Virginia Boylan
President

Virginia Boylan became a published author at age 13 when she wrote a 4-H column in the Highline Times. At 16, Virginia started a column for the local purebred dog club in the internationally circulated breed magazine, Kee Topics. She went on to author other columns or contribute articles for purebred dog publications including, The AKC Gazette, The English Cocker Quarterly, The English Cocker Spaniel Club of America Review, and the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America Yearbook. In addition, she served as a features and copy editor, ghostwriter, and editor. Her first fiction piece was an excerpt printed in Scribe’s Showcase, an anthology of the Superstition Mountain Scribes in Mesa, Arizona. Virginia has written biblical stories titled, To Preserve Life, As a Prince, Untamed Valor, and The Stars and the Sand. She is a member of several purebred dog organizations, the Dallas Area Romance Authors, and Romance Writers of America.


John Vance
Vice President

John received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas (Austin) and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Social Work from Tulane University. He spent the better part of his career working with individuals and families with mental health or chemical dependency problems in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He has also served as a trainer and organizational consultant for a wide range of enterprises, specializing in process improvement and team building. Most of John’s writing has been in the technical arena, grant applications, program development and evaluation, or as he puts it, “the boring stuff.” He has taught psychotherapy in academic settings, and has also written several presentations on the treatment of mental disorders which he is currently revising for publication. John is also engaged in community service in the addictions field. You can learn more about the organization he helped to develop in Dallas at www.apraonline.org.

Kathryn
Secretary

Kathryn has been reading and dreaming of writing her own novel since before she can remember. Writing was a large part of her first jobs in the newspaper and marketing industries. After her sons started school Kathryn returned to college, pursuing a Master of Arts in English. Kathryn wrote her first short story for an assignment, receiving positive feedback and encouragement from her peers and professor. She also learned that she loved teaching, and went on to teach Composition and British Literature at Texas Woman’s University, Richland College, and Lakeview Centennial High School. She has been published in newspapers, magazines, and academic journals. At thirty-seven years of age, Kathryn suffered a number of strokes and had to relearn almost everything, including reading and writing. After being disabled by the strokes, she decided to pursue her dream of writing a novel. To learn more about Kathryn and her service dog, Gizmo, see her blog at kathrynmcclatchy.wordpress.com.


Liz Klein
WGT Critique Group Director & Treasurer

Liz writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry and works for a Dallas nonprofit. She is in Pentad, a mystery critique group. Her short story, The Battle of the Piano, took first place in the Northeast Texas Writers Organization 2012 contest, and an early version of her novel-in-progress, Wreckless, took second place in Romantic Suspense in the 2010 Launching a Star Contest (Space Coast Authors of Romance, RWA chapter). Liz is Associate Editor for Equanimity Magazine, wrote for Lerner Newspapers, and has had articles and stories published in American Girl, Sheepshead Review, Dallas Metro Woman Directory, Baby Boomer Fitness, and Equanimity. Her writing is online at Buildaroo, Commonwealth of Light, Finding the Way (blogs), and on client sites. She reviews books for BookBrowse. She studied writing and poetry at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and at Richland. Liz is currently working on a mystery novel and a book of interrelated short stories.wgtcritiquegroup@gmail.com


Jerry Weiss
Communications Coordinator and Newsletter Editor

Jerry was born in Chicago, Illinois, in the midst of the Depression. After graduating grammar and high school in Chicago , he moved with his folks to Phoenix, Arizona, where he got a liberal arts B..A. at Arizona State College. After moving to L.A. To study art he was drafted and given a job with the US Army Signal Corp in Long Island City, NY, where where he worked on animation used in Army films. Graduating to civilian life after two years of service he attended CCNY in NY, received a Master's Degree in Art Education and became chairman of the Art Department at John Philip Souza JHS in the Bronx, NY. After six years of teaching middle school in the Bronx, he was offered and took a job in the art department of Phoenix, Arizona's Phoenix College. He increased his teaching income by selling cartoons to a local newspaper. After two years of teaching Junior College, he decided to become a Clinical Psychologist. He once again moved to LA, where he picked up science courses at USC, and then was accepted and completed the graduate program in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Dakota, and an internship at University of Texas Psychology Department. Ending up with a BA, MA, MS, and Ph.D., he was offered a job with the Dallas County Child and Adolescent Program. He worked there for two years and then went into private practice until his retirement. On the way to retirement, he occupied his spare time by writing and submitting a script about a lovely robot who had the misfortune to fall in love with Captain Picard of Star Trek New Generations. The script was read, considered, and turned down. Not deterred, he then wrote a dramatic script based on Ben Franklin's early life. Some of the powers that be in Hollywood read, considered and turned it down. In spite of that, it won a Dallas contest and was performed locally. So it goes. Presently, in addition to his political work, he's working on two fiction projects. One is a contemporary novel about a young army vet who suffers from physical and emotional problems as well as a lack of money, job, friends and family. The young man has to discover whether there is enough positive power left within himself to deal with these problems and an unknown someone who is making sincere attempts to murder him. The second project is a funny script about a con artist who becomes conned. So it goes.

PAST BOARD MEMBERS

Bill Roberts
Board Member Emeritus

WW II naval veteran William Roberts has spent over 20 years in the basic and applied science (intelligence) fields of the communications/electronics industry. Bill also has an extensive Real Estate Brokerage and Appraisal background participating in the design of and teaching real estate courses for NAR, TAR, CCBoR, community colleges, professional appraisal societies, and the Realtor's Institute. He is a founding member of the Writers Guild of Texas, a member of the Oklahoma Writers Federation, and has won multiple awards for manuscripts, short stories and poetry.


Pari Danian
Past President

Pari Danian is a sculptor, photographer, poet and the author of "The Palatable Plate, Cook Like an Artist." In this book, she presents a series of photography from dishes made from a collection of her recipes along with some ancient ones. The meals in the photographs are served on original ceramic artist palates that she designed and crafted. Her sculpture master pointed out that her pieces have a story telling quality about them. This critique averted her attention to literature as a medium to express her creative passion. Pari is currently writing and compiling her poetry to publish. Each poem is embellished with a photograph and will be packaged as an inspirational book series. Pari is also completing a mainstream novel. Pari's work can be viewed at

www.sculptressart.com and at www.everydaypari.com.


Ann Fields
Past Secretary

Ann Fields, who writes professionally as Anna Larence, is the author of After Hours, Second Time Around, Love Everlasting, Give and Take, and the novella, The Preacher's Wife, in the anthology Bouquet. Her books have received national coverage in various media outlets and nominations for industry awards, including the Romance Writer's of America's Best Multi-Cultural Romance Award. To expand her portfolio, Ann wrote several mainstream books, Fuller’s Curse, which is scheduled for release in December 2012 and The Final Goodbye. Although her focus is on novel writing, she is expanding into short fiction with a short story collection and scripts. Ann serves on the board of the Helen Darling Foundation, a childhood literacy organization and lends her writing and editing expertise to A Legacy of African American Literature, a yearly anthology of African American writings. She maintains membership in The Writer’s Block and teaches creative writing through the Writer’s Garret.

Laura Seaborn
Founding President

Laura Seaborn served as the Founding President of The Writers Guild of Texas and on the board of The Writer’s League of Texas. She is a member of several critique groups and attends conferences and workshops. She has been published in: 4 Star Stories, an anthology, “Things You Can Create” by Stone Thread Publishing, multiple times in The Dallas Writers’ Journal and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Just recently, two of her stories were published in the anthology, “Tales From A Lone Star.” In addition to writing, Laura loves cats. One named Isis, who believes she is a goddess, consents to live with her, along with another cat named Frodo, an adventurer in his own way. Laura, her husband, and cats reside in the suburbs of Dallas where she gardens and writes fantasy under the pen name, C.A. Rose.


Dan Hurwitz
Past Treasurer

Since his retirement from On-Line Data, Inc., a computer software shop offering a proprietary set of programs for manufacturers of wood building components which he founded with his wife, Camilla, Dan Hurwitz has devoted his time to writing. His articles have appeared in Liberty Magazine, The Independent Review, and the World Future Society’s website. In 2011, he published Homage to Luxenben, Adventures on a Utopian Planet. Currently much of his time is spent on maintaining his e-quarterly blog, www.writersnotebook.org spent by polishing his essays on politics, the economy, religion, social affairs. From time to time, his blog is lightened by a few fictional pieces including a Sherlock Holmes play and a short story. In addition to his blog site, Dan can be found online at www.homagetoluxenben.org.

Inspirational Quote

"Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else."

- Gloria Steinem

Information

The WGT meets on the third Monday of each month from 7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. in the basement conference room of the Richardson Public Library,900 Civic Center Drive, Richardson, Texas 75080.

 

You may now pay your 2013 dues of $25.00. Mail your check to:

Writers' Guild of Texas 6009 W. Parker Road, Suite 149-175 Plano, Texas 75093

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