February Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our February meeting will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon 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 at 9:20 am so we can depart at 9:30 am and get there a few minutes early!

Moderator: Gwynne Jamieson

Program: Romance: How to Increase the Reader’s Response presented by Elaine Davenport

Photo Writing Prompts: (See below)

Refreshments: Reba Cross Seals

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

Romance: How to Increase the Reader’s Response

Presented by Elaine Davenport

The program for February will be presented by Elaine Davenport. It is entitled “Romance: How to Increase the Reader’s Response.” Writing techniques used to help the reader empathize with a character will be discussed. Audience participation in examining ideas is encouraged.

Visitors Always Welcome!

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 .

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

Submitted by Marti Stebbins

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals

Submitted by Susan Turner

Request for Submissions: Kaleidoscope™, Coming of Age in the 60’s and 70’s

Are we entering a Golden era for women? 102 women will be serving in the newly seated 116th Congress. Is the #metoo movement an indication that women have had enough of one sided gender politics and power? Do we see a world where our daughters are finding access to the highest levels of power in all aspects of life? Have we reached a tipping point or is this merely part of a continual slow progression. What experiences in your life have influenced how you think about the above questions? We are collecting personal stories that have shaped your view about how women are doing and perhaps what’s left to be done. Below is a theme that may illustrate how we view the current state of women and what things we can do to continue an upward trajectory.

This contest is for women who came of age in the 60’s and 70’s to share their stories.  That particular period was the beginning of what promised to be a new era for expanding the potential of women.  From the women’s movement, a focus on equal rights and feminism to doors opening into new careers and opportunities, looking back and across the span of your life, did that period live up to its promise?  What did or didn’t happen and is that promise still alive today?

Submission Deadline: 02/28/19


Ireland Writing Retreat

Ireland Writing Retreat inspiration weeks are built as creative writing vacations with a difference – scenic walks, expeditions to historical sites, fascinating talks and daily practical writing and editing workshops – all providing rich material for specific writing assignments which are then discussed with tutors.

Please note – we can only accommodate a maximum of ten participants for every session, so as to guarantee the kind of personalized experience the retreat is renown for.

The above discount is valid only for your members who register for next year’s retreat before the above mentioned date and they must mention the code IWR19 in their message.

Columbia Hillen
Retreat Coordinator

41st annual Nimrod Literary Awards: The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction

The Awards offer first prizes of $2,000 and publication and second prizes of $1,000 and publication, along with a trip to Tulsa to receive the Awards and take part in our annual writing conference. The postmark deadline for this year’s Awards is April 30th, 2019.

The Awards are among the most distinguished literary prizes in the country. This year’s judges are Kim Addonizio in poetry and Margot Livesey in fiction. Past judges include Karen Russell, Stanley Kunitz, Marvin Bell, Mark Doty, Olga Broumas, W. S. Merwin, Denise Levertov, William Stafford, Ron Carlson, Linda Pastan, Rilla Askew, Jericho Brown, Robin Coste Lewis, and John Edgar Wideman. Past winners include Sue Monk Kidd, Diane Glancy, Daniel Lusk, Felicia Ward, Ruth Schwartz, and Gina Ochsner.

One of the oldest “little magazines” in the country, Nimrod has continually published new and extraordinary writers since 1956.  We are dedicated to the discovery of new voices in literature, and the Nimrod Literary Awards are a special way to reward talented poets and fiction writers.

 For more information about Nimrod, please visit our website at www.utulsa.edu/nimrod, and to submit online visit https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit

Texas Authors Radio Show Interviews

One of the most valuable lessons that taught in Marketing for Authors is to take advantage of Radio Shows whenever possible.  You never know who may be listening in and how it can change an author’s career.

Indie Beacon Radio has three-years-experience as a Radio Show producer and gives Indie Authors that opportunity to be discovered.

This is a great opportunity for writers to appear on one of our shows.  Simply have them fill out this online form to begin the process:


Texas Authors 4th Annual Authors Marketing Event

Writing the book is hard and rewarding.  But the true rewards come from people reading it and loving it.  However, if no one knows the book exists then purchases of the book will be very small if any at all.

Authors Marketing Event has been showing Texas Authors how to market their book(s) for the past four years.  We are also the ONLY organization in the world that certifies authors in marketing, which has proven to be beneficial for authors seeking a Traditional publishing contract, and successful for self-published authors.

We hope you will share with your members the 4th Annual Authors Marketing event coming up July 26-28, 2019 in San Antonio, TX.  A weekend full of fun with about 100 fellow authors and professionals that share their knowledge for success.

Even if the author can not attend the event in person, AME has an online course schedule they can purchase for the event and still become certified.

All the event information that is currently available is at http://2019.Authors.Marketing.  We will be adding more session over the next few months.

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.

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