20th Annual TMTW Spring Retreat

Writing Round-Up

Paisano Baptist Encampment
Alpine, Texas
April 8, 9, 10, 2011

Weekend Overview

Larry D. Thomas—2008 Poet Laureate of Texas
offers free critique of your work
Andy Wilkinson
western historian, playwright, poet, songwriter, Texas Tech instructor
Dr. Beverly Six
collecting and recording folklore, Sul Ross professor of English

Our 20th year retreat celebrates by having three outstanding writers to instruct and entertain. All poets, and ones who love poetry, will be enriched by listening to Larry D. Thomas, whose works won him the highest honor in Texas for poetry. Thomas of Houston, soon to be Alpine, will talk about the writing of poetry, publishing of poetry in today’s world, share some of his own, and tell of the road he traveled to become the 2008 Poet Laureate of Texas.

An added enticement! Larry has offered to give a free critique of your poem if you are a retreat participant. Details will be sent upon receipt of your registration.


Andy Wilkinson, western historian, author of a Charles Goodnight screenplay, poet and song writer, has taught at Texas Tech in Lubbock, and entertained audiences at Alpine’s Cowboy Poetry Weekend. He will explain his methods of historical research into subjects of the southwest.


Dr. Beverly Six, Sul Ross State University professor of English, will share her vast knowledge of collecting folklore from primary sources and recording the stories. Dr. Six is an instructor of children’s literature, Native-American, protest literature, and mystery and detective fiction.


If one or more of these scenarios heat your blood, then you won’t want to miss the Texas Mountain Trail Writers Writing Round-Up, April 8, 9, 10, 2011 at Paisano Baptist Encampment in the mountains west of Alpine.

Enjoy the western atmosphere, pleasant warm days and cool mountain nights, while listening to presentations from professional, published authors.

You’ll love the western cooking, and you may choose to go hiking on a cross-country trail, birding, exploring, photographing, or sitting and thinking!  Creative ideas and opportunities for sharing and networking will abound.


Friday Night Writers Reception: April 8, 7:00 pm

Your first opportunity to meet our presenters and fellow writers will be at the Front Street Books Reading Room, 201 E. Holland Avenue, in Alpine. Join us for an evening of informal chatting, relaxation and fun. Enjoy wine or soft drinks and a fabulous hors d’oeuvres spread. Introductions will be made, and schedules along with maps will be furnished for the Saturday location. This event only is free and open to the public.

Saturday Conference Sessions: April 9, 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

All sessions will be at Paisano Encampment beginning with a continental breakfast and picking up registration packets with schedule of all sessions. Lunch, dinner and snacks will also be at this location. Dress is country casual, walking shoes encouraged, and audience feedback is welcomed during presentations. Bring a jacket.

In the evening after the dinner and entertaining speaker, stories by participants will be read around the fireside or campfire.

Sunday Final Session: April 10, 7:00 am to 11:00

An early morning Haiku poetry hike with our Poet Laureate, Larry, a hearty cowboy breakfast, last dynamic presentation, and a final chance to glean ideas from the speakers are on the agenda.

Retreat participants exchange cards and fond farewells after a weekend of fun and sharing of ideas in the fresh mountain setting.

Click here to download Registration Form


Rustic housing is available at the Encampment if you are adventurous. There are three choices, plus RV spaces:

Several small, nicely renovated cabins which sleep up to 4 (bunk beds) and have their own bathrooms, plus microwave and refrigerator for $60 per night flat rate per cabin.

Several unrenovated cabins, very rustic, and without kitchen amenities which sleep up to 4 (bunk beds) with own bathrooms for $40 per night flat rate per cabin.

Bunkhouse: Beds for $12 per night, with shared bathroom/shower facilities, dorm style (men and women separate).

In each choice you are responsible for your own linens: sheets, pillows, blankets, towels. Maybe you’ll bring your cowboy bedroll! All cabins and the bunkhouse have air conditioning and heat (the mountains get very cool at night, even in April.)

Lodging will be assigned as reservations come in, on a first come, first served basis, and the cabins only will have a cut-off registration deadline of April 4 so that the required number may be cleaned.

The camp also has RV hookups for $25.00 per night, which include 50 amp electricity and water, no sewer, plus a nice restroom/shower facility.

To make reservations at the Encampment or for more information, contact Jackie Siglin – 432-364-2399 or email .

Lodging is also available in Alpine, Marfa, and Fort Davis. Information on hotels, motels, and RV parks is available on the Chamber of Commerce web sites: www.alpinetexas.com (Visitor Guide) or www.fortdavis.com (Accommodations) or www.marfacc.com (Lodging) Please make your reservations early.


The following meals are included in your registration fee:
Friday — Evening wine/punch & hors d’oeuvres Reception
Saturday — Continental Breakfast, Box Lunch, Round-Up Supper
Sunday — Cowboy Breakfast


Door prizes will be given frequently during the weekend. Free time is allowed for exploring or resting. There are 1,000 acres in the encampment and a cross-country trail around the camp that is used by many schools in West Texas for meets. There are many rocks to climb and a dry creek, except when it rains, with picturesque pedestrian bridges. Photography opportunities surround you.

Writing Assignment

Homework for a Retreat???  Yes! Click here to view the Homework Assignment.

There will be time to read our poems or stories around the fireplace. This is fun, and optional! All poems and stories will be collected to be published in next year’s Chaos West of the Pecos, 2012, unless otherwise requested. Stay tuned for the homework assignment coming soon.

Additional Information:

Authors with books to sell may do so at no cost if they are members of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers and attend the retreat.  Dues are $15 per year and payment may be made with the retreat fee. Please request a half or whole sellers’ table on your registration form. Additional copies of Chaos West of the Pecos will be available for sale at $8 each.

Pet Policy: The Paisano Encampment enjoys a quiet country setting. Wild animals wander through at will, and the camp manager has his own dogs. We believe your pet would be happier and safer staying at home.

Click here to download Registration Form

For More Information contact the members listed below:

Reba Cross Seals
Retreat Co Chair -TMTW
432/ 837-2919

P. O. Box 1133
Alpine, TX 79831

Jackie Siglin, Co-Chair
Lodging & Reservations

312 S. Hackberry
Alpine, TX 79830

Phyllis Musgrove
President – TMTW

P.O. Box 42
Alpine, TX 79831

Elaine Davenport

1300 W. Marfa St.
Alpine, TX 79830

Kip Piper

2 Replies to “20th Annual TMTW Spring Retreat”

  1. I will attend the conference, and I will stay in the rental home I have in Alpine. Also it is likely that a member of my writers group in Lubbock will share my Alpine rental.

    I hope to soon send you the information you need from me, for registration.Is there a mail box office where I (and others) from Lubbock can mail registration forms?

    Thanks for any help.

    Marilyn Westfall (a member of the Alpine/Marfa group)

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