Visit Our Chapter

Normally, meetings are on the first Saturday of the month, our venue schedule allowing. The meetings will be at the Spring Branch Memorial Library meeting room. See the maps below, or view a map and directions under the address on the Library’s webpage. We meet at the room off the front entryway, to the right of the restrooms.

10:00 – 10:30 am (Networking)
10:30 – 11:00 am (Chapter Business)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm (Guest Speaker or Round Table)

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Upcoming Dates and Topics

Summer Meetings:

The Final Twist will meet on Saturday, June 2nd for our regular meeting. Join us in person or on Facebook Live! Networking from 10-10:30 a.m. and meeting from 10:30-noon. Charlotte has an interesting presentation on building up and correctly using a social media presence to boost marketing. Special guest, Todd Loggains, will share his insights as well!

Please stay tuned for further details about what else is up with us this summer!

April 7:

Caden St. Claire will present “The Snowflake Method of Writing” at our April 7th meeting. It will be new information for some, and reinforcement for others. The groundwork will be laid for a strategy that melts structure, theme, storyline, acts, character lists, and scenes into a cohesive whole. The design has worked for pantsers, plotters, and everyone in-between (especially those who may be facing the dreaded blank piece of paper a tad too often of late). There will be a 7-page handout with four attachments to make the process as easy as riding down a snowbank in a toboggan. Contact information and a link has been provided in her blog. Just think – You start with a sentence, and you finish with a novel! Hope to see you at the meeting!

March 3:

Cash Anthony — on genre in fiction and the elements (beats) of a screenplay.

FEBRUARY 2018 MEETING IS FEBRUARY 17. The planned program is about micro fiction. Everyone is encouraged to write a 100-1000 word story (or stories) containing a mystery and a recipe or an animal. During the meeting, we will review tips on writing short fiction to evoke emotions and critique our drafts. Some of the shorts may even be submitted for the two open anthologies!

November 4th:

Join us for a “write-in” at 10 a.m. — in the spirit of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where the goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in one month.

October 7th:

Bring your ideas on the craft of writing! We are hosting an informal Round Table on Writing Craft, where all members (and visitors) are encouraged to share what has worked for you and might therefore work for others. Bring whatever helpful materials or ideas you have in mind. Library branch manager Bryan Kratish will also educate us about the decision process for adding materials to the library collection.

(No meeting in September)

August 5th:

Keith Radcliffe will discuss various forms and functions of nonfiction writing, which can range from assembly instructions, technical writing, to storytelling. “But is it Art?” is a question a nonfiction writer may ask regarding his or her work. Samuel Clemens provides a good example of the art of nonfiction writing. Please see our events page for further details.

The Final Twist group will not meet in July. Please stay tuned for details about our August meeting.

June 3rd:

Author and Editor Jack Strandburg will discuss his process of editing, with particular focus on using the power of words to keep the reader engaged and entertained. Please see our events page for further details.

May 6th:

 In collaboration with Free Comic Book Day*, we invite our members and the public to a discussion with author Gene Phillips, who will share some of his fascinating findings about superheroes and other similar fantasy creations. His work-in-progress includes insights in line with the ideas of psychologist Carl Jung and myth-scholar Joseph Campbell. Gene has been published in fan magazines like The Comics Journal and the film magazine, Delirious. In addition, one of his essays will be published in a forthcoming book collection. 

*Free Comic Book Day at the library will also include fun activities like games, crafts, a costume and a trivia contest.

April 1st:

Round Table to include poetry sharing, followed by group writing for those who would like to stay until 1 pm.

March 4th:

Round Table (to discuss our next event) from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm followed by a group write-in.

February 4th:

corneliaCornelia Amiri, the author of over 30 published books under her name as well as under her pen name of Maeve AlpinLaura, will present what it’s like to do freelance writing as a fiction novelist and how it compares to a regular nine to five job. She will also elaborate on getting jobs from Fiverr and Upwork.

Ms. Amiri wrote tales of long swords, hot heroes, and warrior women based on fifteen years of research on the ancient Celts. Her love of history and reading about the dark ages introduced her to the woman who became her favorite historical character, Boudica.  The rebel queen inspired her so much that she started jotting down notes and envisioning herself being involved in the Boudica revolt. Soon she realized that she had accidentally written a rough draft for a novel. Ms. Amiri is the author of five Celtic/Romance novels – Durid Quest, The Fox Prince, The Vixen Princess, Danger is Sweet, and One Heart One Way – which was an Eppie Finalist.  Over one hundred of her short stories and articles have published in both print and online magazines. Her stories are in the Final Twist’s A Death in Texas and Twisted Tales of Texas Landmarks.

Previous Speakers

January 7th:

January 3, 2017 is Humiliation Day and is observed worldwide on the same day each year. Humiliation Day is thought to be originated from a reaction by the Chinese immigrants to the country’s Chinese Exclusion Act in Canada in 1923. Humiliation can be at any level — individual, a class of people, a race, a nation, etc. And its best remedy is reconciliation.

metcalf_chenailDanielle Metcalfe-Chenail, the editor of In This Together— Fifteen Stories of Truth & Reconciliation (Brindle &Glass), will talk about her professional experience. In this engaging presentation, she will discuss her interest in social justice and how things like Humiliation Day have prodded her to look deeper into Canada’s history through picture books, novels, nonfiction publications, radio, and short films.

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail specializes in telling hidden stories. A historian by training, she is the author of For the Love of Flying (Robin Brass Studio), Polar Winds (Dundurn), and the forthcoming Alis the Aviator (Tundra Books).

She is the former Writer in Residence at Berton House in the Yukon, and the Historian Laureate of Edmonton (Canada). When Danielle is not spending quality time with her four-year-old son and traveling, she is working on a WW2-era novel, Sky Girl, and a creative nonfiction project based on her popular serial blog