Sunday, June 30, 2013

Summer Writers Workshop

Join the TCGW for their first workshop, a series of sessions with professors from Lamar University, each with experience in a different area of writing or publishing. The workshop will conclude with a Q & A time with the panel of  speakers and will provide opportunities for networking and socializing.

Saturday, July 13, 2013
8:00 a.m.— 2:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Lamar University, Maes Building, Room 101
$20 for TGCW members, $30 others
There will be an additional $10 charge if the fee is not paid by July 8.
A registration form is below.

Our distinguished panel of speakers includes:
    Dr. James Sanderson—an author published in multiple genres, Writing Director of the English Department of Lamar University, member of the Texas Institute of Letters
    Gretchen Johnson—her fiction has appeared in Amarillo Bay and she has a collection of stories recently published by Lamar University Press. You can see it:
    Dr. Jerry Craven—member of the writing faculty at Lamar University, Press Director for the Lamar University Press and for Ink Brush Press, Editor-in-Chief for Amarillo Bay, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters (

2013 TGCW Workshop Registration Form 
Mail payment with the following information:

PHONE ________________________________________________
EMAIL ________________________________________________
_________ $20 for TGCW Members (Must be received by July 8)
_________ $30 for Non-Members (Must be received by July 8)
_________ Additional $10 at the door on July 13
You can mail this with your payment to:   
Texas Gulf Coast Writers
P.O. Box 252 
Bridge City, TX 77611 

Friday, June 21, 2013

BWG Minutes - Saturday, June 1, 2013

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 10:05 by President Randy Dupre, 
Attendance 29 members, 2 visitors. Door prizes called.

Treasury Report:  Sherry Perkins 
- Checking balance - $1,423.16. Savings balance - $5,166.70. Scholarship fund – $375.36  Total: $6,965.22
- Two of three grants thought the Arts and Humanities Council have been applied for, awaiting confirmation
- Scholarships to Conference – Invitation to apply if needed 

1. Gator Bites- Invitation to members to submitted for 2013. Examples for 2012 passed and distributed. These will be placed into bags for the conference and distributed in offices and libraries around town.
2. Members Only Contest – Invitation to submit. Due date: Aug 3, 2013. Winners announced at Nov. 9th Bridges to Publication Conference.  Categories - fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, 9 independent Judges   
3. Call for coordinator of MOC – Cliff Seiber and Beverly Martin to coordinate. 
4. Call for Election of vacant Secretary and Publicist positions.  Barbara Duhon elected secretary unopposed without dissent. Pat Fox elected as publicist with Joyce Kebodeaux to assist as needed.

Member News: 
1. Barbara Duhon has published a book – Unchanged Feelings 
2. Linda Leonard – guest spot on Pam Thibideaux’s
3. Willard Abshire – working on 2nd book of his trilogy
4. Sherry Perkins – printed 2nd novelette 
5. Michelle Abshire – most read column on Wordsmith Journal
6. Cliff Seiber and Sherry Perkins had read essays for local youth scholarship contest

McNeese Leisure Learning Class writing class – June and July

Member Readings: Linda Todd, Marcia Dutton, Chris Baldauf, Willis Abshire, Paige Hamilton, Rick Bailey, Amanda Bailey, Barbara Duhon, Cindy Stelly, Cliff Seiber (comic relief), Bev Martin, Joyce Kebodeaux, Lowell Bergeron, Dick Going (visitor), Beth Savoie

Dismissed/adjourned by Randy at noon with invite to lunch at Ryan’s.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Updated Information

Information on the:

Members Only Contest
On the Wall Contest
Gator Bites Publication
2013 Conference Speakers
2013 Conference Registration

can all be found above. Please click on the appropriate link. Any questions or concerns can be voiced in the comment section below or emailed to our president. We will do our best to answer them asap.

Monday, June 3, 2013

McNeese Leisure Learning for Writers

McNeese University is offering a leisure learning classes for writers. For more information or to register: here.

From the Writer's Toolbox: Creating Dialogue
Do you like to write fiction but struggle to create realistic dialogue? Dialogue is absolutely vital for both plot and character development in fiction. In this course, we will explore the art of writing dialogue. Participants in this course will read and discuss published writings about dialogue, learn about craft techniques, do writing exercises, and then write their own stories or short memoirs that incorporate dialogue. Students will also have the opportunity to workshop their writing with the group.

Instructor: Rachel Rinehart
Location: Frasch 106
Date: Tuesdays - June 11, 18, 25, July 2
Time: 6:30 - 8 pm
Cost: $59/$69 after June 4