8-2-17

08/02/17

 GENERAL AND BOARD MEETING MINUTES

 

Officers

President:                               Brooke Fossey

First Vice President:             John Bartell

Second V.P.:                          Candice Watson

Treasurer:                              Karen Ferrell

Secretary:                               Leslie Lutz

Director of Special Projects:   Stacy Kuhnz

Director of Communications: Tristan Johnson

Conference Chair: Steve Manning

Officer(s) absent:  2

 

Time meeting called to order:  7:03 p.m.

Business Reports: none

Financial report: $83,047.52, a decrease from last year, but not a concern.           

                                               

 

Visitors: 3

New Members: 0

 

Submissions: 1

Rejections: 4

           

Acceptances: 2

           

  • Alex Martinez’s Automatic Detective has been optioned by Legendary, and Monster has been optioned by a Chinese company, Limmon.
  • J.B Sanders’s short story, “Perfect Companions,” was accepted in the Aftermath anthology.

 

 

Announcements:       

  • Thursday, August 3, at 6:00 p.m., Russell Conner, Carolyn Rae, Charles Norman, and Melissa Lenhardt will be part of a program at the Weatherford public library.
  • Melissa Lenhardt will be reading from one of her books at Interabang at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 5.
  • Daryle McGinnis brought one of his books for members to see.
  • 40th Anniversary dinner tickets are on sale. The dinner is September 9, and tickets cost $30 for members.
  • We are having a beer drive for the upcoming 40th anniversary dinner. If you’d like to donate, bring in a six pack of your choice to Wednesday night critique.

 

Conference News:   

  • DFW Conference will be June 9-10, 2018, at the Hurst Conference Center. We are working with Interabang in Dallas to secure a keynote speaker.

 

Time adjourned: 7:19 p.m.

Total attendance: 42

 

08/02/17 Board Meeting Minutes

 

Officers         

President:                               Brooke Fossey

First Vice President:             John Bartell

Second V.P.:                          Candice Watson

Treasurer:                              Karen Ferrell

Secretary:                               Leslie Lutz

Director of Special Projects:   Stacy Kuhnz

Director of Communications: Tristan Johnson

Conference Chair: Steve Manning

 

Absent: 3

Members attending:  5

 

Time Meeting called to Order:  6:00 pm

 

Business:

  • Membership: currently at 186.
  • Fort Worth Book Festival: Our application was accepted. We will be doing a workshop on either craft or how writers can find their path to publishing. We need to send a letter of intent by October 14.
  • Nanowrimo: Stacey Kuhnz needs host locations for write-ins for the Four Corners (each point of North Texas).
  • Lift: Book drives for the organization haven’t been producing books they can use, so they’d like to have a fund drive instead of an Amazon link.
  • 2018 Conference:

 

  • We signed with Hurst Conference Center.
  • Interabang will be our bookseller.
  • Agents: no invites yet
  • Speakers: looking for speakers but not ready for a public call. Interabang will help us find a keynote speaker.  
  • Steve is in charge of education this year. His concerns are inconsistency in the quality of speakers, and the redundancy of having the same speakers each time.

 

  • Writers Bloc: Interabang may be the new site of Writers Bloc, which seats 100 and costs nothing. Brooke will be meeting with Jeremy Ellis, the general manager, to get on the schedule. For the next Writers Bloc, to avoid confusion, we stay at the Northlake location, which costs $150 in rent.

 

  • Writers Bloc and the Conference: It was recommended that Tex Thompson and the DFW Writers Workshop board meet to discuss how Writers Bloc serves the conference and the workshop.

 

  • Financial Report: Brooke Fossey
    • Our balance is currently $83, 047. At the same time last year, our balance was $106,814.  
    • Our security payment will go up in January by $5 an hour; the total cost of Wednesday night critique security moves up from $105 to $115.

 

  • We decided to have a beer drive to prepare for the 40th Anniversary dinner. Members can bring six packs to Wednesday night critique sessions so that board members can collect them.

 

  • North Texas Giving Day: Candice will turn in a social media promotional plan by September 1 that includes layout and copy.

 

  • Executive Planning Meeting: September 17 at the Las Colinas Country Club.

 

 

Meeting adjourned:  7:06 p.m.

 

Dates of next Board meetings:        

September 6, 2017

October 4, 2017

November 1, 2017

December 6, 2017

 

 

 


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