The Basics


3rd Saturday of each month
No meeting in November (Thanksgiving).
Meet the 2nd Saturday in December for our Holiday Party.


La Hacienda Ranch (Click for map)
5251 Hwy 121
Grapevine/Colleyville, Texas


10 am -- Doors Open

10-10:30 -- Get Published! Workshop
Open to all but tailored for the not-yet-published

10:45 am --  Meeting Begins

11 am -- Speaker

Noon(ish) -- Business meeting and optional lunch (most stay for lunch, but duck out if you need to)

2019 Meetings

Jan 19

Cindy Dees--Finding Your Voice

Feb 16

Speaker TBA

March 16

Speaker TBA

April 20

Speaker TBA

May 18

Speaker TBA

June 15

Speaker TBA

July 20

Speaker TBA

Aug 18

Speaker TBA

Sept 21

Speaker TBA

Oct 19

Speaker TBA

Dec 14

Holiday Party

Come visit us at one of these upcoming meetings

Polishing Your Manuscript It’s time to Polish your Manuscript to Perfection. We’ll be going over everything from Big Picture and Characterization to Fist Pump Endings and Smooth Transitions. We’ll help you get rid of Fish Heads, and tighten your story so that it’s ready for whatever is next for your book whether that’s traditional publishing, self-pubbing or sending to an agent. ~*~*~ Bestselling author Candace Havens has published more than 25 books. Her novels have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion, Write Touch Reader Awards and National Readers Choice Awards. She is a Barbara Wilson Award winner. She is the author of the biography “Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy” and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities from George Clooney to Chris Pratt. Her entertainment columns were syndicated by FYI Television, Inc. She is the Executive Editor and Editorial Director for the Embrace and Indulgence lines at Entangled Publishing. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers and teaches comprehensive writing classes. She does film reviews with Hawkeye in the Morning on 96.3 KSCS, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.


Join us March 16 for Kathleen Baldwin sharing the tips and tricks for getting emotion “write”.

Bestselling Fiction is all about Emotion.

Give your readers a good cry. Sock them in their emotional gut! Elicit a satisfied sigh.

Readers crave vicarious emotional experience. Explore emotional devices and techniques used by bestselling authors, techniques that will aid you in setting up your scenes to mimic true to life emotional experiences.

Crack the Emotional Code

Kathleen Baldwin will open her Writing Toolbox and illustrate the use of several effective emotional devices, in particular the one she calls The Emotional Code. This is a game-changing tool, one you don’t want to miss. Kat will draw examples from authors you know and love.

If you want to sell – Learn how to convey Emotion

Award-Winning Amazon-Bestselling author, Kathleen Baldwin, will use vivid examples from successful authors to illustrate several powerful techniques. Come prepared to participate in hands on exercises as you learn how to catapult your writing from good to unforgettable!


About Kathleen

Kathleen Baldwin loves adventure in books AND in real life. She taught rock climbing in the Rockies, survival camped in the desert, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, spent way too long in college, fell in love a dozen times and finally married her very own hero. They’ve raised four free-spirited children.

She’s written several Amazon bestselling, award-winning Traditional Regency Romances. Her alternate history for teens, A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS, was a Junior Library Guild selection. New York Times Sunday Review called it “enticing from the first sentence.” Texas library Association awarded Kathleen the 2016 Spirit of Texas for middle school reading programs. Kansas State NEA Reading Circle gave her a starred review in their “Best of the Best” for High Schools. REFUGE FOR MASTERMINDS won a 2018 Booksellers’ Best award. Scholastic licensed her series for school book fairs. Ian Bryce, producer of Spiderman, Transformers, Saving Private Ryan, and other blockbuster films, optioned her series for film.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot calls Kathleen’s romantic Regency adventure series, “completely original and totally engrossing.”



Get Published! with NTRWA this year

Upcoming Programs

Feb 2019: Regina Richards, a quick tutorial on the craft of dictation

Mar 2019: C.A. Szarek, book signings and conferences, should I stay (home) or should I go now?

Apr 2019: Susie Sheehey, how to keep writing despite working and/or dealing with life’s challenges

May 2019: Audra Lewandowski, business plans

Jun 2019: Jen Geigle Johnson, blogging and newsletters

Jul 2019: Carolyn Williamson, time management

Stay tuned for more programs. Suggestions wanted and welcome!! Email getpublished @ ntrwa . org (minus the spaces).

Previous 2019 topics

Jan 2019: Clover Autrey, taking advantage of drive time–dictating in your car