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"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."--Anaïs Nin
Welcome 2022! Let's make this year our best year yet!

Come Join Us!

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
7:00 pm
Thursdays are a little more formal. The first Thursday of the month we Meet in Person at 6:30, we start out with social time, followed by announcements, then we split into groups for critiquing and fun writing activities.
The in person meetings are at  Marshall's BBQ at Josey and Rosemeade in Carrollton
The other Thursdays we Meet on Zoom.


On the third Thursday of every month, we welcome a guest speaker to share some of their writing-related expertise.


 

Congratulations

Andrea Amosson just discovered that her "La maestra Bernarda" has been awarded Honorable Mention in Historical Fiction, and is a finalist for the 2022 International Latino Book Awards, Rudolfo Anaya Best Latino Fiction.  The awards ceremony is scheduled for August 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. 
We're proud she's part of CLW. 

Congratulations, Andrea.  Enjoy Los Angeles and best wishes. 

Writers: Things to Do

The book you are dreaming about, write it!   You and the world need it.

Write once a week, don't let technology distract you.

You are unique and special and so is your writing, don't                       compare yourself to others.

 Make friends and give to others.

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.

The Last Meeting, Steve shared with us Tips on Horror.

Email us for the Zoom Link, we sure would love to see you!
 

July Speakers

We welcome Thomas Williams and Sherrinda Ketchersid as our Guest Speakers for this month.

They will speak on:


The Motivated Sequence
A Mode of Communication that Meshes with the Way the Human Mind Processes Information

Your Editor Is Not Your Enemy
Accepting Changes to Your Perfect Manuscript

And  “Open Q&A Sessions on Writing and Editing to Follow”.


Thomas Williams has enjoyed two thriving careers, first as an artist and second as an author and editor. In both careers he specialized in work for Christian publishers. As an artist, he designed or illustrated more then 1500 book covers and jackets. He served as art director for two Christian publishers and won CBA’s best book cover award six times. His portrait of C. S. Lewis hangs in the Wade Center at Wheaton College.

As an author, Tom has written fifteen books, fiction and nonfiction, published by Word, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, Baker/Revell, and Lillenas. Four of these were cowritten with Josh McDowell and one with Michael W. Smith. One of his own was a national bestseller, staying on the ECPA list five months and reaching the number two position. In addition to his own books, Tom has edited or collaborated on dozens of books by several Christian authors. He has also written articles for denominational publications and Touchstone magazine. He has been interviewed on several radio stations, appeared on TBN’s Joni Table Talk Show, and delivered lectures at two universities. His book on Narnia was reviewed in Christianity Today as one of the best new books on C. S. Lewis.

Always an avid reader, Williams was early influenced by the writings of C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, and George MacDonald. Throughout his adult life, he has been active in his church, serving as an elder in two churches and often teaching classes.

Tom and his late wife, Faye, raised three daughters. Now semiretired, he still writes, edits, paints, and teaches. He enjoys hanging out with his daughters, sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren; listening to good music; reading; watching old movies; and traveling. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

 Thomaswilliamsonline.com
 
Sherrinda Ketchersid is a lover of stories with happily-ever-after endings. Whether set in the past or present, romance is what she writes and where her dreams reside.

Sherrinda lives in Dallas,Texas with her preacher husband. With four grown children, three guys and a gal, she has more time and energy to spin tales of faith, fun, and forever love.

Sherrinda Ketchersid
www.sherrinda.com 

Works in Progress

Sandy Paty
Sandy is currently working on a novelette comprised of a collection of short horror stories with a twist. 
 
 
In-Person Meeting at Marshall's
Steve regaled us with a reading from his Horror Genre for the reading corner named after him. 

We discussed the horror project that is coming in October. If you haven't heard of it, stay tuned.

Exciting times are right around the corner.
Happenings
CLoW's Sandy Payton was a cast member for Teri Davis' "Mini Mamma Mia!" production at the Carrollton Seniors' Center on June 16, 2022.  Sandy shows that not only is she a writer, she's also an actress.  Congratulations, Sandy, we're proud of you.

Kathryn McClatchy, last month's guest speaker, provided a thought-provoking and in-depth look at platforms, publicity, and target readers.  An author's platform and publicity are interconnected--platform emerges before the book is published or released and publicity occurs afterwards.  The platform grows from an author's body of works and the targeted readers or audience.  An author should identify his/her audience and then ask, "What would the audience say about the author if asked?"  Kathryn challenged us to choose three words to describe ourselves as writers.  Quite a challenge. 

Thanks, Kathryn.
 
Updates
Contests
Here are a few links to some Writing Contests 
Deadline the 15th of each month
https://www.writermag.com/contests/         
https://www.baen.com/contest-jbmssa                     
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