“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”--Stephen King

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Below is our Schedule

Tuesdays with a Twist!
7:00 pm
Tuesdays are totally informal. Meeting on Zoom, we socialize, brainstorm, and get some words down on the page with timed writing sprints.

Email us for the Zoom links. We sure would love to see you!

Thursday Gatherings
6:30 and 7:00 pm
Thursdays are a little more formal and we're now meeting in person again.  We meet from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Carrollton Library at Hebron and Josey except for the third Thursday of each month.   This event is not sponsored by The Carrollton Library.  The third Thursday  of the month is Guest Speaker night, via Zoom, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. 



Andrea Amosson’s "La maestra Bernarda" won the 2022 International Latino Book Awards, Rudolfo Anaya Best Latino Fiction during the awards ceremony August 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. 

For her book “Taking Back Advent: Moving from the Mundane to the Miraculous”, Nancy Golden is now recognized as an Amazon Best-Selling Author.  At the time she was notified on August 13th, her book was ranked 12th with Amazon.  Congratulations, Nancy.

Two Carrollton League of Writers entries won awards in The North Texas Book Festival conducted August 20, 2022.  CLW’s anthology “The Roads We Take” finished 3rd in the Short Stories Category and Nancy Golden’s “Alien Neighbors” came in 2nd in the Adult Fiction Category. 

Writers: Things Being Done

The following is an excerpt, and not a publication, of Sandy Paty's Works.  The excerpt is titled "Walmart Math" and is based on a true encounter. 
I am at Walmart scanning and bagging my almost $300 worth of groceries while the associate monitors my actions when the following discussion develops.
She asks, “Why are you double bagging all of your groceries?”
“Excuse me?”
“You’re wasting our bags!”
A bit annoyed, I respond, “If you don't like the way I'm bagging, feel free to come over here and bag them.”
“That's not my job!”
“Okay, then I’ll bag my groceries how I please, if that's all right with you.”
She continued flustered, “Why are you using two bags?”
“Because the bags are weak and I don't want the handles to break or the bottoms to rip out.”
“Well that's because you’re putting too much stuff in the bag. If you took half of that stuff out and put it in a different bag then you wouldn't need to double bag.”
Ten seconds pass as I stare at her.
Carefully choosing my words, I asked, “So you want me to split these items in half and put half of them in a different bag so that I don't have to double bag?”
“So I would still be using two bags to hold the same number of items.”
“No, because you wouldn't be double bagging.”
I pressed two fingers to my left eye in an attempt to make it stop twitching.
Slowly and deliberately, I continued, “Okay, so here I have a jug of milk and a bottle of juice double bagged. If I take the milk out and remove the double bagging and just put the milk in the single bag and the juice in that single bag I'm still using two bags for these two items.  Correct?”
“No, because you’re not double bagging them so it's not the same number of bags.”
I looked around at about ten other customers who at this point were enjoying the show. 
I asked, “Is this like that Common Core math stuff I keep hearing about?”
“Never mind.  You just don't get it.”
With that she went back to her little podium to continue texting or playing games on her phone or whatever it was she was doing before she decided to come over and critique my bagging skills.

Steve's Writing Corner

You can expect Steve's Writing Corner on the first Thursday of every month, where one of our members gives a live reading of an original piece.


September Speaker

Our September speaker will be Bill Mangieri, pen name William Mangieri.  

Bill is a speculative fiction author (science fiction, fantasy, and light horror). He's sold to traditional publishers (Daily Science FictionThe Arcanist, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction), and indie-published a fantasy novel (Swordsmaster) and tons of short pieces. Bill’s works include his two short fiction series: Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire and Detective Jimmy Delaney.

Bill's had 6 stories win Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest. His latest book, Cats of War III, was released July 8th from Smashwords (, Amazon & other online retailers.

In his words, “I use my fingers to draw air quotes whenever I declare myself a “writer.” I did the same thing in the years I was a “project manager”. Part of me won’t accept titles if I don’t feel I’m expertly performing all the functions of the role. I’m the guy who admits to being nervous or scared of the dragon, but who still walks into the cave, anyway.”
Bill downplays his success as a writer and states he’s not anywhere near an expert, but is willing to “meet the dragon” by sharing his stories and experiences in a presentation tentatively titled, “Do You Want Someone to Read Your Story Before You Die?” The presentation will touch on knowing why you write, Heinlein’s Rules, finding markets, submission processes, and indie publishing. We look forward to hearing him.

Discover more and follow him at

Our August guest speakers were familiar faces.  CLW members Sandy Paty, Alice Wooten, Steve McCluer, and Ed Wooten provided a sneak preview of their “How to Write Horror” that will be presented to Josey Ranch Lake Library on October 12, 2022.   


Works in Progress

We’ve all heard the term “starving artists”, so we’ve decided to spotlight some of our members under this topic each month.  This month, we’re highlighting Jeanette Smith.
Jeanette is a writer, editor, former scuba instructor, and cat Instagrammer based in Dallas, Texas. Her editing journey started in 2016 with the book CAREER EXPLORATION: 101 Questions to Ask Your Teen During High School.
Since then, she has worked on Christian memoirs, fantasy novellas, romance and thriller novels, nonfiction business books, and children’s picture books. Her favorite genres to read, write, and edit are science fiction, magical realism, and fantasy. Jeanette also writes and publishes her own short stories.
Her work has appeared in Second Chance Lit, 300 Days of Sun, Penumbra, The Rush, Glassworks Magazine, and Jelly Bucket Literary Journal.
To support her writing career, Jeanette works as a freelance content writer for marketing materials, and she edits independently and with a small Austin publisher.  Learn more about her on
Last month we received a message from our Executive Director/President, Scott Taylor, asking for input from members on topics of interest for our members.  Thanks to all who have responded.  The responses are being compiled and will be shared with members at a meeting soon.

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