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DAWG Officers 2015
Michael Leath, President
Eldon Irving, Vice-President
Catherine Tucker, Secretary/Treasurer
Patsy Summey, Immediate Past President/DAWG Workshop Chair
Alan Elliott, Webmaster
Mary Sue Tiffin, Director
Jan Johnson, Directo

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Meets 2nd Tuesday each month at 7:00pm
Meetings are open to all writers who want to improve writing skills.
Meet other writers and get published. There is no charge to attend.
Location -- Cedar Hill Library (Zula Bryant Wylie Library)
225 Cedar Street, Cedar Hill, Texas
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2015 Speakers

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7pm A native New Yorker, Chris Keniston was on her way to Australia when she fell in love with North Texas. Little did she know the balmy seventy-degree October days would turn into fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk heat in August! 

Twenty years later, she started scribbling short stories about her favorite TV shows, giving them lives more to her liking—and the elusive happy ending. Not long after, a dear friend dragged her to a local writers’ meeting. After winning multiple writing contests and finaling in the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart contest, she now spends her days, and nights, writing contemporary romantic fiction with lots of emotion, plenty of surprises, and, of course, the happily ever after. 

Author of eight contemporary novels and two novellas, Chris lives in suburban Dallas with her husband, two human children, and two canine children. Though she loves her puppies equally, she admits being especially attached to her German Shepherd rescue named Gunny. After all, even dogs deserve a happily ever after.


Tuesday, February 10, Michelle Stimpson the national bestselling, award-winning author of more than 25 books and 50 short stories. A former public school teacher, Michelle takes joy in teaching others through a good story. She and her husband are the thankful parents of two wonderful adult children. They also have one crazy dog (Mi-Mi) who loves to watch televangelists.

When not writing or spending time with family, Michelle enjoys teaching classes to youth and adults at the University of Texas at Arlington. She also facilitates courses at her home church. Visit Michelle online at MichelleStimpson.com.


Tuesday March 10 is Critique Night. The judges will be James Gaskin, LaRee Bryant, and Win Shields.

DAWG Critique Night--with our guest critique panel of published authors & editors ready to give feedback to those who come prepared to read that evening--authors should bring 5 copies (4 for the panel & one to read from). DAWG members go first...

Here are the DAWG critique guidelines -- please read them before signing up for a critique.


April 14 - Lynne Gentry has written for numerous publications. Her two newest novels, Healer of Carthage and Return to Exile, are the first two titles in The Carthage Chronicles series. The third, Valley of Decision, is scheduled to release in September 2015. 

Lynne is a professional acting coach, theater director, and playwright with several full-length musicals and a Chicago children’s theater curriculum to her credit. She is also an inspirational speaker and dramatic performer whose first love is spending time with family.


MAY 12 - Mike Farris is an entertainment attorney with the Dallas, Texas, law firm of Vincent Lopez Serafino Jenevein, P.C.  He served as the chairman of the Dallas Bar Association's Sports & Entertainment Law Section in 2009, 2012, and 2014; is the 2014-2015 secretary of the State Bar of Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Section; just completed a term as editor-in-chief of the Texas Entertainment and Sports Law Journal. In addition to his law practice, Mike is a literary agent, and has placed several award-winning novels for publication, including Balaam Gimble's Gumption by Mike Nichols, winner of the Texas Institute of Letters John Bloom Humor Award, and Sheldon Russell's Dreams to Dust: A Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush, winner of the Langum Prize for Excellence in American Historical Fiction. He represents a number of university presses and has handled the sale of film rights for a number of their published books to producers and Hollywood studios.  The Free State of Jones, based on a book published by his client The University of North Carolina Press, recently started production, starring Matthew McConaughey. 

Mike is much in demand as a presenter at writers' conferences around the country, teaching at, among others, the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, Sleuthfest, the Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe, the La Jolla Writers Conference, and the State Bar of Texas Entertainment Law Institute.  As an author, he collaborated with television journalist Murphy Martin to write Martin's memoir in journalism, Front Row Seat: A Veteran Reporter Relives the Four Decades that Reshaped America, and with rodeo cowboy turned actor/director/producer Robert Hinkle to write Hinkle's memoir, Call Me Lucky: A Texan in Hollywood.  In the world of fiction, he is the author of the thriller novels Kanaka Blues, Manifest Intent, Rules of Privilege, Wrongful Termination, and The Bequest. His latest thriller, Every Pig Got a Saturday, is set for release in the spring of 2015. Mike is also an award-winning screenwriter with two projects currently in development with a Los Angeles-based production company. 


JUNE -- Here before you know it...


JULY -- Can't wait...


AUGUST -- Some hot meeting in store .....


SEPTEMBER --- Time to get published...


OCTOBER -- Where is that horror story you've been working on?...


NOVEMBER - Thankfully, it's time for press...


DECEMBER - Merry Christmas


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