“Where there’s a story, I want to tell it…show it… in speech and in print, in fact or in fiction. People and their stories are my passion.”
Carmen Goldthwaite – Author, Teacher, Storyteller – packs a lifetime of writing into creative writing classes she teaches, the Texas Tales she spins and books and articles she pens.
“You find the untold stories of so many women…women who’ve been lost from the pages of history, and you write them well.”Ann Smith of the Houston-Galveston Sam Houston Chapter of DAR about Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women throughout Lone Star History
Carmen is the top-selling author of Texas’ heroic women’s stories: true adventures across the centuries and the landscape of Texas.
ONE READER SAID about TEXAS RANCH WOMEN: THREE CENTURIES OF METTLE AND MOXIE…
…“well written and informative. I was born and raised in Texas. We had Texas history in school. This book gives me the ‘rest of the story’.” – Txana, on Amazon, a review.
“Carmen is one of those rare instructors who knows the nuts and bolts of writing, both fiction and non-fiction, and also has the skill to teach that knowledge.”Carol Henderson, from the Writers’ Circle
Teaching, a glorious experience!
Translating decades of experience in writing and publishing, Carmen passes along her knowledge to writers through small group Writers’ Circles, individually, classes, conferences and workshops. For 12 years, men and women have knocked on the door of her writing place, her home, “Scribblers Sanctuary,” as nicknamed by early students. Some of her SMU and TCU students still come back from time to time for a “refresher” or a manuscript edit.
“…they’re still talking about you and the women you brought to life….”Bess Biddle, Woman’s Club of Fort Worth
Carmen spins the tales, the true ones, of Texas’ formidable women, stories untold or long forgotten. She’s written about them in columns, magazines, anthologies and books– tales of immigrating to “Tejas” alone and with children, standing off hungry and angry hostiles with guns or baked bread, grubbing to bring forth crops and livestock on land often parched, making hay when wildcatters poked their pastures and hit bonanzas.
Whether about history or writing, Carmen welcomes the opportunity to ‘pass it on.’
Scheduling now for Fall 2021 and the year 2022. Contact Carmen to find out more or schedule an event.
At present, all in person meetings, retreats, etc. are subject to COVID guidelines now being lifted from place to place.
Ongoing Writers Circles
Happening on Zoom until COVID lets up; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 -10 pm; Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 pm (moving to in-person).
Every six weeks
Writers’ Ranch Retreat – a SUCCESS!
An in person private ranch retreat for a half dozen “fully immunized” women. We had hoped. And it worked. Safe, fun and an invigorating experience. Laughter included.
April 23-25th 2021
“Tales of Texas Dames”
Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano
September 14th 2021
“Leaders before Their Time – Texas Women!”
For Pittsburg, TX Pioneer Days leadership luncheon.
September 16th 2021
“Find Your Story”
You’ve been itching to write but not sure how to get started? This is the place for you to learn the “tricks” of story development whether you are considering fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction.
October 23rd 2021
11am – 12:30pm
“Memoir and Personal Essay”
Discover the slant you want to take, learn the strategies and tools you will need to write either a book-length or short personal story.
November 6th 2021
11am – 12:30pm
“The Women Who Made Texas Strong”
Friends of the Library, Rockwall, TX
February 22nd 2022
“Texas Women Wield the Reins on Ranches, in Boardrooms and on Stages”
Rockwall Literary Club
May 11th 2022
Fall 2021/Winter 2022 (TBD)