March Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our March meeting will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Community Room at the West Texas National Bank at 101 East Avenue E in Alpine, TX.

Moderator: Elaine Davenport

Program: Memoir and Writing from Memory presented by Robbie Ray

Photo Writing Prompts: (See below for information)

Refreshments: Jerri Garza

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

Memoir and Writing from Memory

Presented by Robbie

The program for March is about Memoir and Writing from <emory, so bring writing materials!

Robbie Ray, the presenter, hopes to trick you into writing, if not memoir, then memories, experience, sensations, and autobiographical material for fiction or non-fiction writing. Memoir authors featured will be Nina Sankovitch, Paula Balzer, Natalie Goldberg, Alexandra Johnson, and Abigail Thomas.

This month’s meeting is at 3:00 p.m. at West Texas National Bank, on March 23. For more information contact Robbie Ray,

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 .

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

Submitted by Jerri Garza

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals

Submitted by Marti Stebbins

Submitted by Jerri Garza

Request for Submissions: Kaleidoscope™, A Reflection on Women’s Journeys™

We are hoping that you might have some women in your group who would be interested in submitting to an ongoing anthology.  All information on the themes we are looking for can be found on our website

We also have a Facebook page and hope that you might take a moment to like us.

Marianne Chester, Co-Founder, Kaleidoscope™, A Reflection on Women’s Journeys™

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

Upcoming Collab Conference

Collab Conference is a distinct Christian women’s conference for those longing to live out their God-given calling through writing, blogging, speaking, teaching, and leading. It’s meeting in Waco, Texas, May 1-3.
    • 3 days
    • 3 authors
    • 1 business coach
    • An abundance of workshops and opportunities for spiritual and practical encouragement and equipping
Early Bird registration is going on NOW through March 19. Come learn from:
    • Elizabeth Oates, 3-time author, speaker, and founder of Collab-Conference for Writers
    • Kat-Lee, author and founder of Hello Mornings
    • Dr. Stefani Reinold, author and practicing psychiatrist
    • Jana Burson, Literary Agent with Christopher Farabee Agency
    • Nicki Wilson, online entrepreneur and business coach
Go to for more information, or you can register at
You can also follow along on Facebook at or Instagram at @collabconference

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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