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MEETING TOPICS ARCHIVE

2007-2021


2021


> January 16 - Teresa Lynn — "Lateral Thinking-Creative Problem Solving for Writers"

> February 20 - Canceled — weather

> March 20 - Rebecca Waters — “Author Business Plans”

> April 17 -  Thomas Umstattd Jr. — “Website Designs”

> May 15 - Becky Dean — “Self-Editing”

> June 19 - Laurie Schnebly Campbell — “The Psychology of Creating Characters”

> July 17 - Lynn Moffett — “How to Use Vellum to Create Books”

> August 21 -

> September 18 - Becky Dean — “First Pages Feedback

> October 16 - “Member Brainstorming”

> November 20 - Rhonda Beckman — “Writing in 2022

> December 18 - Christmas Lunch/Book Exchange


2020


> January 18 - Teresa Lynn — "All About CenTex”

> February 15 - Hudie Burk — "Social Media for Authors

> March 21 - Thomas Umstattd — "How to Start & Grow an Email List

> April 18 - canceled — COVID-19

> May 16 - Frank Ball — "Self-Editing

> June 20 - Member Discussions — "Let’s Catch Up”

> July 18 - Laurie Schnebley Campbell — "Blurbing Your Book”

> August 15 - Thomas Umstattd, Jr. — "How to Start & Grow an Email List”

> September 19 - Becky Dean — "One-Sheets & Queries"

> October 17 - Bruce and Joyce Hammack — "Self-Publishing”

> November 21 - Teresa Lynn — "Centex-ACFW’s Future"

> December 19 - No Meeting


2019


> January 19 - Katy Huth Jones — "Great Expectations"

> February 16 - Teresa Lynn & Vannetta Chapman — "Writing Workshop"

> March 16 - Marji Laine — "The Psychology of a Hero"

> April 20 - Vannetta Chapman [Postponed: Frank Ball — "Quick Fixes for a Deeper POV"]

> May 18 - Harry Hall — "Separate Yourself from the Pack"

> June 15 - Julie Cosgrove — "Making a Scene"

> July 20 - Sara-Meg Seese — "Dialogue from a Dramatist’s POV"

> August 17 - Bruce & Joyce Hammack— "Great Expectations"

> September 21 - Writing Workshop — "First Page Critique"

> October 19 - ACFW Conference Notes & State of the Industry

> November 16 - Vannetta Chapman — "Board Election and Q&A"

> December - Christmas Lunch/Book Exchange


2018


> January 13 - Vannetta Chapman — "New Year, New Writing Habits"

> February 10 - Renee Brumbaugh — "Writing for Newspapers: Build Your Platform and Get Paid for It"

> March 10 - Becky Dean — "Fishing for Readers: How to Catch Them on the First Page"

> April 14 - Karen Gaus — "Layering Depth & Excitement to Your Character & Plot"

> May 12 - Becky Dean, Karen Gaus, Vannetta Chapman — "Writing Workshop: Dialogue Tricks & Tips"

> June 9 - Amy Rognlie — "Word Painting"

> July 14 - Janice Thompson — "Pandora’s Box—Character Development"

> August 11 - Marie Sontag — "Shallow vs Deep POV"

> September 8 - Vannetta Chapman — "How to Avoid the E Word—Episodic Writing"

> October 13 - Teresa Lynn — "Self-Publish Your Book in Four Easy Steps"

> November 10 - "Member Q & A & CenTex Board Elections"

> December 8 - No Meeting


2017


> January 14 – Becky Dean — "Getting Organized for Success"

> February 11 – Vannetta Chapman — "Putting Together an eMail List"

> March 11 – Darlene Baker — "How to Survive NaNoWriMo" & a basket of surprises

> April 8 – Kayla J. Watson Marnach — "It’s a Lie! So Make it Epic!"

> May 13 – Bruce Judisch — "Mining Story Ideas from Real Life Events"

> June 10 – Kathleen Y’Barbo — "Punch Up Your Manuscript"

> July 8 – Laura A. Farrar — ”The Business of Selling Books”

> August 12 – Vannetta Chapman & Becky Dean — "Members Critique and Feedback Session"

> September 9 – CenTex Members — "Conference Prep Tips Good for any Writers Conference"

> October 14 – CenTex Members — "Industry Update"

> November 11 – "Member Q & A and CenTex Board Elections"

> December 9 – No Meeting


2016


> January 9 – Kayla J. Watson Marnach — Part 1—"Getting Your Story in Shape in 30 Days"

> February 13 – Joy Nord — "Hot Tips for Writing Romance"

> March 12 – Kayla J. Watson Marnach & Becky Dean — Part 2—"Creating Characters Through Plot Points"

> April 9 – Linda W Yezak — "Pacing Emotion"

> May 14 – Janice Hanna Thompson — "Creative Marketing Strategies

> June 11 – Karen Gaus — "Proven Techniques for Superior Writing”

> July 9 – Nancy Jill Thames, Joy Nord, Becky Dean — "Writing Conferences—Which One is Best for You?"

> August 13 – Becky Wade — "Taming the Social Media Beast"

> September 10 – Nancy Jill Thames — "Group Workshop—20 Answers”

> October 8 – Becky Dean — “Putting Your Manuscript Together—Plotter vs Pantster”

> November 12 – "Member Q & A"

> December 10 – No Meeting


2015


> January 17 – Becky Dean - "Goal, Motivation, and Conflict for Writers"

> February 21 – Allison Pittman - "Those Three Little Words"

> March 21 – Golden Keyes Parson - "Look Who’s Talking"

> April 18 – Becky Dean - "Critiques, Queries, and First Pages

> May 16 – Richard L. Mabry, MD - "Don’t Just Paint (or Write) by the Numbers"

> June 20 – Kayla Manarch - "The One Stop Sheet to Freedom-Learn to Plan a Story"

> July 18 – Joy Nord - "Building a Platform"

> August 15 – Becky Dean - "Getting Ready for the ACFW Conference"

> September 19 – No Regular Meeting—ACFW Annual Conference

> October 17 – Members Sharing - "Conference Takeaways"

> November 21 – Nancy Jill Thames - "Q & A"

> December 19 – No Regular Meeting


2014


> January 18 – Becky Wade - "Taking Your Writing to the Next Level"

> February 15 – Becky Dean - "First Sentence Critique Contest”

> March 15 – Audra Jennings - "Marketing and Publicity for Authors"

> April 19 – No Regular Meeting - Easter

> May 17 – Linda Attaway - "Observations of a Book Reviewer"

> June 21 – Vannetta Chapman - "Adding a Touch of Mystery to Your Story"

> July 19 – Becky Dean - "Creating a One-Sheet"

> August 16 – Janice Hannah Thompson - "Storytelling"

> September 20 – Discussion - "ACFW Conference Prep and Critiques"

> October 18 – Elizabeth Ludwig - "Building a Freelance Editing Business"

> November 15 – Becky Dean - "Writing Q&A - Answers to All Your Writing-Related Questions"

> December 20 – No Regular Meeting


2013


> January 19 – Janice Hannah Thompson - "Writing Humor"

> February 16 – Becky Dean - "Interactive, Real Dialogue"

> March 16 – Stefanie Morris - "Self-Editing: How to go f From Good to Wow"

> April 20 – One-Day Seminar - Terry Burns - "Day with an Agent"

> May 9 – Alicea Jones - "Creative Writing Workshop"

> June 15 – Martha Rogers - "ESP Makes Your Writing"

> July 20 – Sid Frost, Bruce Judisch, Lynette Sowell - "Which Publishing Option is Right for You?"

> August 17 – Debra Clopton - "Crafting a Series"

> September 21 – Discussion - "What I Learned at Conference"

> October 19 – Dorothy Featherling - "What About First Person? Yea! Or Nay?"

> November 16 – Allison Pittman - "Creating Dimensional Characters"

> December 21 – No Regular Meeting


2012


> January 21 – Leann Harris - "Discovering Your Style of Writing"

> February 18 – Bruce Judisch - "Never Say Never: Subjectivity in Style"

> March 17 – Janice Olson - "First Things First—Promotions"

> April 21 – Allison Pittman - "Story Scraps"

> May 19 – Golden Keyes Parson - "Hero’s Journey"

> June 16 – Becky Dean - "Extreme Brainstorming"

> July 21 – Kathleen Y’Barbo - "Action Speak Louder in Words: 10 Tips for Creating Memorable Story Peopl

> August 18 – Vannetta Chapman - "Writing Character-Driven Fiction that SELLS"

> September 15 – Kristi Holl - "Tension Techniques: Infusing Page-Turning Tension into Your Fiction"

> October 20 – One-Day Seminar - DiAnn Mills -"How to Ignite Your Fiction: Techniques for Advanced Writers"

> November 17 – Linda P. Kozar - "Fifty Ways to Say Yellow"

> December 15 – "GMC for Writers" and annual Christmas Party


2011


> January 15 – Lynne Gentry – "Stage Techniques for Making Characters Stand Out"

> February 19 – Michelle Stimpson – "Your Voice - Is It Unique?"

> March 19 – Martha Rogers – "Diving into Deep POV"

> April 16 – Robert L. Wise – "Faith, Mysteries, and Famous People Stories"

> May 21 – One-Day Seminar – Thomas Umstaad - "How to Build Your Online Platform"

> June 18 – Nancy Williams – "Finding Your Writing S.T.Y.L.E."

> July 16 – Richard L. Mabry, MD – "Medical Details in Fiction - Get Them In, Get Them Right"

> August 20 – Lynette Sowell - "Pitching Clinic (Not for Baseball!)"

> September 17 – Lila Guzman – "Secret (and Not So Secret) Agent Comments"

> October 15 – Linda Fulkerson – "Marketing with a Blog"

> November 19 – Elizabeth Ludwig – "Crafting a Killer Proposal"

> December 17 – Ann Bell – "E-Books and E-Book Readers"


2010


> January 16 – Thomas Umstattd, Jr. – "How to Use Twitter to Build Your Platform"

> February 20 – Marilyn Eudaly – "Characters in a Writer's Zoo: Lions, Beavers, Otters, and Golden Retrievers, Oh, My!"

> March 20 – Jane Myers Perrine – "The Inspirational or the Secular Market: Which Does Your Writing Fit?"

> April 24 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series – Author Janice Thompson, Houston, Texas, "The Best ME I Can Be: Finding my Unique Place in the Writing Industry"

> May 15 – Kassy Paris (writing as Kasandra Elaine) – "Dancing Through the Tax Maze For Writers"

> June 19 – Bob Sheffield – "Writing for the Brand"

> July 17 – Blooming Tree Press Editors – "How to Get Your Manuscript Submission Ready"

> August 21 – Ronie Kendig – "Bullet-time Your Fiction: Writing Action/Adventure"

> September 18 – Member Critique Session

> October 16 – Darlene Franklin – "Project Management for Writers: Secrets to Time Management"

> November 20, 2010 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series - Author Robyn Conley (The Book Doctor) – "The Essentials and Beyond: Story Structure, Revision, and Marketing"

> December 18, 2010 – Lynette Sowell, Killeen, Texas - "Keep up the Pace: Tighten Your Writing"


2009


> January 17 – Author Peggy Caravantes, San Antonio, Texas – "Tried and True Effective Research Tips"

> February 21 – Author Martha Rogers, Houston, Texas – "Devotionals: God’s Voice To Your Pen"

> March 21 – Dr. Lila Guzman, Round Rock, Texas – "Baptists, Methodists, and Pirates: Writing with an Eye Toward Marketing"

> April 18 – Author Debra Clopton, Madisonville, TX, "Think Marketing: Writing Synopses and Series That Stand Out"

> May 30 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series – Agent Terry Burns, Amarillo, Texas – "So You’ve Always Wanted to Write: Inside Tips from a Literary Agent"

> June 20 – Author Janice Thompson, Houston, Texas – "Pandora’s Box" (Characterization)

> July 18 – Author Lena Nelson Dooley, Dallas, Texas – "Getting the Words Right" (Self-editing)

> August 15 – Author Arlene James (aka Deborah Rather) – "Scene Building: How to Keep the Pages Turning"

> September 19 – Publisher-Blooming Tree Press, Miriam Hees; BTP editorial director, Anna Herrington; and publisher-CBAY Books, Madeline Smoot – "How to Get Your Manuscript Submission Ready" and "How to Work with an Editor."

> October 17 – Books for Bucks Sale

> November 21 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series – Allison Pittman, Universal City, Texas – "Re-Visionary Writing"

> December 19 – Author Elizabeth Ludwig, Texas – "Self-Editing"


2008


> January 12 – Dr. Lila Guzman, "Secrets of Writing for Children"

> February 2 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series – Anita Higman & Kathleen Y'Barbo, Houston, Texas – "Breaking the Publishing Barrier"

> March 8 – Lynette Sowell, Killeen, Texas – "Setting: More Than Your Stage"

> April 12 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series – DiAnn Mills, Houston, Texas – "The Dance of Character and Plot"

> May 10 – Rusty Shelton, Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists, Inc., Austin, Texas – "Publicity Tips"

> June 14 – One-Day Seminar – Learning to Write Fiction Series – Dr. Lila Guzman, Round Rock, Texas – "Writing A Blockbuster Novel – The Hero's Journey"

> July 12 – Member Critique Time

> August 9 – Allison Pittman, Universal City, Texas – "Point of View with Purpose"

> September 13 – Role Playing Event - "What Should I Say After I Sit Down?"

> October 18 – Attorney, Rick Guzman, Round Rock, Texas – Book Contracts: What You Need to Know"

> November 8 – Clint Greenleaf, CEO & Meg LaBorde, COO, Greenleaf Book Group, Austin, Texas – "Bestseller "X" Factors: How to Identify and Influence the Factors that will have the Most Notable Impact on Your Book's Success"

> December 13 – Author, Donn Taylor, Houston, Texas – "The First Publishing Experience: Self- vs. Agented Contract"


2007


> April 14 – Formative Meeting for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Central Texas Chapter, Co-founders Dorothy Featherling and Linda “Lin” Farmer Harris

> May 12 – Nancy Jo Jenkins, Austin, Texas – "SCRIBE: How to Prepare to Write for God"

> June 9 – Eileen Key, San Antonio, Texas – "Howdy, Editor"

> July 14 – ACFW Conference Preparation — "What are you/should you be doing?"

> August 11 – Allison Pittman, Universal City, Texas – "The Perfect Pitch"

> September 8 – Lynette Sowell, Copperas Cove, Texas – "The Care and Feeding of Story Ideas"

> October 13 – Molly Noble Bull, San Antonio, Texas – "Plotting and Writing Novel Openings"

> November 10 – The First 25 Lines – Critique Session

> December 8 – CenTex Chapter Christmas Party

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