Evening meetings at the University of Dallas

It’s easy to lose creative steam during the grey, gloppy days of a Texas winter. But I always find my writer’s enthusiasm recharged when I attend one of our evening meetings at the University of Dallas. That’s because many of the writers at these meetings are UD undergraduates, whose enthusiasm and creativity are infectious. You can find out for yourself if you attend our next meeting this Tuesday, February 14. In the absence of Dr. Bernadette …

2017: Write One Day at a Time

The approach to New Year’s Day sees a lot of people writing — lists of resolutions for the new year, that is. Maybe list includes resolutions to maintain a writing routine this year, or to get that book finished or that article published, etc. Me? I’ve given up on New Year’s Resolutions — not because I don’t want to change my life for the better, but for the opposite reason. You see, I’ve figured out …

Do You Have a Writing Vocation?

Do you find you really want to write more, but have trouble finding the time? Perhaps that is because you still think of writing as an avocation, a hobby, rather than a vocation, a true calling. Those who feel they may have a religious vocation enter deliberately and prayerfully into a period of testing that vocation. As aspirants, they begin to acquire the habits that will allow them to persevere in that vocation. Shouldn’t those …

The Discovery Draft: Permission to make a mess

It’s time for our “first Tuesday” meetings — midday at Sacred Heart Books & Gifts in far north Dallas, evening at the University of Dallas in Irving, November 1 at the usual times. Why not bring a sample of something you’re working on for peer critique? Don’t worry about bringing something that’s already polished — you don’t need to impress us. In fact, you’ll get much more benefit if, instead of bringing a polished draft you …

A new editing service for indie Catholic authors

Recent visitors to this blog may have noticed one small, unobtrusive addition to the navigation bar above: “Need an Editor?” Clicking the link will take you directly to MiteyEditing.com, a new editing service especially for new and indie Catholic writers. A uniquely affordable editing service What makes this editing service unique? First, it is available only to Catholic authors who write works (fiction or non-fiction) that are in some way motivated and illuminated by the …

Twice-monthly meetings at the University of Dallas begin this Tuesday

The fall schedule of DFW Catholic Writers meetings at the University of Dallas has been confirmed. This semester the group will meet twice a month, on the evenings of the first and third Tuesdays of the month. That means that this Tuesday, September 20, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., any Catholic writer in the area is welcome and invited to gather with other writers to share, discuss, and critique works-in-progress. There are a number of …

DFW Catholic Writers News

There are lots of new things in store for the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers Group. New meeting day and location First, our lunchtime meetings are moving to a new day and place. From now on, we’ll meet at Sacred Heart Books and Gifts in far north Dallas, on the first Tuesday of each month (from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). Bring your lunch if you wish. Sacred Heart has moved to a new, larger space …

Local Catholic writers interviewed on KATH 910 AM

Although we didn’t have our regular meeting during May, on May 11 Dave Palmer, general manager of local Catholic radio station KATH 910 AM interviewed several members of the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers Group during a live broadcast from Sacred Heart Books and Gifts in far north Dallas. In fact, Dave himself was the first writer to be interviewed (by Nikki White, manager of the book store). He recently published St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone: …

5 Things to Do Get Out of Your Writing Rut

Has your writing gotten stale? Are you having trouble moving ahead with a project you are working on – or wish you were working on? Maybe you need a little help getting out of your rut. Here are some techniques to refresh yourself and your writing. 1. Journal If you’re suffering from writer’s block, it’s probably because of some anxiety or dilemma about what you are writing. Spend some time writing about what you think …

Catholic writers encourage and learn from one another

There will be two meetings of the D/FW Catholic Writers Group this month: our usual second Tuesday lunchtime meeting at the usual time and place, Tuesday, March 8. However, since our “fourth Tuesday” evening meeting at the University of Dallas would fall during Holy Week, a busy time for us all, we’ve decided to push it back to the fifth Tuesday the following week, March 29. It will take place as usual in room 42 …