Feature stories

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Pet Accessories Store Goes The Extra Mile For Customers

By Terri Rimmer

If it’s a dog tuxedo you need, they will go to Ireland to fetch it for you.

At Bow Wow’s Best, Jo Ann Grayson and her partners Douglas Zwit and CFO Patti Hasner specialize in unique dog items that are hard to find.

The company was formed among four friends in South Florida while out with their respective dogs for a walk. The partners run their site out of Delray Beach, Florida and search high and low for pet items.

“How we started in the business was we went looking for all kinds of things for our dogs and we couldn’t find them in one place,” said Grayson. “We decided we wanted to make a website that was just special for what we would buy in one place. We were looking for more specialty kinds of products, not your every day dog food or dog treats but special collars, beds, things that were more out of the ordinary. We thought that would be special.”

Grayson said the on-line store is doing really well because customers come to them when they want those items such as rare and unique collars that are unique and different. Bow Wow’s Best also specializes in food such as dog treats not available in pet stores. They also get a lot of orders from vets and they carry little t-shirts and upscale products.

Pet Age Magazine is doing an article on Bow Wow’s Best in November.

“We have many many hits on the site but would like to be able to retail to more people, reaching out to them,” said Grayson. “We have done advertising on Dog Fancy Magazine’s site which has been good and advertised in Fido Friendly Magazine. We are doing real fine right now as far as orders,” said Grayson. “The biggest thing is more exposure so we have more orders. People who know about us come back to us. We have plans to find ways to reach out to people that would really benefit them. And then maybe open up a store down the road but not yet.”

Grayson advises new business owners to make themselves unique in some way and try to find something that makes the enterprise stand out.

Hasner reaches out personally to customers so it becomes more personal between the client and the customers so that if there is something the customer wants, she goes and finds it. Bow Wow’s gets a lot of international orders and people seem to be locating them all over the world.

Some of the store’s best sellers include a Zippy Zebra Wheeler Pet Carrier, bite-size dog-safe brownies, a Celebrity Bed made of velvet and feather trim, and a Donut Bed with a tufted cushion that can be used as a crate or travel mat. Other items include personalized ceramic pet dinnerware, bone feeders accented with hand-painted paw prints, jewelry, dog houses, items for dog birthday parties, clothing, and pet strollers.

For more information, call 561-495-9971 or email info@bowwowsbest.com .

Friday, August 26, 2005

For adoption

Check out adoption.about.com and gladney.org. Also adopting.com

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Creativity Lends Itself to Ingenious Costume Ideas

By Terri Rimmer

When it comes to dressing up for Halloween, aim for the unique and original and let your mind wander at all the possibilities.

Jot down ideas, brainstorm, write whatever comes to mind, no matter how silly or out or reach it seems at the time.

If you’re strapped for cash and can’t afford to rent a costume, try these ideas:

1. Take large poster board big enough to cover your from the neck to your toes and write the word Crayola on it. Decorate it like a Crayola crayon would look like. Carry a coloring book for an extra touch if you want. I actually dressed up as this in college.

2. Go as a mixed up kid. On one side of your body, dress in one color with one pigtail, a different shoe that doesn’t match your other foot, different color socks, makeup on one side of your face, half of one shirt and the other half not matching; etc.

3. Go as a Blue Plate Special. Dress all in blue, tape a plastic blue plate to your chest with the words “Blue Plate Special” typed on a sheet of paper and taped to the plate. Wear blue face paint if you want. Wear blue tennis shoes. Tape plastic utensils to the plate and carry a blue cup or glass for an extra touch.

4. Scour yard sales and curbs for day after yard sale events for things people throw out. I have found tons of Halloween stuff this way.

5. Dress up as a housewife complete with apron, carry mop and broom, bucket, have your hair up, carry some cleaning supplies. Wear slippers.

6. For a Playboy Bunny costume, wear a pink leotard with black tights or vice versa, draw whiskers on to your face, attach cotton balls to your bottom and fake bunny ears to your head.

7. To dress up as a baby, wear a big sheet as a diaper, carry a rattle, wear a t-shirt in pink or light blue, and carry a blanket. Put your hair in pigtails. Carry a baby bottle.

8. To dress up as a mime, wear a black leotard and tights and paint your face white. Don’t speak all night.

9. To be a Morton Salt girl, wear a yellow raincoat with yellow rain hat, black boots, and carry a container of Morton Salt. Carry a yellow umbrella.

10. To dress like Edward Scissorhands dress all in black, wear Gothic makeup or white makeup, spray your hair with temporary black hairspray. Make your nails out of knives or scissors and wear partial black gloves. Don’t speak all night.

11. To dress like a spider, unwind eight wire hangers for the legs, spray paint them black and attach four on each side of you. Dress all in black, paint your face black and wear a black cap. Wear black shoes.

12. To dress like an angel wear your white graduation gown from high school or borrow someone’s, make a halo out of a wire hanger, attach a sequined star, and wear white shoes, everything white. Make wings out of wire hangers and spray them with gold glitter. Put glitter makeup on your face in gold or silver colors. Borrow a harp from someone.

Christmas Decorating Ideas for The Budget-Minded

By Terri Rimmer

When decorating for the holidays it’s easy to get caught up in thinking that you have to have the next big thing.

But, with a little planning and creativity, you can make your home look as beautiful as a picture in a magazine, and maybe even more so.

Here’s some tips for making your house gorgeous for little or no money:

1. Use cotton balls on the tree branch tips.
2. Use costume jewelry necklaces you might own for garland
3. Scour yard sales and curbs for after yard sale throwaways for Christmas items. I have found boxes and boxes of stuff through the years that people get rid of.
4. If you can’t afford a tree and you have a Fica Tree, decorate it as you would a tree but lay off the heavy bulbs.
5. Use Christmas dish towels to put on the back of your toilet to cover the toilet tank.
6. Use Chinese restaurant miniature parasols you might get when going out to eat to snuggle in the branches of the tree.
7. Hang your Christmas cards received on a clothesline going across the room in an entryway.
8. Use ribbon to decorate mailbox.
9. Drape a red ribbon around trees in your front yard.
10. Spray paint old tins in red, blue, or green.
11. Use beads to decorate presents.
12. Print Christmas sayings or inspirational holiday stories off the internet and hang them around the house.
13. Hang up your old holiday photos around the house.
14. Put your Christmas cards received in your tree
15. Hang Christmas articles from the newspaper around your house
16. Use a red, green, white, or blue blanket around the bottom of your tree for a tree skirt. A sheet in these colors works fine, too.
17. If you have a baby tree in your front yard, decorate it with lights.
18. Save your company Christmas party plastic decorative serving dishes if they’re going to throw them out. Use them in your home.
19. Hang your greeting cards received around the outside of your breakfast bar to make a decorative awning.
20. Scour florists stores for any Christmas items they might be throwing out from the year before
21. Hang lyric sheets for Christmas music around the house.
22. Have a friend take pictures of you in your pets in holiday colors rather than pay a pet photographer
23. Use any items around the house that have holiday colors in them to accessorize your house
24. Use old holiday bandannas that your dog might have worn in the past from the groomer to decorate doorknobs
25. Put an unusual Christmas greeting on your voice mail or answering machine that isn’t traditional holiday music
26. Give the gift of time – offer to decorate someone’s home for them
27. Surprise a friend by putting her tree up for her
28. Make homemade coupons specific to Christmas and New Year’s for friends and family to cash in during the holidays.

Written By My Sister

“How My Cat Taught Me About A Higher Power”

By Cindy Persico

Like most of us I struggle with the concept of “Higher Power” or H.P. and my understanding has grown thankfully over the years that on most days I can feel centered and well-cared for by this Higher Power thanks to Alanon.

That isn’t always the case.

In 2003 my brother-in-law was killed in a car accident. Watching my sister, Joy, struggle with her grief has been particularly painful and has called into question again how to make sense out of things that seem so senseless.

What good can come from this?

Hello, God, Are you still there?

Will you take care of Joy? She’s so scared and sure this isn’t what should be happening at all.

One day I had to take Eunice, my cat, to the vet.

She shivered, and shook, and cried, certain this couldn’t possibly be what should be happening at all. I reassured her as best I could; yet again had a flash that this is exactly how life feels sometimes. I’m sure that whatever is happening is all wrong and yet it’s the best thing for my growth, though it may hurt temporarily. I can even think ole H.P. is making a mistake or forget to care for me when that is exactly the opposite of what is happening.

Thanks, Eunice and H.P. for these simple ways to grasp the idea that maybe, just maybe, I can breathe easier knowing “God’s Gotcha,” Joy - - - - and me and Eunice, too.

One Day At A Time.

September Event for Fort Worth, TX

Jazz By The Boulevard, Sept. 16th-18th

Sept. 16th - 5-11 p.m.

Sept. 17th - noon to 11 p.m.

Sept. 18th - noon to 6 p.m.

For info go to fortworthjazz.com or call 817-763-5299

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Artist Site

Check out tsaliba.com

Monday, August 22, 2005

Check Out This

Check out the June 23rd edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (star-telegram.com) in the Texas Living section for "Working Like a Dog," an article that features my pet sitting boss, me, and one of my pet sitting co-workers.

Sunday, August 21, 2005


Check out my pet sitting story on petorama.com under the Pet Stories heading at the top of the screen.

Friday, August 19, 2005


Check out bowwowsbest.com

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Additional Articles

For more of my articles, go to happynews.com, type in my name in the search bar on the site at the top of the screen and my articles will come up.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Website Cuts Out Some of The Work Of Online Job Hunting

By Terri Rimmer

Based in Silicon Valley, CA, a vertical search engine company is building the largest online database of jobs on the planet.

Simplyhired.com makes it possible for job hunters looking for a new or better job to see every opportunity out there and they say they believe doing something challenging and important doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ride.

Simply Hired describes itself as a “fun, energetic startup company with a passion for building great technology and for doing things a little differently,” on their website.

Currently job seekers have to go to several different places online to find all the opportunities available to them, according to Simply Hired’s founder/CEO Gautam Godhwani, Peter Weck, founder/CTO, Anil Godhwani, founder/vice president, and Jerry Crowley, chairman of the board. Simply Hired users can perform quick and powerful “one-stop searches” for jobs by entering any combination of keywords and location to find relevant search results.

“We’re kind of like a ‘Google’ for a job,” said Kay Luo, online marketing manager for Simply Hired. “We crawl all through the job sites – Monster, Careerbuilder, industry sites, classified ads, company ads. We try and capture anywhere there is a job so that a person can simply go to one place. Most job seekers typically have to go to two or three sites that they rely on to look for jobs.”

On Aug. 4th the organization, founded in 2003, raised $3 million from Silicon Valley Angels and entrepreneurs for the search engine startup backed by a Stanford technical advisor for Google, an Ask Jeeves investor, and a former Apple employee Guy Kawasaki. They called it a Series B round of angel financing. Simply Hired has received $1.2 million in funding from its founders.

“We limited this round to strategic angels and experienced entrepreneurs to focus on accelerating the company’s early growth and market development,” said Godhwani.

With over 3.5 million job listings and counting, Simply Hired, a privately held company headquartered in Mountain View, CA, is the world’s largest search engine for jobs, according to their literature.

Luo said Simply Hired, a free service just like a search engine, has been extremely successful.

“Our goal is really to focus on job candidates,” she said. “Right now we’re just trying to build up more tools for job seekers to find their dream jobs. Now we’re just building tools to help people narrow their search down.”

Simply Hired launched their community on June 24th and recruited Pay Pal veteran Damon Billian to lead online community efforts. Widely known as “Pay Pal Damon,” Billian was credited with changing the face of customer service as the online community advocate for Pay Pal.

On June 22nd Time Magazine named Simply Hired as one of the “50 Coolest Websites” of the year.

“That’s pretty cool,” said Godhwani. “What people really want is to make job search simpler – they want just one place to go to discover all the jobs available to them.”

On April 19th Simply Hired got linked in with the world’s largest business network, LinkedIn.com, with over three million jobs and two million inside connections, offering job seekers the first “one-stop search and connect” solution for finding a new job. The partnership’s goal was to create the most extensive job search network on the planet. The agreement, which for the first time integrates business networking with vertical search, brings in over three million job listings indexed by Simply Hired to the LinkedIn Jobs network.

“The ability to discover inside connections and obtain referrals to hiring managers has quickly made LinkedIn Jobs the preferred destination for savvy job seekers,” said LinkedIn CEO Reid Hoffman.

Launched in March, LinkedIn Jobs is the Internet’s first referral-powered job network that connects job applicants with hiring managers, Human Resources professionals, or recruiters representing the jobs listed on LinkedIn.

Simply Hired, which released a beta version of its vertical search engine in March, aggregates and indexes data on millions of jobs worldwide from a variety of sources including large and small job boards, newspaper and classified listings, and company websites. An experienced team of internet entrepreneurs and developers deliver the best in job search tools and solutions, according to Simply Hired.

For more information call 650-254-9000 or email info@simplyhired.com.

Monday, August 08, 2005


Fort Worth resident and freelance writer Terri Rimmer recently received word that her poem "Charmed" has been published in Voices in Print Special Edition now available at Barnes & Noble, booksamillion.com, and other online retail stores. A dollar from every sale of each book benefits the American Cancer Society.

For more information, contact Terri at 817-923-3293 or wordtrix@hotmail.com

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

From The Wright Stuff Newsletter - to subscribe to this free monthly publication send an email to steveneubauer@wordwright.biz

The Wright Stuff

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Vol. 4 No.8 August 2005

A Note From
Joan R. Neubauer:
Announcing WordWright University

I have long maintained that authors achieve success in publishing by honing their craft and educating themselves. Reading and writing every day will help you improve your writing. Attending conferences and workshops will help you educate yourself. Toward that end, WordWright will begin sponsoring classes as part of the newly formed WordWright University that will cover a variety of topics to help authors educate themselves. They will range from the basics of story telling to promotion for the veteran author.
Mark November 12, 2005 as the very first set of sessions to be held in the beautiful facilities at Mitre Peak Girl Scout Camp nestled in the Davis Mountains near Alpine, Texas, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
L.C. Hayden, author of The Drums of Gerald Hurd, When Angels Touch You, What Others Know, Where Secrets Lie, When Colette Died, and Who’s Susan? will lead three sessions:

How to Use Story Techniques Successfully
Learn what story techniques are and how and when to use them. Things like imagery, foreshadowing, cliff hangers and several other literary terms will be discussed.

What's with the Genres?
Learn what editors and agents mean when they mention genre. This workshop will focus on the requirements of the sub-genres within the genres.

The Writer's Deadly Sins
This workshop is designed to reveal the secrets of the trade. It will steer the participants away from committing the sins that keeps an editor from saying yes.
Those who attend will also have the chance to participate in two sessions that I will lead:

Active vs. Passive Voice
In this session, I will define active and passive voice and discuss the pros and cons of each, then lead a writing exercise.

The Elements of Story or Goldilocks and the Three Bears
In this session, participants learn the basic building blocks of telling a story: beginning, middle and end.
This promises to be a full day of learning and sharing, and all for $90, lunch included. (Also you can stay in the cabins at the Girl Scout camp for under $20 for the night.) You will have the opportunity to network with other writers and visit with session leaders. Check this newsletter for future classes and educate yourself.
If you’d like to register please drop us a note that includes your name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number. And please make checks payable to WordWright.biz, Inc., and send both to:

WordWright.biz, Inc.
WordWright Business Par
46561 State Highway 118
Alpine, TX 79830

(We also accept major credit cards. If you’d like to pay this way please give us toll free at 877-380-3321)

Hot off the WordWright Press

This has been a busy summer for us as well as our authors. Let’s give a big hurrah to these authors for their new books that have recently come to life. Check them out. They’ll all make great gifts for yourself or for another book lover.
Congratulations to Dr. Joyce Willard Teal. Dr. Teal is the author of Clifford’s War and Lest We Forge: Why We Celebrate. She has just released a casebound edition of Lest We Forget: Why We Celebrate for sale to schools. Way to go, Joyce!
Kudos to Rosemarie Mueller on the release of her new book, Are We Russian Children Now? This is an unbelievable story of a young German child’s ordeal during World War II. This is a story you will never forget.
Pansy Frazier deserves special mention for her new book, A Field of Pansies. Ms. Frazier is a lady with memories that stretch back into the early part of the 20th century, and her life and her family are truly remarkable. Thank you, Pansy for a wonderful book.
And last but not least, let us give congratulations to Martha McCabe for the release of her book, Praise at Midnight. You will never forget the characters from East Texas that Martha has created in this novel. Part Perry Mason and part pulp, this interesting mix of character and plot will keep you turning pages.

Travels with
Joan R. Neubauer

On July 9, Steve and I found ourselves in Denton, Texas where we spoke to the Denton Writers. A great and growing group led by Joni Latham, I made a presentation about the pros and cons of self-publishing. The group had a lot of great questions, and I think they left with a new understanding of the subject. Afterward, Joni and the group took us to lunch and we had a great time. Thanks, Joni and group!

Save the Date!

Friday September 30, 2005 The Writers’ League of Texas presents the First Annual Award of Literary Merit to internationally acclaimed author Ann Patchett winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and Britain’s Orange Prize for Bel Canto; author of four other award winning books. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Texas State History Museum in Austin, TX. Individual tickets are $100; tables and sponsorships are available. All proceeds will benefit the Writers’ League of Texas. Call 512-499-8914 for information and reservations.

Writers’ League of Texas Senior Awards Program

The Writers’ League of Texas Senior Awards Program provides writers aged 55 and better opportunities to further their writing aspirations. (You don’t have to be a member of the Writers’ League of Texas to apply.) Awards in the amount of $250 each will be presented by the Writers’ League of Texas (WLT) in November. The awards will be in the amount of $250 each and the number awarded each year will vary based on the amount of sales of The Noble Generation Volume II. Awards will be in the form of vouchers that can be used toward the purchase of any class, workshop, retreat, conference, product, service, or membership dues offered by the WLT. Funds for the awards come from the profits of the sale of The Noble Generation Volume II book published by WordWright.biz in conjunction with Barnes & Noble and the Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities Services.
To apply for the award click here: application.

Mark your Calendar for October 22, 2005!

The Abilene Writer’s Guild Annual Workshop and Luncheon will be Saturday, October 22, 2005. Michelle Medlock Adams will present a tremendous workshop we'll talk about for years to come. Michelle’s work has appeared in Writer's Digest, Grit, Today's Christian Woman, Family Talk, and Joyful Woman. She is a powerful speaker who comes with expertise in writing for children, journalism, and inspirational writing. She's been described as a combination Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Annie Potts, and a touch of Cousin Minnie Pearl--beauty, brains and charm that will electrify you and your writing. The best little workshop for the money in Texas, no matter your writing interest.
For more information and registration go to http://abilenewritersguild.org/

Fiction Workshop Offered

Austin Community College will offer a short fiction workshop at the new Round Rock Higher Education Center this fall. The class is taught by Joe O'Connell who also teaches both graduate and undergraduate fiction courses at St. Edward's University. O'Connell is a widely published, award-winning short story writer and holds an MFA in creative writing from Texas State University. The class begins Aug. 29 and meets from 9:10 to 10:25 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For more information about enrolling, call Mary Rincon in the ACC Creative Writing Department at 512-223-3355.

Twenty Something Contest

Random House New York is looking for the most original voices of the twenty something generation, writing about their lives, their passions, and their world. The publisher will publish the best essays in Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers: The Best New Voices of 2006. There will be a grand prize of $20,000 to the top winner. Up to 28 runners-up will also be selected for publication but will receive no payment for publication. One entry per person; nonfiction, between 500 and 5,000 words. Entrants must be between the ages of 20 and 29 as of September 1, 2006. The contest is open to legal residents of the United States excluding Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Florida and Puerto Rico. Deadline November 24, 2005. There is no entry fee.


Call for submissions. This feature of The Wright Stuff helps us know more about writer organizations. I invite you to participate and write an article about your group. If you’d like the guidelines, drop me an e-mail at steveneubauer@wordwright.biz and I’ll send them right out.
Write for
Texas Monthly

Texas Monthly wants stories that appeal to an educated Texas audience. They like solidly researched reporting that uncovers issues of public concern, reveals offbeat and previously unreported topics, or uses a novel approach to familiar topics. Any issue of the magazine would be a helpful guide. They do not use fiction, poetry, or cartoons. They pay 50 cents/word and up. For more information go to http://www.texasmonthly.com/misc/writeguide.php

Author’s Corner

This feature helps the readers of this newsletter learn more about each other. I invite you to participate and write an article about yourself, what you’re working on, your successes as a writer, your aspirations, or suggestions you’d like to make to other authors. If you’d like the guidelines, drop me an e-mail at steveneubauer@wordwright.biz and I’ll send them right out.
This month we hear from Terri Rimmer, and Barbara Carr.

Terri Rimmer’s New E-Book MacKenzie's Hope

MacKenzie’s Hope is the true story of one birth mom’s experience placing her child in a semi-open adoption while living in a maternity home in Fort Worth, TX. The story takes place in the year 2000 and includes a childhood background of the author/birth mom detailing her many obstacles throughout life such as alcoholism, depression, sexual and physical abuse, sex addiction, and bipolar disorder. While the story is at times tragic it is also the portrait of a woman who will not and does not give up despite what others tell her throughout her life.
The story begins when Tara, the birth mom finds out she is pregnant for the first time at the age of 34. For 14 years she thought herself incapable of having children so this pregnancy came as a huge shock and not happy news given the birth mom’s mental and physical conditions. The birth mom is in constant conflict, which she later resolves, between society’s expectations of her as a mother preparing to have a child and her own resolve to give her child the home she deserves. Tara deals continuously with guilt, shame, remorse, and regret before, during, and after her decision to place her only child up for adoption. However, she does come to terms with her commitment eventually after a series of painful and intense self-discoveries on her path to peace and happiness.
The book gives the reader a rare look at what it is like to make an adoption decision from the birth mom’s standpoint and also includes the experiences of the adoptive parents, the birth mom’s siblings, adoptive parents’ families, and other adoptive children, the birth father, biological grandparents, relatives, and house parents who work in the maternity home. The story is one of rich detail and imagery captured from the eyes of the birth mom and her emotions, experiences, and memories coupled with the communications from her significant others which include a close relationship with the adoptive parents she later chooses for her child.
(You can purchase Terri’s book at booklocker.com.)
Terri Rimmer has 21 years of journalism experience, having worked for ten newspapers and some magazines. In 2003 her life story was published online at Adoption Week E-Magazine's website and in 2002 she received a grant from the PEN American Writer's Fund in New York City.

Barbara Carr
Honored Twice!

Barbara Carr has been chosen as the National Poet Laureate for the Military Order of the Purple Heart for 06 by the new National Commander Electee in D.C. and his Board.
And, her Ancestor Series books were placed in the archives at Northeastern University, Tahlequah, OK (home of the Cherokee Nation).

Upcoming Engagements by WordWright Authors

Here are some opportunities to meet some WordWright authors who will be appearing at the following times and locations. (Note: if you’re a WordWright Author and I’ve not included an upcoming event of yours, I apologize. Let me know about your events and I’ll begin including them next month.)

Barbara Youngblood Carr
(Dream Dancing with Ancestors)

August 6
Austin, TX
The Austin History Center, 8th and Guadalupe
2 p.m.

August 18
Austin, TX
The Arboretum Barnes & Noble
Poetry workshop
7:30 p.m.

August 24
Austin, TX
Triumph Café and Coffee Shop
3808 Spicewood Springs Road
7:00 p.m.

September 3
Bandera TX Book Fair and Writers’ Conference
10 – 4 p.m.

Joan R. Neubauer

September 3
Bandera, TX
Bandera Book Festival, Bandera, TX. Joan will be there with several of our authors: Dawn Compton, Martha McCabe, Jean LeVitt, Jerry Robins, Wendolynn Allen, and Kendal Kinney.
Joan will also make a presentation. Subject TBD.

Joan R. Neubauer

September 24
Abilene, TX
West Texas Book and Author Festival
Joan will be there will several WordWright authors: Jerry Robins, Martha McCabe, Jean LeVitt, Kendall Kinney, Joan Hall, Mae Brise, Dawn Compton, Evanell Davis, and
Donna Munch.
Please take this opportunity to talk to her about your project.

L.C. Hayden (When Angels Touch You & The Drums of Gerald Hurd)

Nov. 11
Terlingua, TX
Presentation at Terlingua Schools

Nov. 12
Alpine, TX
WordWright University

Writer’s League of Texas
2005 Schedule
Classes, Workshops, Retreats,
Book Events

Visit the Writer’s League of Texas website to review their list of interesting and informative upcoming events and sign up for them on-line at
Also check out their extensive list of upcoming book events from around the state at http://www.writersleague.org/calendar_other.htm

Upcoming Book Events Calendar

Here are some events you might want to attend. Maybe we will see you at some of them! If you have a book event you’d like to add, please send me an e-mail about it to:

August 6
Austin, TX
Gotta Know When to Show – And How to Do It” with WordWright author Joan Upton Hall. If you never again want to hear an editor say, "Show! Don't tell!" this is the workshop for you. Find out what that demand means.

August 19
Austin, TX
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Workshop
For more information:

August 22
Abiquiu, NM
Aroho Retreat: A Mind of One’s Own
Focus: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry
Sponsored by A Room of her Own
For more information:

August 23
West Lake, TX
Writing Workshop
Patrick Beach (A Good Forest for Dying) - “Journalistic Writing
West Lake Barnes & Noble
7:00 p.m.

August 25 – 26
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Writing the Personal Essay – Sheila Bender
Focus: Autobiography/memoir
Sponsored by
For more information:

August 26 – 28
Silverton, CO
Writing in the Mountains Workshop
For more information:

August 27
Austin, TX
“Secrets You Need to Know about Agents, Editors and Publishers to Make Your Own Path to Literary Success” with Jim Gramon. Jim is a veteran of the publishing industry "literary wars" and years on the road as a touring author, and he has the scars to prove it. He has authored five books, hundreds of articles, screenplays, songs and poems. He has been lied to by the best, having learned storytelling at the knee of John Henry Faulk, J. Frank Dobie and Ben King Green

August 27
Flower Mound, TX
Flower Mound Writers Workshop

September 3
Bandera, TX
Book Fair & Writers’ Conference
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Contact: Richard Stevens for more information at fng@indian-creek.net

September 7 – 10
Grandview, TX
Langdon Weekend
Contact: Dr. Donna Walker Nixon

September 10
Denton TX
2005 Annual Writer's Workshop
George Wilhite: Rodeo Clown and author of The Texas Rodeo Murder will conduct two informative sessions.
AM Session: Writing Your First Novel and You’ve Got a Novel: What’s Next?
PM Session: Marketing Your Book and Finding Your Niche
Denton Library-North Branch
3020 N, Locust St
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

September 10
Houston, TX
Southeast Writer’s Conference

September 22
West Lake, TX
Writing Workshop
Susie Flatau (Quotable Texas Women) - “Metaphor-Based Writing”
West Lake Barnes & Noble
7:00 p.m.

September 23 – 24
Abilene, TX
Fifth Annual West Texas Book & Author Festival
Abilene Civic Center

September 30
Austin, TX
Award-winning author Ann Patchett will be the first recipient of the Writers’ League of Texas Award of Literary Merit to be presented at the Bob Bullock Museum of History in Austin. The event, 7:30 - 10 p.m., includes a reception, talk by the author, entertainment by the Inside Out Steel band Project and dinner, and will serve as a major fundraising benefit to support the League’s programs and services.
Patchett wrote THE NEW YORK TIMES best-selling BEL CANTO, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, at $15,000 the richest American prize in fiction. The novel also won the internationally prestigious $50,000 Orange Prize for Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award. The book is now being made into a feature film.
Tickets are $100 each and sponsorships are available. To make reservations, call the League office at 512.499.8914.

October 1 & 2
Austin, TX
Writing from Life: A Workshop for Women with Stories to Tell - The Story Circle Network offers this workshop to any woman who is interested in life-writing - regardless of skill level or experience.
LOCATION: Lower Colorado River Authority Complex, 3700 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
COST: $120 for non-members, $100 for Story Circle members
For further information see www.storycircle.org or call 454-9833.

October 12
West Lake, TX
Writing Workshop
Pat Flathouse (A Priceless Legacy) - “Writing the Stories of Your Family History”
West Lake Barnes & Noble
2:00 p.m.

October 28 – 29
Shawnee, OK
The 2005 Red Dirt Book Festival

November 12
West Lake, TX
Writing Workshop
Tim Tingle (Walking the Choctaw Road) - “From Oral Tradition to Written Stories”
West Lake Barnes & Noble
10 a.m.

November 11 – 12
Clifton, TX
Books on the Bosque

December 3
West Lake, TX
Writing Workshop
Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith (Indian Shoes, Tofu and T. Rex) - “Writing the Young Adult (aka Teen) Novel”
West Lake Barnes & Noble
10:30 a.m.

January 17, 2006
West Lake, TX
Writing Workshop
Greg Garrett (Free Bird, Cycling) - “Plot: The Hero’s Journey”
West Lake Barnes & Noble
7:00 p.m.

February 6, 2006
West Lake, TX
Writing Workshop
Susan Hanson (Icons of Loss and Grace) - “Very Personal Essays”
West Lake Barnes & Noble
7:00 p.m.

March 29, 2006
West Lake, TX
Writing Workshop
H.W. Brands (First American, Age of Gold) - “Eyewitness History”
West Lake Barnes & Noble
7:00 p.m.

April 23, 2006
West Lake, TX
Writing Workshop
Spike Gillespie (Surrender) - “Shakespeare’s Birthday: To Journal, or Not to Journal?”
West Lake Barnes & Noble
4:00 p.m.

May 11, 2006
West Lake, TX
Writing Workshop
Ben Rehder (Flat Crazy) - “Finding Your Own Voice”
West Lake Barnes & Noble
7:00 p.m.

June 22, 2006
West Lake, TX
Writing Workshop
Scott Wiggerman (Vegetables and Other Relationships) - “Jump-Start Your Poetic Engines
West Lake Barnes & Noble
7:00 p.m.

July 17, 2006
West Lake, TX
Writing Workshop
Nick Roberts (screenwriter) - Screenwriting
West Lake Barnes & Noble
7:00 p.m.

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