Wednesday, September 16, 2020

ACFW Welcomes Kathleen Y'Barbo-Turner

Once a month American Christian Fiction Writers, The Woodlands, Texas Chapter hosts a live video teaching session by award-winning, multi-published authors, editors, and professionals in the publishing industry. In September, Kathleen Y'Barbo-Turner presented a lesson on switching genres while maintaining your readership. It is our pleasure to share this video with you.

Annette O'Hare
President, ACFW The Woodlands, TX Chapter


Sunday, July 12, 2020

Author Speaker James R. Hannibal

Author Speaker James R. Hannibal

If you missed this dynamic speaker, here's the link to our video!

ACFW The Woodlands Chapter Meeting Recorded June 14, 2020

James R. Hannibal speaks on the subject 

Stealth and Drones: Writing Techno Thrillers.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Announcement From ACFW The Woodlands Chapter President

Dear Friends, And Chapter Members,

As the president of ACFW The Woodlands Chapter, I have consulted with the other board members, and we have collectively made the decision to cancel our regularly scheduled monthly meetings held at Lupe Tortilla in The Woodlands, Texas until further notice. We came to this conclusion in light of the announcement by the World Health Organization that COVID-19 is now declared a pandemic. As a result, our March meeting featuring Kathleen Y'Barbo-Turner has been rescheduled until September 2020.

We care very deeply about our members and want everyone to stay healthy. Please continue checking our Facebook Page, e-mail, and this blog for information on upcoming events. We can still meet and hear from our guest speakers online and have been working to make that come to fruition. This past Saturday, April 4th we successfully hosted our very first online, ZOOM meeting. A big THANK YOU goes out to Linda Kozar, Janice Thompson, and Kathleen Y'Barbo-Turner for making this a success!

Please, please, please consider joining us next month on May 2nd, when our speaker will be the amazing DiAnn Mills! In the meantime, keep writing, keep praying, keep washing your hands, and keep your distance!

Yours Lovingly Because Of HIM,

Annette O'Hare
President, ACFW The Woodlands, Texas Chapter

Thursday, January 16, 2020

ACFW-The Woodlands Chapter Presents
Second Annual Flash Fiction February!
Join us February 8, 2020 for Flash Fiction Contest 

Ah, February … the month of love is upon us! In celebration of Creative Romance Month, it’s time once again to stretch your creative muscle in the second annual Flash Fiction February Competition! This year’s theme is:

Are you at a loss as to what you should write about? 
This list of “hair facts” should help you decide.
1.    Hair is made up mostly of keratin, the same protein animal horns, hooves, claws, feathers, and beaks are made of.
2.    When wet, a healthy strand of hair can stretch an additional 30% of its original length.
3.    Hair grows slightly faster in warm weather because heat stimulates circulation and encourages hair growth.
4.    All hair is dead, except for hair still inside the epidermis of your scalp.
5.    Hair contains information about everything that has ever been in your bloodstream, including drugs, and is one of the most commonly used types of forensic evidence.
6.    The only thing about you that can’t be identified by your hair is your gender—men’s hair and women’s hair are identical in structure.
7.    Black is the most common hair color. Red is the rarest and only exists in about 1 percent of the world’s population, with blonde hair found in 2 percent.
8.    As soon as hair is plucked from its follicle, a new one begins to grow.
9.    Hair is 50 percent carbon, 21 percent oxygen, 17 percent nitrogen, 6 percent hydrogen, and 5 percent sulfur.
10. Hair can grow anywhere on the human body with the exception of the palms of hands, soles of feet, eyelids, lips, and mucous membranes.
11. Goosebumps from cold or fear are the result of hair follicles contracting, causing the hair and surrounding skin to bunch up.
12. The average number of hair strands varies by natural color, with blondes having the most and redheads having the fewest.
13. The scientific term for split ends is “trichoptilosis.”
14. Aside from bone marrow, hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body.
15. Balding only begins to become visible once you’ve lost over 50 percent of the hairs from your scalp.
16. At any given time, 90 percent of the hairs in your scalp are growing, while the other 10 percent are resting.
17. A single hair has a lifespan of about five years.
18. Hair acts as a layer of thermally insulating protection for our heads, which lack the insulation that fat provides for the rest of our bodies.
19. Eighty percent of Americans wash their hair twice a day.
20. Each strand of hair can support up to 100 grams in weight. Multiply that by the average 100,000 to 150,000 strands on each head and your entire head of hair could support the weight equivalent to two elephants.

Here are the rules!

100 words only (following title)
Entry must have a beginning, middle, and end
You pick the genre but stick with the theme
Entry must be brought to the Feb 8 meeting
And read by the entrant


Monday, December 30, 2019

ACFW The Woodlands Chapter Welcomes Author, Aaron Zook

ACFW The Woodlands Chapter welcomes author, speaker, Aaron Zook to present at our January 11th meeting. Aaron will speak on the topic, Research, A Love-Hate Relationship.

Aaron asks the question, have you ever wrestled with research to make your book's subject, emotions, and characters authentic to your readers? Aaron will help you identify what kind of research works for you - and what doesn't.

He will discuss four typical reasons people hate research, then provide four reasons why some writers love research. After exploring these areas, Aaron reveals ten different ways to research and make the process fun!

The result? Research that will kindle the fire of creativity and fill the vacuum of knowledge you need to masterfully paint with passionate prose.

About Aaron Zook - Aaron is an award-winning Christian author who enjoys writing great stories for his readers and fan base. His major focus is his Thunder and Lightning book series in which two teen boys and their talented canine sidekicks race headlong into adventure, mystery, and intrigue.

Aaron is a full-time writer, serves on the praise and worship team at Summit Heights Fellowship, and serves as a volunteer for Officers' Christian Fellowship. He is a certified Speaker, Personality Trainer, Praise and Worship Leader, and a retired U.S. Army Colonel.

Aaron has been married to his wife, Joyce, for more than 40 years. They live in Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, and have two married sons and four grandchildren.

Education: BS in Mu Ed, The Pennsylvania State University (PSU)

Masters of Military Science, U.S. Army War College

Conflict Service: Kosovo Campaign; Operation Iraqi Freedom

Contact Info




Join us Saturday, January 11, 2019, 11:00am to 1:00pm at Lupe Tortilla, 19437 I-45, Shenandoah, Tx