2017 Writers Retreat

Texas Mountain Trail Writers
2017 One-Day Spring Retreat


Indian Lodge, Davis Mountains State Park
Alpine & Fort Davis, Texas

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Texas Mountain Trail Writers group invites both beginning to advanced authors to join them for a one-day retreat at the Indian Lodge in the beautiful Davis Mountain State Park. This event will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Kay Ellington and Dr. Barbara Brannon

Presenters of this year’s retreat are Barbara Brannon, PhD, and Kay Ellington. Both women live in Lubbock, Texas. One of their latest projects is the Paragraph Ranch series of novels. Dr. Brannon wrote one of the novels and co-authored, with Ms. Ellington, the other two books in the series. The novels have been praised by readers for realistic characters, authentic West Texas settings, and interesting plots.

Dr. Brannon holds graduate degrees in American literature and book history. She has taught creative writing and is widely published. Ms. Ellington is a graduate of the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop. She founded and maintains an online program, www.LoneStarLiterary.com, that connects Texas authors with readers, writing groups, writing workshops, and marketing outlets. Both women combine more than five decades of experience in teaching, book publishing, editing, and marketing.

The theme of this year’s retreat is “Writing Inspired Fiction.” In keeping with this theme, the presenters will expose attendees to techniques that will help them to create believable characters, enrich character interactions, enhance dramatic tension, and develop realistic plots. Some practical aspects of marketing, publishing, and editing will also be addressed.

Dr. Brannon and Ms. Ellington will give attendees the opportunity to complete writing exercises that will enhance their understanding of the writing craft. Free workbooks will be provided. In some sessions, participants will be able to join discussions.

The presenters are aware participants attending the retreat are at different levels in their writing endeavors. They are prepared to adjust their program to accommodate the needs of everyone. The knowledge gained from the event is applicable to all fiction genres.

Check-in before morning sessions will begin at 8 A.M. A free continental breakfast will be served from 8 A.M. until 9 A.M. Check-in and breakfast will take place in the meeting room below the Black Bear Restaurant. The retreat will start at 9 A.M. and end at 4 P.M. A lunch break is scheduled for 12 noon until 1 P.M. Attendees can eat lunch at the Black Bear Restaurant or drive four miles into Fort Davis to eat at establishments there. After the retreat ends, participants are invited to join other attendees for a 5 P.M. meal at the Black Bear.

The cost of the event is $70 per person. Individuals paying their registration fees will automatically become members of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers. They will be eligible to be published in the TMTW’s annual anthology. Other than the continental breakfast, meals and lodging are not included in the registration fee. Early registration is encouraged because of limited space.

Registration Form links:

Downloadable Registration Form PDF – to print out, complete, pay with check, and mail via post office

ONLINE Payment Form – to pay via credit card or PayPal. You must still download the Registration Form, print out, complete, and mail via post office.

Participants planning to stay overnight at the Indian Lodge can call Texas Parks and Wildlife, Indian Lodge, Fort Davis, Texas. The reservation number is 512-389-8982. Reservations should be made early. Spring is coming, and the rooms are booked quickly.

For other lodging information, contact the Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce (www.ftdavis.com or 432-426-3015). This organization has a list of area vacancies (including RV campgrounds).

If you have further questions about the retreat, contact Jackie Siglin, Registrar, at ten.d1496135543nebgi1496135543b@1ak1496135543salad1496135543ekab1496135543.