WRITERS' GUILD OF TEXAS MONTHLY MEETING
Monday, 19 March 2012
Topic: Creative or Narrative Nonfiction, The Literature of Reality
Speaker: Carmen Goldthwaite
Richardson Public Library
900 Civic Center Dr.
Richardson TX 75080
This writing form, a strengthening form in publishing today, takes true stories and tells them with the dramatic tools of fiction–character, conflict, context, dialogue, flashback, narrative arc.
Whether you’re writing travel, biography, memoir, profiles, history, commentary, sports, science or business, explore how verifiable drama can enhance the story for today’s reader through the narrative and dramatic storytelling skills that lure readers (thus editors) into your true story.
Carmen Goldthwaite juggles writing novels, narrative nonfiction books and stories, with teaching. At Southern Methodist University, Carmen teaches creative writing and narrative nonfiction. At her alma mater of Texas Christian University, she’s the “writer-in-residence” for the Schieffer School of Journalism Texas Community Newspapers.
For further information, please check out Writers’ Guild of Texas website: http:/writersguildoftexas.org/joomla/.
The Writers' Guild of Texas WGT Critique Sessions: Third Wednesday of each month.
Registration: 6:30-6:45 p.m.
Reading/critiquing: 6:45-8:45 p.m.
Basement room of Richardson Public Library, 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson TX 75080.
21 March: Coordinator Liz Klein leads these sessions. Participants present their own work and receive feedback.
Check the WGT website: http:/writersguildoftexas.org/joomla/, for information.
Annual 2012 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:/writersguildoftexas.org/joomla/.
All WGT events located at the Richardson Public Library are free and open to the public. For information on the sponsoring organization, visit http://writersguildoftexas.org/joomla/.
Monday, 16 April 2012: Mike Farris, Literary Agents
Monday, 21 May 16, 2012: Rachel Simeone, High Impact Book Marketing
Monday, 18 June 2012: WGT All-Stars Read In and Networking Event
All Writers' Guild of Texas events held at the Richardson Public Library are free and open to the public. Visit WGT's website: http://writersguildoftexas.org/joomla/
Writers' Events Calendar (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have your conferences, meetings, or other writing-related event listed here—no individual book signings, please):
Friday and Saturday, 27-28 April 2012: The 2012 Writers’ Roundup, sponsored by Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization (NETWO). One on one interviews with an agent, an editor, and a publisher; availability based on registration date. Optional workshops. Programs, awards dinner. Mt. Pleasant Civic Center, 1800 N. Jefferson (1 block south of I30 on Business 271, Mt. Pleasant, Texas. www.netwo.org for cost and full details.
Thursday-Saturday, 3-5 May 2012: Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. conference, Story Weavers. Keynote speaker, Kevin James. Agents. Editors. Programs. Embassy Suites Hotel, 1815 S. Meridian, Oklahoma City, OK 73108. owfi.org
Saturday, 14 May 2012: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: North Texas Book Festival. Authors, Authors, Authors. Featured speakers: Dr. Ray Stephens, Texas Historian, Author of Texas: A Historical Atlas, and Dr. J. Rodney Short, Author of Barnibee, the Amazing Bumblebee, The Wisdom of IF. The Center for Visual Arts, 400 East Hickory, Denton TX. http://www.ntbf.org/
Friday and Saturday, 18-19 May 2012: DFWWW conference. Keynote speaker, James Rollins. Agents, editors. Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst TX 76054. Keep up with Conference News: Read our Blog. Sign up for the RSS Feed. Or follow @DFWcon on Twitter. http://dfwwritersconference.org/
20-22 July 2012: Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. Grapevine TX. Lectures, workshops, agents, agent consultations, writing contest, student biography contest. http://themayborn.unt.edu/MaybornConference.htm
2-23 September 2012: FenCon IX. Dallas/Fort Worth area. Crowne Plaza, North Dallas/Galleria. FenCon is of the fen, by the fen, and for the fen. Full information at http://www.fencon.org/
FenCon Story Contest: Entries must be received no later than 20 July 2012. http://www.fencon.org/story.html. Read the rules! Follow the rules!
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: email@example.com. Permission to forward.
Second Thursday of the Month: The Muse Literary Mingle. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Geisha Steak and Sushi, 3801 George Bush/I90 @ Coit. Happy hour and conversation. Share informative, casual conversation and meet other writers and publishing professionals. Learn about DFW’s thriving literary community. Sponsored by Preface Entertainment and Writers' Guild of Texas.
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! www.alanelliott.com
Second Saturday each month: North Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop. Meets every 2nd Saturday at the Hurst Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 6pm.http://www.ntsfw.com
Frisco Writers Meet-Up Groups: Day group meets every 3rd Thursday and night group every 2nd Tuesday. See website for more details. http://www.meetup.com/writers-749/
Visit http://www.writersleague.org/programs/classes.html for up-to-date information on Writer's League of Texas workshops held in Austin TX.
Visit http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/ for guidelines to participate in the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.
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