June Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our June “End of Year Party” will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at the home of Jackie Siglin, south of Alpine. (See more information below.)

Writing Assignment: Something you have written that you would like to read to us. 250-500 word limit. Something you have written that you would like to read to us.

Refreshments: It’s a Pot Luck!

TMTW “End of Year Party

Has it been hot enough for you?  Do you feel the edges of your brain begin to curdle as soon as you leave the circle of the fan zone?  Then having a gathering with your fellow TMTW friends might be just the thing to perk you up.

We are having our end of the year party on June 21 at my house.  It will start at 6:30 and go until we are ready to leave.  It is a potluck and if people will let me know what they plan to bring, I can coordinate it a bit.  (I still remember the year with 5 potato salads – all delicious, but hey ??)

To RSVP and for directions, please email and let us know what you are bringing!

Christian Writers Group Saturday Seminar

Please make plans to join us Saturday, June 25, for a full day with critically acclaimed author Steven James.

Steven James is the author of more than 25 works of fiction and non-fiction, including the bestselling thriller series The Patrick Bowers Files. We invite you to come join us and spend the day under the instruction of an author Publisher’s Weekly calls a “master storyteller at the peak of his game” as he challenges and guides you to explore the depth of your own writing.

Friday, June 24, 7-9 pm, Dessert Reception
Saturday, June 25, 9 am – 4 pm, Workshop

Fee: $50 — Includes Friday Reception, Saturday Workshop and Lunch

1401 Pat Booker Road
Universal City, TX 78148

Go to www.cwgsa.com for registration information.

2011 Summer Writing Retreat

Ever want to get away from it all and spend a week immersed in writing? Here’s your chance with the 2011 Summer Writing Retreat at Sul Ross State University in scenic Alpine, deep in the heart of West Texas. Intensive writing workshops will be taught by four of Texas’ premier authors. Whichever class you select, it will feature:

  • Intimate classes (20 students maximum)
  • Personalized instruction
  • Time dedicated for writing

For more info, course descriptions, and instructor bios, click here.

To register, click here!

REMEMBER! TMTW offers a $200 scholarship to attend this retreat! Email us at for more information!

Minutes from April Meeting

Download minutes here

Demystifying Writers’ Demons One at a Time

One by One –  by Joan Upton Hall

Flashbacks (effective use)

Whether you’re relaying a fiction or nonfiction event, readers can follow most easily if you write the happenings in natural, chronological order. If, however, you want to use a flashback, consider the risks of confusing “real” and “recalled” time for the reader and blocking the forward momentum of your story. The following tips may help:

  • Keep the flashback entry and exit clear and short (operative word: “flash”).
  • Avoid trite entry phrases like, “I remembered when…”
  • Trigger the flashback by what someone says or a certain object or sense. Mention the same trigger to bring reader back to “real” time. Sensory appeals make especially good triggers because readers relate to these details on both intellectual and gut levels.
  • Time the flashback appropriately. Don’t interrupt an action scene with a flashback. If reader needed this information before the action, think of a way to impart it before the action starts.
  • Give readers only what they need right now, and don’t over-explain. Think like a screenwriter.

Do demons bedevil your writing? Similar, confusing words? Grammar, punctuation, or capitalization rules? “The Demystifier” will clear up the mystery (primary reference unless otherwise noted: Garner, Bryan A. Dictionary of Modern American Usage. N.Y.: Oxford University Press). Address questions and comments to freelance editor, Joan Upton Hall at: . More problems like the above are demystified in the booklet, 50 Writers’ Tips. Find more at http://www.JoanUptonHall.com/books.htm.

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