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: www.cathyrueter.com, www.facebook.com/cathyrueterwriter or the nest at https://www.facebook.com/FledglingCommunity/.
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.)
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Bloc Speaker Series – For all you memoir buffs out there, and for all you folks who include real-life history or historical references in your writings, you won’t want to miss our next meeting!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).
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 kendellynn.com.
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
- Grow Your Social Media – a necessity in today’s world
- Setting up your CreateSpace.com account
- Downloading a CreateSpace template and uploading a pdf or word file
- Create or upload your book cover
- 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.