The 'P' Word

How has the Dreaded P word shaped writer's groups for the hybrid future.

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Spring Happenings with the Workshop

DFW Writers' Workshop Live Author Reads AND Spring Writers Bloc


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Writers on Writing : Russell C Connor


At the DFW Writers' Workshop, we are writers helping writers. Since 1977, our workshop has helped writers of all genres and experience levels to produce and promote professionally published work with weekly read-and-critique, educational activities, ongoing author support, and networking opportunities. Our welcoming and inclusive atmosphere has helped hundreds of authors develop their craft creating a culture that pays it's experience forward.

For the next series of blog posts, DFW Writers' Workshop will continue to 'pay-it-forward' by featuring our own authors discussing and dissecting the skills they've honed over time.   

Over the years I have had the privilege of learning from some of the coolest, most talented indie and traditionally published authors. Recently, I was re-blown away by the skillful imagination of workshop member and horror author, Russell C. Connor. His mastery of voice and his precision of point of view makes for an immersive story - and need to read with the lights on. 


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Virtual Writing Tribes

Non-writers would assume social distancing and self quarantine would be a writer's dream come true. Except for many of us, it's the opposite. Most members of the DFW Writers' Workshop thrive on the in person read and critique, and the socialization that comes with a mutual love for the writing craft. And a love of IHOP's mozzarella sticks and pancakes. So far, 2020 has put a lid on that part of the workshop, but has opened the door for virtual out reach. 

Daniel Link, debut author of MACKLIN MYSTERIES CryWolf by Fawkes Press available October 1st, 2020 describes his experience as a new, virtual member of the workshop and how it has impacted his writing and getting through the slog of isolation. 



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Online Meetings: What We're Doing

DFW Writers’ Workshop is going virtual for our Wednesday night Read and Critique. All the joy and agony of our breakout sessions but from the comfort of your own home—plus you don’t have to worry about parking or changing out of your sweatpants.
We’re using Zoom for web conferencing. It works best through the dedicated Zoom app rather than the Zoom website. The app works on PC, Mac, phone, or tablet. You will want a microphone and earphones or earbuds. A webcam lets us all stay connected visually, but it's not required. Download the app and be ready to join in on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Please register for a free account on Zoom as that allows you to be placed in reading rooms and as a registered user it greatly speeds the process of moving everyone from the main meeting to the reading rooms.
If you are a member and you want to read, you must RSVP to the event on this website no later than 6:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Please put the number of pages (up to ten) you want to read. If you're a member and want to attend but not read, RSVP and put 0 in the RSVP spot so you can get transferred to a reading room. 
Plan to log in at 6:30—we’re starting a little early to help everyone get tech issues ironed out. At 7:00, we'll have our usual meeting—submissions, rejections, acceptances, and announcements—then we’ll break out into the read rooms. Each will have a read list and a monitor, just the same as always, except we won’t have to move chairs around (or stack them afterward). 
Stick around after the reads, and we'll try and recreate the IHOP afterparty in our virtual diner. However, it’s strictly BYOP (Bring Your Own Pancakes).

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