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 thetexfiles.com and wordwriters.org.
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, carylmcadoo.com 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 blakekimzey.com, and contact him at blake@writingworkshopsdallas.com.
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!

If you have questions or need more information please visit our FB event link

Friday, March 1, 2019

A Charge for the Christian Writers of ACFW.

Join us Saturday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. when we welcome Christian author, educator, and Bible-teacher, Jeaninne Stokes. She will be presenting: A Charge for the Christian Writers of ACFW.

Using the charge Paul gave to his son in the ministry, encouraging Timothy to live out his calling as a minister of the gospel, Stokes will share a word of biblical inspiration. 

She encourages the writers of ACFW to keep living out our callings as Christian writers, even when discouragement, doubt, and other obstacles seek to prevent us from doing so.

Stokes’s writing has appeared in publications such as “Cross and Quill,” “The Christian Communicator,” “Harmony on the Go,” and “Christian Woman Today Online.”  

She is the author of four books, including “Lessons from the Wilderness,” and writes with a mission to inspire and empower others to live a life of faith in every arena. She is passionate about helping aspiring writers answer their call to write for publication from the faith-based perspective. She provides devotions, seminars, and author coaching to help other writers reach their goals.

Her background as a Bible-teacher for over thirty years includes teaching Bible-studies for singles, new members, women, and married couples. To learn more about her ministry and services for aspiring Christian authors, visit her at www.jstokeswritingministries.com.

To reserve your spot for this inspirational event, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/254453642142429/.

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.

For further details about this and other ACFW DFW events, visit: http://dfwreadywriters.blogspot.com/ 

Friday, February 1, 2019

All Things ACFW and Fiction Finder


Join us, Saturday, February 9, at 10:30amwhen we welcome ACFW National webmaster, Becky Yauger, when she presents, “All Things ACFW and Fiction Finder.” 

Monthly meetings are held at Arlington Community Church, 1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, Arlington.

You may be saying to yourself "I'm already a member of ACFW, so why do I need to hear about all things ACFW?" 

Because ACFW is constantly growing and changing, and there may be benefits to the organization that you've forgotten about since joining. We want you to get the most for your membership, so here's your chance to learn more or get a refresher on all things ACFW. That includes our database for Christian Fiction books, Fiction Finder. 

Becky Yauger worked for 15 years in radio and television broadcasting before beginning her writing career. She’s a three-time contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul books and has been published in Guideposts Magazine. She blogs at www.TalkingAmongFriends.com and quarterly for www.LearnHowtoWriteaNovel.com, while continuing to scribble away on various projects. Becky and her husband live near Dallas and are the parents of two grown children and have two beautiful grandchildren.

For further information about this and other programs through ACFW DFW, visit our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/DFWReadyWriters/. And be sure to check out our FB events page to register your spot: https://www.facebook.com/events/2079409215472535/!  

Monthly meetings are held at Arlington Community Church, 1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, Arlington. Meetings are most often followed by further networking and fellowship, dutch treat, at a nearby restaurant.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Legal Issues for Writers

Join us, Saturday, January 12, at 10:30 a.m., when we welcome attorney and author, Mike Farris, as he presents, “Legal Issues for Writers.” 

Attorney/writer Mike Farris will guide us through the minefield of legal issues that authors must navigate—addressing such issues as how, and why to register your copyright, copyright infringement, what is public domain, defamation, invasion of privacy, publishing contracts, and option/purchase agreements for film rights.

Farris was lead counsel for the plaintiff in a high-profile litigation case in Fort Worth, involving royalty rights that resulted in a $13.25 million judgment in favor of his client.  His collaborative effort with his client to tell the story of that case resulted in their nonfiction book which is an Amazon bestseller and winner of the American Book Fest’s Best Book Award in the category of Law.

As an entertainment attorney, Farris has been heavily involved in negotiating film rights agreements, including the non-fiction, The Free State of Jones, for his client, University of North Carolina Press, which was made into a major motion picture starring Oscar-winner, Matthew McConaughey, and directed by multi-time Oscar nominee, Gary Ross.

Film rights to Farris’s Hawaiian true crime book, the Amazon bestselling, A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow (Skyhorse Publishing 2016), have been optioned by Aaron and Jordan Kandell, two of the writers on the Disney hit, Moana, and writers/co-producers of the feature film, Adrift. Additionally, his most recent true crime book, Poor Innocent Lad: The Tragic Death of Gill Jamieson and the Execution of Myles Fukunaga (Untreed Reads 2018), was released in 2018. 

In the world of non-fiction, in addition to his author collaboration of the litigation case, Fifty Shades of Black and White: Anatomy of the Lawsuit Behind a Publishing Phenomenon, Farris also partnered with rodeo cowboy-turned-actor/producer, Robert Hinkle, to write Bob’s memoir of his years in show business, Call Me Lucky: A Texan in Hollywood (University of Oklahoma Press 2009).  

His fiction work consists of seven published novels, including thrillers such as, The Bequest, Manifest Intent, and the Hawaiian historical fiction, Isle of Broken Dreams

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. 

To find out more about Mike Farris, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/michaelfarrisnet/

For further information about this and other programs 
through ACFW DFW, 

And be sure to check out our FB events page to register your spot: https://www.facebook.com/events/2075852805841259/!  

 Meetings are most often followed by further networking 
and fellowship at a nearby restaurant.

Thursday, November 29, 2018


Join us for some festive fun, sharing, and giving!


Sunday, November 4, 2018


Please join us as we hold the third “Launching Writers as Speakers” (LWaS), on Saturday, November 10th, at Arlington Community Church on Randol Mill Rd. (click for map) 

The event is from 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m. 

Doors open at 10a.m.  This is followed by further networking and fellowship time with a pay-your-way lunch at a local restaurant. 

This year we’re excited to welcome two of our members, Katy Huth Jones and Sara-Meg Seese as our speakers.

Launching Writers as Speakers was developed several years ago to assist ACFW DFW Ready Writers members in being more comfortable behind a mic and in front of a crowd – all within the caring community comprised of our local membership and guests.

Previously, presenters were brand new to speaking. This year, however, LWaS is changing things up a little by welcoming two speakers who are familiar with presentations. But for one reason or another, both are in need of their friends in the Ready Writers community to help them step (back) into their comfort zones.

Katy Huth Jones will be presenting, “Great Expectations.” If you find your great expectations in writing and publishing unfulfilled, perhaps there is a deeper lesson to be learned. Katy Huth Jones will share how her expectations changed in her thirty-year writing journey and will encourage you to think out of the box as you seek opportunities to be published. You can connect further with Jones on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KatyHuthJones/ or her blog: http://katyhuthjones.blogspot.com/.

Sara-Meg Seese will be presenting, “Dialogue From a Dramatist’s POV.” The words we say are but the tip of the iceberg. This interactive workshop helps the writer develop better dialogue and dialogue tags/beats by understanding subtext. You can visit her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SaraMegSeese/.

For further information about this and other programs through ACFW DFW, visit our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/DFWReadyWriters/ and be sure to check out our FB events page to register your spot: https://www.facebook.com/events/350990932314459/!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

“Quick Fixes for a Deeper Point of View.”

Join us on Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:30 a.m. when we welcome Frank Ball, presenting, “Quick Fixes for a Deeper Point of View.” 

Monthly meetings are held at Arlington Community Church, 1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, most often followed by further networking and fellowship at a nearby restaurant.

Ball, a member of ACFW DFW, is well versed in writing and presentations, so much so that as a group we did something a little different this month—we put up for vote which of Ball’s many presentations he would give. “Quick Fixes” rose above the rest. It’s easy to see why as attendees will learn: what to look for in deepening the point of view without having to rewrite the scene. Beginning with the most simple grammatical improvements that help the author with “show, don’t tell,” then looking at possible sentence revisions that give readers a better feel for being in the scene, involved in the action.

Visiting Ball’s website (link below) is a fun exercise in exploration, from his quirky title of “writer, speaker, counselor, thought provoker, and weird dreamer…” to his “Frankisms” and a listing of “Daffynitions.”

For ten years Ball directed the North Texas Christian Writers. In 2011 he founded Story Help Groups to encourage and equip all Christians to tell their life-changing stories. He has taught at writer’s conferences and churches across the U.S. and Canada, in addition to writing his own books, blogging, ghostwriting, copy editing, and graphic design. His books include: “Eyewitness,” “God’s Plan,” “Acts of the Messengers in the Early Church,” and others.

Connect with Ball on his website: https://www.frankball.org/ or on his FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ManWithTheScoop.

For further information about this and other programs through ACFW DFW, visit our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/DFWReadyWriters/ and be sure to check out our FB events page to register your spot: https://www.facebook.com/events/943411915850583/!