Some Past Speakers

2012: September
2010: July
2009: October : November

On Thursday, November 6, Eva Pholer presented a program: Don't have time for an MFA? Join author Eva Pohler as she describes her top tips in the craft of writing, covering point of view, voice, character, dialogue, description, plot, and vibrant prose.

Eva Pohler teaches writing and literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is also the author of The Mystery Book Collection and three young adult series: The Gatekeeper's Saga, The Purgatorium Series, and The Vampires of Athens (forthcoming). She lives in San Antonio with her husband and three children.

On Thursday, October 2, Nan Cuba presented a program: Your Life Story: How to Turn It Into Fiction
Nan Cuba is the author of Body and Bread (Engine Books, 2013), winner of the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction and the Texas Institute of Letters Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction; it was also listed as one of "Ten Titles to Pick Up Now in O, Oprah's Magazine, and was a "Summer Books choice from Huffington Post.  Cuba co-edited Art at our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists (Trinity University Press, 2008), and published other work in such places as Quarterly West, Columbia, Antioch Review, Harvard Review, and storySouth.  As an investigative journalist, she reported on the causes of extraordinary violence in LIFE, Third Coast, and D Magazine. She is the founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink, a nonprofit literary center (, and teaches in the MA/MFA Program in Literature, Creative Writing, and Social Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University, where she is writer-in-residence.  Her website is


Our speaker for May of 2014 was Elizabeth Bryant, author of The Stalking Horse, published under the pseudonym Celine Griffith. The novel is available on Amazon, Nook, Smashwords, and Kobo. Previously, she published a number of nonfiction articles, including several on the art of writing.

Her program was entitled "The Rules of Write Club." She discussed several so-called "rules" pertaining to point of view, adverbs, etc. She also provided a handout that includes recommended craft books, worthwhile sites, favorite writing quotations, etc. "

Our speaker for April of 2014 was Bradley Denton, Austin-based science fiction writer and author of the John W. Campbell Award-winning novel Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. His topic was "Writing in the Texas-Sized Shadow of Greatness," addressing the Lone Star State's long history of gonzo and weird fiction using the life and work of Neal Barrett, Jr. as a touchstone.

Our speaker for the March 6, 2014, meeting was Veronica Goldbach, author of the novel Deep in the Heart of High School. She discussed bringing authenticity to young adult fiction. She also provided information about her road to publication.

The following information is from Goodreads:

Veronica grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and went to school less than five minutes away from the Alamo. After receiving a B.A. in humanities and an M.A. in teaching middle grades from Trinity University, she became a public school teacher. She has taught English as a second language at inner-city middle and elementary schools in San Antonio as well as in South Central Los Angeles.

Veronica became interested in writing young adult fiction while trying to find novels that her seventh-grade students could relate to and also enjoy. Veronica is currently teaching future writers in San Antonio. She lives in the inner city, close to where she grew up. Veronica shares her home with two dogs, two cats, two guinea pigs, and her sister, Theresa.

She has been a featured author in the Spirit of Texas Reading Program.

Our speaker for July 11, 2013 was Lianne Mercer, a licensed therapist.

Lianne Mercer of Fredericksburg. Lianne is a licensed poetry therapist (one of two in Texas) and retired psychiatric nurse. She taught at the University of Michigan, Texas Women's University and San Jacinto Junior College. She has published both prose and poetry in numerous journals and anthologies. Her poems have appeared in The Texas Poetry Calendar since its inception 15 years ago. Her memoir Compassionate Witness:  Before We Say Goodbye was written following her mother's death at age 97. Lianne's topic for our meeting will be "Switchback: Story's Unique Road."

Our speaker in April of 2013 was Austin-based editor/anthologist and essayist Rick Klaw. His topic will be Apes & Rayguns: A Conversation with Acclaimed Editor Richard Klaw about the 21st Century Anthology.
Richard "Rick Klaw is editor of Apes of Wrath and the forthcoming Ray Guns Over Texas, a pair of speculative fiction anthologies. He also is co-founder of the pioneering Mojo Press, one of the first publishers to produce both graphic novels and prose books. After leaving Mojo, he became the initial fiction editor for RevolutionSF, where he still serves as an editor-at-large. He is called "the smartest mouth on the Internet (Michael Moorcock) because of his popular columns on pop culture for SF Site and his acclaimed blog The Geek Curmudgeon.
Over the past decade, Klaw has written for a variety of publications including The Austin Chronicle, The San Antonio Current, Moving Pictures Magazine, The San Antonio Business Journal, Geek Dad, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy,, The Steampunk Bible, Steampunk, King Kong Is Back!, Conversations With Texas Writers, and Cross Plains Universe. His essays and observations were collected in Geek Confidential: Echoes from the 21st Century.





Jordan Dane will discuss

September 6, 2012: Jordan Dane (

Jordan discussed Writing for the Young Adult Market “ Where do I begin? (One author's journey)

Interested in writing for books for one of the hottest markets in the publishing industry? Young adult thriller novelist Jordan Dane (Harlequin Teen & HarperCollins) shares what she's learned about the Young Adult market for teen readers, the unique voice, how to create believable characters, & where to get ideas for books targeting teens 12-18 years old. She will touch on several of the topics covered in her non-fiction author craft book geared for the Young Adult market “ One Author's Aha Moments. And for one lucky member in attendance, she will do a full critique of the first chapter of a Young Adult novel.

July 1, 2010:  Kolleen M. Guy, Ph D

Kolleen M. Guy, Ph D. presented "Breaking and Making Silences" at the July meeting of the San Antonio Writers' Guild. Her talk will cover how to deal with silences--those things that are not said, can't be said, are never said--in writing and how to think about the ways in which we might be silencing ourselves as writers.

Guy is the author of an award-winning book on the history of the champagne industry and numerous articles on food, wine, and history.  She is currently a professor of modern European history at the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

November 2009: Michael B. Druxman

Michael B. Druxman has been writing his entire life and is still remembered up in Washington State where he graduated from the University of Washington. He is a machine when it comes to writing! 20 years in Hollywood as a screenwriter, promoter and film historian prepared Mr. Druxman to become the professional writer he is. He is the author of 6 produced stage plays, 7 non-fiction published books and several produced screenplays. Mr. Druxman knows his craft and is passionate about communicating the best of what fiction writing can be in almost every genre.

A few of his stage, TV and movie credits include: Dillinger and Capone (1995), Cheyenne Warrior (1994), Keaton's Cop (1990), Jolson (1987-88 and 1997). Mr. Druxman also wrote and directed a horror film filmed in Ireland titled The Doorway: starring Roy Scheider. This is a supernatural thriller/black comedy. He is presently working on several new screenplays and another novel. Mr. Druxman completed a musical with his son in 2007 titled Hail On The Chief which was given a reading at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood.

The Center Press is proud to have published three works by Mr. Druxman including How To Write A Story...Any Story: The Art Of Storytelling, Cheyenne Warrior: The Original Screenplay and Nobody Drowns In Mineral Lake which is Mr. Druxman's first novel. His second novel, Shadow Watcher, was published in early 2008.

Michael Druxman's latest  book is  Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and will likely be available for sale at the end of the meeting.


October 2009: John Picacio

JOHN PICACIO is a World Fantasy Award-winning artist and has illustrated covers for books by Michael Moorcock, Robert Silverberg, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Dan Simmons, Harlan Ellison, Robert Heinlein, Frederik Pohl, James Tiptree, Jr., Jeffrey Ford, Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead, Mark Chadbourn, and many more.

He has created cover artwork featuring the STAR TREK and X-MEN franchises. He has previously won the Locus Award, the Chesley Award, and two International Horror Guild Awards, all in the Artist category. He won this year's Chesley Award for Best Paperback Cover Illustration (FAST FORWARD 2). He's been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist the last five consecutive years and is again a nominee for the 2009 World Fantasy Award in the Artist category. John and his wife Traci live in San Antonio, Texas. For more info, please visit his blog,