WORDfest 2019 – Saturday Schedule – preliminary (2/18/19)



Center Corner stage

Center Corner floor


TV Lounge


Conference Rm

8:00 – 9:00

Hallways open; registration begins

9:00 – 9:15






9:30 – 10:15

Session I

Harnessing the Wild: Writing With Anxiety
Heather Harper Ellett

Magic Beyond Middle Earth: Learning from Chinese Folklore

Laurie Brown

Panel: Demystifying the Writing Process

William Ledbetter, Amber Royer, Amanda Arista

Making Newsletters Work for You

Amy Tasukada

Using Poetry in Your Work



Online Promotion and Member Engagement

Kathryn McClatchy

10:30 – 11:15

Session II

Mixing Truth and Fiction – Your Rights and Responsibilities

Trisha Faye

Story-Planning Apps and Organizers

Kathryn McClatchy

Panel TBA

Developing Your Marketing ‘Hook’

Blaise Ramsey

Reading and Performing Your Work

Michael Guinn

Legal Issues for Writing Groups

Julie Mendel


11:30 – 12:15

Session III

In Search of “The End”
Shayla Raquel

Outlining Your Novel

Rebecca Balcárcel

Panel: What I’ve Learned the Hard Way

J. Guinn, Nash, Elliot

The Truth About Traditional Publishing

Becka Oliver, Michael Noll

Session TBA


Fundraising, Budgeting, and Money Management

Sarah Hamilton

12:30 – 1:15

Lunch Break –join one of our genre/interest tables in Center Corner, and discover your kindred spirits!

1:30 – 2:15

Session IV


Enter Stage Right: Playwriting Basics

David Douglas


Amber Helt


Panel: Short Story Anthologies Work!

Clay, Bills, Coburn, Tucker

Delivering a Killer Pitch

Daniel Wells

Taxes and Financial Planning for Authors

Jim Brown

Growing Leadership and Loyalty

Tex Thompson

2:30 – 3:15

Session V


Your First Edit Letter

Urania Fung, Rebecca Balcárcel

I’ve Finished My First Draft – Now What?

Zetta Brown

Panel: Making Time
Rueter, Kimzey, Warner, Golden, Thompson

Social Media for Writers

Sarah Hamilton

Session TBA


The State of the (North Texas Literary) Union

Daniel Wells

3:30 – 4:00

Raffle and closing remarks






WORDfield 2019 – Sunday Schedule – preliminary (2/18/19)



Center Corner stage

Center Corner floor


TV Lounge


Conference Rm

8:00 – 9:00

Hallways open

9:00 – 9:45

Session I

closed for setup

Medical Mistakes in Fiction

Dr. John Boyd

Factifying Your Fiction: How Much?

Melanie Fletcher, Jeannette Cheney

Session TBA

Sparks, Shorts, and Meltdowns: How Tech Goes Wrong

P. & N. Golden

10:00 – 10:45

Session II


Writers’ Wardrobe:

come see, touch, and try on authentic clothing and armor from medieval to modern times – and get your picture taken in style!


Read and Review:

Attendees who have purchased tickets to Writers in the Field (2018 or 2019) are invited to submit up to 10 pages of their work for fact-checking and critique by an expert of your choice – visit dfwwordfest.org for more information

Firearms in Fiction

Dave Huss

Titanic and the White Star Line

John Hemmert

Session TBA

The Pen is Mightier: Historical Writing Implements

Linda Burklin

11:00 – 11:45

Session III

Panel: Genre Bending


Arsenic, Strychnine, and Cyanide: The Classic Poisons


Luci Zahray

Making Your Science Sound Smart


Allison Campolo

Why’s That Dog in Here? All About Service Animals


Kathryn McClatchy

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch break!

1:00 – 1:45

Session IV


Mastering Field Research


Richard Gonzales

Accident or Sabotage? The Mechanics of Plane Crashes

Bill Ledbetter

‘Insert Training Montage Here’: Realistic Combat Skill-Building

Alex Campolo

Chocolate Making

(and tasting!)

Amber Royer & Yeli Marshall

2:00 – 2:45

Session V


How to Write Great Fight Scenes


Seth Skorkowsky

Worldbuilding Like a Boss

Amber Royer

Sheriff’s Department Q & A

Adam Arista

Locksmithing 101


Shane Richmond

3:00 – 3:45

Session VI

Session TBA

Down and Dirty Character Development

Amanda Arista

Fighting Dirty for Survival


Shane Richmond

Apocalypse How? The Realities of the Next Big Disaster

Rhonda Eudaly