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  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 07:00 PM through August 31, 2017 · $25.00 USD
    Zula Bryant Library in Cedar Hill, TX

    Dallas Area Writers Group Short Story Contest

    Dallas Area Writers Group

    2017 Short Story Contest

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE AUGUST 31, 2017

    The Dallas Area Writers Group (DAWG) is kicking off the summer with a new challenge to take your mind off of the heat. DAWG is inviting writers to enter its first short story competition. Do you think you can write a winning short story in 3,000 words or less? Get those creative juices flowing! We're looking for writers with a story to tell...

     

    ENTER TO WIN CASH PRIZES AND BE PUBLISHED IN

                                   TEXAS SHORTS 

    THE DALLAS AREA WRITERS GROUP'S FIRST ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT STORIES

     

    Winners receive:

    • $150, $100, and $50 in cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners

    • Recognition in DAWG publications

    • All entries receive publication consideration in the DAWG anthology - publishing in 2018

    To enter:

    • Word count must be between 800-3,000 words

    • Original unpublished stories only

    • Open to all genres, some restrictions apply

    • First story entry is free for paid DAWG members

    • Contest ends August 31st at 11:59pm

    • Visit www.dallaswriters.org for complete rules, submission instructions, and fees

    Winners will be announced at the Dallas Area Writers Group "Write to Publish: Climbing Toward Success" Writing Workshop on October 21, 2017.

  • Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 04:00 PM · 6 rsvps

    Saturday Night Write -- Truth and Lies in Your Fiction

    Saturday Night Write meets on the third Saturday of each month to provide instruction and encouragement to writers in the community surrounding UT Arlington (and anyone else who wants to drive out to meet up with us).  Our discussion leader presents a structured topic and background research to spark interactive participation, focusing on various aspects of craft.  Everyone is welcome to join us for these FREE events.

    Please join us Saturday August 19, 4-6 PM at the Flying Fish Restaurant in Arlington.  This month we will discuss Truth and Lies In Your Fiction: How What Your Character Says and What Your Character Believes Shapes Your Story.  Food prices are reasonable, but no purchases are required for these FREE events.  Flying Fish is located in downtown Arlington, on Abram between Cooper and Collins.

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Richardson Public Library in Richardson, TX

    Writers Guild of Texas

    "Marketing, Renegade Style" with B. Alan Bourgeois

    This award winning session, full of energy and audience participation, by B. Alan Bourgeois has helped authors think outside the traditional box of publishing and marketing, with great results.

    Meeting is held in the Basement Program room of the Richardson Public Library. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit the Writers Guild of Texas.

  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Simmons Center in Euless, TX

    Wednesday Night Read and Critique

    The Workshop meets EVERY Wednesday, regardless of holidays or weather. We welcome visitors to come to any of these regular weekly meeting. There is no need to notify us in advance, just show up! It has been years since a meeting was canceled for any reason.

    We meet at 7 p.m. at the Simmons Center, 508 Simmons Drive in Euless, TX and rarely go past 10:00 p.m. Many continue on after the meeting at a nearby IHOP on 183 and Westpark/Murphy in Euless.

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Deep Vellum Books in Dallas, TX

    Networking 101 for Writers: Whitney Davis, Literary Manager

    Hosted by the Dallas chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association.

    Networking for a writer can be tough, and therefore making industry contacts can be even harder.   

    Not only is writing an oftentimes solitary endeavor, many writers are naturally introverts. In this workshop, you will learn how to network like a B.O.S.S., the components of which include 

    • 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 and industry network, no matter where you currently stand in your career.

    Like every Dallas Nonfiction Authors Association meeting, we'll meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at Deep Vellum Books every fourth Thursday of the month.

    To RSVP, visit the Dallas Nonfiction Authors Association Meetup page.

    First-time attendees are free to attend and must contact Blake Atwood prior to RSVPing on Meetup. All other attendees must pay $10 online, $15 at the door, or be a paid member of the national Nonfiction Authors Association.

    AGENDA 

    7:00: Informal networking

    7:10: Group announcements

    7:15: Networking 101 for Writers, Whitney Davis

    8:00: Q&A with Whitney

    8:30: Mastermind Spotlight: We'll draw names for the opportunity to receive a five-minute spotlight slot to present a challenge you're having in writing, publishing, or marketing, and you'll receive feedback from the group. (NFAA Authority members receive priority placement in the spotlight.)

    8:50: Door prize drawing and meeting wrap-up 

    ABOUT WHITNEY DAVIS 

    Whitney Davis is the founder of Whitney Davis Literary, a boutique literary consultancy offering management for screenwriters and editorial/career consulting services for writers at large.

    After receiving her BA in Literature and Creative Writing, Whitney moved to Los Angeles where she started out as a TV writer, getting signed to the William Morris Agency (now WME) at the age of 26. During the writers strike, Whitney began her career as a freelance script consultant and developmental story editor for aspiring screenwriters and novelists. 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, where she is on faculty at Writing Workshops Dallas.

    You can find her across all social media platforms at @wdavisliterary and on the web at www.whitneydavisliterary.com.

     ABOUT DEEP VELLUM BOOKS 

    Deep Vellum Books (deepvellum.com) is an independent bookstore located in the heart of Deep Ellum. They specialize in a highly curated collection of works from around the world, focusing on promoting independent presses and the art of translation. They host a variety of cultural events, including literary groups (like the NFAA) and panels, local music and theatrical performances, writing sessions, art showings, and more.

    We're thrilled to be meeting at Deep Vellum.

    DO YOU WANT TO ATTEND ALL MEETINGS FOR FREE? 

    Newcomers always attend their first meeting for free. If this will be your first meeting, contact Blake Atwood through Meetup and let him know you'll be attending. He will set your RSVP to yes on Meetup so that you won't have to pay the $10 online registration.

    Subsequent meetings will have an attendant cost of $10 if paid in advance through the Meetup group or $15 if paid at the door.

    However, Authority Members of the NFAA get free access to local chapter meetings. If you're an Authority member, print out your membership page by logging into your NFAA account, and bring it with you to our next meeting for complimentary meeting admission. If you're not an authority member yet, join at nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/join.

    MEETING DETAILS 

    This is not a leads group. If your primary objective is to sell something, this isn't the group for you. We're here to support each other on the publishing journey. We welcome experienced and aspiring writers of nonfiction. Invite a nonfiction-writing friend or two to join our Meetup group and register for this event. Walk-ups will also be accommodated, but we greatly appreciate registrations as that helps us better plan each meeting. Note: All meetings occur on the fourth Thursday of every month at Deep Vellum Books from 7 to 9 p.m.

  • Friday, August 25, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, TX

    Art House Origin

    There are few things more sacred in life than points of origin. The point from where thoughts, ideas, and perspectives begin holds potent ability to echo and endure through generations and to shape how people and cultures both speak and act.

    How a person thinks and interacts with the world is the essence of living and the result of a starting point.

    Origin is an Art House Dallas program crafted to establish a wholeness and connectedness between art and faith with the ultimate intent to establish a sacred perspective in how the individual responds creatively. We believe that God, as the original and ultimate Creator, made mankind after His own image, endowed us with the faculties to think and create, and calls us to be like him in our participation of cultivating goodness, truth, and beauty.

    Origin is comprised of a series of monthly luncheons featuring presentations and facilitated discussions directed by Art House Dallas leaders.

  • Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 02:00 PM
    Frisco Public Library in Frisco, TX

    Sisters in Crime North Dallas

    "ACT IIb | Saggy Middles" with J. Suzanne Frank

    Plotting and outlining are a clear-cut path from beginning to middle…but then…even in the Hero's Journey, there's a whole quarter (Act IIb) with … nothing. If you're building up a tent, half of it is falling down before you get to Act III. It's the Empty Quarter and in this workshop, author J. Suzanne Frank will point out that it's far from empty, it's full, but you may not be aware of how to realize it in your pages. Bring your manuscript and prepare to see the story swirling in that empty quarter, like genies in the desert.

    Meeting is held in the McCallum Room (4th Floor) of the Frisco Public Library. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit Sisters in Crime North Dallas.

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Simmons Center in Euless, TX

    Wednesday Night Read and Critique

    The Workshop meets EVERY Wednesday, regardless of holidays or weather. We welcome visitors to come to any of these regular weekly meeting. There is no need to notify us in advance, just show up! It has been years since a meeting was canceled for any reason.

    We meet at 7 p.m. at the Simmons Center, 508 Simmons Drive in Euless, TX and rarely go past 10:00 p.m. Many continue on after the meeting at a nearby IHOP on 183 and Westpark/Murphy in Euless.

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    British Beverage Co in Dallas, TX

    Art House Exchange

    Connecting you to others for encouragement and inspiration is fundamental to every Art House event.  The Exchange is Art House Dallas' semi-monthly pub gathering, providing active creators an opportunity for collaboration and discussion.  It can be difficult to find a sounding board for ideas, or even just a group of engaged, like-minded people. We hope Art House Exchange will be the social and spiritual nourishment you need.

    The evening includes facilitated yet casual discussion in groups of 6-8 for 45 minutes, and then opens up for a time for general conversation and networking.

  • Wednesday, September 06, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Simmons Center in Euless, TX

    Wednesday Night Read and Critique

    The Workshop meets EVERY Wednesday, regardless of holidays or weather. We welcome visitors to come to any of these regular weekly meeting. There is no need to notify us in advance, just show up! It has been years since a meeting was canceled for any reason.

    We meet at 7 p.m. at the Simmons Center, 508 Simmons Drive in Euless, TX and rarely go past 10:00 p.m. Many continue on after the meeting at a nearby IHOP on 183 and Westpark/Murphy in Euless.


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