Saturday, October 15, 2011

Event: Writers' Guild of Texas Monthly Meeting --Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday, 17 October 2011
7-8:30 p.m.
Topic: Screenwriting: Getting Your Words on the Big Screen
Speaker: Rex McGee
Richardson Public Library
900 Civic Center Dr.
Richardson TX 75080
Basement Room
Sometimes a letter is more than just a letter. No one believes that more than Rex McGee, screenwriter, journalist, teacher, and creativity coach. While a film student at the University of Southern California, Rex wrote what could have been dismissed as an ordinary fan letter to his idol, six-time Oscar winner Billy Wilder, about the director’s newest film at the time, a romantic comedy called Avanti!
Wilder was impressed with the letter, and invited 21-year-old Rex to meet him at his office. That first introduction ultimately led to a 29-year friendship like no other, with Rex assisting Wilder with The Front Page, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, and then Fedora with William Holden and Henry Fonda.
Rex teaches screenwriting at the KD Conservatory for Film and Dramatic Arts in Dallas and conducts creativity workshops at Southern Methodist University based on the bestselling book The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. A member of the Writers Guild of America, West and the Dramatists Guild, he has collaborated on screenplays with directors Jon Amiel, Peter Masterson, Robert Mulligan, and Billy Wilder.
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Saturday, 12 November 2011
9 a.m.-1p.m.
Steve Garson, of 18th Street Books. E-Publishing Workshop.
Richardson Civic Center
111 West Arapaho Road, Suite 102
Richardson TX 75080
Learn how to work with major internet stores and get your books out to the emerging e-reading audience.
Each attendee will receive a free copy of Principled Leadership.
Fee: $25.00/members; $30.00/non-members.
Pay online at www.writersguildoftexasorg or send a check to:
            Writers’ Guild of Texas
            6009 W. Parker Rd.
            Suite 149-175
            Plano TX 75093
Limited seating.
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Improve your writing/editing skills; attend Writers' Guild of Texas PCS (Planned Critique Sessions). 3rd Wed. every month. Participants present their own work, receive feedback from fellow members. Richardson Public Library Basement, 7-8:45 p.m. To sign up, contact Earl Stubbs,, 214.683.2489.
Please welcome John Vance as WGT’s new Membership Chair.
Annual 2011 WGT dues of $20.00 may be paid at meetings, by mail to Writers' Guild of Texas, 6009 W. Parker Road, Suite 149-175, Plano TX 75093, or online at http:/
All WGT events located at the Richardson Public Library are free and open to the public. For information on the sponsoring organization, visit
Tuesday, 18 October 2011: The Muse Literary Mingle. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Geisha Steak and Sushi, 3801 George Bush/I90 @ Coit. Happy hour and conversation with Cindy L. Herb, author of Awakening the Spirit. Share an informative, casual conversation with our featured author and meet other writers and publishing professionals. Learn about DFW’s thriving literary community. Sponsored by Preface Entertainment and Writers' Guild of Texas.
Third Wednesday of every month: WGT's PCS meeting (see description above). Contact: Earl Stubbs,, 214.683.2489.
Saturday, 12 November 2011  Steve Garson, of 18th Street Books. E-Publishing Workshop. 9 a.m.-1p.m.Richardson Civic Center, 111 West Arapaho Road, Suite 102, Richardson TX 75080. 972.744.4090. Learn how to work with major internet stores and get your books out to the emerging e-reading audience. Each attendee will receive a free copy of Principled Leadership. Fee: $25.00/members; $30.00/non-members. Limited seating.
Monday, 21 November 2011: Heather Wood, E-Commerce, Your Online Selling Options
Monday, 19 December 2011: Holiday Open House and Networking Opportunity
Monday, 16 January 2012: Diane Kelly, Tax/Business Tips for Writers
Monday, 20 February 2012: Christine Perez, Writing for Magazines and Newspapers
Monday, 19 March 2012: Carmen Goldthwaite, Narrative Non-fiction
Monday, 16 April 2012: Mike Farris, Literary Agents
Monday, 21 May 16, 2012: Rachel Simeone, High Impact Book Marketing
All Writers' Guild of Texas events held at the Richardson Public Library are free and open to the public. Visit WGT's website:
Writers' Events Calendar (contact to have your conferences, meetings, or other writing-related event listed here—no individual book signings, please):
Thursday-Thursday October 20-23; 2011: 2011 Conference and October 20-27: Austin Film Festival. Austin TX
Thursday-Thursday October 20-23; 2011: Austin TX
First Saturday each month: Dallas MWASW (Mystery Writers of America, Southwest). Texas Land & Cattle, 812 South Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. $5.00 door fee, cash only. All who attend are invited to remain for lunch. Contact info: Permission to forward.
The Dallas Area Writers Group (DAWG) put together a summer reading list—including a reading list for writers. Check it out! The more readers in the world—the more opportunities for writers!
Second Saturday each month: North Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop. Meets every 2nd Saturday at the Hurst Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 6pm.
Frisco Writers Meet-Up Groups: Day group meets every 3rd Thursday and night group every 2nd Tuesday. See website for more details.
Visit for up-to-date information on Writer's League of Texas workshops held in Austin TX.
Visit for guidelines to participate in the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.
The Writers' Guild of Texas is a nonprofit professional organization whose primary purpose is to provide a forum for information, support, and sharing among writers; to help members improve and market their writing skills; and to promote the interests of writers and the writing community.
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Carol Woods, Communications
Writers' Guild of Texas

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