Category Archives: Upcoming Events

January 27 Speaker: Cathy Rueter – Creating Tension in a Story

Cathy Rueter, a former reporter and newsletter editor, has returned to her passion of freelance writing while pursuing a career as a Christian murder mystery author, speaker and grant writer. She is the founder of Fledgling Writers Community, geared toward new writers while welcoming ALL to the nest.

Originally from the Greater Grand Rapids, MI area, she now lives within the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex with her family.  If she’s not at her desk, you can probably find her with her nose in a book and hanging out in her hammock on the back porch, or in the car traveling to various writer’s groups and conferences.

With a revamped website coming later this spring, connect with Cathy at:, or the nest at

Writing with Rubber Bands: Creating Tension in Story

Tension in fiction draws a reader in and makes them feel various emotions for our characters. It puts them on the proverbial edge of their seats and creates a need to turn the page.
Working tension into our stories isn’t just for thrillers. Writers of romance, science fiction, historical, in fact, all genres—and even some non-fiction writing—need and are improved by this vital story element. Tension isn’t just stringing a bunch of words together and hope they stretch like a rubber band. We need to pull those bands taut and know when to release.
In Writing with Rubber Bands: Creating Tension in Story, we’ll explore what tension is, why it’s crucial, as well as the tips, techniques, and literary devices used to create it—without breaking a single rubber band. (*Full disclosure: only two rubber bands were harmed in the making of this presentation.)

Speaker Announcement: Jennifer Crippen

Granbury Writers’ Bloc Speaker Series  – For all you memoir buffs out there, and for all you folks who include real-life history or historical references in your writings, you won’t want to miss our next meeting!

Who: Jennifer Crippen, Author

When: Monday, September 23rd, 2019, 7 p.m.

Where: The Point at Waterview

2nd Floor Activity Room

100 Watermark Blvd.

Granbury TX 76048

Topic: “Using Archives to Build a Better Story”

About: Jennifer is a writer and coffee enthusiast who daylights as a project manager. She serves as the Associate Director for Carrollton League of Writers and writes fantasy for young adults. She grew up in the suburbs of New Orleans and completed a Bachelor’s in English at LSU and a Master’s in Archival Science at Auburn University before settling in Dallas with her husband, two cats (Drew & Brees), and three goldfish (Harry, Hermione, and Ron).​

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 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.