We help writers of all genres and experience levels to produce and promote professionally published work. We do this by providing read-and-critique sessions, educational activities, ongoing author support, networking opportunities and a welcoming, inclusive community.
This three-hour seminar is just what you've been looking for: networking for writers can be tough, and making industry contacts can be even harder. Not only is writing an often times solitary endeavor, many writers are naturally introverts. In this seminar, you will learn how to network like a B.O.S.S., the components of which are the BUSINESS card, ORGANIZING your time, SELLING yourself, and SOCIAL media. This seminar is full of actionable steps that will help you create a stronger writing industry network, no matter where you currently stand. You’ll leave with the tools necessary to reinvigorate your writing career.
Why you should come and listen to Whitney Davis: she is the founder of Whitney Davis Literary, a boutique literary consultancy offering management for screenwriters and editorial/career consulting services for writers at large. Over the past 10 years, Whitney has worked with award-winning novelists and optioned/produced screenwriters. In 2015, after being nudged by many of her existing clients, Whitney started her own literary management firm for screenwriters and continues her work with novelists and screenwriters as a developmental story editor and publishing consultant. In the screenwriting world, she moves best in the TV space, and her clients have pitched their scripts to several studios that include HBO, FX, Netflix and Hallmark to name a few. On the novel writing side, her clients have landed literary agents and secured book deals with HarperCollins, Scholastic and more. Whitney is a sought-after panelist and conference speaker, participating at events all over the country. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Dallas.
"Fighting Demons: Internal versus External Conflict" with Jaye Wells
In this talk, bestselling author Jaye Wells explores the distinctions between internal and external conflicts, as well as the importance of combining the two to create riveting fiction.
Meetings are held in the Basement program room of the Richardson Public Library. There is no charge to attend, and visitors are always welcome.
For more info, visit the Writers Guild of Texas website.
Whenever I am asked, ‘So, what do you do?’ I fumble through a series of emotions, defaulting on a grin-and-bear-it smile. Wife and Soccer-Mom-of-Three by day. Emergency Room and Neonatal nurse by night. Breastfeeding Educator. Romance Author. Eyes normally get wide and the person who just wanted some small-talk responds in one of two ways: “Whoa, what’s the coolest thing you’ve seen in the ER?” “Really, you’re an author? Where do you find the time?” The first question is easy and usually starts with some genius who said, “Hey, hold my beer.” The second is pretty tough. A writer needs to write. Everyday. I compare it to training for a marathon, except you don’t get the satisfaction of a medal or a sticker for your car when you type “The End.” My world doesn’t allow for writing rituals or long stretches of time with my fingers feverishly putting words on the page. Over the years, I’ve tried little ways to find time. I carried my tablet around like a fourth child in the off chance I’d have a moment during soccer practice or that my brain would be able to restart and re-tool a scene between patients. But those situations didn’t always work out. I needed to be a mom at soccer and a nurse in the ER. When I finally started calling myself an author, I gave myself time. Billable, bursts of time where I officially put on my romance-writer hat. I stopped trying to find time to write and made time to write. I get up early. Stay up twenty minutes late. I let my children play the iPad (yep, I’m that mom). I complete three mom chores, and grant myself equal amounts of time to work as an author. My children know I work in the hospital and on the computer. My co-workers simply ignore the fact I talk out my scenes while turning over beds or charting vital signs. And my husband understands why some days the laundry doesn’t get finished. Sure, the “Mom Guilt” monkey hitches a ride on my back every now and again, and somedays my precious thirty minutes is spent deleting three sentences and googling a word. Maybe all you do is draft or doodle. Maybe it’s listening to the song that inspires your story. If it fires your imagination and is solely devoted to your craft – it will never be time wasted. Don’t look at your day and decide there isn’t time for you and your story. Don’t try to give 100% to five different things at once. The outcomes are never worth the effort. Except for cooking. Crafting a scene while making dinner always turns out nice and spicy.read moreDFWCon will be my fifteenth writers’ conference. In my heart, I still feel like a newbie. In my head, I know that’s nonsense. And I have learned some things along the way. Two years ago, I penned a blog post called Finding Your Tribe. In it, I argued that conferences are about finding your tribe. That’s still true. There’s nothing more important than finding or rejoining your tribe at a writers’ conference. But there is also some business to be done. For many first-time con-goers, the conference is about “The Pitch.” That perfectly wonderful opportunity to go all Gollum over their novel. They fret about which agent to pick. They fret about over what clothes to wear. But most of all, they fret about making fools of themselves. I’m here to tell you to relax. Because if you’re like me, you will absolutely make a fool of yourself. The pitch will be so bad the agent will burst out laughing and then check her watch and then ask if you’d like to do it again because there’s still plenty of time. And that’s when you’ll realize… It’s just a pitch. It’s not a life-or-death situation. It’s not a make-or-break moment in your writing career. It’s merely one opportunity to tell one agent about your work with only two potential outcomes. The agent will either ask you to submit something. Or they won’t. That’s it. They won’t punch you or scream at you or call you a fool if the pitch is bad (though I have had an agent come close to that last one). They won’t applaud you, sign you, or give you a book deal if it’s good. The agent will either ask you to submit something. Or they won’t. That’s it. And here’s something else to remember, you have no control over whether your novel resonates with an agent. Many perfectly well-written novels never see the light of day for this simple reason. You can’t control it. But you can control pitching and querying more agents and, more importantly, writing more books. Persistence is the only way to increase the likelihood that your work will resonate with somebody. Don’t get me wrong, every pitch is an opportunity and shouldn’t be wasted. You should prepare. You should practice. You should be sure you hit all the key notes required to be successful. But then you should pitch again. And again. And again. And you should write another book. And another. And another. And as for that first one, it’s just a pitch. So don’t sweat it. And if you do, then commiserate over it with your tribe. -- Brian Tracey, DFWWW Director and Member since 2012read more