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TAWW members participated
A variety of presenters shared their expertise on writer/publishing topics.
Interesting, useful information and fun visit with DFW writer community.
To protect the health of our North Texas community, WORDfest 2020 has been cancelled. Needless to say, this is a tremendous disappointment for all of us, and we are hard at work exploring our options for event alternatives.
Diving into Subtext: Learn how to not implode your manuscript.
On March 7, 2020 Stephanie Z. will define subtext, provide scene examples, and explore advantages and purposes of this essential writing element. Learn some tips to make your dialogue subtle and strong.
Election of TAWW 2020 Officers
On Sat. Jan. 18th, a quorum of TAWW members unanimously approved the election of the following officers for 2020.
President -Jean Watters
Vice President – Stephanie Zitrick
Secretary -Will West
Treasurer – Jim Barrow
Description: Delivering an exciting story or an informative essay doesn’t happen without effective self-editing. This starts with your development of your own proofreading method and tools. Self-Editing- Phase I covers the— Why, What, How, and Now What— of proofreading’s nuts & bolts. The objective of this class is to get you to enjoy your editing time – making editing a learning experience that improves your writing each time the muse calls! This workshop focuses on the skills of writing and not the creative act of writing.
The workshop will cover strategies for effective proofreading, different methods and techniques, tools and helpful websites. Examples of editing ‘tightening’ will be provided with comments on that type of error. Sharing of ideas and experiences will be encouraged.
Neal’s experiences in the business world taught him how to achieve concise and accurate communications using minimal words. His literary published credits are predominantly in poetry and essays, which also reward the effective use of words and lines.
theme: "Discovery or realization"
commitment deadline: 5pm 10/01/19
submit story 1st draft: 5pm 10/21/19
The acquisition phase includes distributing the brief, getting commitments from contributors, submit application with title blurb and bio, submit first draft with release.
Swiss-Army Writer: Screenwriting and Film Development for Authors & Writers
When: Sat, Aug 31, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Arts Council / Boys Ranch
Guest speaker: Daniel Wells, a writer of screenplays and historical fiction, script consultant, and creative director of DFW Writer’s Room: For Television and Film.
Daniel curates hand-written workshops for fiction and film. As the Development Executive for Dallas Filmmakers Alliance, Daniel led multiple 8-week workshops, and has taken writers through the development process for film, over a dozen of which went into production and have screened in DFW. Daniel has spoken on panels and presented workshops with The Writers Guild of Texas, Romance Writers of America, and Dallas Screenwriters Association among others, and wrote and co-produced “Lily is Here,” a feature-length drama with Carpe Diem Pictures, scheduled to premiere Summer, 2019.
Call Me Ishmael:
How to Introduce Characters That Are Hard to Forget
When: August 10th, 9:10..9:50am
Where: Arts Council / Boys Ranch
Description: One of the biggest bugaboos in manuscript submissions is when the author doesn't properly introduce the protagonist within the first chapter. Will West shows how with examples on how to introduce a character give it shape, depth and a personality on the page.
Enhance your TAWW experience.
Why don't we __________ ? * Here's a great deal I happened to find. * I didn't know about that. * What do you think about ________? * A good resource I found. * I love the way _______ does it. * Share ideas with others. * Stretch your mental muscles. * Leverage knowledge.
Over time, intensifiers lose their power to strengthen. The intensifiers awfully and terrible are good examples. Even though these words derive from the powerful words awe and terror, they no longer radiate the same level of gravitas. Through common usage, they have lost their shock value.
To strengthen the intensifying effect, writers (especially in informal writing) often double up their intensifiers. For example:
I love you so so much.
She tried very very hard.
Tomorrow's meeting is so terribly important.
The use of intensifiers is considered by many to be lazy writing, and doubling up intensifiers is unlikely to be permissible in formal correspondence. In formal writing, the level of intensity you need to portray should be achieved through word choice (e.g., by using strong adjectives instead of intensifiers). For example:
It is very tasty.
It is delicious.
(With a strong adjective like delicious, there is no need for an intensifier. In fact, using an intensifier would sound unnatural.)
He took an extremely big risk.
He took a huge risk.
(With a strong adjective like huge, there is no need for an intensifier.)
One effective way to use intensifiers is to limit their use. For example, if you use the word very just once in your document, your readers will believe that very really really does mean very.
When: Sat, June 15, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Arts Council / Boys Ranch
BYOB or order take-out pizza. PlotLuck style free format discussions of story structure, plot problem solving and idea exploration. Not to mention hanging out with a bunch of awesome authors.
Copyrights and copy-wrongs.
June 1st 9:10..9:50am
Do you need to buy a federal copyright? We will answer that question and explode the myth that you cannot quote song lyrics in your book. And more.
Members and guest were invited to attend our annual Spring PlotLuck Party.
Graciously hosted by: Bob & Gina Waldron
When: Saturday May 11th 10am..1pm
A TAWW tradition, we got together to visit, share favorite dishes and discuss story ideas. We got updates on projects and helped each other with plotting problems.
Limerick Contest for Mother’s Day By Alton Bostick
Each member is challenged to write a Limerick about Mother. We will read them May 11th, the Saturday before Mother’s day. Then we'll take a vote with each person voting for the one he or she thinks is best. (Can’t vote for yourself.) The winner will get a huge prize, worth maybe a dollar or two.
A limerick is a five-line poem where line 1, 2, & 5 rhyme and line 3 & 4 rhyme and are usually shorter than 1, 2, or 5. Often but not always lines 1, 2, & 5 have three beats while lines 3 & 4 have two beats.
I have a dog name Alice.
She thinks my home her Palace.
Jumps in my lap,
and takes her nap,
dreams of a kingdom big as Dallas.
After Hours Guest Speakers
DFW Self-Publishing Grouporganizers
Jim & Zetta Brown
Saturday April 20th, 12:15 pmprogram format:
20 to 30 minutes Introduction, Overview Presentation, followed by Q&A.
A group for serious writers who want to self-publish their work. The DFW Self-Publishing Group is for sharing knowledge, information, and best practices for those writers, new or experienced, who aim to produce professional quality work.
DFW-SPG organisers, Jim & Zetta Brown have over 15 years each in the modern digital publishing industry.
April is National Poetry Month
Write a poem….Me!?...Now!?
Well… it could be fun.
Maybe I can try just one…
And maybe send it to the contest if I get it done.
But... when would I find the time…because it's worktime, it's school time, its daytime, it's nighttime, it's bedtime, it's lunchtime, it's dinnertime, it's game time, it's show time, it's just not a good time.
What members thought of WORDfest 2019:
I really enjoyed the presentation by Daniel Wells - He gave great information about the 30-second. pitch and 2 minute pitch.
Also, it was nice to here from a real-live professional agent (Becka Oliver). She gave great information about writing a Query Letter that I will use.
I didn't really think there were any hiccups or snags overall.
In the future I would like to see information on Beta Readers and/or manuscript evaluations. Next steps beyond read and critique but not quite ready for big giant editors.
I was surprised that with the number and variety of vendors and writing groups present that there wasn't any representation by artists or graphic designers for book covers. I know thats a bit forward thinking of me, but even self-published books need great art.
Overall, I thought it was a great experience and it gave me a little more motivation to keep going and get that WIP finished:)
I miss all of you and hope your doing well. My new job keeps me on the road bunches and I haven't been able to make a crit meeting in a long time, but I wanted to share some food news with you all.
My debut novel released today (last night at midnight) and is currently ranked at 85 in military fantasy on amazon!
Thank you all for all the help you've given me along the way!
Hope to see you all again soon!
The first business meeting of 2019 was February 23rd
Agenda: Committee Reports
Events - Bob Waldron, Vice President
WordFest - Sign-up, Table set-up, TAWW Reading and Critique demo
Finance - Alton Bostick, Treasurer
Quarterly Financial Report
Dues Prorate Schedule
Membership - Jim Barrow, Secretary
Quarterly Membership Report
Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.
For example the old maxim:
Place the most important part of the sentence at the end.
"I don't believe 'With a hammer, he killed Frank.' will ever replace 'He killed Frank with a hammer.'"
- Stephen King
Topics from Recent Readings
a 1956 Dodge with push-button transmission
mysterious female traveler kills and cooks a big saber tooth cat
teen-aged recovering alcoholic defends her virginity
African poachers shoot down an aerial tour plane
childhood friends' innocence is interrupted by puberty while skinny dipping
an inquisitive art student takes special interests in a revealing subject
an eighteenth century midwife is entangled in tragedy
survivors of an apocalyptic solar storm escape to the countryside
Twenty-five percent of our organization's name is Workshop.
Some of our members volunteer their time and energy to develop educational programs for the benefit of all members on various aspects of the writing craft. Thanks to those members willing to share their talent and knowledge, we plan to put on a Mini-Workshop every month in 2019. The presenters facilitate the workshops, present material and lead exercises to hone writing skills.
The workshops are usually offered early on the first Saturday of each month at no cost to attendees and do not interfere with the normal reading and critique activities. Based on feedback, the programs deliver value and the attendees appreciate the efforts of the volunteers.
Several important issues were decided by vote during a business meeting on January 12th after the normal reading and critique session concluded.
The amended bylaws identified as Trinity Arts Writers Workshop Constitution/By-Laws (12/29/2018) were approved by 2/3rds of the quorum.
The proposed 2019 budget was approved .
The following officers were elected to serve in 2019:
President, Dennis Coburn
Vice President, Bob Waldron
Secretary, Jim Barrow
Treasurer, Alton Bostick
“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
― Anton Chekhov
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