Please join us Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10:15am (NOTE THE TIME IS EARLIER!!)
PART ONE: Lyndie Blevins
“The Other Side of Writing…The Power of Words, Characters and Stories from a Reader’s Perspective.”
She is our very first presenter in what we plan to bring you each, Launching Writers as Speakers.
Blevins will speak from her point of view as a reader, the various words, characters and stories which have made her laugh, cry, understand her life and changed her thinking and behavior. She will share what she has discovered about the creative writing process as she read.
She is a firm believer in the connection between writer and reader as stated by Steven James in “Story Trumps Structure,” “Developing the ability to see things from a reader’s point of view is one of the most important things you can do as a storyteller.”
From Blevins’s presentation, “the audience will take away a glimpse of the emotive power of literary art from a reader’s perspective. And the inspiration (and knowledge) that words can change lives.”
Growing up in Duncanville, TX gave Blevins the richness of small town life while the nearness of Dallas and the large metroplex, gave her another reference point to draw from. She still lives in Duncanville, in one of the few hillside lots, full of trees and a creek, in a town that was originally flat hay fields. She is a Jesus-follower and a Texan. She enjoys the UT Longhorns, fabric art, practicing her craft of writing, and of course, reading her books.
A graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in government, she spent 35 years working in a government agency in the field of Information Technology. In 2008, she wrote her first book for NaNoWriMo, and while she did finished with over 50,00 words, she also unintentionally broke every rule in all the writing books.
When she retired in 2009, she embarked on her writing career but had to take a three-year break to care for her elderly parents in 2013-2015. She’s returned to the keyboard now, “I yearn for wide open spaces in all areas of my life. I write about characters who find their true fulfillment living in community with others.” Her own home community currently consists of a dog, two cats and Japanese Fighting fish. Blevins is published with works in three anthologies.
Lyndie will be followed by a panel discussion,
PART TWO: “So What’s this Writing Life REALLY Like?” Our panelists will be (alphabetical): Frank Ball, Jackie Castle, Lynne Gentry, and Michelle Stimpson.
What better way to follow a talk from the lips of a reader turned writer than with a moderated panel discussion about the real life of writers? Here’s your chance to ask Frank, Jackie, Lynne and Michelle what life is like when they’re on deadline, what they do to start their writing day, how they get their inspiration, and well, honestly, “What’s it REALLY like to be a writer?”
Frank Ball - For ten years Ball directed North Texas Christian Writers to help membershttp://www.frankball.org/
Jackie Castle - Castle looks for the extraordinary in every ordinary day that shehttp://www.jackiecastle.com/
Lynne Gentry - Gentry has always been a storyteller. Growing up on a Kansas dairy farm,http://www.lynnegentry.com/
Michelle Stimpson – A bestselling author, Stimpson has penned more than thirty Christianhttps://michellestimpson.com/.
Join us for this once a year Two-fer!
Please reserve your spot for the November meeting by email: DFWReadyWriters.Events@gmail.com
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