Saturday, July 27, 2013

August Speaker: Jerome Cabeen

Jerome Cabeen served as a Catholic Missionary in Honduras, Central America from 2004 until 2008. During his time in Honduras he made missionary visits to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Bolivia and Colombia. He married Clarisa Chavarria-Lara in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in June of 2008 and shortly there-after the couple embarked upon a journey as missionaries to Liberia, Africa from 2008 until 2010.

While in Africa Cabeen and his wife made stops in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ethiopia, Egypt, South Africa and Swaziland.

Jerome Cabeen is a native of Houston, Texas and graduated from Sam Houston State University in Hunstville, Texas in 1990 with a degree in Fine Arts. He taught and coached basketball in Houston and Orlando, Florida for twelve years before hearing the call to become a missionary in 2003. “Memoirs of a Reluctant Servant” is Cabeen’s first book.

Jerome and Clarisa reside in Beaumont, Texas with their cats “Hendrix” and "Ginger."

Make sure to visit Jerome and “Memoirs of a Reluctant Servant” on FACEBOOK as well as at :

Monday, July 22, 2013

TGCW Workshop

On Saturday, July 13, 2013 Texas Gulf Coast Writer's sponsored a workshop.

Jim Sanderson: Multi published author in multiple genres. He is the head of the Masters in English program at Lamar University and a member of the Texas Institution of Letters, an organization whose membership is by invitation only and whose members include Carmac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry. Anyone interested in Screenwriting may wish to speak with him. You can learn more and Jim Sanderson spoke on scene,summary, and POV.

Gretchen Johnson: a talented woman whose fiction has appeared in Amarillo Bay and whose collection of stories just came out from Lamar University Press. You can see it:  Gretchen Johnson offered exercises in research and writing the short story.

Jerry Craven: Press Director for Lamar University Press, Press Director for Ink Brush Press, Editor-in-Chief of Amarillo Bay, a member of the writing faculty at Lamar University, he is an active member of The Texas Institute of LettersSFWATACWTCCTE. To learn more: 
Dr. Jerry Craven spoke about publishing poetry and short stories

The day included sessions with each professor, a Q/A Panel with all speakers, and time for book signing and socializing.   We will soon be posting pictures from this day.

To see us on the Lamar University website:

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

TGCW Logo Winner

     Bobby Rabalais' wonderful design won the TGCW logo contest!

     Bobby Rabalais is the Senior Designer and President for new vision multimedia. The company

new vision multimedia opened its "cyber doors" on May 2001 with the DBA

filed to the state of Texas on November 2000.

     Bobby received two degrees graduating with honors from The Art Institute of Houston. The

first was a Visual Communications Degree (Graphic Design) in 1990. In 2001, he received

a degree in Multimedia, which also encompasses animation, web design, and videography.

Bobby also held the position of 1999 - 2001 President of National Vocational and Technical

Honors Society at AIH and was a member of the Dean's List. Graduating in the top 1% of his

class, he was chosen as the keynote speaker to close the ceremony.

     Since 1988, Bobby has excelled in graphic design, web design, print, and photography. In

past projects, Bobby has been the non-linear editor producing 30-minute television programs

through Media 3 Productions that air on television stations such as Telemundo 48, Univision,

and more.  He has designed full ad campaigns for clients such as The Lone Star Rally, Pets

Jam Charity Weekend, Hill Country Holler Rally, MotorMet Car & Bike Shows, SummerFest

Concert Events, and much more.

     We thank him for this logo and his generosity in working with us to meet our design needs.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer Writers Workshop

Join the TCGW for their first workshop, a series of sessions with professors from Lamar University, each with experience in a different area of writing or publishing. The workshop will conclude with a Q & A time with the panel of  speakers and will provide opportunities for networking and socializing.

Saturday, July 13, 2013
8:00 a.m.— 2:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Lamar University, Maes Building, Room 101
$20 for TGCW members, $30 others
There will be an additional $10 charge if the fee is not paid by July 8.
A registration form is below.

Our distinguished panel of speakers includes:
    Dr. James Sanderson—an author published in multiple genres, Writing Director of the English Department of Lamar University, member of the Texas Institute of Letters
    Gretchen Johnson—her fiction has appeared in Amarillo Bay and she has a collection of stories recently published by Lamar University Press. You can see it:
    Dr. Jerry Craven—member of the writing faculty at Lamar University, Press Director for the Lamar University Press and for Ink Brush Press, Editor-in-Chief for Amarillo Bay, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters (

2013 TGCW Workshop Registration Form 
Mail payment with the following information:

PHONE ________________________________________________
EMAIL ________________________________________________
_________ $20 for TGCW Members (Must be received by July 8)
_________ $30 for Non-Members (Must be received by July 8)
_________ Additional $10 at the door on July 13
You can mail this with your payment to:   
Texas Gulf Coast Writers
P.O. Box 252 
Bridge City, TX 77611