DALLAS MYSTERY WRITERS

The Dallas Mystery Writers

We are open to writers of all genres from mystery to romance to speculative fiction and all points in between. If you want to write, or write better, you are welcome to attend any of our regular workshops. Zoom Access, onsite prepayments, and support for the group’s continuing efforts (dues, kinda) are $50 per year. Members attend in-person meetings for free, and get the Zoom link for meetings they prefer to attend remotely. MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: No door fee at meetings Zoom link provided for every meeting NEW! Free 30 minute one-on-one session with one professional writer member (LaRee, Sandy, Susan, or James) each year.

PAY DUES HERE

LOCATION:

The Dallas Mystery Writers meets the first Saturday of each month (except January) at the Olive Garden, 4240 Belt Line (at Midway), Addison, TX, 75001. Meeting time is 10:15 AM – Noon, followed by lunch. There is a $10 fee for non-members (cash only) for the program and drinks-only attendees when we meet in person (members get in automatically). No reservations are necessary there’s always room for another writer. All who attend are encouraged to remain and break bread(sticks) with your fellow writers. Contact info: james@gaskin.com

Dallas Mystery Writer Events:

Saturday, June 1, 2024

10:15 AM - Meeting in Person

(And on Zoom! for members)

Lessons From a Legend

LaRee Bryant

Presents

Dwight Swain

Author, Screenwriter, Teacher

Over the years most of you have heard Sandy Steen, Susan Patterson, and I talk about the influence Dwight Swain had on our writing as well as dozens of other writers. Unfortunately, Mr. Swain passed away in 1992, but he left behind his published works and taped workshops. We are fortunate to have a set of one of those workshops and will be sharing them at our meeting this month. Sandy and I were lucky enough to meet Mr. Swain and hear him speak several times. Two of his best classes were recorded and all of us can now enjoy this man’s wisdom. These tapes have a wealth of information that can enhance your writing and we encourage you to come with pen and paper. We’ll have a roundtable discussion at lunch at the end of the session. And at the very end of the sessions, we will raffle off a brand-new copy of Techniques of the Selling Writer”!!! I urge you not to miss this opportunity to hear from a legend. Dwight Swain, Author, Screenwriter, Teacher From pulp writer to college professor with the University of Oklahoma’s renowned Professional Writing Program to author of many, many magazine stories and books, including his acclaimed “Techniques of the Selling Writer” and “Creating Characters,” Dwight Swain was in demand as a speaker at writers’ conferences throughout the USA and Mexico. Always delighted to share his knowledge, he mentored thousands of writers. Today’s lesson, “Structuring Your Novel,” offers a step- by-step, back-to-the- basics guide to writing your book, including:  Plotting your story and casting your characters  Keeping the story moving  Using scene and sequel  Creating conflict  And much more!
DALLAS MYSTERY WRITERS

The Dallas

Mystery Writers

We are open to writers of all genres from mystery to romance to speculative fiction and all points in between. If you want to write, or write better, you are welcome to attend any of our regular workshops. Zoom Access, onsite prepayments, and support for the group’s continuing efforts (dues, kinda) are $50 per year. Members attend in-person meetings for free, and get the Zoom link for meetings they prefer to attend remotely. MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: No door fee at meetings Zoom link provided for every meeting NEW! Free 30 minute one- on-one session with one professional writer member (LaRee, Sandy, Susan, or James) each year.

PAY DUES HERE

LOCATION:

The Dallas Mystery Writers meets the first Saturday of each month (except January) at the Olive Garden, 4240 Belt Line (at Midway), Addison, TX, 75001. Meeting time is 10:15 AM – Noon, followed by lunch. There is a $10 fee for non- members (cash only) for the program and drinks-only attendees when we meet in person (members get in automatically). No reservations are necessary there’s always room for another writer. All who attend are encouraged to remain and break bread(sticks) with your fellow writers. Contact info: james@gaskin.com

Dallas Mystery

Writer Events:

Saturday, June 1,

2024

10:15 AM -

Meeting in Person

(And on Zoom! for

members)

Lessons From a

Legend

LaRee Bryant

Presents

Dwight Swain

Author, Screenwriter,

Teacher

Over the years most of you have heard Sandy Steen, Susan Patterson, and I talk about the influence Dwight Swain had on our writing as well as dozens of other writers. Unfortunately, Mr. Swain passed away in 1992, but he left behind his published works and taped workshops. We are fortunate to have a set of one of those workshops and will be sharing them at our meeting this month. Sandy and I were lucky enough to meet Mr. Swain and hear him speak several times. Two of his best classes were recorded and all of us can now enjoy this man’s wisdom. These tapes have a wealth of information that can enhance your writing and we encourage you to come with pen and paper. We’ll have a roundtable discussion at lunch at the end of the session. And at the very end of the sessions, we will raffle off a brand- new copy of “Techniques of the Selling Writer”!!! I urge you not to miss this opportunity to hear from a legend. Dwight Swain, Author, Screenwriter, Teacher From pulp writer to college professor with the University of Oklahoma’s renowned Professional Writing Program to author of many, many magazine stories and books, including his acclaimed “Techniques of the Selling Writer” and “Creating Characters,” Dwight Swain was in demand as a speaker at writers’ conferences throughout the USA and Mexico. Always delighted to share his knowledge, he mentored thousands of writers. Today’s lesson, “Structuring Your Novel,” offers a step-by-step, back-to-the- basics guide to writing your book, including:  Plotting your story and casting your characters  Keeping the story moving  Using scene and sequel  Creating conflict  And much more!