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MEETING TOPICS ARCHIVE

2007-2018

2018


January 13 - Vannetta Chapman — "New Year, New Writing Habits"


February 10 - Renee Brumbaugh — "Writing for Newspapers: Build Your Platform and Get Paid for It"


March 10 - Julie B. Cosgrove — "Learning to Speak in Front of Groups, Even If You’re an Introvert"


April 14 - Linda Yezak — "Editing and Freelance Editors: How to Prepare, What to Look For, Money-saving Tips"


May 12 - Robin Patchen — "Rhetorical Devices: Small Edits, Big Impact"


June 9 - Amy Rognlie — "TBD"


July 14 - Janice Thompson — "Pandora’s Box—Character Development"


August 11 - Marie Sontag — "Shallow vs Deep POV"


September 8 - Lynne Gentry — "Using Stage Techniques to Make Your Characters Leap From the Page"


October 13 - Christine Ragland — "A Librarian’s Perspective on the Current Fiction Market"


November 10 - "Member Q & A & CenTex Board Elections"


December 8 - No Meeting


2017


January 14 – Becky Dean — "Getting Organized for Success"


February 11 – Vannetta Chapman — "Putting Together an eMail List"


March 11 – Darlene Baker — "How to Survive NaNoWriMo" & a basket of surprises


April 8 – Kayla J. Watson Marnach — "It’s a Lie! So Make it Epic!"


May 13 – Bruce Judisch — "Mining Story Ideas from Real Life Events"


June 10 – Kathleen Y’Barbo — "Punch Up Your Manuscript"


July 8 – Laura A. Farrar — ”The Business of Selling Books”


August 12 – Vannetta Chapman & Becky Dean — "Members Critique and Feedback Session"


September 9 – CenTex Members — "Conference Prep Tips Good for any Writers Conference"


October 14 – CenTex Members — "Industry Update"


November 11 – "Member Q & A and CenTex Board Elections"


December 9 – No Meeting


2016


January 9 – Kayla J. Watson Marnach — Part 1—"Getting Your Story in Shape in 30 Days"


February 13 – Joy Nord — "Hot Tips for Writing Romance"


March 12 – Kayla J. Watson Marnach & Becky Dean — Part 2—"Creating Characters Through Plot Points"


April 9 – Linda W Yezak — "Pacing Emotion"


May 14 – Janice Hanna Thompson — "Creative Marketing Strategies"


June 11 – Karen Gaus — "Proven Techniques for Superior Writing"


July 9 – Nancy Jill Thames, Joy Nord, Becky Dean — "Writing Conferences—Which One is Best for You?"


August 13 – Becky Wade — "Taming the Social Media Beast"


September 10 – Nancy Jill Thames — "Group Workshop—20 Answers”


October 8 – Becky Dean — “Putting Your Manuscript Together—Plotter vs Pantster”


November 12 – "Member Q & A"


December 10 – No Meeting


2015


January 17 – Becky Dean - "Goal, Motivation, and Conflict for Writers"


February 21 – Allison Pittman - "Those Three Little Words"


March 21 – Golden Keyes Parson - "Look Who’s Talking"


April 18 – Becky Dean - "Critiques, Queries, and First Pages"


May 16 – Richard L. Mabry, MD - "Don’t Just Paint (or Write) by the Numbers"


June 20 – Kayla Manarch - "The One Stop Sheet to Freedom-Learn to Plan a Story"


July 18 – Joy Nord - "Building a Platform"


August 15 – Becky Dean - "Getting Ready for the ACFW Conference"


September 19 – No Regular Meeting—ACFW Annual Conference


October 17 – Members Sharing - "Conference Takeaways"


November 21 – Nancy Jill Thames - "Q & A"


December 19 – No Regular Meeting


2014


January 18 – Becky Wade - "Taking Your Writing to the Next Level"


February 15 – Becky Dean - "First Sentence Critique Contest"


March 15 – Audra Jennings - "Marketing and Publicity for Authors"


April 19 – No Regular Meeting - Easter


May 17 – Linda Attaway - "Observations of a Book Reviewer"


June 21 – Vannetta Chapman - "Adding a Touch of Mystery to Your Story"


July 19 – Becky Dean - "Creating a One-Sheet"


August 16 – Janice Hannah Thompson - "Storytelling"


September 20 – Discussion - "ACFW Conference Prep and Critiques"


October 18 – Elizabeth Ludwig - "Building a Freelance Editing Business"


November 15 – Becky Dean - "Writing Q&A - Answers to All Your Writing-Related Questions"


December 20 – No Regular Meeting


2013


January 19 – Janice Hannah Thompson - "Writing Humor"


February 16 – Becky Dean - "Interactive, Real Dialogue"


March 16 – Stefanie Morris - "Self-Editing: How to go f From Good to Wow"


April 20 – One-Day Seminar - Terry Burns - "Day with an Agent"


May 9 – Alicea Jones - "Creative Writing Workshop"


June 15 – Martha Rogers - "ESP Makes Your Writing"


July 20 – Sid Frost, Bruce Judisch, Lynette Sowell - "Which Publishing Option is Right for You?"


August 17 – Debra Clopton - "Crafting a Series"


September 21 – Discussion - "What I Learned at Conference"


October 19 – Dorothy Featherling - "What About First Person? Yea! Or Nay?"


November 16 – Allison Pittman - "Creating Dimensional Characters"


December 21 – No Regular Meeting


2012


January 21 – Leann Harris - "Discovering Your Style of Writing"


February 18 – Bruce Judisch - "Never Say Never: Subjectivity in Style"


March 17 – Janice Olson - "First Things First—Promotions"


April 21 – Allison Pittman - "Story Scraps"


May 19 – Golden Keyes Parson - "Hero’s Journey"


June 16 – Becky Dean - "Extreme Brainstorming"


July 21 – Kathleen Y’Barbo - "Action Speak Louder in Words: 10 Tips for Creating Memorable Story People"


August 18 – Vannetta Chapman - "Writing Character-Driven Fiction that SELLS"


September 15 – Kristi Holl - "Tension Techniques: Infusing Page-Turning Tension into Your Fiction"


October 20 – One-Day Seminar - DiAnn Mills -"How to Ignite Your Fiction: Techniques for Advanced Writers"


November 17 – Linda P. Kozar - "Fifty Ways to Say Yellow"


December 15 – "GMC for Writers" and annual Christmas Party


2011


January 15 – Lynne Gentry – "Stage Techniques for Making Characters Stand Out"


February 19 – Michelle Stimpson – "Your Voice - Is It Unique?"


March 19 – Martha Rogers – "Diving into Deep POV"


April 16 – Robert L. Wise – "Faith, Mysteries, and Famous People Stories"


May 21 – One-Day Seminar – Thomas Umstaad - "How to Build Your Online Platform"


June 18 – Nancy Williams – "Finding Your Writing S.T.Y.L.E."


July 16 – Richard L. Mabry, MD – "Medical Details in Fiction - Get Them In, Get Them Right"


August 20 – Lynette Sowell - "Pitching Clinic (Not for Baseball!)"


September 17 – Lila Guzman – "Secret (and Not So Secret) Agent Comments"


October 15 – Linda Fulkerson – "Marketing with a Blog"


November 19 – Elizabeth Ludwig – "Crafting a Killer Proposal"


December 17 – Ann Bell – "E-Books and E-Book Readers"


2010


January 16 – Thomas Umstattd, Jr. – "How to Use Twitter to Build Your Platform"


February 20 – Marilyn Eudaly – "Characters in a Writer's Zoo: Lions, Beavers, Otters, and Golden Retrievers, Oh, My!"


March 20 – Jane Myers Perrine – "The Inspirational or the Secular Market: Which Does Your Writing Fit?"


April 24 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series – Author Janice Thompson, Houston, Texas, "The Best ME I Can Be: Finding my Unique Place in the Writing Industry"


May 15 – Kassy Paris (writing as Kasandra Elaine) – "Dancing Through the Tax Maze For Writers"


June 19 – Bob Sheffield – "Writing for the Brand"


July 17 – Blooming Tree Press Editors – "How to Get Your Manuscript Submission Ready"


August 21 – Ronie Kendig – "Bullet-time Your Fiction: Writing Action/Adventure"


September 18 – Member Critique Session


October 16 – Darlene Franklin – "Project Management for Writers: Secrets to Time Management"


November 20, 2010 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series - Author Robyn Conley (The Book Doctor) – "The Essentials and Beyond: Story Structure, Revision, and Marketing"


December 18, 2010 – Lynette Sowell, Killeen, Texas - "Keep up the Pace: Tighten Your Writing"


2009


January 17 – Author Peggy Caravantes, San Antonio, Texas – "Tried and True Effective Research Tips"


February 21 – Author Martha Rogers, Houston, Texas – "Devotionals: God’s Voice To Your Pen"


March 21 – Dr. Lila Guzman, Round Rock, Texas – "Baptists, Methodists, and Pirates: Writing with an Eye Toward Marketing"


April 18 – Author Debra Clopton, Madisonville, TX, "Think Marketing: Writing Synopses and Series That Stand Out"


May 30 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series – Agent Terry Burns, Amarillo, Texas – "So You’ve Always Wanted to Write: Inside Tips from a Literary Agent"


June 20 – Author Janice Thompson, Houston, Texas – "Pandora’s Box" (Characterization)


July 18 – Author Lena Nelson Dooley, Dallas, Texas – "Getting the Words Right" (Self-editing)


August 15 – Author Arlene James (aka Deborah Rather) – "Scene Building: How to Keep the Pages Turning"


September 19 – Publisher-Blooming Tree Press, Miriam Hees; BTP editorial director, Anna Herrington; and publisher-CBAY Books, Madeline Smoot – "How to Get Your Manuscript Submission Ready" and "How to Work with an Editor."


October 17 – Books for Bucks Sale


November 21 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series – Allison Pittman, Universal City, Texas – "Re-Visionary Writing"


December 19 – Author Elizabeth Ludwig, Texas – "Self-Editing"


2008


January 12 – Dr. Lila Guzman, "Secrets of Writing for Children"


February 2 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series – Anita Higman & Kathleen Y'Barbo, Houston, Texas – "Breaking the Publishing Barrier"


March 8 – Lynette Sowell, Killeen, Texas – "Setting: More Than Your Stage"


April 12 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series – DiAnn Mills, Houston, Texas – "The Dance of Character and Plot"


May 10 – Rusty Shelton, Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists, Inc., Austin, Texas – "Publicity Tips"


June 14 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series – Dr. Lila Guzman, Round Rock, Texas – "Writing A Blockbuster Novel – The Hero's Journey"


July 12 – Member Critique Time


August 9 – Allison Pittman, Universal City, Texas – "Point of View with Purpose"


September 13 – Role Playing Event - "What Should I Say After I Sit Down?"


October 18 – Attorney, Rick Guzman, Round Rock, Texas – Book Contracts: What You Need to Know"


November 8 – Clint Greenleaf, CEO & Meg LaBorde, COO, Greenleaf Book Group, Austin, Texas – "Bestseller "X" Factors: How to Identify and Influence the Factors that will have the Most Notable Impact on Your Book's Success"


December 13 – Author, Donn Taylor, Houston, Texas – "The First Publishing Experience: Self- vs. Agented Contract"


2007


April 14 – Formative Meeting for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Central Texas Chapter, Co-founders Dorothy Featherling and Linda “Lin” Farmer Harris


May 12 – Nancy Jo Jenkins, Austin, Texas – "SCRIBE: How to Prepare to Write for God"


June 9 – Eileen Key, San Antonio, Texas – "Howdy, Editor"


July 14 – ACFW Conference Preparation — "What are you/should you be doing?"


August 11 – Allison Pittman, Universal City, Texas – "The Perfect Pitch"


September 8 – Lynette Sowell, Copperas Cove, Texas – "The Care and Feeding of Story Ideas"


October 13 – Molly Noble Bull, San Antonio, Texas – "Plotting and Writing Novel Openings"


November 10 – The First 25 Lines – Critique Session


December 8 – CenTex Chapter Christmas Party