DiAnn Mills (1:00pmsession), will be presenting ‘Plotting from A to Z,’ in the afternoon. Mills says, “Plotting your story line; it’s what your story is about. But how does a writer create a plot that engages readers in an unforgettable story?” She further explains, “Ray Bradbury wrote, ‘Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by, on their way to incredible destinations.’” In ‘Plotting A to Z,’ writers will learn how to master plot techniques from a story’s exciting beginning to a thrilling climax. DiAnn Mills: http://www.diannmills.com/

We look forward to having you join us as we celebrate our tenth anniversary!

P.S.  Be sure to like us on  our ACFW DFW Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DFWReadyWriters/ . Ready Writer Authors are welcome to post their new releases as well. 


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Seven Secrets of an Amazing Author Website

Every writer needs a website and we all want them to be amazing. But how? Thomas Umstattd, of Austin, TX, will be presenting the ‘7 Secrets to Amazing Author Websites,’ via live webinar, on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the ACFW DFW Ready Writers monthly meeting, 10:30am.
Thomas built his first website at the age of 13 and taught his first web design class at only 16 years old. Thomas went to the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Business Management. He founded Umstattd Media, his first web design and media company, in 2007 while still in college.
In 2009 he started AuthorTechTips.com, a website to help authors use the web to promote their books. The site was twice featured in Writers Digest as one of the 101 most helpful websites for authors. AuthorTechTips.com is now AuthorMedia.com, a resource for authors timid about technology.
As an award-winning speaker, Thomas teaches audiences all over the world. His friendly speaking style blends multimedia and audience participation. He offers audiences a unique perspective that help them use the web in a whole new way.
Thomas currently serves as the CEO of Castle Media Group LLC. He sits on the board of directors for several nonprofits, including Texas Alliance for Life and Story Help Groups. He is active in his church and helped co-found the Austin Rhetoric Club in 2004.
PLEASE NOTE: Guests and members alike are asked to reserve a spot for this program with our NEW event email: DFWReadyWriters.Events@gmail.com. Subject line: Thomas Umstattd – April 9. 

In the message please provide your name, phone number, and how many spots being reserved..
We look forward to having you join us!



     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, February 22, 2016

Finish the Book: A Procrastinator’s Guide to Getting to THE END and Pressing SEND

What writer doesn’t dream of typing THE END and hitting that SEND button?

You’ll get practical advice to do just that when you join us Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:30am for this presentation by Kathleen Y’Barbo.

As we prepare in proactive anticipation to send our finished manuscripts on their way, we look forward to Kathleen’s talk entitled “Finish the Book: A Procrastinator’s Guide to Getting to THE END and Pressing SEND.”

Kathleen’s knowledge and expertise of this topic has been learned through the writing and publishing of more than fifty novels, with nearly two million copies in print, here and abroad.

She has earned multiple awards including the Carol Award, a RITA nomination, and a Reader’s Choice Award. Her Sadie’s Secret, A Secret Life of Will Tucker, historical romantic suspense novel won the 2015 Romantic Times Inspirational Romance of the Year.

Another of Kathleen’s books, Firefly Summer, is the first novel in the contemporary Pies, Books & Jesus Book Club series and has ties to her hometown of Port Neches, Texas, as well as a character named Bonnie Sue, the same as her own momma and with a suspiciously similar personality.

Kathleen’s other job is as a paralegal, in addition to being a proud military wife. She is a tenth-generation Texan and while Texas remains in her heart, she currently cheers on her beloved Aggies from north of the Red River.


     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, 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.