2015 DFW Teen Writers' Workshop

DFW Writers’ Workshop is very proud to announce that the Euless Public Library will be hosting the 2015 DFW DFWWW-Teen-Workshop-Logo-BWTeen Writers' Workshop on Saturdays from 2 until 4 (ish). The program starts on June 13 and enrollment is limited, so don't delay.

This program is 100% free and at least twice your daily recommended amount of fun. We've got a great line-up of speakers - this year we will even cover comics and graphic novels - and we are working on some fun extras to make this a summer to remember.

All participants must:
* Be between 13 and 18 and not yet graduated high school
* Commit to regular attendance (audit/drop-in spaces are available-- see registration page)
* Pre-register (Click here to register)

For more information, be sure to check out our Facebook page as well.

Schedule and Speakers:
June 13  The Art of Critique taught by Melissa Lenhardt
June 20  Narrative Non-Fiction taught by Pamela Skjolsvik
June 27  Comics & Graphic Novels taught by David Doub
July 4     No Class
July 11   Self-Publishing taught by Russell Connor
July 18   World Building taught by Tex Thompson

July 25   TBD

Aug 1     Dialogue taught by Kat Cook
Aug 8     Hands-on Anthology Work

See you then!


This week marks the eagerly awaited release of long-time DFWWW Member, Jenny Martin's debut novel, TRACKED!

23281932Jenny's release celebration will be held this Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Irving Public Library.

There will be food, book signing, swag, and lots of happy tears.

More about TRACKED:

The Fast and the Furious gets a futuristic twist in this action-packed debut!

On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn’t stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It’s up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?

According to Publisher's Weekly:

TRACKED is "a wholehearted adrenaline rush when it comes to the thrill of the run, making it easy to get drawn into a fast-paced, high-stakes story."

Congratulations, Jenny!

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Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: South Irving Library Program Room

601 Schulze Dr.
Irving, TX 75060

DFWWW Wins Again!

henerypressEach year, area authors submit their first ten pages of their novel to the Henery Press First Chapter Contest, sponsored by the Frisco Public Library. Henery Press, an award-winning local publishing company, reviews the entries and selects the winner.

And for the second year in a row, a DFW Writers' Workshop Member has claimed first prize.

The 2015 First Chapter Contest winner is...(drum roll please)...our president and fearless leader... 

Kendell Lynn, Managing Editor of Henery Press and Erin George, Sr. Associate Editor and Brooke Fossey, 2015 First Chapter Winner

Brooke Fossey!

For those who don't know her, Brooke is a hard-bitten literary gunner who holds a Bachelors in Engineering from Texas A&M and a Masters of Technical Management from Embry Riddle, both of which she’s holstered in favor of raising her four kids with her hubby, Matt. She is also a blogger for Carve Magazine. Find Brooke on Twitter as @BAFossey.

Brooke's first chapter from her book, The Parting Hour, will be featured at friscolibrary.com and professionally reviewed by Henery Press. She joins last year's winners and DFWWW members, George Goldthwaite and Melissa Lenhardt.

Join us any Wednesday night at 7:00 pm at The Simmons Center in Euless to see how DFWWW authors keep bringing home the wins.

Book 2: Lessons from Book 1

A funny thing happened on the way to the couch last week.

one_night_in_sixes_250x384I got an email from Barnes & Noble, saying "hey, we're super excited about doing your book launch on the 28th, but apparently the book's on back-order from the publisher, so...we might not actually have any for the party."

At this time last year, I would have been on the ceiling, the phone, and then the bottle. This time, though, I just looked at the email and thought, "Huh. Wonder how that's going to play out."

And that, friends, is the difference between the first book and the second one.

I know everyone likes to use the whole "your book is your baby" metaphor, but I'd like to propose a new one here: your book is your bae (boyfriend or girlfriend, in traditional parlance) – and if you think about what you were like during your first-ever dating relationship, you might start to see my logic.

You know what I mean. When you're new, nothing is not a huge deal. There's the euphoria and giddiness and over-the-moon feeling, sure – but there's also insecurity, jealousy, awkwardness, possessiveness, overreaction, disappointment, and usually at least one emotional atom-bomb somewhere along the way. It's very, very rare to marry the first person you ever date, and rarer still to become a bestselling success on the first book you ever write... but try telling that to your endocrine system.

Tex ThompsonSo here I sit on the eve of my second book release (or maybe not – I'm not exactly sure whether it's the 24th or the 31st, which is another on that whole long list of things that I'm so, so happy not to have to be ruinously anxious about anymore). And to be honest, I'm feeling r

ather zen about the whole thing. I'm sure it won't last – it's not like you're James Bond on your second time out of the gate either – and that soon I'll be right back to fumbling sweatily at my career's bra-clasps in the back of the family Subaru. But at this exact moment, it is just divinely delightful to have a reprieve from those huge, heartbreaking highs and lows of the first time around, and to get a sweet little taste of emotional equilibrium.

Because at the end of the day, what you learn from your first book makes you a better author for your second. Your second does likewise for your third. I'm not sure you ever get less invested or less passionate about your literary relationships – I certainly hope not! – but every step you make towards maturity and self-sufficiency brings you that much closer to writing happily ever after.

- Tex Thompson, DFWWW member since 2012

Ready to Launch!

Book Signing With DFWWW Member Extraordinaire, Author Arianne "Tex" Thompson!
Tex Thompson
Tex will be at the Barnes & Noble at the Shops at North East Mall in Hurst, Texas on Saturday March 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM signing copies of her newest novel, Medicine for the Dead.

This is the second book in the Children of the Drought series.

We hope to see you there!

For more information, click here.

Barnes & Noble
Shops at North East Mall
861 NE Mall Blvd, Hurst, TX 76053, 817-284-1244

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