Category Archives: Upcoming Events

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 and!
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


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


Dallas Mystery Writers meeting on Feb 3rd







February 3, 2018 – Kendel Lynn Will Speak at the Dallas Mystery Writers

Kendel Lynn is a Southern California native who now parks her flip-flops in Dallas, Texas. She read her first Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators at the age of seven and has loved mysteries ever since. Her debut novel, Board Stiff, was an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel. It features Elliott Lisbon, a mostly amateur sleuth who has a slight aversion to all things germy and is only five thousand hours away from getting her PI license. Kendel is the Vice President of Sisters in Crime, the Immediate Past President of SinC North Dallas, the Vice Chair of Bouchercon Dallas, and the Managing Editor of Henery Press, where she spends her days editing, designing, and figuring out ways to avoid the gym but still eat cupcakes for dinner. Catch up with her at

Special January 22nd Meeting For Granbury Writers’ Bloc

Critique at 5:30 PM and program presentation at 7:00 PM

Where:  America’s SBDC (Small Business Development Center) at the Langdon Campus, 105 N. Stockton St., Granbury.

Program Title: A Self-Publishing Demo – Make and Take

  1. Grow Your Social Media – a necessity in today’s world
  2. Setting up your account
  3. Downloading a CreateSpace template and uploading a pdf or word file
  4. Create or upload your book cover
  5. Publish your book, order copies, and get paid

Bring your laptop, tablet or phone, a document and a preliminary title.

We will set up a book project for everyone who wants the practice.  You can delete it later if desired.

Eight laptops will be available for your use. A large screen will enable everyone to see the process.

105 N. Stockton St. (Stockton and Pearl Street) at the Small Business building on the Langdon Campus. Program presentation 7:00 PM January 22, 2018.