Monthly Meetings & Guest Speakers

2016 Lone Star Writing Contest
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Next chapter meeting: Saturday, January 7th

Join us for the business meeting at 9 am.


Creating a Newsletter with MailChimp

Does technology have you down? Does the thought of having to create one more thing to promote yourself have you seeing stars? Come join Janice Martin and Karen Pugh and learn how to use the tools provided with the Free Plan from MailChimp to create an eye-catching newsletter. They will lead you through the account set up process, design, and the color selection to make your newsletter pop. If you already have a newsletter but want to shake it up a bit or will be creating one for the first time, bring your laptop and join them for this interactive presentation.

The Presenters:

martinJanice Martin is a Yankee, hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but she’s lived in Houston, Texas, most of her life. While attending Houston Community College to get an associate’s degree in Business Administration, she discovered that HCC offered a creative writing course. Her college path changed directions, and she’s been writing ever since. Published as a freelance writer in various magazines, she is also a former copy editor for Cowboy Sports & Entertainment magazine as well as AAA Texas and AAA New Mexico magazines. A long-time member of Romance Writers of America, she is the Newsletter Editor for West Houston RWA and past Membership Chair. As a PRO member, she is actively seeking publication for her two inspirational contemporary romances, which have finaled in various contests. She is working a third inspiration contemporary romance as well as a non-fiction book based on a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross during World War II titled God’s Hand On My Shoulder.

pughKaren Pugh is a Yankee, who migrated south from Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Amundsen-Mayfair City College with an ADN. She left the Chicago winters behind and moved to Texas where she and her neighbor, Linda Fagala, combined their writing talents to create a New Adult romance novel titled Shattered Fate. A year later, they rebranded themselves as PF Karlin and published the second book in the series titled Destiny Reborn. Linda has since retired from writing. However, Karen will be continuing under the PF Karlin name and is currently working on the third book in the series titled Fulfilling Destiny. Karen and Linda created the rose cover design for all three books using their own photographs, which led to the cover for Shattered Fate finaling in the 2014 New Adult category of I Heart Indie Contest sponsored by Las Vegas RWA. Karen joined Romance Writers of America in 2013 and, in 2015, achieved both PRO and PAN status. She is the Membership Chair for West Houston RWA and color consultant for the chapter’s newsletter. See her website at

Join us for snacks/refreshments, encouragement and fellowship. As always, there will be a monthly raffle basket and tracking goals.

Guests may attend up to two meetings before joining.

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March’s meeting will be held on Saturday, March 4th

It will be followed by an all-day workshop with BJ Bourg
BJ Bourg is an award-winning mystery writer and former professional boxer who hails from the swamps of Louisiana. Dubbed the “real deal” by other mystery writers, he has spent his entire adult life solving crimes as a patrol cop, detective sergeant, and chief investigator for a district attorney’s office. Throughout his career, he has conducted well over 150 death investigations, including murders, suicides, natural deaths, justifiable homicides, officer-involved shootings, and accidental deaths. He amassed a 100% arrest and conviction rate on all murder cases to which he was assigned, and his ability to effectively interrogate suspects and recreate crime scenes has played a pivotal role in his success as a homicide investigator.

Not only does BJ know his way around crime scenes, interrogations, and courtrooms, but he also served as a SWAT operator, police sniper commander, and police academy instructor. He earned the title of “Top Shooter” at an FBI sniper school and was deployed as primary sniper on countless tactical operations, which included barricaded subjects, hostage situations, counter-drug operations, and felony fugitive apprehensions. He has provided basic and advanced training to police cadets, veteran officers, snipers, SWAT operators, judges, assistant district attorneys, firemen, and writers, covering a wide array of subjects, to include firearms, defensive tactics, officer survival, homicide investigations, interviews and interrogations, crime scene processing, sex crimes, and many others.

BJ is a regular contributor to two leading national police magazines, Tactical Response and Law and Order, and more of his nonfiction articles have been featured in Boys’ Life and Writer’s Digest. His short fiction has appeared in many magazines, including Woman’s World and Future’s Mystery Magazine, and he is the author of seven published novels, one of which won the 2016 EPIC eBook Award for Best Mystery. He is the former owner/editor of Mouth Full of Bullets, an online mystery magazine, and he currently runs an online flash fiction publication called Flash Bang Mysteries.

Above all else, BJ is a father and husband, and the highlight of his life is spending time with his beautiful wife and wonderful children.

Registration coming soon!

Meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month at:

Spring Creek Oaks Clubhouse
17111 Misty Creek
Spring, TX 77379.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Business meeting at 9:00 a.m.
Educational Program beginning at 10:30 a.m.

If you have a program you’d like to offer to our membership, please contact
our Program Coordinator, Tabatha Pope.

Every meeting includes:

  • Success & Celebration
  • Goals Pot and Literacy Raffle Basket
  • Way too much good food
  • Business and Event Planning
  • Expert Speaker on Craft-of-Writing or Research topic

Got Questions? Contact Us!