Profiles of TMTW Retreat Speakers

Acclaimed professional authors highlight the annual Spring Retreat of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers in the mountains near Alpine on April 24, 25, 26, 2009 at Paisano Baptist Encampment. It will be a weekend of learning and fun with celebrated speakers, western outdoor cooking, a haiku walk, warm days, cool evenings, with readings around a fire in the inspiring Davis Mountains. This 18th annual Writing Round-Up in the Big Bend area has many repeat writers returning for the knowledge, scenery, great food, and congenial camaraderie.

Dr. Barney Nelson

Dr. Barney Nelson, associate English professor at Sul Ross State University, is author of seven books in which she narrates life in the contemporary west with her words as well as outstanding photography. She has authored hundreds of creative nonfiction magazine and book essays and will share her expertise in this field. Nelson has been named to two halls of fame and is listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Women, and International Writer of the Year. Nelson will show examples of her accompanying award winning photography.

Mike Cox

Mike Cox, of Austin, has a freelance writing career of more than forty years and most recently published a nationally acclaimed book, The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900. Cox is the author of fourteen nonfiction books with two others currently under contract. Cox’s background is as an award-winning reporter and spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety and later communications manager for the Texas Department of Transportation before retiring in 2007. He continues freelance research and writing with hundreds of articles and essays published in a variety of publications.

Linda LaRoque

Linda LaRoque, Waco area, is a retired teacher turned writer, and a member of Romance Writers of America and president of her local chapter of the Romance Writers of America. At the present time she has published two romance novels and two short stories with four novels being published in 2009. Her first book, When the Ocotillo Bloom, published in 2007, was set, as are all her stories, against the raw landscape of ranches and rural communities in Texas. LaRoque writes some romances in the traditional manner and some with a time travel theme. LaRoque decided to buck the usual formula of standard presses and successfully sells her works on the internet. She will share her knowledge of this modern way of publishing with retreat guests.

The annual Spring Retreat Writing Round-Up offers opportunities for exploring, enjoying the peace and solitude of the mountains or socially networking with other writers who share love of the written word.

The first opportunity to meet the guest speakers will be Friday evening, April 24, at the Front Street Books Reading Room on Holland Avenue and 4th Street at 7 p.m. Wine, soft drinks, and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and the public is invited to this one event free of charge.

On Saturday there will be a full day of informative, entertaining sessions ending with a barbeque dinner at the encampment, after which attendees may read aloud their written assignments around a fire.

Sunday sessions will start with brunch and end at noon. Rustic housing is available at the encampment or attendees may make their own arrangements at motels/hotels in Alpine, Marfa, or Ft. Davis. Four meals, the Friday night reception and one copy of the annual publication Chaos West of the Pecos are included into registration fee. Prices for weekend are $135 for one person or $195 for a couple.

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