Writers’ Heaven – Spring in the Davis Mountains

Located in the beautiful mountains of West Texas, Paisano Baptist Encampment is a 95-year-old family retreat. Paisano was established by pioneering ranch families who began meeting for preaching and dinner on the grounds. Old timers used to camp in tents and eat meals prepared on chuck wagons.

Paisano was established for the purpose of worship and Bible study while enjoying nature, and now they also share their beautiful grounds with other groups. The camp provides a cowboy-type atmosphere in West Texas between Alpine and Marfa.

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Spring Writers Retreat | Our Speakers

Acclaimed children’s author, Jessica Lee Anderson; New Mexico writing instructor and manuscript doctor, Lucia Zimmitti; Sul Ross State University research archivists, Melleta Bell and Jerri Garza; and newspaper photojournalist and humorist, Blair Pittman, highlight the annual Writing Round-Up of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers near Alpine on April 9, 10, 11, 2010. A weekend of learning and fun with celebrated speakers, western outdoor cooking, a haiku poetry walk, warm days, cool evenings, and readings around a campfire in the inspiring Davis Mountains is planned for guests. The 19th annual spring retreat in the Big Bend area has many repeat writers returning for the writing tips, publishing secrets, gorgeous scenery of Paisano Encampment, hiking, recharging of batteries, and congenial camaraderie.

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February Newsletter |”Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, in the Fiesta Room at the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Our speaker will Darrell White who will share the history of Valentine’s Day and some of its customs throughout the world, such as how Japan has two Valentine’s Days — February 14 for women and May 14 for men!
Writing Asssignment by Darrell White: Your writing assignment topic for the February meeting is your best or worst Valentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day gift.

From the Atelier of our President:

Where is our promised snow?  My sister called this morning; they’ve got 3 inches so far in Natchitoches, Louisiana, a place that rarely sees snow.  She is thrilled!  Of course everything has been shut down and cancelled over there so she’s got a long weekend at home.  They may get up to 7 inches before the front moves out.

I am happy with sun, of course.  And thankful that I live in an area where we can have snow one day and sun the next!  And, if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute!

We’re anxious to hear how Kip liked Alaska and look forward to a report from her.  She should now be back in the warmer climes of Texas.

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