2019 DAWG Summer Writing Workshop Series — Three Awesome Guest Speakers!

Are you looking for a writing workshop to kick-start your 2019 writing project? Or are you feeling like I am — a little sluggish with getting your writing project in full swing? Well look no further, the Dallas Area Writers Group (DAWG) has the cure for what ails you — three phenomenal writing workshops presented by three dynamic, award-winning, well-published authors!

JUNE 22, 2019

“MAKING IT REAL” presented by New York Times Best-Selling Author Rachel Caine

Writing a book seems like an overwhelming job. How does anybody go from “wanting” to “doing”? Let a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than 50 novels walk you through steps and strategies on how to make your book go from concept to chapters. You’ll leave this 3-hour session ready to create compelling characters, stress-test your plot, and set up a plan for how to make your book happen, one scene at a time.

JULY 20, 2019

“WRITING and PUBLISHING YOUR NON-FICTION CHRISTIAN BOOK” presented by Award-winning Author Michelle Stimpson

Are you tired of feeling guilty about not answering the call to write? Ready to share your testimony of God’s goodness and faithfulness to you? Inspired to share a message that will impact people’s lives? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you’ll want to attend this workshop designed to help you move past procrastination, craft your content, and then share it with a specific audience desperate to hear from you.

AUGUST 17, 2019

“WANT TO WRITE A CHILDREN’S BOOK?” presented by Best-Selling Author Janee Trasler

Want to write a children’s book–but don’t know how to start? Come learn about the elements of writing that make a great children’s book. How to get started. How to tell a story without being “preachy”–the voice the story should use. Discover the various levels of children’s stories from board books, picture books, easy readers, chapter books, MG (middle grade), and YA (young adult).

Each writing workshop is on a Saturday morning, 9 am-12 noon at the Meadows Conference Center, 2900 Live Oak, Dallas, TX 75204.

The cost is $35 ($25 for DAWG Members). Limited seating.

Register now! www.dallaswriters.org

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What is Bouchercon and Why Every Mystery Writer Should Attend

boucher-logo Bouchercon World Mystery Convention is a fan and writers’conference named in honor of writer, reviewer, and editor Anthony Boucher. It rhymes with “voucher” and is an annual convention of creators and devotees of mystery and detective fiction.

People who attend are fans, authors, agents, booksellers, publishers and other people who read and enjoy mystery and crime fiction. The first one was held in Santa Monica, California in 1970. The guest of honor was Robert Bloch of Psycho fame.

Each year, Bouchercon nominates and votes on the Anthony Awards for excellence in crime fiction, including: Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Short Story, Best Critical Non-Fiction, and Best Paperback Original.

Bouchercon 2016 was held September 15-18th in New Orleans with more than 1,900 attendees. The American guest of honor was New York Times Best-Selling Author, Harlan Corbin. One of the highlights of the conference was Harlan being interviewed by New York Times Best-Selling author, Michael Connelly!

As a side note, Bouchercon 2019 will take place in my home state, Dallas Texas! We do everything big in Texas, so expect it to be awesome!

Other notable greats appearing throughout the weekend included Lee Child, New York Times Best-Selling author of the Jack Reacher series, serving as moderator, and he also interviewed David Morell.

There were hundreds of authors of the mystery/thriller genre in attendance including authors currently residing in Texas, including Charlaine Harris of the Sookie Stackhouse, Southern Vampire Mysteries, adapted into the HBO series, True Blood, and New York Times Best-Selling authors Kathleen Kent, Taylor Stevens, and Reavis Z. Wortham.

Below is a small photo gallery from Bouchercon New Orleans. Check it out!