Wednesday, August 14, 2013

EVENT--- Writer's Guild of Texas Monthly Meeting (Monday August 19, 2013)

For quite some time now I have posted the upcoming meetings of the Writer's Guild of Texas here on my blog. I was glad to provide the free advertising for the Writer's Guild of Texas because I believed in the mission statement provided on each message by Carol Woods, Communications--- "Permission to forward this email is not only granted, but encouraged. Let's get the word out to as many in the writing community as possible." 

I believe the local writing community matters and should be nurtured. I continued to advertise this group even after they moved from Plano to Richardson making it impossible for  me to attend their meetings. The point was to get the word out in the local area and I was glad to help with that mission.

Apparently the publicly stated policy of wanting to spread the word has changed. In what seems to me to be an amazingly short sighted decision, Membership Chair John Vance states below that they will be removing non-payers from the e-mail distribution list. Considering the economic realities we face here on a daily basis and other issues that I have shared here over the years including my wife’s fights against cancer, my own health issues, and other problems, even if I had the money which I don’t, I won’t be paying WGT $25 bucks for the privilege to run their advertising on this blog.  

Unless their policy changes, I expect to be dropped from the distribution list after their stated deadline of next Tuesday. As such this will be the last blog post on my blog from the Writer’s Guild of Texas. I wish them well in their endeavors…..

Monday, 19 August 2013
7-8:30 p.m.
Topic: The Business of Writing
Speaker: LaRee Bryant
Attention Fellow Writers: If you want to continue receiving these announcements regarding WGT and other writing-related events, and you have not paid your annual dues, please do so by August 20th.  Otherwise we will have to remove your name from this distribution list.  If you have already paid your 2013 dues, thank you
 John Vance, Membership Chair
Annual 2013 WGT dues of $25.00 may be paid at the 8/19 meeting, by mail to Writers' Guild of Texas, 6009 W. Parker Road, Suite 149-175, Plano TX 75093, or you may pay by PayPal.

August 19th Meeting to be held at:
Richardson Public Library
900 Civic Center Dr.
Richardson TX 75080
Basement Room
LaRee Bryant will discuss the importance of approaching writing as a profession, examine the process of dealing with agents and editors, and present basic "don'ts" and "dos" regarding contracts.
LaRee is the author of seven historical novels and two non-fiction books. She's been a writing teacher and professional editor for almost 20 years and "ghosted" or "doctored" an impressive number of published books. She has recently finished the second book in a new cozy mystery series, and is now working on a stand-alone mystery.
Other Writers' Guild of Texas Doings and Goings On
The Writers' Guild of Texas WGT Critique Sessions: Third Wednesday of each month.
Registration: 6:45-7:00 p.m.
Reading/critiquing: 7:00-8:45 p.m.
Basement Room of the Richardson Public Library, 900 Civic Center Dr., Richardson TX 75080.
21 August: Coordinator Liz Klein leads these sessions. Participants present their original work and receive feedback. There is no requirement that you read, in case you want to come and just listen.
For more information about The Writers’ Guild of Texas, contact Membership Coordinator John Vance at or WGT Critique Group Coordinator Liz Klein at
Annual 2013 WGT dues of $25.00 may be paid at meetings or by mail to Writers' Guild of Texas, 6009 W. Parker Road, Suite 149-175, Plano TX 75093.
All WGT events located at the Richardson Public Library are free and open to the public.
Monday, 16 September 2013: Jill Allison Bryan. Writing Past Procrastination, Perfectionism and Perfectly Good Excuses-5 Fun Ways to Jump Start Your Creativity. Jill will jumpstart your creativity with interactive exercises to stimulate your writing. Jill is a certified Master Kaizen-Muse® Creativity Coach, read more at
Monday, 21 October 2013: Cindy L. Herb. The Book is Almost Done – Now What? "The Joyful Survivor" and author of Awakening the Spirit: The Open Wide Like a Floozy Chronicles helps others become successful. Using her own experience, Cindy discusses the importance of marketing BEFORE the book is launched, including having a marketing plan, getting endorsements, creating both an online AND offline presence and understanding the basics of building a strong web presence using great keywords as the foundation for building a website.
Saturday, 2 November 2013: Workshop. Book marketing expert Rachel Simeone uses her 20+ years of experience in Internet and consumer marketing to help authors accelerate their sales and achieve their dreams. Implementing proven marketing strategies, Rachel develops customized marketing programs that attract readers and deliver sales. She is known for her innovative ideas that exploit hidden opportunities to give authors a marketing advantage. In addition to her work with authors, Rachel also developed a book marketing training program for the online publisher Blurb. Location: TBA. $25.00/WGT members/$35.00 non-members.
Monday, 18 November 2013: Bob Morris. “EDNA” Bob Morris is an independent management consultant who specializes in accelerated executive development and organizational transformation. Thus far, he has also reviewed more than 2,500 business books for Amazon’s US, UK, and Canadian websites, interviewed more than 200 thought leaders, and has more than 8,000 dedicated followers of the three websites at which he blogs. He will explain why “EDNA” should be every writer’s muse and mentor. Learn more about Bob at his website,
Monday, 16 December 2013: WGT Annual Christmas Party, more details to come…
All Writers' Guild of Texas events held at the Richardson Public Library are free and open to the public.
For more information about The Writers’ Guild of Texas, contact Membership Coordinator John Vance at or WGT Critique Group Coordinator Liz Klein at
Writers' Events Calendar
(contact to have your conferences, meetings, or other writing-related event listed here—no individual book signings, please):
Thursday, 15 August 2013: The Writer's Block presents the second of two FREE! The Craft of Fiction Writing Series 2013. “Beginnings, First Chapters, and Endings" led by writer Ann Fields. The Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak in Dallas, Texas, 75204, (214) 821-0911. Register online at

Saturday, 21 September 2013: SCBWI North Texas 2013 Regional Conference presents Creating Kids Books That Soar. 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 3 Keynote sessions, 4 breakouts. Portfolio and manuscript critiques for a fee. Watch event website for full agenda as it develops. Sheraton Arlington Hotel, Arlington TX. $45 for National SCBWI members; $60 for nonmembers.

Thursday-Sunday 24-32 October 2013: Austin Film Festival 2013 Conference. Film competition now open. Screenplay competition now open. Austin TX
First Saturday each month (except January): 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: LaRee Bryant, Permission to forward.
First Saturday each month: Pens and Pancakes Writers Workshop. 10:30 a.m.-noon. The Dock Bookshop. 6637 Meadowbrook Dr. in Fort Worth, TX 76112. Guest facilitator Shewanda Riley. Dock Bookshop ( 817.457.5700. FREE.
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.
If you don't wish to receive these announcements, please let me know.
Permission to forward this email is not only granted, but encouraged. Let's get the word out to as many in the writing community as possible.
Carol Woods, Communications
Writers' Guild of Texas

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