September Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Breezes Blowing for​ Texas Mountain Trail Writers ​in​ 2017-18!!

Meeting Announcement: Our September meeting will be held on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2017, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Church at 1308 N. 5th Street in Alpine, TX. NOTE NEW DAY, DATE, TIME AND LOCATION!!!!

Program: Writing Game

Light Refreshments

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee: Breezes Blowing for​ Texas Mountain Trail Writers ​in​ 2017-18!!

The falling leaves of September find these west Texas writers ready for a change! Bright new ideas are coming along with the brilliant autumn colors.

Texas Mountain Trail Writers are beginning a new writing year with a Sunday afternoon meeting, hoping to make it easier for more people to attend. The first one will be September 24 at 3 p.m. in the Unitarian Church at 1308 N. 5th Street in Alpine. It is extremely casual and light-hearted.

A writing game is planned because we are writers and like to enjoy and get support from one another. We will have light refreshments, and discuss some new approaches to a strong writing group. RSVPs to Reba, , or Gwynne, , are nice, but not necessary.

We will draw for a Great Door Prize!

You are welcome to bring a friend and a smile. We look forward to seeing you.

Steering Committee of TMTW

The Permian Basin Writers Workshop (Sept. 15 – 17)

The Permian Basin Writers Workshop (Sept. 15 – 17), Midland College is extending its menu to three days this year. While Friday will be an all day writers boot camp, Saturday will be filled with presenters and teachers of numerous genres, as well as agents and publishers
to take pitches. Sunday is unique in that it is dedicated to Christian writing in the genres of memoir, spiritual, inspirational and fiction. Also on Sunday playwright Tom Parks will talk about the craft of script writing plays and two film producers will talk about film production. The Double Tree has discounted its room charge for attendees, and there will be a cash bar mixer with music by the West Texas Winds at the Double Tree on Friday night.

We hope to see our friends from Texas Mountain Writers, and we hope our workshop will be as successful as yours. Jane and I had a great time with you guys.

Glen Aaron

Nimrod International Journal Call for Submissions

Greetings! I’m writing to invite the members of your writing group to submit work for Nimrod International Journal’s Spring/Summer 2018 thematic issue, Let Us Gather: Diversity and the Arts. Please find the information on this special issue below.

Nimrod is a biannual literary journal published at The University of Tulsa. For more information about us, please visit our website: Please feel free to contact me with any questions about this issue, and to make copies of the call for submissions if needed.

I hope to see submissions from your writing group members soon!


Cassidy McCants
Associate Editor

A Writers Retreat in England

What: A Writers Retreat in England

With: Travel Venues to World Heritage Centers at Ancient Stonehenge, Roman Britain at Bath as well as Shakespeare’s birthplace and home of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford Upon Avon and a Day of Fun and History in Modern London

When: Friday, August 10th through Saturday, August 18th, 2018

Where: Worton Park, The Farmhouse, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom

Who: A Great Lineup Including:

#1 – New York Times Best-Seller Ruth Downie of The Medicus Series of Crime Novels about the Roman Empire in Ancient Britain (

#2 – Dr. Heather Corbally Bryant, Retreat Lecturer from The Writing Program, Wellesley College, Natick, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (

#3 – Jamie Dodson, author of the popular young adult books of the WWII era, The Nick Grant Adventure Series (

Go to for more information, including photos of Worton Park’s The Farmhouse and its fabulous accommodations as well as agenda material/schedules for travel to the noted sites and pricing details.

Act quickly! Reservation spaces are limited.

Upcoming Kahini Gatherings

Workshop info and registration will open soon for the 2018 Kāpiti Writers’ Retreat! Dates are set for 23-25 February: please stay tuned! Also upcoming in Aotearoa in October: a workshop in journaling to support creative process with Helen Lehndorf.

Pam Houston and Kim Addonizio teach at the second-annual Maui Writers’ Retreat in Lahaina this upcoming January 14-20. Learn more here, or book your space.

Meanwhile, one shared room only is available for the 2017 Hawai’i Writers’ Retreat, featuring Sheila Bender and Brenda Miller. The 2018 Kaua’i Writers’ Retreat and the 2018 Jamaica Writers’ Retreat are already sold out.

More about Kahini’s upcoming writing events are available at or by contacting .

Join or Renew Your TMTW Membership

Membership in the Texas Mountain Trail Writers can help you grow as a writer, whether you write purely for fun or for a living. AND we accept dues payments online at our website! For more information, click here.

Final Note from the Editor:

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