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Strange and Sweet Anthology Is Available

Announcing Strange & Sweet, Granbury Writers’ Bloc’s anthology collection of 41 short stories and 8 poems penned by 17 of its members. There is something for everyone in its 300+ pages including offerings in Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Action/Adventure/Western, Sci-Fi/Paranormal/Fantasy, Young Adult/Women’s Fiction, Literary, Humor, Non-Fiction, and Poetry.
Endorsed by such notable authors as Charlaine Harris, James Scott Bell, and John M. Floyd, this delightful collection of stories and poems will be a welcome addition to anyone’s library, and is now available on Amazon – search on ‘Strange & Sweet’ and look for the stunning sunset.
Proceeds will support GWB’s speaker program, which brings in authors and other writing professionals each month to teach our members and the public about writing and publishing.
Granbury Writers’ Bloc is a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit organization. AND save-the-date for our book launch party on Saturday, August 31st, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to be held at Farina’s Winery & Café on the historic square in Granbury.

GWB Summer Writing Workshop

      

Saturday, July 14th, 2018  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Waterview Clubhouse

100 Watermark Blvd.

Granbury TX 76048

  • The morning’s presentations will include “The Seven Deadly First Page Sins.” Arianne ‘Tex’ Thompson will present useful techniques for improving not only your novel’s first page, but every succeeding page as well (because if it’s sinful on Page 1, it’s sinful on Page 100).
  • Later in the morning in, “Bigger, Better Author Events,” Tex will explain how to host a book signing, run a table event, etc.—and do it in a way that actually gets people to show up and buy books.
  • In the afternoon, Charise Olson will speak on, “Building Your Publishing Business.” Whether you are pursuing traditional, self or hybrid publishing, this workshop will provide you with ideas, resources, and encouragement to meet your goals. Bring your questions, a creative spirit, a pen, and a Let’s learn together.
Arianne “Tex” Thompson is a ‘rural fantasy’ author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of  Children of the Drought – an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris, as well as an instructor for the Writers Path at SMU and ‘chief instigator’ of WORD – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas. Now she’s blazing a trail through writers conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country – as an endlessly energetic, catastrophically cheerful one-woman stampede. Find her online at TheTexFiles.com and WordWriters.org!
  
Charise Olson writes contemporary women’s fiction under her own name and historical fiction under the pen name Leo Colson. Recently returned to Texas from the wilds of California by way of a missionary stint in Costa Rica, Charise is both traditionally and indie published. She is working on her first novel with a Texas setting. Charise has studied writing and publishing for nearly 20 years and looks forward to sharing her resources with the Granbury Writers’ Bloc attendees. Find her online at ChariseOlson.com

 

Note: The workshop fee is $25 (GWB members free – membership is only $20 – why not join?)

 

Now a Member of W.O.R.D.

ANNOUNCEMENT! Granbury Writers’ Bloc is proud to announce that we are now members of W.O.R.D. – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas (https://www.wordwriters.org )

WORD is a network of 30 writing organizations in North Texas consisting of over 1,000 people interested in and involved in all aspects of writing, from critiquing to editing to screenwriting to education and even more exciting stuff like contests and conferences.

GWB’s membership in WORD will afford our members access to a large pool of like-minded individuals with which we can network, and from which we can continue our growth and learning of all things writing.

We look forward to seeing GWB’s ‘teardrop’ on their map along with all our fellow organizations.

Amanda Arista Presenting “Getting the Words Right”

Getting the Words Right”

Why am I writing this? How does it serve my story? Is this the best way to say it

Amanda Arista – Author and teacher with SMU’s Writers Path – Originally from Illinois, Amanda now lives in Dallas with her husband and daughter. Published author and instructor with the SMU Writers Path, she likes to be known as the character lady who prefers demons and witchcraft to slasher films.

“The World of Publishing Today”  Marketing & Where do I fit in?

Lena Nelson Dooley – Award Winning Author – Award-winning author, Lena has sold more than 850,000 copies of her books. As a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Christian Author’s Network, Lena loves mentoring budding authors.

Writers’ Workshop 2017

Morning Session:

Getting the Words Right”

Why am I writing this? How does it serve my story? Is this the best way to say it

Amanda Arista – Author and teacher with SMU’s Writers Path – Originally from Illinois, Amanda now lives in Dallas with her husband and daughter. Published author and instructor with the SMU Writers Path, she likes to be known as the character lady who prefers demons and witchcraft to slasher films.

Afternoon Session:

“The World of Publishing Today”  Marketing & Where do I fit in?

Lena Nelson Dooley – Award Winning Author – Award-winning author, Lena has sold more than 850,000 copies of her books. As a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Christian Author’s Network, Lena loves mentoring budding authors.