Welcome

writerWe meet at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Southwood Community Center at Brian Bachmann Park. First-time visitors are invited to attend for free. Others are asked to become members ($36 per calendar year, prorated) or pay $5 to attend an individual meeting. You can keep up with the latest news by liking our Facebook fan page. Questions? Contact President George Latimer at latimerstx(at)suddenlink.net. We are generously supported by the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.

What’s Next

2014 Writing Contest Underway. $400 prize for best short story! Details are here. Good luck!

fidelAugust Monthly Meeting
7 p.m. Wednesday, August 13
Community Center at Bachmann Park, Rock Prairie Road, College Station

Dr. Fidel Fernandez will discuss his informal research into the working habits of successful writers. Dr. Fernandez is a published author and an academic advisor in the biomedical engineering program at Texas A&M–and a past president and long-time treasurer with Brazos Writers.

September Monthly Meeting
7 p.m. Wednesday, September 10
Community Center at Bachmann Park, Rock Prairie Road, College Station

Open Readings: Bring seven minutes’ worth of your latest work to share with the group, and get a gentle critique if desired. If your work touches on the theme of “Fall Memories,” then you’ll be eligible for a door prize.

October Monthly Meeting
7 p.m. Wednesday, October 8
Community Center at Bachmann Park, Rock Prairie Road, College Station

Kevin O’Sullivan, head of records management at Texas A&M’s Cushing Library, will give a behind-the-scenes look at the university’s world-renowned sci fi and fantasy collections, including early manuscripts and memorabilia donated by George R. R. Martin of “Game of Thrones” fame.

November Monthly Meeting
7 p.m. Wednesday, November 12
Community Center at Bachmann Park, Rock Prairie Road, College Station

Open Readings: Bring seven minutes’ worth of your latest work to share with the group, and get a gentle critique if desired. If your work touches on the theme of “November Noir,” then you’ll be eligible for a door prize.

December Monthly Meeting: Holiday Party
7 p.m. Wednesday, December 10
Community Center at Bachmann Park, Rock Prairie Road, College Station

We’ll provide a ham or turkey and drinks, if you’ll bring a side dish, salad, dessert or bread! Join us for our annual celebration of the passing year that includes the world premiere reading of our round-robin holiday story and gift exchange. If you’d like to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped, writing-related gift (book about writing, pen set, mouse pad, etc.) that costs less than $10.

How to sell books at the Arts Council

Straight from Rachel Hoekstra, visitor services coordinator at the Arts Council of Brazos Valley:
We would love to have your members’ books for sale in our Artisans’ Corner gift shop! Everything in our gift shop is on consignment, and we have a 70/30 split, with 70% going to the artist/author. Any Brazos Writer interested in putting their books in the Artisans’ corner can call or email to set up a time to meet with me. We have a consignment agreement that I like to go over with each artist represented. Typically we’ll keep art in the gift shop for about 6 months before rotating it out, but we do have flexibility and can keep the books longer if they are doing well.
Interested? Contact Rachel at 979-696-2787 or info(at)acbv(dot)org

Rhonda Brinkmann tours for “Load the Boat”

1661062_696053313748250_626733463_nRhonda Brinkmann has been busy with book signings across Texas, most recently in her hometown of Beeville. “Load the Boat,” the latest in the Darla King cozy mystery series (co-written with a friend), is available through Amazon and other merchants.

From the blurb: “Darla King left her position as a Florida investigator hoping to avoid any further involvement with law enforcement—but her curiosity keeps getting in her way. Darla is beginning to realize that what she envisioned as the simple life of a square dance caller is not so simple after all. When Darla agrees to serve as a square dance caller on a cruise, she plans on a little work and a lot of fun, sun, and romance. Instead, she and her friends encounter black market porn, a dead crew member, and a mysterious man with a satchel. She lands in danger, escaping with on-the-spot ingenuity.”