October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Pam Breithaupt’s home in Fort Davis, TX.  (Email for directions)

Program: “Presto/Changeo” presented by Pam Breithaupt

Moderator: Elaine Davenport

Refreshments: Pam Breithaupt

Photo Writing Prompts: Members’ Photos (See description below)

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

October Program: Presto/Changeo

Adapting an idea from one form of writing to another:
poem / short story / novel / stage play / screenplay

     — What are the differences in format and style?
— How can adapting strengthen or enrich your original idea?
— How would a different form change the message or impact of your idea?

Pam Breithaupt & Rachel Barrett

Let’s plan to meet at my house in Fort Davis Estates instead of the library.   Email me for directions.

See you at 10 AM on October 27.

Pam Breithaupt

Photo Writing Prompts – Members’ Photos

TMTW members are invited to participate in choosing the monthly Photo Writing Prompt by submitting good quality, sharp ORIGINAL (YOUR photo – not someone else’s) images in JPG format to Jerri Garza.  Do not send anything from the Internet as we would be subject to heavy fines.

Send two to four images no later than the 10th of each month to Jerri at .  Jerri will then send four selections to Kip for inclusion in the newsletter.  Please give your images a title and have images ready for publication. There is no monetary compensation for TMTW use of members’ images.  Images must be received by the deadline for use in the writing prompts.  It is not required to submit images for writing prompts participation.

The writing guidelines remain at 500 words or fewer, Times New Roman, 12-point font.  If you wish, you may read or have your Opportunity read at the monthly meeting.  You can choose to write about one, several, or all images.  If all images are selected for the Writing Opportunity, then attempt to combine the images into one related assignment.

Use these as they are or use anything they might inspire in you.  You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in Chaos.  Black and white versions of members photos may be included in the Chaos if anyone chooses their photo as writing inspiration.  Submitting a photo implies permission to reproduce as TMTW chooses and we will credit the photographer in every instance.  Questions? Email Jerri at .

October’s four photo writing prompts are the images below, should you like to use them:

Submitted by Jerri Garza:

Submitted by Pam Breithaupt

The Craft + Business of Writing with WLT: Midland Edition
11/3/2018 From 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The Writers’ League’s staff is heading to Midland for an event with the West Texas Writers, Inc. at Midland College. Join us for this free and open event featuring two presentations on the craft of writing and the business of publishing, plus the opportunity to meet other writers in the area, learn about programs and offerings for writers, and more.

For more information, go to http://www.writersleague.org/calendar/CraftandBusinessofWritingMidlandEdition

Summary of September’s TMTW Meeting:

Two Friends and a Love of Poetry
The Longview and East Texas Poetry Society

While cleaning and organizing in a storage building, a worn box of yellowed news clippings and fragile typewritten pages was discovered. Significance of these records would not be realized until after two times of searching through these items. My mother, Elizabeth, and her best friend, Ruby, met each other at Nicholson Memorial Library in Longview, Texas in the late 1940’s. Both enjoyed poetry and sought to become better writers in the craft. Longview’s population in 1950 had reached 24,445 (U.S. Census). They proposed to begin a poetry organization and held their first meeting in my grandmother’s home.

The Longview and East Texas Poetry Society (LETPS) on August 14, 1954, and continued to grow through the mid 1960’s. A varied group of members joined to support each other, improve their poetry, and offer the community a program for cultural enrichment. They were able to accomplish these goals by providing educational programs within their group and to area schools as well as participating in local and area poetry competitions. Among their members were authors, song writers, radio announcers, public school students, university and public-school teachers, a minister’s wife who wrote short stories, artists, a folklore specialist, a librarian, and a concert singer.

Members promoted their work with activities such as assigned seasonal or monthly themes with readings and discussions, weekly poetry columns in local newspapers, monthly poetry readings on local radio stations, assisting with youth poetry clubs, invitations of guest speakers for programs, semi-monthly workshops and critiques, constructing posters for libraries, sponsoring poem competitions with local businesses, presenting original greeting cards for Christmas and shut-ins (poem showers), and gathering for their annual founders’ day banquet.

My mother and her friend continued with the group until mid-1960. Ruby remarried and moved out of state while my mother and father now had four young children to raise. New writer’s organizations came into being, the East Texas Writer’s Association and the Rusk County Poetry Society (Henderson, Texas, 1971). These two groups have merged into one organization and are very active. Longview’s population in 2010 had reached 80,455. Sadly, it is believed that the original members of the LETPS are now deceased. The last remaining known living member, librarian Hilma Harrell, moved to Maryland to be in the care of her son in 2017. No communication has been received from her since.

An interesting connection shared between LETPS and Alpine, Texas is the poet Lilith Lorraine. Lilith was Mary Maud Dunn Wright. She lived in Alpine between 1954 and 1963, operating a printing company for poetry. Ruby participated in a poetry workshop offered by Lilith in the summer of 1957. Handouts were distributed to members and guests with information on writing articles for the newspaper and radio. Lisa Zakharova, archivist at Sul Ross State University’s Archives of the Big Bend mentioned preservation of society records.

The records of the LETPS are being donated to the Archives of Women of the Southwest at the DeGolyer Library of Southern Methodist University for preservation and research. In closing is a quote from the LETPS September 1957 Winds in the Pines newsletter: “Our original and present aim in the formation of this group was and is to come together for fellowship, inspiration, and encouragement; to do everything possible toward the furthering of the reading and writing of good poetry. Let us not lose sight of our goal.” The Editors

Jerri Goettle Garza, September 22, 2018

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference announces event at UCA

November 9-10 with headliners Allison Joseph and Megan Mayhew Bergman

The C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference will host its second annual event at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, which will be held November 9–10, 2018. The conference is open to all, though it will cater to women-identifying writers from all genres and all experience levels, from journalism to mass market books to literary endeavors, and beyond. The conference’s goal is to provide a space for camaraderie, connection-making, and inspiration.

“Given the success of last year’s conference, when over 190 writers gathered, we are thrilled to be hosting this important meeting again at UCA,” explains Sandy Longhorn, conference director.

The conference will include a Friday evening reading from Allison Joseph, author numerous books of poetry, most recently Confessions of a Barefaced Woman and Corporal Muse, published recently by Little Rock’s Sibling Rivalry Press. Her work frequently joins autobiography to cultural narratives and histories of Afro-Carib communities. Joseph’s honors include fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences and from the Illinois Arts Council. Saturday will feature a lunchtime reading from Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of the short story collections Almost Famous Women and Birds of a Lesser Paradise. Bergman is an essayist for The Paris Review and contributes literary criticism to The Washington Post and New York Times.

Conference attendees have the option of registering for the conference only for $100, or for the conference plus one of the pre-conference writing workshops for $135. Registration fees include access to events, on-site catering, and parking passes. Conference organizers seek to ensure that all events are accessible and inclusive. Attendees may also choose to attend the Saturday lunchtime event only, featuring a talk from Megan Mayhew Bergman and a buffet lunch, for a cost of $25. To register for the conference, visit cdwrightconference.org/conference

Indie Beacon Associate Memberships Available

As a member of the publishing world, you know that it is continually changing and at a fast pace.  Bourgeois Media & Consulting has been hard at work creating a family of services that benefit Authors and anyone eager to learn more about marketing of their books.

Over the past 7 years we have worked hard helping over 700 authors learn how to better market and sell themselves and their books.  We continue to grow with each new year, as we are adding new programs, events and opportunities for the Authorpreneur to take advantage of.

We are now happy to announce our newest program that begins August 1st.  Our Associate Membership.

This membership is designed to keep an author, or a member of the publishing community to be aware of the programs, events and other valuable information that is available to them through our organizations.  Plus, it will even help you to save money.  In a world where over a million new books are uploaded to Amazon each year, authors need every possible resource to effectively market their books in multiple ways.

The best part of this Associate Membership is that it is good for anyone who wants to learn more about marketing in any form.  And it only cost $25.00 per year!  But, to be clear, the benefits are not as detailed as our full membership.

To learn more about the Associate membership, please click on the link below:


Kahini Magazine Open for Submissions

Submissions are open for the monthly Kahini Magazine, and paying $100 for each accepted piece.

For more information, visit http://www.kahini.org/_submissions/

Thin Air Magazine is Seeking Submissions

Thin Air, Northern Arizona University’s graduate student-run literary magazine is seeking submissions for their Spring 2019 print issue! Thin Air is an annually printed literary journal. We are currently seeking work in the following categories: poetry, visual arts, creative nonfiction, fiction, and hybrid works!

Since 1995, we have published and continue to publish unique, creative, and diverse works. In the past, issues have included written works and interviews with writers such as Pam Houston, Angela Carter Brown, Brian Evenson, Savannah Slone, Michael Martone, and many other amazing writers.  We publish and circulate our journal annually. Alongside our  print journal, we also offer the opportunity for publication through our online Web Features with no submission fee at all. Our latest issue featured work by Bellingham Review‘s Mike Oliphant, excerpted on our site.

Submissions are now open, we hope to see your work! For more information, go to https://thinair.submittable.com/submit

Braggin’ Rights

Frank Carden participated in Celebrate Authors book signing for local writers at Branigan Library in Las Cruces September 16. His recently published novel Billy Bonney aka The Kid is the story of Wilma, a young woman who killed a deputy who tried to assault her. On the run, she dressed in her brother’s clothes, changed her name to Billy, and was a major gunman in the Lincoln County War. She became a legend in her short life and rode into the history books with twenty-two notches on a Colt forty-one. Novel is available as a paperback on Amazon. 

Celebrate Authors, sponsored by Branigan Library for local writers, was very successful with over thirty authors and ninety visitors. Many books were sold and autographed.

Trail Bits

Submitted by Jerri Garza

October is National Poetry Month! Here is a webpage with writing prompts for National Poetry Month as suggested by Kelli Russell Agodon and seems helpful. Check it out at: http://www.agodon.com/uploads/2/9/4/3/2943768/writing_prompts_by_kelli_russell_agodon.pdf

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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