July Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our July meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Fort Davis Public Library in Fort Davis, TX. If you wish to carpool from Alpine, meet us in the Big Bend Telephone parking lot before we depart at 6:30 pm sharp.

Program: How do you plot a story?  The Texas Mountain Trail Writers will have a discussion on plotting short stories, novel, even poems at their next meeting.  All writers, experienced or not, are welcome to come and share techniques.  Bring your charts, your outlines, your seat of the pants ideas – whatever works for you.  We’ll learn together.

President Ramblings

July started with a bang in the Big Bend.  Fireworks, parades, food booths, and music were all over the place.  I hope your writing for this month starts the same way.  May your characters sparkle and your plots flash with brilliance.  Speaking of plots – our next summer meeting discussion will be on that topic.  Please bring hints, ideas, lists, formal charts, or whatever you use to plot your novels, short stories, or even your poems.  Bring ideas you wished you could try or your tried and true methods.  We can all improve. This is a chance to share and learn from each other.

A big shout out to those members participating in the NaNoWRiMo summer camp.  Anne VanLoon, Marian Frueh, and Darrell White  (and maybe others) signed up for their cabins and set their goals.  As I write this, they are 6 days into the process.  Cheery emails and votes of confidence will be accepted by all of them should you wish to email.

TMTW members Barbara Blake, Richard Jespers, and Jackie Siglin attended the Writers League of Texas Agents and Editors Conference in Austin, June 21-23.  We learned a bunch, met agents and editors, got some nibbles on our writing, and generally had a fabulous time. One of the side benefits was having the opportunity to talk writing 24/7 with others who didn’t find that at all crazy.  We also timed it perfectly to see the bat flight from under the Congress Avenue bridge.  I’d say that was crazy!

Looking to the future, we plan a discussion on characters for the August meeting.  As you are writing in July, make a few notes to yourself about what you what to learn on that topic.

Keep the spirit going, put your seat on the chair, and write out your heart.


Travel Writing Workshops

Here are two travel writing workshops that might be of interest! From Janna Graber, Director, .

Travel Writing Workshops in Bali and California

Sharpen Your Writing Skills While Exploring an Unforgettable Destination

Travel Writing On Location, the popular travel writing workshop series, has announced its September writing workshops and tours.

California’s Other Wine Country: Sept. 8-12, 2013

September is California Wine Month, and the Golden State is a fitting destination for this unique travel writing workshop. The 5-day/4-night workshop include plenty of time to explore one of California’s most unique wine regions.

Temecula Valley is home to 30 award-winning wineries. The region is known for its  blue skies and sunny climate, and is easily accessible from San Diego and southern California.

Taught by a diverse lineup of seasoned pros, the morning workshops will cover the latest travel writing trends, selling in today’s travel market, photography, publishing your own blog or website and the business of travel writing.

September is harvest time in Temecula Valley, and participants will experience this memorable event at several local vineyards, speaking with local winegrowers and tasting the wines. Other activities include an early morning hot air balloon ride, a dinner in a local wine cellar, a walking tour of Old Town Temecula and a visit with one of the region’s olive oil producers.

Early bird pricing available through June 30, 2013.

Beyond Eat, Pray, Love: Sights and Colors of Bali, Indonesia, Sept 20-27, 2013
Post tour trips to Komodo Island or Toraja, Sept. 27- Oct. 1, 2013

With its gorgeous scenery and unique culture, Bali is one of the most popular destinations in Asia. At our upcoming Bali workshop, you can experience this exciting destination for yourself while updating your skills as a travel writer. Morning workshops include classes on travel photography, travel writing in today’s market, social media, online publishing and more.

Afternoons and evenings will offer plenty of time for experiencing Bali. With our local guides, we’ll receive in-depth insight into Bali’s unique culture, and will see some of the region’s top attractions, as well as out-of-the-way locations that few travelers ever visit.

Highlights include a cooking class with local chef, a hike through the Sacred Monkey Forest, visits with local artisans, shopping in local villages, taking part in a purification ceremony at a sacred spring and much more.

Post-tour options include an exciting 4-day adventure to Komodo Island and a 4-day Cultural Tour of Toraja.

Early bird discount good through June 30, 2013

About Travel Writing On Location

At Travel Writing On Location, we’re passionate about telling the stories of travel. We’re even more passionate about helping YOU tell your OWN stories of travel.

Whether you’re a seasoned travel writer who wants to update your skills or new to the field of travel writing, you’ll learn a lot from our workshops — and you’ll have a great time doing it.

Each travel writing workshops is designed to provide the skills you need as a travel writer — and an extraordinary travel experience to write about. Taught by seasoned travel journalists, the writing workshops provide instruction on writing technique, as well as insight into the travel writing business

To learn more, visit TravelWritingOnLocation.com

Trail Bits

150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals – “This is one of the most helpful blogs I’ve come across, and I want to share it. Seems like it has valuable info for every writer. Plus it also contains the links. Enjoy and write.”

Braggin’ Rights

Kip Piper, Sofa Surfer

As many of you know, Kip (our TMTW editor) is now traveling throughout the USA, visiting family and friends, plus house and pet sitting. She currently is in Georgia and heading to Florida on Thursday of this week, then back north to Virginia.

Kip has launched a new blog website about her travels: www.SofaSurfingTheWorld.com. She also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SofaSurfingTheWorld. Be sure to visit her website and “like” her Facebook page to keep up with her travels, post comments, and ask questions! She would love to hear from you!

Final Note from the Editor:

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