Friday, March 16, 2018

Give Your Imagination Wings
The ACFW DFW chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers
Invites you to the
3rd Annual Spring Conference
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Arlington Community Church 1715 W Randol Mill Rd.
9:00a – 2:45p
(info below)

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Keynote Speaker
Robin Patchen – Writer of Romantic Suspense with Soul and Spirit

Two Presentations
Small Edits, Big Impact: Learn how to use rhetorical devices and other simple tricks to improve the emotional impact of your prose. Each device will have examples from speeches, literature, and movies to illustrate how they can be used in all kinds of writing. 

Writing the Emotional Roller Coaster: Explore the three ways to add emotion to your manuscript, when it is appropriate to use each, and discover how to use the emotional wheel to bring more depth to your manuscripts to pull your readers onto an emotional roller coaster that will leave them breathless. 

Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes, ski lodges, and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Patchen to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

Patchen has been writing all her life but didn’t start down the fiction trail until nine years ago. Since then, she’s written thirteen books and co-authored one. Her books include the Hidden Truth series “Convenient Lies,” “Twisted Lies,” “Generous Lies,” and “Innocent Lies;” the Amanda series, including “Chasing Amanda,” and “Finding Amanda;” as well as A Package Deal, Faith House, and collaboration on the nonfiction, The Twelve Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing.

Patchen and her husband, Eddie, have been married for 24 years and are the proud parents of three children—teens through young adult. Although from New Hampshire and having lived for years in the OKC area, she and her family are in the midst of a work transfer to North Carolina. To find out more about our talented keynote speaker visit: or

J.A. Marx – Embattled Spirit Author

Twisting Your Plot - Wow! I did not expect that to happen.” Yes, even you can surprise the socks off your readers. J.A. Marx teaches one simple technique that will set authors on the road to mastering the plot twist. Learn to add everything from unexpected turns to radically messing with your reader’s mind. After this 30-minute lesson, you will no longer hear any reader say, “Well, that was predictable.” Audience participation required. Bring your imagination, a pen and paper, or your laptop.

A multi-published hybrid author and freelance editor, J.A. Marx writes psychological suspense/adventure with threads of romance and supernatural undertones. She is a graduate of The Christian Writers Guild's elite Craftsman course, under mentors Jerry Jenkins and DiAnn Mills. One of her favorite activities is a weekly critique group where she has the honor of helping other writers hone their craft.

Marx’s fiction bookshelf includes: co-written Christmas novellas: The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt and A Ruby ChristmasMirror, Mirror (e-book only), and The Destiny Series: “Destiny Defied,” “Destiny Delivered,” and “Destiny Defended.” Her nonfiction publications include CBN devotionals, various articles, and The Embattled Spirit weekly blog. 

Growing up in Colorado, Marx spent much of her childhood climbing trees and rocks and riding horses. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Arts & Humanities and a double minor in French and Music. Having lived in Tennessee and Ohio, she presently calls Texas her home, near her children and grandchildren. She has been involved in many types of ministries but above all, Marx’s desire is to see people set free to live and to love. To discover more about J.A. Marx, visit her at:  and

Harry Hall – Author and Professional Speaker
Make your Book Launch an Event - A book launch is an opportunity for you, the author, to showcase your writing skills and to join friends and family in reveling in your achievement. But too often, book launches pass with little fanfare, and what should be a celebration often falls flat. In this session, you will learn techniques that will turn your launch into an event. Takeaways include strategies on marketing and promoting your launch, ingredients for maximizing the moment, and follow-ups that will create long-lasting memories. 

In 2002, after 15 years of freelance writing, Harry Hall decided to write a book about the history of American women distance runners. After six months of research, he just knew he was missing the bigger story. He found the missing adventure in John Cumming’s, Runners and Walkers, a 19th Century Sports Chronicle, in a briefly mentioned statement of the late 19th century professional women endurance walkers; a  group of talented young women who dazzled America with their on and off track exploits from 1876-1881. The miles of travel and hours of research, along with a gifted scrapbook from Charlotte and Gerry Curtis—sisters and the great-granddaughters of May Marshall, the most prolific pedestrienne--would become Hall’s book, The Pedestriennes: America’s Forgotten Superstars, and an eventual screenplay.
His other book, "Help! Everyone is Staring at Me, is based on his experiences as a radio talk show host, speaker, and teacher of public speaking at the University of Dallas and SMU. Hall is a charter inductee into the Mayborn Author’s Guild, the first of several writing awards. He is an active member of Toastmasters International, the Dallas Press Club, DFW Writers Workshop and the National Speaker’s Association. He also frequently judges speech contests for home-schooled students.

A former track coach, Hall still follows the sport and loves talking distance running and baseball history. He and his wife Susie live in Grand Prairie where he loves spending time with his 20-year-old son, Zane, and Zane’s best friend, Scamp (Pooch) Hall. For more information visit Hall at:  and

PLEASE NOTE TIME DIFFERENCE FOR THIS EVENT (from normal monthly schedule)
            Doors open 9:00a for registration, coffee and light morning refreshments.
Final remarks and closing 2:45p.
Reservations are REQUIRED for this event by Friday, April 6, 2018.
TO REGISTER: email -
Subject line: April – WINGS Conference
Body of text: Name(s) and best phone number(s)
A confirmation email will be sent with further info.

ACFW DFW members - $25
Non-ACFW DFW members - $30
High School and College students (WITH school ID) - $15
Lunch is included in the conference fee.

Reserve your spot today!
See you there!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Injecting Your Fiction with Life

Due to funeral needs at the church the ACFW DFW Ready Writers March meeting will be held in the chapel of Arlington Community church tomorrow. Same building as usual, just on the other end. Signs will be posted. See you then!

Please join us as we welcome Dr. Marie Sontag on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10:30a - Arlington Community Church as she presents “Research: Injecting Your Fiction with Life.”

Just how can we inject relevant research, at appropriate moments and in accurate amounts, to help bring our fiction to life?  

This workshop will provide tips about where to research in order to find the precise details needed to ground our fiction in reality. To get a more “hands-on” experience, you are invited to bring a laptop to further explore some of the sites that will be visited. Handouts will be provided.

Sontag loves to bring history to life through historical fiction. With a BA in Social Science, as well as both an MA and Ph.D. in education, she says teaching middle school for over 15 years has kept her young. Her middle-grade series takes place in Ancient Mesopotamia. Her “Ancient Elements” trilogy includes The Bronze DaggerThe Alabaster Jar, and The Silver Coin. When on author visits, Dr. Sontag is always accompanied by her authenticated 3,500-year-old bronze dagger, alabaster jar, and 2,300-year-old Phoenician coin. 
Her YA historical fiction book, Rising Hope, places readers alongside Polish Boy Scouts and Girl Guides who helped the Polish Underground fight the Germans during WWII. These are just some of her titles, along with several current works In progress. In addition to writing, she speaks at various functions including schools, Literacy Conferences, Writers Groups, Ethnic festivals, etc. Her topics are varied and entertaining.

Born in Milwaukee, WI, and having lived FOREVER in San Jose, CA, she currently makes her home in North Richland Hills, TX , where her favorite activities are attending concerts and musicals with her husband, and playing trains with her grandson.
Discover more about Dr. Sontag on her website: or at:

Although not mandatory, it is helpful for planning purposes to reserve your spot by emailing your name and telephone to: Subject line: March 2018 or Marie Sontag.
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The meeting will be followed by the usual pay-your-way lunch at a nearby restaurant for further networking, fun, and fellowship.
See you there!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Go Ahead, Make a Scene!

Join us on Saturday, February 10th at 10:30 a.m. at Arlington Community Church as Julie B Cosgrove, multi-award wining author of sixteen books with four more under contract, will lead a hands-on creative workshop on how to make a scene readers will enjoy.

Julie says, "When readers tell me they felt they as if they were watching a TV movie as they read my book, I inwardly pump my fist - nailed it!"

Today's readers have grown up being visually stimulated for their entertainment. From TV to movie theater graphics, to computer video games, gifs and You Tube, their eyes truly are the windows to their souls. With readership dwindling, authors have to change our way of thinking and writing in order to compete for people's time and entertainment needs.

To capture their attention, we must virtually insert our readers into the plot along with our characters. Julie will show us examples of how she does it by stimulating the reader's five senses in almost every scene. She will also show how to eliminate tags, which can often yank the reader out of the story the way mini-hiccups can interrupt a folktale teller's yarn.

Bring your creative juices and your laptop or pen (paper provided). There will be ample time during the workshop for you to create a scene and then, if you wish, share it with the rest of the Ready Writers that day.

Awarded "One of the 50 Writers You Should Be Reading" in 2015 and 2016 by the nationally syndicated radio program The Authors' Show, Julie B Cosgrove has been a freelance writer since 2007. Besides being a digital missionary on staff with Campus Crusades Canada's internet ministry as a writer and editor, Julie has written regularly for several other faith-based publications since 2009 including Daily Bread, Life from the Word, Good News Daily,Thoughts About God and The Journey.

Her novel, Freed to Forgive was a Grace Award finalist, and her suspense-romance, Legitimate Lies won Best Inspirational Fiction by a Texas Author in 2016 by the Texas Association of Authors as well as being an INSPY Award semi-finalist. Her first cozy mystery in the Bunco Biddies Mysteries, Dumpster Dicing, won Best Cozy by a Texas Author 2017. Three of her short stories have won awards as well.

Besides being a member of ACFW, Julie has achieved the highest level of public speaking in Toastmasters International, The Advanced Communication Gold. She is a member of the Advanced Speakers and Writers Association, and the Christian Authors Network(CAN).

Her own devotional blog, Where Did You Find God Today? has readership in 52 countries.

Reservations are not mandatory but are requested for this event. Reserve your spot today!

Subject line: February 2018 - Make A Scene
Body of text: Name and best phone number for each reservation spot.

Share the usual Dutch-treat lunch afterward for further fellowship and networking.  

See you there!

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