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posted 5/28/22

Annual Summer PlotLuck luncheon

We're meeting at a restaurant this time, so you don't have to bring anything except yourself and story ideas to share and/or plot problems to toss around.

Enter the limerick contest. Entries will be read and judged during the event. (family friendly please) Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places.

Come and enjoy seeing old friends and meet new ones.

We want to hear about your current writing project and catch up after the pandemic pause.

where:

Dixie House Cafe

900 Airport Fwy, Hurst, TX 76054

(817) 393-3535

When:

Saturday June 4th, 2022

10:00 am .. 12:00 noon




posted 1/17/22

Quick & Dirty FREE website

Demonstration example creating an author's blog


Join us at 7:00 p.m. on January 18th for a virtual online workshop via Zoom video. We will follow the step-by-step procedure to create a fully functional author's blog.

Presenter: Dennis Coburn












The 7 Harry Potter books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, including 180 million in the U.S. The 7th book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, sold 8.3 million copies in its first 24 hours.

The Harry Potter books are so popular because J.K. Rowling is a masterful story-teller.

Join Don Davidson at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, November 6th, as he explores what makes Rowling so good.


Debunking Common Copyright Myths

There are lot of misconceptions about copyright. We debunk five of the most common ones here.

We had planned to start meeting in person again on August 7th, but Covid said, "Oh no. Nyet, nada."

Back to square 1.

Our Saturday morning Reading and Critique Meetings will be held on the Virtual Critique platform until further notice.

Chekhov's Gun

Chekhov's gun is a dramatic principle that states that every element in a story must be necessary, and irrelevant elements should be removed. Elements should not appear to make "false promises" by never coming into play.



"If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don't put it there." From Gurlyand's Reminiscences of A. P. Chekhov



















Na na, na no wri mo







PlotLuck Summer - 2021


Dear current and long lost TAWW members and friends,

We're getting together for an old fashioned PlotLuck.

Graciously hosted by TAWW member, Jim Barrow.

Saturday, June 5th,

11:00 am .. 1:00pm

Check your email inbox for directions and RSVP.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

It's how TAWW members and visitors connect and share

















"Trinity Arts Writer's Workshop is the perfect place to get the creative juices flowing for writers of all genres and skill levels. It strikes just the right balance of supportive camaraderie and critical feedback to stretch and build those literary muscles!”

Arissa Utemark - Member


The Old Testament can be difficult to understand. So let’s make it easier.

Part Two completes what Part One started, with 91 more easy-to-read chapters, each covering an Old Testament topic from 2 Samuel chapter 14 through Nehemiah, Job, and the major and minor prophets. As in Part One, each of these 91 chapters includes one or more thought-provoking—and discussion-provoking—questions relevant to that lesson.

Also included: a timeline of key Old Testament events, a chapter on biblical prophecies about Jesus, a chapter about the “Last Days,” and footnotes (e-book) or endnotes (paperback) with biblical citations and additional historical information. The paperback version includes an index for citations to biblical books and an index for people and places. The e-book includes abundant hyperlinks.

This book is great for self-study or a group Bible study, from high school to adult.

TAWW Offers Free Workshops

posted 5/1/21

Don shared materials from Writer’s Bloc presenter, James Thayer 7 Novel Writing Mistakes notes

Meetings Suspended

Effective immediately, all face-to-face meetings suspended until April further notice. While we will miss seeing your faces, the virtual critique platform is available to members on the TAWW website.

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. — Tom Clancy













Using Intensifiers

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.

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


“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

― Anton Chekhov




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