WORD Board of Directors – 2019

TEX THOMPSON – President

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Arianne “Tex” Thompson is a ‘rural fantasy’ author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of Children of the Drought, an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris, as well as an instructor for Writing Workshops Dallas and ‘chief instigator’ of WORD – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas. Now she’s blazing a trail through writers conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country – as an endlessly energetic, catastrophically cheerful one-woman stampede.

Website: thetexfiles.com

DANIEL WELLS – Vice President

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Daniel Wells is a writer of screenplays and historical fiction, script consultant, and creative director of DFW Writer’s Room: For Television and Film.

Daniel curates hand-written workshops for fiction and film. As the Development Executive for Dallas Filmmakers Alliance, Daniel led multiple 8-week workshops, and has taken writers through the development process for film, over a dozen of which went into production and have screened in DFW. Daniel has spoken on panels and presented workshops with The Writers Guild of Texas, Romance Writers of America, and Dallas Screenwriters Association among others, and wrote and co-produced Lily is Here, a feature-length drama with Carpe Diem Pictures, scheduled to premiere Summer, 2019.

Website: facebook.com/dfwwritersroom

KATHRYN McCLATCHY – Secretary / Membership / Social Media

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Kathryn McClatchy started her career in marketing and advertising, then segued into academia teaching literature, composition, research skills, and rhetoric. In 2006, as she was finishing her Master's degree and preparing to start her PhD, Kathryn suffered the first of many strokes—one day she was a college professor, the next day she was having to relearn to read, write, talk, walk, and pretty much everything else again. In the last decade, she has applied her education and experience to reinventing herself as a writer and public speaker. In addition to writing thrillers and creative nonfiction, Kathryn has created and/or managed social media campaigns for three non-profit writing organizations, created and facilitated a flash fiction contest that has since been named after her, and coaches writers and businesses on platform building, productivity, ADA Compliance, and developmental writing.

Website: kathrynmcclatchy.com

BUD HUMBLE – Director of Operations

William "Bud" Humble is a native Texan who's been writing for over 25 years. Though he's tried other things, his love of speculative fiction keeps drawing him back. His desire to help others achieve their literary dreams has led to him becoming the W.O.R.D. Director of Operations, a co-founder of Writers in the Field, and this year, he's also the driving force behind WORDfest Southwest in Burleson.

DAVID DOUGLAS – Director of Technology

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David Douglas is a playwright, award-winning short story author, and founder of Stage Writers — a Dallas-based playwright organization. With a penchant for combining romance and mystery, he often writes of central love stories affected (for better or worse) by murder, secrets, or past transgressions. His full-length play, Railbird, has received readings in the First Impressions Festival (Imprint Theatreworks) and the Play Readers Club (Our Productions Theatre Co.). His short plays have been featured in One Day Only (Rover Dramawerks) and the Stage Writers Festival (Stage Writers). David is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and serves as Director of Technology for Writers Organizations 'Round Dallas (WORD). In addition to writing, David loves watching classic and independent films, as well as reading, attending, and directing plays.

Website: oddoccurrences.com

MARSHA HUBBELL – Director at Large

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Marsha Hubbell writes adult / YA mystery and paranormal. A city girl her entire life, she and her firefighter husband and 5-year-old lab mix recently moved to the country. As now faced with “scorpions, spiders and snakes ... Oh, my,” she’s also trying her hand at a bit of humor (and possibly horror, too!). They are first-time beekeepers and plan to add one or two hives a year. Marsha’s also dusting off long-neglected WIPs.

SARAH HAMILTON – Treasurer / Social Media