The DFW Writers Bloc

is creating a dynamic writing community

5

patrons

$99

per event
More than anything else, writers thrive on community. Ours is fundamentally a culture of paying it forward: through critiques, consolation, celebration, and shared wisdom, we support each other on the lifelong journey to mastering our craft.

But there's an unfortunate conflict within our industry. As artists who are too often asked to give away our work for the lure of 'exposure', we know that professional people deserve professional wages. And yet the sad consequence is the best instructors and learning opportunities – the highest-quality retreats, workshops, intensives, conferences, and seminars – end up going almost exclusively to the writers who can best afford them, leaving the rest to toil for years longer – or give up entirely.

It's time to change that. The DFW Writers Workshop has been a pillar of the North Texas literary community since 1977, offering local writers the opportunity to give and receive invaluable feedback on their work. Specialty programs include the DFW Writers Conference, the Residency Program – and now our newest, most groundbreaking initiative yet.

The DFW Writers Bloc is a once-per-month summit that combines a professional-quality class and a social / networking hour. This exceptional program is free to the public, with no membership or dues required – and thanks to the magic of webinars, video recordings, and live broadcasting, we can bring our top-quality programming to writers around the world. With your support, we can finally unite the best of both worlds, making the expertise of industry-leading authors and experts available to everyone.

NOTE: Our goal is to fully offset the cost of the Writers Bloc by the end of 2016. To do that, we need to discover the best funding model for our writers. We're committing to this Patreon initiative through the end of December, after which we'll evaluate attendee feedback and decide how to move forward. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per event
You'll be the first to know about every new Writers Bloc event – before it's broadcast to the public! This gets you hipster bragging rights, and more importantly, first dibs on limited-seating events. We'll also send you your very own Writers Bloc badge, broadcasting your philanthropy for all the world to admire.

Note to DFW Writers Workshop Members: The $5 and $10 rewards are included with your current workshop membership - just contact us [writers.bloc at dfwwritersworkshop.org] and we'll set you up.
Pledge $10 or more per event
Every month, you'll receive our presenter's handouts, slides, or other supplementary materials, in .doc, .pdf, or .jpg form. (And yes, there WILL be supplementary materials!) You'll also get everything at the $5 level.
Pledge $15 or more per event
The key to the video vault: you'll receive access to recordings of each monthly class – not available to the public! You'll also get everything at the $5 and $10 levels.

NOTE: If for any reason we aren't able to create a professional-quality recording of a session, we'll provide you with a thorough, live-scribed writeup of the class instead.
Pledge $50 or more per event
only 4 left
A seat at the executive table! We'll include you in our thrice-annual planning meetings, either in-person or via teleconferencing. Help us decide on new presenters, plan special events, and earn immortal glory! This level comes with a limited-edition T-shirt in just your size (small through XXL, to ship in December - design TBA). You'll also get everything at the $20 level and below, and possibly a firstborn or two.
Goals
$99 of $275 per event
This is what we need to run a once-per-month live meeting in DFW. It covers the speaker's honorarium, facility rental, refreshments, and incidentals.
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More than anything else, writers thrive on community. Ours is fundamentally a culture of paying it forward: through critiques, consolation, celebration, and shared wisdom, we support each other on the lifelong journey to mastering our craft.

But there's an unfortunate conflict within our industry. As artists who are too often asked to give away our work for the lure of 'exposure', we know that professional people deserve professional wages. And yet the sad consequence is the best instructors and learning opportunities – the highest-quality retreats, workshops, intensives, conferences, and seminars – end up going almost exclusively to the writers who can best afford them, leaving the rest to toil for years longer – or give up entirely.

It's time to change that. The DFW Writers Workshop has been a pillar of the North Texas literary community since 1977, offering local writers the opportunity to give and receive invaluable feedback on their work. Specialty programs include the DFW Writers Conference, the Residency Program – and now our newest, most groundbreaking initiative yet.

The DFW Writers Bloc is a once-per-month summit that combines a professional-quality class and a social / networking hour. This exceptional program is free to the public, with no membership or dues required – and thanks to the magic of webinars, video recordings, and live broadcasting, we can bring our top-quality programming to writers around the world. With your support, we can finally unite the best of both worlds, making the expertise of industry-leading authors and experts available to everyone.

NOTE: Our goal is to fully offset the cost of the Writers Bloc by the end of 2016. To do that, we need to discover the best funding model for our writers. We're committing to this Patreon initiative through the end of December, after which we'll evaluate attendee feedback and decide how to move forward. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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Tiers
Pledge $5 or more per event
You'll be the first to know about every new Writers Bloc event – before it's broadcast to the public! This gets you hipster bragging rights, and more importantly, first dibs on limited-seating events. We'll also send you your very own Writers Bloc badge, broadcasting your philanthropy for all the world to admire.

Note to DFW Writers Workshop Members: The $5 and $10 rewards are included with your current workshop membership - just contact us [writers.bloc at dfwwritersworkshop.org] and we'll set you up.
Pledge $10 or more per event
Every month, you'll receive our presenter's handouts, slides, or other supplementary materials, in .doc, .pdf, or .jpg form. (And yes, there WILL be supplementary materials!) You'll also get everything at the $5 level.
Pledge $15 or more per event
The key to the video vault: you'll receive access to recordings of each monthly class – not available to the public! You'll also get everything at the $5 and $10 levels.

NOTE: If for any reason we aren't able to create a professional-quality recording of a session, we'll provide you with a thorough, live-scribed writeup of the class instead.
Pledge $50 or more per event
only 4 left
A seat at the executive table! We'll include you in our thrice-annual planning meetings, either in-person or via teleconferencing. Help us decide on new presenters, plan special events, and earn immortal glory! This level comes with a limited-edition T-shirt in just your size (small through XXL, to ship in December - design TBA). You'll also get everything at the $20 level and below, and possibly a firstborn or two.