Monday, April 10, 2017


The ACFW DFW chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers
Invites you to the
2nd Annual May Mini Conference on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the
Arlington Community Church 1715 W Randol Mill Rd.
9:30 a.m. - 4: 00 p.m.
Registration Required (info below)

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Keynote Speaker
Becky Wade Extreme Survival Skills for Writers
At some point in every writer's journey, she or he will come up against the 'Joy Stealers': Comparison. Stress. Discouragement. Burn Out.  Joy stealers are real and dangerous.  They can detour writers, end ministries, and steal away a writer's love of their calling.  So how is a writer to survive?  And even thrive in the face of them? In this workshop, Becky will provide writers with soul-deep Biblical encouragement, testimonies from longtime writers, and practical tools for combatting the joy stealers so that we can, "throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And... run with perseverance the race marked out for us," Hebrews 12:1.

Wade is a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  Originally a published general market historical romance writer, after caring for her three growing children, God called her back to writing, this time in Christian fiction. She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of the My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the upcoming Bradford Sisters series. Visit or to find out more about our dynamic keynote speaker.

Other speakers (alphabetically)

Lee Carver – The Real World Meets Fiction
Writing biography, memoir, and life experience using everything you know about writing fiction. Fiction and non-fiction writing share some interesting characteristics. Learn the intricacies of writing biography, memoir, and life experiences from a seasoned writer of both fiction and non-fiction who assists others in telling their story, getting it on the page, and out to the populace.

Lee Carver is once again failing at retirement. She is a hybrid author in every sense: fiction and nonfiction, traditionally and independently published. She is also a freelance editor with formatting, as well as print book and e-book upload expertise. During her husband's international career, Lee lived and reared their two children in multiple countries. She has traveled in approximately 49 countries, settings which become material in her novels. The Carvers have now settled in the Fort Worth area. For more information about Carver visit: and

Jackie Castle – Tracking Your Series
Are his eyes blue or brown? And what was the name of that dragon? Or the name of the street the antiques shop is on? Jackie Castle loves writing big books and long series and over time has haphazardly learned how to keep track of her characters, towns, and the folks that inhabit her story worlds. Come find out a few of her tricks and be willing to share your own ideas about what has worked for you.

Castle looks for the extraordinary in every ordinary day that she experiences. She is the author of The White Road Chronicles - a fantasy series, The Sentinel Archives for school-age readers, and newly released Madison Creek Bed & Breakfast romance series. She lives in her comfortable Texas home where she spins entertaining tales and enjoys relaxing in the evenings with her family. Find out more about her shenanigans over at Jackie Castle's Story World: and
Tina Johnston, NCC LPC MCC – Take Care of You/Take Care of Your Characters
Your characters have something to say to your readers, so it is important they be given adequate “voice.” By taking care of yourself, you are taking care of your characters so they can become fully developed to deliver their message to the reader, which is really just your message in disguise.  In this interactive presentation learn how to level up your God-given talent, your passion for writing, and an empowerment to be your best.

Johnston is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Director of NewStarts, located in North Texas. She specializes in Personal Development and Career Advancement for adults, teens, and adolescents. Additionally, she develops employee productivity programs for companies to improve company culture and financial stability. Her passion is helping others discover and reach for their God-given potential. Find out more about Johnston at: and
Joy Massenburge – Plugging into the POWER!
A testimonial about operating in your God given gifts. Signs to look for when you’ve disconnected from the original power source. Learn everyday things you can do to get back on track.
Massenburge crafts the love stories of pastors and their kids. She was born the sixth child of a pastor. Thinking she had avoided the church scene, she married a football player but on signing day with the Green Bay Packers, Mr. Football advised her she would be a pastor’s wife. They raised pastor’s kids; a son, a daughter, and a god-daughter. With the kids married or off to college, she took the advice of her favorite author and joined ACFW and (coming from the more eastern side of the state) the not-so-local DFW chapter where she serves as Chaplain.  Visit her at:
Reservations are required by Friday, May 5
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ACFW DFW members - $25 (member by April 15)
Non-ACFW DFW members - $30
High School and College students (WITH school ID) - $15
(Additional $5 for registration after May 5 for all the above)

Lunch is included in the conference fee.
Reserve your spot today!
See you there!