Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas 2017 White Elephant Book Exchange

Let’s Party Like It’s 2017!

If you have never attended one of our ACFW Christmas parties, you have missed out on great food, fellowship, and a good time. Let’s see 2017 out together with a White Elephant Book Exchange.

Book Title Tragedies

Your white elephant gift should be a book with a strange, silly, or simply BAD title. Authors and publishers try so hard to find just the right title, but their failures are often spectacularly awful.
Weird subject matter counts, too. Bring the strangest book you can find! If you have trouble finding a white elephant, let Linda Kozar know; she collects baddies all year, and she is happy to help.

Savory or Sweet

Bring your favorite dish to share, and your phone or camera to snap pictures with your friends to share.

Wear Your Worst

Wear you best worst Christmas sweater. Pictures, remember?

Guests Welcome

YES! Bring your guest (and an extra white elephant). Invite your writer friends; this is a fun way to get acquainted with our chapter.


If you plan to attend, please click “going” on the White Elephant Book Exchange event on Facebook.
See you this Saturday, December 9th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at:
7 S Chandler Creek Circle
The Woodlands, Texas 77381
NOTE: Parking situation. Please stay off the curb. Don’t park on both sides of the street. If there are no close spots, Scented Path, the street behind the park close to the house, is a perfect no-hassle alternative.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

2017 Winners of Storming the Short Story Contest


Congratulations to our winners!

Contemporary Category

Linda Street-Ely

Nancy Kimball

Speculative Category

Susan Lyttek

Sarah Bennett

Young Adult/Middle Grade Category

Linda Sammaritan

Steve Hooley

All finalists will be published in our Faith Like A Mustard Seed Anthology coming in May 2018.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Join Us at Our 2017 Mini-Conference

ACFW, The Woodlands chapter is preparing for its second annual mini-conference in Houston on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Bayou City Christian Writers Conference 2017

We have renamed our conference to Bayou City Christian Writers Conference to reflect the history of our area. Registration closed.

DiAnn Mills
This year,  DiAnn Mills will present an all-day workshop entitled "Author's Road Map: A Writer's Guide to Building a Social Media Platform." She will cover many topics, including:

  • brand development,
  • websites,
  • Facebook,
  • Twitter,
  • hashtags,
  • memes,
  • street teams, and
  • social media scheduling.
The conference will be held at the following location:

Bammel Church of Christ
Ministry Building
2700 Cypress Creek Parkway
Houston, TX
October 21, 2017
9 a.m. -- 5 p.m.

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

Don't miss this excellent opportunity to master social media.

ACFW member's regular price: $35
Non-member price: $45
Student price: $25
Parent/driver price: $15
Price at the door: $50 (no exceptions)

Registration closed.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Start Writing for Storming the Short Story Contest 2017

Start writing, and win a publishing credit.

ACFW, The Woodlands and ACFW, Houston are co-sponsoring this year's Storming the Short Story Contest.

The theme this year is "Faith Like a Mustard Seed." For the rules and regulations, please see our 2017 Short Story Contest page.

You've got this! 

Sit down and write a new story, or get that old story out of the drawer. Polish your work, and enter the contest when submissions open on July 1, 2017.

I Would like to Be a Judge

Hurray! Volunteer to be a judge by contacting

Monday, February 20, 2017

Our Members Teach San Antonio Workshop

Little did we know, back in October, 2016, that our chapter's mini-conference would get a repeat performance. We are honored that the Christian Writers Group of San Antonio have invited us to teach at their workshop on Saturday, February 25th, at First Baptist Church of Universal City.

Taking the Indie World By Storm

You are invited to pre-register for the workshop for $40. Registration at the door will be $45. For more details and the payment link, click here.

Mark Your Calendars for October 21

Mark your calendar for our chapter's mini-conference scheduled for Saturday, October 21. Our featured speaker is none other than DiAnn Mills whose topic for the day will be "Author Roadmap: A Writer's Guide to Building a Social Media Platform."

Our mini-conference will be held in the spacious ministry building at Bammel Church of Christ on FM 1960 in Houston. More details to come.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Train Your Brain: Positive Author Mindset

Check your calendars and make sure you have January 21st marked as our first chapter meeting for the new year. Kathrese McKee, our incoming president, will bring you up to speed on new developments and planned activities.

Sometimes, getting started is the hardest part. Kathrese will give you the tools to develop focus and momentum to accomplish your writing goals. Don't miss it!

Lupe Tortilla, 19437 I-45 in The Woodlands from 11AM - 1PM. We will begin at the appointed time so arrive a few minutes early.


Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcome to 2017!

Welcome to 2017!

Your new board is excited about the possibilities for the new year, and we can hardly wait to see you at our first meeting at Lupe Tortilla in The Woodlands on Saturday, January 21st.

Your new board members are:

Kathrese McKee - President
Elizabeth Elliott - Vice President
Anthea Kotlan - Secretary
Sharon Connell - Treasurer
Linda Kozar - Member-at-large

Our chapter's focus is going to be on helping you succeed as a fiction author. Our schedule of speakers and events will be announced soon. Stay tuned and Happy New Year!