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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Thursday, May 2, 2019

“Legal Issues for Writers.”

Attorney, Mike Farris

Join us, Saturday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m., when we welcome back attorney and author, Mike Farris, continuing his presentation, “Legal Issues for Writers.” We’re calling this one 2.0. Monthly meetings are held at Arlington Community Church, 1715W. Randol Mill Rd, Arlington.

So many questions, so little time. Attorney/writer Mike Farris was gracious enough to answer so many of our author/writing questions earlier this year that we have invited him back to continue his presentation. In it, he addresses such issues as how, and why to register your copyright, copyright infringement, public domain, defamation, etc.
To recap his background: Farris was lead counsel for the plaintiff in a high-profile litigation case in Fort Worth, involving royalty rights that resulted in a multi-million dollar judgment in favor of his client.  As an entertainment attorney, Farris has been heavily involved in negotiating film rights agreements, including the non-fiction, The Free State of Jones. And film rights to his own Hawaiian true crime book, A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow (Skyhorse Publishing 2016), have been optioned. This is just the beginning of his work with clients and as an author himself.
Now retired from law practice, when not writing, Farris is a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books and is an adjunct professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Texas at Arlington.
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Monthly meetings are held at Arlington Community Church, 1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, Arlington. Meetings are most often followed by a pay-your-way networking and fellowship lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019



5th Annual Mini-Conference
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Arlington Community Church
1715 Randol Mill Rd.


Keynote Speaker

Tex Thompson

Arianne "Tex” Thompson, rural fantasy author, is an instructor for the Writers Path at SMU and chief instigator of WORD – Writers Organizations ’Round Dallas. Find her at and
The 7 Deadly First-Page Sins &
10 Steps to a Leaner, Cleaner, Meaner

Guest Speakers

Caryl McAdoo

Caryl writes wonderfully researched westerns with her husband Ron, beginning with the DFW Writers’ Workshop in ’93. Together they are prolific writers in several genres. The rest of their time is dedicated to their children and 14 grandchildren. Visit her website, for more information.
POV That Pops Out of the Box

Lisa Crane

Lisa Crane refers to herself as "a nerd, wrapped in romance, and coated in chocolate.” Known as having a knack for writing with humor, she is a Christian indie writer living in Euless, Texas, who entertains, enlightens, and encourages her readers.

Love and Laughter

Blake Kimzey

Blake Kimzey founded and directs Writing Workshops Dallas and currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at Dallas. His fiction has been broadcast on NPR and performed on stage in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @BlakeKimzey, find him online at, and contact him at
Developing Plot: Character IS Action

Registrants will be able to sign-up for 15 minute mentoring appointments during our lunch break. Details for this will be sent out via email before the conference.

Doors open at 9:00 am for registration, coffee and light refreshments.
Speakers will begin promptly at 9:30 so make sure to get there early.
Early Bird Reservations close Friday, March 29thth at 11:59 pm PST.
-ACFW DFW members - $25
-Non-ACFW DFW members - $30
-High School and College students (WITH school ID) - $15

After March 29th
-ACFW DFW members - $30
-Non-ACFW DFW members - $35
-High School and College students (WITH school ID) - $20

Can’t wait to see you there!

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