Monday, 16 April 2012
Topic: Literary Agents
Speaker: Mike Farris
Richardson Public Library
900 Civic Center Dr.
Richardson TX 75080
Attorneys Mike Farris and Susan Morgan Farris man Farris Literary Agency, Inc., represents fiction and non-fiction works. They are actively seeking fiction projects (thrillers, suspense, mysteries, mainstream, action/adventure, literary, Christian) as well as non-fiction (how-to, self-help, law, true crime, current affairs, popular culture, women’s issues, biography, history, travel, sports, politics, entertainment, spiritual and inspirational).
MIKE FARRIS has been a practicing attorney in Dallas, Texas, since graduating cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1983. Upon graduating in the top 10 percent of his class, and having served as an associate editor on the school’s Law Review, he was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Coif. He then practiced law for fifteen years with one of the largest law firms in Dallas and was named a partner after six years. He left the firm at the end of 1997 to pursue other interests, including literary interests. Mike is currently of counsel with the Dallas law firm Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein, P.C., where his practice includes complex commercial litigation, as well as entertainment law, focusing on the movie and publishing industries.
Mike is an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas in its Sports & Entertainment Management MBA program and serves on the university’s Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board. He is a past chairman of the Dallas Bar Association’s Sports & Entertainment Law Section.
Mike is also an award-winning screenwriter and a writer of non-fiction. In 2003, he collaborated with former ABC-TV anchorman Murphy Martin on Martin’s memoir of his years in journalism, entitled Front Row Seat: A Veteran Reporter Relives the Four Decades That Reshaped America (Eakin Press 2003). In 2009, he collaborated with Bob Hinkle to write Hinkle’s memoir, Call Me Lucky: A Texan in Hollywood for the University of Oklahoma Press (2009).
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.
18 April: 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/.
M Monday, 21 May 2012: Rachel Simeone, High Impact Book Marketing
M 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
22-23 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. 12 April: Judy Hoberman, http//www.sellinginaskirt.com; 10 May: Deondriea Cantrice, A Brand New You; 14 June: Dallas Writers Journal; 12 July: Sue Latham, The Haunted House Symphony, 9 August: Keitha Willis, Tears in a Bottle; 14 September: David Goff, Artist and Author; 12 October: Tarsha Polk, The Marketing Lady; 9 November: Deidra McGriff, Author of Forever Free. Sponsored by Preface Entertainment and Writers' Guild of Texas. For complete details visit www.prefaceevents.com
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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