February 22, 2017 - WOW members Sally Clark, Barbara Loyd, Shelley Burkhalter, Linda Christensen, Judith Rost, and Lynn Harris attend the Johnson City Library's 9th Annual Writers Conference to hear speakers agent Mark Falkin, author Bill Cotter, and author Michael Noll.

January 26, 2017 - WOW members Barbara Loyd, Shelley Burkhalter, Linda Christensen, and Judith Rost attend the Fredericksburg Writers Conference 1st Quarter meeting, "Edited and Being Edited," to hear a panel of speakers including Ken Esten Cooke, Megan Willome, Tracee Beebee, Barbara Elmore, and Nettie van Heughten.

December 10, 2016 - WOW members Sally Clark and Judith Rost attend the Writing and Publishing 101 workshop at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center to hear literary agent and author Johnnie Bernhard speak and to each receive a personal critique from her on our work.

September 15, 2016 - WOW members Sally Clark, Shelley Burkhalter, Barbara Loyd, Lynn Harris, and Paula Bramlett attend the Writer's League of Texas Texas Writes event at the Herman Brown Free Library in Burnet, Texas, to hear speakers Donna Johnson - Whose Truth is it Anyway? The Role of Poetic License in Memoir and Carol Dawson - Mutable Memory: How We Shape and Re-Shape the Past. 

August 04, 2016 - WOW members Sally Clark, Shelley Burkhalter & her sister, and Bobbi Grimmer attend Megan Willome's speaking engagement at Zion Lutheran Church to promote her new book, The Joy of Poetry: How to Keep, Save, & Make Your Life With Poems.

June 28, 2016 - WOW members Sally Clark, Judith Rost, Shelley Burkhalter, Kathleen Maxwell, Paula Bramlett and Lynn Harris attend the Johnson City Library's writers event, "Finish What You Start," featuring author and speaker, Nancy Robinson Masters.

June 23, 2016 - WOW members Sally Clark, Judith Rost, Shelley Burkhalter, Alice Kolb, Megan Willome, (Barbara's husband,Paul Loyd) and Bobbi Grimmer attend the Fredericksburg Writers Conference Quarterly Meeting featuring speakers and authors Cassy Burkhalter and Megan Willome.

February 24, 2016 - WOW members Sally Clark, Sheila Kale, Linda Christensen, Paula Bramlett, Valerie Gaumont, and Betty Mucha attend the Johnson City Library's 8th Writers Conference: "Place as a Character" with speakers Michael Hall (nonfiction), Liz Garton Scanlon (children's), and Amanda Eyre Ward (fiction).

January 21, 2016 - WOW members Sally Clark, Sheila Kale, Barbara Loyd (and her husband, Paul), Alice Kolb (and her husband, George), Linda Christensen, and Lynn Harris attend the Fredericksburg Writers Conference Quarterly Meeting featuring speaker and published author James Kearney.

October 3, 2015 - WOW members Sally Clark, Barbara Loyd, Valerie Gaumont, Linda Christensen, and Mary Eckert are featured authors signing and selling their books at the Llano County Library Author Extravaganza and Book Fair. Dayna Haines was scheduled to be there, but had a complication at the last minute. We heard speaker Leila Meacham and some of us attended her workshop and also Becca Oliver's workshop.

August 22, 2015 - WOW members Sally Clark, Judith Vost, Barbara Loyd and her husband, Paul Loyd, Karen Vanek and her friend, Bob, Beverly Naumann, and Mary Eckert attend the Texas Writes event at the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library in Mason, Texas, to hear speakers Carol Dawson - How to Find and Shape the Story Arc When Writing History: Locating Conflict, Defining Character, Unfolding the Action and Carol Flake Chapman - Truth of Dare: Telling the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth in a Memoir can be Risky.

April 13, 2015- WOW members Sally Clark, Sheila Kale, Karen Vanek, Beverly Naumann, Bobbi Grimmer, Betty Murphey, Barbara Loyd, and Paula Bramlett attend the Texas Writers Conference at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas to hear speaker Bret Anthony Johnston, who is the Director of Creative Writing at Harvard University.

February 25, 2015 - WOW members Sally Clark, Barbara Loyd, Linda Christensen, Sheila Kale, Lynn Harris, Megan Willome, Karen Vanek, Valerie Gaumont, Betty Mucha, Karen's neighbor Beverly Naumann, and Alice Kolb's husband George Kolb attend the 7th Annual Johnson City Writers Event, "Aspects of Good Writing," to hear authors Diane Bertrand Gonzales, Owen Egerton, and Stephen Harrigan speak.

January 22, 2015 - WOW members Sally Clark, Barbara Loyd, Liz Brookshire, and Linda Christensen attend the Fredericksburg Writers Conference meeting at the University Center in Fredericksburg, TX, to hear WOW member Sheila Kale present "Unforgettable Connections."

December 6, 2014 - WOW members Sally Clark, Barbara Loyd and her husband, Paul Loyd, and Linda Kay Christensen attend a Texas Writers workshop at the Comfort Public Library in Comfort, Texas, sponsored by the Writer's League of Texas. Speakers were Carol Dawson - Pickling Memory, Salting Tradition, Preserving the Past: The Art of Researching and Writing Your Own Story, Your Family’s Stories, and The Lives of Your Community and Meg Gardiner - Writing a Killer Story.

November 8, 2014 - WOW members Sheila Kale, Betty Murphy, Karen Vanek, Sally Clark and Sally's granddaughter, Sophia Maiorka, attend a Texas Writers workshop at the Llano Public Library in Llano, Texas, sponsored by the Writers' League of Texas, featuring speakers Owen Egerton: Burning Words, and Amanda Eyre Ward: The Art of Research. Susie Spencer facilitated.

September 25, 2014 - WOW members Sally Clark, Sheila Kale, Lynn Harris, Alice Kolb, Barbara Loyd, Linda Kay Christensen, and Alice's husband George attend the Fredericksburg Writers Conference quarterly meeting to hear speaker Ken Esten Cooke, editor of the Fredericksburg Standard newspaper.

July 23 and 24th, 2014 - WOW members Sally Clark, Sheila Kale, and Vici Wray attend a two day workshop at Texas Tech University Center in Fredericksburg, TX, with author/instructor Christine Granados, "How to Get Your Manuscript Published"

June 28, 2014 - WOW members Sally Clark, Alice Kolb, and Lianne Mercer attend a one day workshop, "Shameless Self-Promotion" to hear author/speaker Eva Pohler

June 21, 2014 - WOW member Sally Clark attends one day of a three day writers retreat "For the Writers Within You" in Comfort, TX, at The Haven River Inn, to hear author/speaker Jane Rubietta

March 27, 2014 - WOW members Sally Clark, Barbara Loyd, Alice Kolb and her husband George attend the 2nd quarter Fredericksburg Writers Conference at the University Center to hear speakers Jami Carroll and Phil Housel.

February 19, 2014 - WOW members Sally Clark, Barbara Loyd, and Alice Kolb attend the 7th Annual Johnson City Library Writers Conference to hear authors WOW member Valerie Gaumont, Pamela Fagan Hutchins, and Eva Poehler speak on the topic of self-publishing.

February 7, 2014 - WOW members Barbara Loyd and new member Sylvia Rogers attend a writers workshop in Ingram to hear speakers Justin Rogers and Professor Dr. Lydia Kualapai.

January 9, 2014 - WOW member Sally Clark and Barbara Loyd attend the 1st quarter Fredericksburg Writers Conference at the University Center to hear featured speaker Eva Poehler.

September 26, 2013 - Four WOW members, Sally Clark, Barbara Loyd, Alice Kolb, and Karen Vanek attend the 3rd Q Fredericksburg Writers Conference at the University Center to hear featured speaker Antionette van Heugten.

June 27, 2013 - Three WOW members, Sally Clark, Sheila Kale, and Karen Vanek, attend the 2nd Q Fredericksburg Writers Conference at the University Center to discuss their experiences with writing contests. Sally Clark was a featured speaker.

March 28, 2013 - Five WOW members, Sally Clark, Alice Kolb, Vickie Wray, Mary Thompson, and Karen Vanek, attend the 1st Fredericksburg Writers Conference at the University Center to hear romance author Pamela Morsi and YA fantasy author Eva Pohler.

February 23, 2013 - Eight WOW members attend the 5th Annual Writers Event in Johnson City featuring authors Suzy Spencer, Greg Garrett, and Joe Nick Patoski. Present were Sally Clark, Sheila Kale, Liz Brookshire, Lianne Mercer, Karen Vanek, Alice Kolb, Betty Mucha, and Sheila Barnette.  

February 16, 2013 - Eight WOW members attend the writers session at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church lead by Christian nonfiction author, Jane Rubietta. In attendance were Sally Clark, Liz Eberle, Sheila Kale, Liz Brookshire, Vici Wray, Lynn Harris, Judy Koch, and Sara Allerkamp.

February 29, 2012 - Seven WOW member attend the 4th Annual Johnson City Library Writers Event to hear authors Jennifer Ziegler, Carol Dawson, and James L. Haley. Present were Sally Clark, Liz Eberle, Liz Brookshire, Cindy Harper, Alice Kolb, Sheila Barnette, and Betty Mucha.

February 8, 2011 - Eight WOW members attend the 3rd Annual Johnson City Library Writers Event to hear authors Scott Wiggerman, Suzie Spencer, and April Lurie. Present were Sally Clark, Cindy Harper, Aimee Martin, Sheila Kale, Alice Kolb, Lorraine McVey, and Pam Perrin.

We celebrated our 9th birthday as a group at Liz Eberle's house in July, 2010. 

 

July 14, 2010 - From the Porch Swing: Memories of our Grandparents, from Silver Boomer Books, is on bookshelves now and features stories and poems from WOW members: Sally Clark's stories, "Faith Under Fire" and "The Most Beautiful of All,"  Elisabeth Brookshire's story, "The Gift of Time," and Dorothy Leyendecker's poem, "Grandma's Memory Course."

June 15, 2010 - Berry Blue Haiku's premier issue features four of Sally Clark's haiku for children. 

 

June 5, 2010 - Dena Dyer's book signing at The Closer Walk for her newest book from Barbour House, Let the Crow's Feet and Laugh Lines Come: Rediscovering Beaty at Any Age.  

May 26, 2010 - Barbara Loyd's story, "Silk Quilt" is accepted for publication in Patchwork Path: Treasure Box, published by Choice Publishing Group.

May 25, 2010 - Dorothy Leyendecker's story, "A Texas Thanksgiving Day," and Barbara Loyd's story, "Turkey in Crust," have both been accepted for publication in Thanksgiving Tales: True Stories of the Holiday in America, due out in October, 2010.

May, 14, 2010 - Aimee Martin's story, "Hear My Voice," has been accepted for publication in Guidepost's book: Extraordinary Answers to Prayer: In Time of Need.

 

May 11, 2010 - Seven WOW members, Alice Kolb, Aimee Martin, Liz Eberle, Sally Clark, Sheila Kale, Sheila Barnette, and Linda Colie attend the 2nd Annual Johnson City Writer's Event in Johnson City, TX.

May, 2010 - Sally Clark wins First Place from the Alabama Poetry Society for her haiku sequence, "day so gray."

May, 2010 - Sally Clark's poem, "Roadrunner," wins Third Honorable Mention from the Utah State Poetry Society Spring Festival Competition.

May 3, 2010 - Barbara Loyd receives a contract from Focus on the Family magazine for a craft article she wrote about making gift boxes from old Christmas cards.

April 26, 2010 - Sally Clark's poem, "Streamlined Credit," wins First Place in the Abilene Writers Guild Member's Only Monthly Contest for March.

April 20, 2010 - One of Megan Willome's poems, "Still," has been accepted for pubication in L.L. Barkat's new book, God in the Yard: Spiritual Practice for the Rest of Us.

April 18, 2010 - Barbara Loyd has a poem, "Louisiana Summers" accepted for online publication by LIT Magazine.

April 16, 2010 - Sally Clark sells a poem, "The End of Longing" to New Love Stories Magazine, after a two year wait.

April 13, 2010 - One of Sally Clark's haiku has been selected for publication in the Texas Poetry Calendar 2011

April, 2010 - Liz Brookshire's story, "The Gift of Time" and two of Sally Clark's stories, "Most Beautiful of All," and "Faith Under Fire," have been selected for publication in Silver Boomer's latest anthology, From the Porch: Memories of Our Grandparents.

April, 2010 - Sally Clark's story, "Choose Your Struggles," won Third Place from Abilene Writers Guild Annual Contest in the Inspiration category.

March 21, 2010 - Sally Clark's poetry takes three awards in the Poetry Society of Oklahoma's annual contest - haiku "an owl is hear" took a First Place; "My Grandmother's House" took Second Honorable Mention and "Watch Where You Step" won a Citation.

March 12, 2010 - Sally Clark sold a greeting card to Calypso Cards for their Selfish Kitty line.

March, 2010 - Sally Clark won First Place, Second Place, and Honorable Mention for her poems, "Raspberry Gummies," "Bit-o-Honeys," and "Popcorn" in the Abilene Writers Guild Members-Only Monthly Contest for February.

March 6, 2010 - Alice Kolb wins Notable Entry for her nonfiction piece, "The Dead of Winter," in the Dead of Winter contest sponsored by The Write Helper

March 6, 2010 - Mary Eckert's book signing at The Closer Walk for her new book, Where Was God When I Cried, a biography of evangelist "Peaches" Evans.

February 25, 2010 - Four of Sally Clark's children's haiku have been accepted for publicationin the new online publication Berry Blue Haiku.

February, 2010 - Dorothy Leyendecker and Barbara Loyd both receive preliminary acceptance notices from Thanksgiving Tales: Stories of the Holiday in America for their stories.

February 15, 2010 - Aimee Martine's story, "CrunchTime Miracle" has been reprinted in the Guidepost Books' Incredible Power of Prayer series, Expecting Miracles, the third book in the series.

February 15, 2010 - Mary Shearer Eckert's book, Where Was God When I Cried, a biography of evangelist Peaches Evans, will be released April 20, 2010.

February 15, 2010 - Liz Hoyt Eberle's story "Journey to Joy" appears in A Cup of Comfort: Bible Promises: Stories that Celebrate God's Encouraging Words, due to be released March 18, 2010.

January 22, 2010 - Dorothy Leyendecker's Poem, "Christmas, 1945" is published in the January issue of Looking Back: Sharing Sweet Memories of Days Gone By.

January 20, 2010 - Barbara Loyd's poem, "Seeds for Butterflies" is published in Whatever Lovely.

 

December 15, 2009 - Kelly Carper Polden has a book signing for her story , "The Miracle of The Lord's Prayer," in Christmas Miracles at The Closer Walk bookstore in Fredericksburg, TX.

December 5, 2009 - Cindy Harper has a poetry reading for her poem, "Fuzzy Math," in the 2010 Texas Poetry Calendar, at the Book People bookstore in Austin, TX.

Nov. 16, 2009 - Sheila Sattler Kale's story, "Who Are You?" has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: True Love, due to be released Dec. 29, 2009.

August 20, 2009, Sally Clark and Barbara Loyd both win honorable mentions for their poems, "Roadrunner Rhyme," and "Blank Canvas" from the High Prairie Poets New Mexico State Poetry Society Bi-Monthly Contest.

August 7, 2009, Sally Clark sells a greeting card to Gramma Burp Warped Humor Greeting Cards.

July 31, 2009, Kelly Carper Polden's story, "Canine Counselor," is accepted for publication in Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned From the Dog, due out in Sept.

July 27, 2009, Sally Clark's poem, "Westward Sail," wins Honorable Mention in the Abilene Writers Guild July monthly member's contest.

July 21, 2009, Liz Eberle announces her newest web site: Liz's Front Porch Novel, featuring weekly installments of her book, Freedom Searchers.

July 6, 2009, 2010 Texas Poetry Calendar is released featuring Cindy Harper's poem, "Fuzzy Math."

June 28, 2009, Sally Clark wins First Place in Poetry for her poem, "Roadrunner Rhyme," in the Abilene Writers Guild members-only monthly contest.

June 23, 2009, Dorothy Leyendecker's story, "Squeaky Wheels" is published in the June/July issue of Reminisce Magazine and is available to read online.

June 22, 2009, Barbara Loyd has poem, "Favorite Photo," and artwork published on The Writer's Eye ezine.

June 16, 2009, Sally Clark's poem, "Dickey," wins First Place from the High Prairie Poets New Mexico State Poetry Society Bi-Monthly Contest.

June 15, 2009, Kelly Carper Polden signs a contract with Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned From the Dog for her story, "Canine Counselor."

June 5, 2009, Sally Clark's poem, "Dickey," wins Second Place in Poetry from the Bay Area Writers League annual writing contest.

May 23, 2009, Katy Jones announces the publication of her blog, Freedom Bites: Reminders of What the United States of America was Founded Upon in Manageable Bites of Information. www.freedombites.com

May 14, 2009 - Mary Eckert receives a contract from Tate Publishing for her biography of Peaches Evans, Where Was God When I Cried.

May 3, 2009, Liz Hoyt Eberle wins Second Place in the fiction category for her entry, "Charlie's Shirt," in the Gulf Coast Writers Association annual "Let's Write" contest. 

April 30, 2009, Cindy Harper, Mary Eckert, Dayna Haines, and Sally Clark read their poetry at Poetry reading at Berkman Book Store.

 

April 15, 2009, Cindy Harper's poem, "Fuzzy Math," is accepted for publication in the 2010 Texas Poetry Calendar.

April 1, 2009, Dena Dyer's new book, Mothers of the Bible, is released by Barbour Books.

March 21, 2009, Sally Clark wins Honorable Mention in Poetry from Abilene Writers Guild for her poem, "Ella Rosie Sees the Moon," and Second Place in Inspirational for her story, "Mercy Waits."

March 19, 2009, Dena Dyer wins an Honorable Mention with Special Merit for her one-page plot summary in the Christine Kringle contest, chosen from over 1,000 entries.

March 18, 2009, A Cup of Comfort: Women of the Bible Devotionals features three devotionals by Liz Hoyt Eberle: "Courage in the Face of Evil," "The Faith of a Captured Child," and "The Genuine Article."

March 18, 2009, A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters is released featuring Liz Hoyt Eberle's devotional, "Lists and Lessons."

March 17, 2009, Barbara Loyd announces her new art blog site: www.fauvefavorites.synthasite.com

March 6, 2009, Barbara Loyd's stories, "All the Ingredients," and "Dancing at Twilight," as well as one poem, "Baking Bread with God," have been accepted for publication in the online magazine, Whatever Lovely.    

Feb. 25, 2009, Kelly Carper Polden's story, "A Gift From Dad: Learning Trust on the Trail", Elisabeth Brookshire's story, "The Red Bandana," and Sally Clark's story, "A Father's Words," have all three been accepted for publication in Patchwork Path: Dad's Bowtie, expected publication is June, 2009.

Feb. 17, 2009, Kelly Carper Polden's story, "The Christmas Miracle of the Lord's Prayer" has been accepted for publication in Christmas Miracles, scheduled for release in late 2009.

Jan. 26, 2009, Liz Hoyt Eberle's story, "Journey to Joy," has been accepted for publication in A Cup of Comfort Bible Promises. Expected release date is Spring, 2010.

Jan. 14, 2009, Liz Hoyt Eberle has had three devotionals, accepted for publication in A Cup of Comfort Devotional: Women of the Bible, "Courage in the Face of Evil," "The Faith of a Child," and "The Genuine Article," (expected publication date March, 2009) and one devotional, "Lists and Lessons," has been accepted for publication in A Cup of Comfort Devotionals for Mothers and Daughters (expected publication date April, 2009).

Jan. 9, 2009, Sally Clark's story "Tomato Libations" has been accepted for publication in The Ultimate Gardener, expected publication in March, 2009.

Jan. 8, 2009, Liz Hoyt Eberle's story "Things of the Heart," and Sally Clark's story "Most Beautiful of All" have been accepted for publication in Patchwork Path: Grandma's Choice, expected publication is Jan., 2009.

Dec. 21, 2008, Sally Clark's story "The Shattered Teapot" was published in the December issu of Christian children's print magazine, The Kids Ark.  

 Dec. 6, 2008, Berkman Books in Fredericksburg, Texas, hosted a book signing for A Cup of Comfort for Military Families. Pictured are HCWOW member, Liz Eberle, and co-contributors, Travis Tougaw and Susan Perry.

 

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