Wednesday, August 24, 2016

“Taking the Mystery Out of Suspense Writing.”

Please join us Saturday, September 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Arlington Community Church, when we welcome speaker, writing coach and author, Gina Conroy as she presents “Taking the Mystery Out of Suspense Writing.”

Do you ever wonder what the difference is between writing a mystery or suspense? What if you want a little of both in your story but aren’t sure how to balance them? In Taking the Mystery Out of Suspense Writing, author Gina Conroy explains the differences between the two genres and what readers expect in each. You say but I don’t write suspense or mystery? Don’t let that stop you from joining us as Conroy shows how you can have elements of both in your story for a real page turner, no matter what genre you write.
Conroy has been writing creatively since she was eight years old, and professionally for more than twenty years. She graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science in telecommunications and a minor in journalism. Although she didn't start actually writing fiction until after college, today she is published in both fiction and nonfiction. Additionally, she has served as president of her local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers for two years. 

Conroy’s passion is to inspire writers of all ages to follow their dreams by writing that novel or memoir they've always thought of writing. In addition to speaking to live audiences, she co-hosts a weekly podcast called Teen Writers Publish for teens of all ages. She invites you to listen to it on iTunes or watch live on Blab. She's excited to announce her new novel writing workbook, Release the Novel in You,  is now available and she's working on the second workbook in the series, Strengthen the Novel in You. 

Reserve your spot today!
Subject line: September – Gina Conroy

Body of text: Name, best phone number, number of spots being reserved.

To learn more about Gina Conroy, visit the following sites:

Gina loves to connect with other writers so please make sure you say hello or snap a photo with her after the meeting in September. 

DFW Ready Writers meetings are held at the 
1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, in Arlington  
(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:

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Writing the Salvation Scene

Please join us Saturday, August 13 at 10:30 a.m, at Arlington Community Church, as we welcome the multi-published, award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley presenting “Writing the Salvation Scene.”

Just dropping a salvation scene into a book will not make it an inspirational novel. “Most times that will just be a scene that jars the reader out of the story,” Lena explains. Come and learn valuable suggestions about how to write a salvation scene in any kind of novel from Lena. “It’s more complicated than you might think.”

Lena’s books can be found on various bestseller lists including the Christian Booksellers (Retailer) Association (CBA) and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).

Her books include the 2010 release Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, from the McKenna’s Daughters series, Maggie’s Journey, and Mary’s Blessing, as well as Catherine’s Pursuit, each of which garnered awards.

Lena is a member of the Christian Authors’ Network, a frequent speaker for women’s and writers groups, as well as a blogger. Her blog,A Christian Writer’s World, received the Readers Choice Blog of the Year Award from the Book Club Network. Her background also includes experience in screenwriting, acting, directing, and voice-overs.
Visit with Lena on any number of social media sites including the following:
See you there!

DFW Ready Writers meetings are held at the 
1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, in Arlington  
(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:

Monday, June 27, 2016

Special 90 minute Workshop - Applying the Moral Premise

Join us Saturday, July 9 from 10:30 am-12:30 pm, as we welcome author and speaker, J.A. Marx, with her hands-on workshop “Applying the Moral Premise.” As this is a 90-minute, hands-on workshop, the meeting will start at 10:30 am with her presentation from 11:00 am-12:30 pm.

According to J.A. all authors want to hear “I stayed up all night because I couldn’t put your book down!” But how do we draw readers in and make them stay? “By cementing your story together with a moral premise.

J.A.’s 90-minute, hands-on workshop is based on “The Moral Premise,” by Stanley Williams. In her workshop, J.A. will help you add emotional depth to your characters in a way that will connect with your readers on a heart level. Come prepared to practice what is presented, share ideas with fellow writers, and take home solid concepts that could thrust your writing to the next level. Laptop, tablet or other note taking devices highly encouraged for brainstorming and creating.

Cost for this event is $20 per guest. J.A. is gifting a portion of the event to her fellow ACFW DFW members. Cost of the event for current members is $9 (plus the regular $2 monthly fee if not paid in advance). Event sign-up is encouraged at

Multi-published J.A. (Julie) Marx writes "Fiction that Mends Hearts." Her vision is to write stories in a way that helps the reader experience the healing, freedom, and equipping along with the characters. She writes both Psychological Suspense and Romantic Suspense.

Aside from dabbling in articles, devotionals and posting a weekly blog, she has co-authored three Christmas novellas, “The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt” (2013), “A Ruby Christmas” (2014), and “Christmas Apples” (2015). Her novella, “Mirror, Mirror,” was released in April as part of a compilation. Her psychological suspense trilogy, “The Destiny Series,” released in 2014 and her latest novel, “Family Lies Deadly Ties,” was recently released in May.

J.A.’s hobbies include painting, fitness, and nutrition. When not writing she enjoys hanging out with her daughter, son, daughter-in-love, and her adorable grandchildren. She gets immense satisfaction from serving at Gateway Church.

J.A. enjoys hearing from readers. Here’s how you can connect with her:

NOTE: As this is a slightly longer workshop than normal, bottled water and light snacks will be provided but please join us afterward for a Dutch-treat luncheon for further fellowship and networking with fellow writers – both novice and skilled.

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

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Writing Emotions of Your Story

Please join us on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10:30am, as we welcome Kellie Coates Gilbert presenting “Writing the Emotions of Your Story”.  
What does writing the emotions of your story mean, you ask? Kellie gives us a clue, “Ever pick up a book intending to read only one chapter before bed, but you look up to find it’s the wee hours of the morning? Learn how bestselling authors keep readers turning pages with emotionally-driven novels that make readers feel like they are actually a part of the action. The result? Fans who will want to take that ride with you again and again!”
Kellie has been described by RT Book Reviews as a “deft, crisp story- teller.” Her Texas Gold books were featured as Barnes & Noble Top Shelf Picks and were included on Library Journal’s Best Book List of 2014.
Born and raised in Idaho, Kellie now lives with her husband of 35 years in Dallas, where she spends most days by her pool drinking sweet tea and writing the stories of her heart. Her next book, What Matters Most, will be released in July, 2016.
Kellie invites readers to connect with her on:
Facebook: Kellie Coates Gilbert, Author        
Twitter: @KCoatesGilbert 

DFW Ready Writers meetings are held at the 
1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, in Arlington  
(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:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Ready Writers- 
Do you have a release coming up? 

  •  Have you utilized our Facebook page to announce a launch?
  •  Have you let your friends know they can preview great books on our website?


We have very talented writers who produce clean, exciting, well-written books. Why not co-promote each other? 
Let's lead others to our site and also scroll through our closed group Facebook page so we can share on our own pages what great things our group is accomplishing?

With 84 members, what if we each promoted each time
a member launched a book? How many hundreds of people would that reach?  

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 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 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:

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:

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: . 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, 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. is now, 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: 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.