WHAT AN HONOR! Inducted into the Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board this summer! A privilege and a delight to serve...hopefully pay back in some small measure for the work of this board and the SMU DeGolyer Library which houses the collection. Many an hour there I’ve hunched over cartons of correspondence, donned white cotton gloves to prowl through century old notes, photos and maps, documenting the stories of women appearing in my Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History, and in my new book on Texas women: Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie.
COMING SOON — SEPT. 30 — Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie. This book, the research for it, provided many of the stories in my first publication. While researching Texas ranch women around the state, from border to border, century to century, I found other women’s stories that found their way into Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History—doctors, lawyers, suffragettes, educators, etc. (See more about the new book and how it came to be on my “Author” page.)
THANK YOU…to all who’ve asked me to edit your work—stories of murder and mayhem, adventure (some true, some fictional), wit and humor and a romance or two. Using what I’ve learned over decades of professional writing, I edit manuscripts (short and long) for story structure and style. It’s a privilege to read the stories first and marvel at the individual creativity of each. Now I’m eager for these writers to publish so I can enjoy again tales that evoke tears, laughter, some somber reminiscences, etc.
SCHOOL’S STARTING… WRITING DATES TO NOTE:
- Sept. 2, Tuesday—7-10 p.m…5th Year Anniversary of these Fort Worth writing groups plus instruction, the Writing Circles, small groups who gather to read, write, and learn about the craft and the art in my West Fort Worth home. For more, see “Writing Teacher” Page. And/or, contact Carmen: email@example.com.
- NEW! Sept. 3, Wed.—6:30 – 9 pm: “Short Story Writing,” or “Short Fiction,” at SMU. See the Writing Teacher Page for more on this new course.Contact: smu.edu/creativewriting.
Sept. 4, Thurs. 6:30-9 pm: “Narrative Nonfiction: The Proposal”—12 weeks to create and craft a creative nonfiction book proposal. See the “Writing Teacher” page and/or contact: smu.edu/creativewriting.
- Sept. 10, 1:30-4:30: Another of 5th Year Fort Worth “Writing Circle.” For more, see “Writing Teacher” Page. And/or contact Carmen: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 13, Mon., 6-9 p.m.: “Creative Writing Foundations” at SMU.
For more, see “Writing Teacher” Page.
And/or, contact Carmen: email@example.com.
Here I get to pose with a cutout of a “Texas Dame,” Dr. Mollie Armstrong, who garnered acclaim as the first woman optometrist in Texas. The Brown County Museum (in Brownwood) has pulled together a winsome display of Dr. Armstrong’s life and times.