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  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 08:00 AM · $60.00 USD
    DeSoto Civic Center in DeSoto, TX

    “Write to Publish: Climbing Toward Success!” Writing Workshop


    Dallas Area Writers Group 2017 "Write to Publish: Climbing Toward Success!" Writing Workshop 

    Sponsored by the DeSoto Arts Commission and the Public Libraries of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Lancaster.

    October 21, 2017 8am – 4pm DeSoto Civic Center, 211 E. Pleasant Run, DeSoto, TX


    Learn to create believable characters, craft a great stories, improve your fiction writing, and to pitch to a literary agent!  Register online at www.dallaswriters.org.

    Featuring:

    Lynne Gentry, actor and director turned fiction author from the acclaimed time travel series Carthage Chronicles and the celebrated romantic comedy series, the Mt. Hope Southern Adventure. Lynne is a Top Pick author for Romantic Times Reviews!

    Lynne’s Topic- “Paper Dolls” Learn stage techniques that will make characters leap from the page, learn the secrets of stage directors and costume designers to creating believable characters.  www.lynnegentry.com

    Blake Kimzey, founder of Writing Workshops Dallas, has written fiction for radio, stage, screen, magazines, anthologies and standalone novels. Blake’s Indie Bestselling chapbook of short tales, Families Among Us, won the 2013 Black River Chapbook Competition and was published by Black Lawrence Press in September 2014. He currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at Dallas.

    Blake’s Topic- “Writing Out of the Wilderness: Craft a Memorable Story, Survive Rejection, and Forge a Path to Publication.”  Discover unknowns of the writing journey. www.blakekimzey.com

    Monica Odom, is a literary agent at Liza Dawson Associates. Monica is look for original storytelling, incredible voice, compelling characters, vivid detailed setting, and a strong sense of narrative tension.

    Monica’s topic- “How to Pitch a Literary Agent.”  Learn to improve on pitching techniques.

    Becky Wade is a Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award-winning author of Christian fiction.

    Becky’s Topic- “Taking Your Writing to the Next Level”  Learn techniques or strengthening the hero and heroine’s characterization, plotting, dialogue, conflict, and description.  www.beckywade.com


    Lunch is included in registration!  Register now!

    Register online at www.dallaswriters.org

    Registration Fee for DAWG Members: $50

    Registration Fee for Non Members: $60.

    The price at the door on the day of the event: $75.

    Submit questions to dallaswriters.org@gmail.com.

    Follow us on Twitter @DAWGCedarHill.

  • Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 04:00 PM · 1 rsvp

    Saturday Night Write -- Planning a Series

    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 October 21, 4-6 PM at the Flying Fish Restaurant in Arlington.  This month we will discuss Planning a Series.  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.

     

  • Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 02:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Frisco Public Library in Frisco, TX

    Sisters in Crime North Dallas

    "What To Expect When You're Publishing" with Kendel Lynn

    In this informal discussion, we'll cover what you need to know from the moment you sign the contract until the day your book is published: what's expected of you and what to expect from your publisher. From schedules and deadlines, editorial rounds, cover art, social media presence, ARCs, author endorsements, and launch events, to, well, believe it or not, there's so much more (pre-orders, marketing materials, blog tours…).

    Meetings are held in the 4th Floor McCallum room of the Frisco Public Library. There is no charge to attend, and visitors are always welcome.

    For more information, visit the SinC North Dallas website.

  • Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 03:00 PM · $49.00 USD

    Scrivener 101 SEMINAR: How To Start Using Your New Favorite Writing App

    Writers who’ve made the switch to Scrivener as their go-to word processor often talk about the software with reverence. They can’t believe they ever accomplished anything prior to seeing the light of Scrivener’s immense functionality for every kind of writer.

    Novelists, bloggers, screenwriters, poets, and nonfiction writers can all benefit from Scrivener’s robust features. In Scrivener 101, we’ll cover as many of those benefits as we can within three hours: Setting up your perfect writing environment; Importing and organizing content; Storyboarding with the Corkboard view; Creating and implementing custom metadata for deep analysis and organization; Tracking your daily progress and setting total word count goals; Backing up and syncing your work; Tracking revisions and taking snapshots; Inserting images, comments, and footnotes; Exporting to various file formats; Using Scrivener for iOS; and much more. 

    Scrivener is available for both Windows and Mac, but differences abound between the two versions. Before attending this interactive seminar, it’s highly recommended that you download the trial version of Scrivener or purchase the application. In fact, we have a 20% discount code on Scrivener after you register for this seminar. During the seminar, we will all work together through the application, and you’ll best learn how to use Scrivener by using it during the seminar.

  • Wednesday, October 25, 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.

  • Wednesday, November 01, 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, November 02, 2017 at 07:00 PM · $55.00 USD

    WRITING FOR TV & FILM SEMINAR EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW (AND MORE) ABOUT CREATING FOR TELEVISION

    Steve La Rue, a 20+ year veteran Television Executive (SMU grad and former Student Intern at D Magazine!), takes a break from Surfing Hollywood and stops by Writing Workshops Dallas to talk Origin Stories of the iconic TV series he's championed in his unorthodox and varied career: The X-Files, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer to name a few. Successful Series all share one common trait. Find out what that trait is as Steve breaks down the current trends in Television and explains why it's not just Books that are getting Adapted for Television (and why Texas stories are needed now more than ever). Learn which Writing Pitfalls to avoid and Why the Writer's Origin Story is just as important as the main character's. Steve will discuss the following topics in conversation with Whitney Davis (founder of Whitney Davis Literary) followed by a Q&A:

    The Importance of Regional Voices: TV & Film need to hear Dallas/Texas-based stories and voices. I am tired of stories set in either New York or Los Angeles. Get specific! Make it absolutely necessary to shoot in Dallas. Origin Stories: Most Writers don't know how to effectively communicate their own Origin Story or what's most interesting about them. We all know Luke Skywalker's, but do we know our own?! Trends in TV: Be aware, but do not chase. Writing Pitfalls: Don't write and re-write the same script ad nauseum. Knowing when it's time to move on and start something new is important. Write to write: Don't write to win an Oscar or an Emmy. The novelist Richard Bach says he avoids writing as much as possible and only puts pen to paper when an Idea grabs him by the throat and refuses to release him until he puts it down on paper. 5-Minute Pitch Sessions: Writers pitch me their Idea, then I pitch it back to them using a lot fewer words to concentrate their Idea.  It's very fun and educational to watch others pitch and be re-pitched.

    Steve La Rue's three-decade career in Media includes stints working in Newspapers, Radio, Magazines, Theatre, Television, Film and Digital. As a Television Executive, he developed series for Paramount, NBC/Universal, and 21st Century Fox championing The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Simpsons, Battlestar Galactica, and King of the Hill, among many others. An alumnus of SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, Steve writes about All Things Entertainment for Surfing Hollywood and is a regular contributor at Los Angeles storytelling venues Pinata, Muse on 3rd, and To Whom It May Concern. His home base is Santa Monica, CA.

  • Sunday, November 05, 2017 at 03:00 PM · $55.00 USD

    SELF-EDITING SEMINAR: How to Self-Edit: 50 Essential Tips for Honing Every Manuscript

    Full-time editor and author Blake Atwood will delve deep (or is it deeply?) into the challenging and robust (poor word choice) process of self-editing. You will learn specific, practical self-editing tips so you can present your most inrediblest (Are you even trying?) work to an editor, agent, publisher, or audience. You will also learn the differences between developmental editing and copyediting, how to know when you should stop self-editing, how to find and work with an editor, what you can expect to pay for professional editing, and what it’s like to work with an editor. This interactive seminar will help writers of all kinds, from novelists to nonfiction authors to poets to screenwriters. 

    As an included bonus, every student will receive a paperback copy of Blake Atwood’s Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor as well as a digital download of the seminar’s tips.

  • Wednesday, November 08, 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.

  • Wednesday, November 15, 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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