Saturday, December 17, 2011

January 2012: The “I hate to write a synopsis!” Workshop POSTPONED

UPDATE:  Sharon Mignerey will be joining us later in the year.  Stay tuned. Meanwhile, join us on January 14th when Lena Nelson Dooley will speak to us on "Taking Settings to the Next Level." Details in a separate post.

Sure some people like to write a synopsis. For most writers, the task is about as appealing as jumping into a frozen lake during sub-zero weather...even though some people like that, too. On Saturday, January 14th, Sharon Mignerey will host this workshop and help participants identify the elements required to put together a solid synopsis. Workshop participants leave with a workbook that provides concrete reminders of the steps and the techniques. In addition to discussing different types of synopses and synopsis conventions, the workshop covers techniques to deconstruct your story so you can construct an effective, clear synopsis.

 Sharon Mignerey confesses to being a dreamer who believes that dreams to do true ... when you’re willing to work toward their achievement.  She knows because it took her 15 years to sell that first novel.  Sharon’s books have won several awards including The Golden Heart, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Colorado Romance Writer’s Keeper Award.  She’s a long-time member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, was named the 1999 RMFW Writer of the Year, and was honored with the Jasmine Award in 1996.   In addition to writing, Sharon is a frequent speaker at local and national writers conferences, which she says is a way of passing along the gift her mentors gave her.  The topics of her workshops range from those centered on craft to the motivational.  When she’s not writing, you can find her happily involved with her critique group of ten years or puttering around her garden. 

Join DFW Ready Writers at 11:00am for lunch, fellowship and our synopsis workshop, at La Hacienda Ranch Restaurant on Highway 121 in Colleyville.  We are the local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers (  Visitors welcome!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

December 2011: Our Christmas Celebration

Join DFW Ready Writers as we enjoy fun and fellowship in the spirit of the season. Our current chaplain, Margo Carmichael will present a devotional, and our vice-president, Barbara Harrison (who writes as Leann Harris) will use sign language to interpret a Christmas song.

Then our annual gift exchange is back! Bring a gift valued between $10 and $20 and join in the fun and games of gift giving, the DFW Ready Writers way! 

If you haven't visited DFW Ready Writers before, this meeting is a great time to come and meet fellow Christian writers in a easy and relaxed way.  The celebration and lunch begins at 11:00am at La Hacienda Ranch Restaurant off Hwy. 121 in Colleyville.  Please join us!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

November 2011 Speaker: Police Officer Doris Whitworth

What's it like to be the modern policewoman?  How has it changed over the last few years?  Join us as Doris Whitworth tells us about her experiences in law enforcement.

Doris Whitworth has been working full-time in law enforcement since 1992.  Doris joined the Allen Police Department in 2000.  During this time, she has worked as a Patrol officer, in the Criminal Investigations Division, as a Juvenile Investigator, School Resource Office and Police Instructor.  
DFW Ready Writers is the local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. We meet the second Saturday of every month at 11:00am at La Hacienda Ranch Restaurant in Colleyville. Please join us!
For more information about American Christian Fiction Writers, please go to

Friday, October 14, 2011

Interested in Writing Christian Fiction?

We are DFW Ready Writers, the local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers.  If you're interested in learning the craft of writing, or learning more about Christian Fiction, then join us Saturday, November 12 at 11:00am.  

We have speakers and workshops devoted to Christian Fiction writing, plus amazing fellowship with other writers all working towards the goal of creating the book God wants us to write. 

We meet the second Saturday of every month of La Hacienda Ranch restaurant in Colleyville. (see information in right sidebar).

For information about American Christian Fiction Writers, please visit our website at

See you at a meeting soon!

Friday, September 16, 2011

October 2011 Speaker: Leanna Ellis

Get Your Manuscript Ready for Its Big Audition
Like auditioning for a musical, your manuscript has a short amount of time to make a big impression on the director, er…editor. You want that impression to be the best it can be. Leanna Ellis will share her secrets to polishing that manuscript and editing it for the big audition of submission.

Winner of the National Readers Choice Award, Leanna Ellis writes women’s fiction. After nineteen books published, Ellis is known for her quirky characters and wacky plots. But don’t let the quirkiness fool you as Ellis probes deep in the heart and plucks at the heartstrings. She lives deep in the heart of Texas with her husband and children and an assortment of dogs and cat.

Join us Saturday, October 8 at 11:00am.  See you there!

Monday, August 15, 2011

September 2011 Speaker: Marika Flatt

Publicity, Promotion and Panache: Understanding and Implementing Media Relations

Do you have a book that needs media attention? Can you see your story on the morning shows? If so, this workshop is for you. Learn from a seasoned literary PR pro how to position your story, how to contact the media and get the most bang for your buck with each and every media placement. You will receive hands-on advice.

Award-winning book publicist Marika Flatt is the owner of PR by the Book and has worked with hundreds of national and regional media contacts on dozens of publicity campaigns since 1997. Flatt is a regular speaker at conferences around the country on topics related to publicity and promotion. See for more details.
Marika launched PR by the Book, LLC in 2002, combining her love of the media and public relations. After garnering experience as the host of two cable television shows (The Teen Report & The College Report) in San Antonio, reporting for her college newspaper, producing for her college TV station, and working with the NBC affiliate in Dallas, Marika spent seven years leading the publicists of an Austin-based book publicity firm. While there, she was the director of the publisher services division, handling the company’s key publicity campaigns and serving as the company’s spokesperson.

Marika was awarded a Gold Bulldog Award for a publicity campaign, which resulted in exposure in over 700 media outlets. Marika is also the recipient of an Austin Public Relations Society of America Outstanding Mentor Award, an Anne D. Robinson Creative Initiative Award, and is a three-time nominee for the “Profiles in Power” Award.

In 2003-2004, Marika served as the president of the Austin chapter of the Association for Women in Communications. In 2009, she served as the Advanced Publicity track leader for IBPA’s Publishing University. Marika is a regular speaker at conferences around the country, educating audiences on topics related to publicity and overall promotion tactics. A cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University, Marika is the proud parent of three kids (with husband, Doug, who is Managing Partner).

Join us Saturday, September 10 at 11am. We look forward to seeing you!