NOVEMBER 2022 Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”


Meeting Announcement:   Our next meeting will be on DECEMBER 10, 2022, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. (CT) on Zoom, hosted by the Fort Davis Library.  Please watch your email for invite to this meeting.  All due paying members will receive the invitation.

We are excited to introduce our speaker for December, Gay Ann Kiser

Newsletters: Yay or Nay! By Gay Ann Kiser

I’ve written a newsletter under my pen name, Tessa Gray, for the past five years. While it’s taken a fair amount of discipline to create newsletters, it’s extremely rewarding! This workshop will address many questions individuals have when contemplating whether what they place in a newsletter will be of interest to readers.

The workshop covers the following: (1) the purpose of a newsletter; (2) content one should consider placing in a newsletter; (3) how to set yourself apart from others who publish newsletters; (4) the challenge of keeping your readers engaged; (5) frequency-how often you should send out newsletters; (6) using Mailchimp to create free newsletters; (7) using social media, in general.

I hope you’ll join us on December 10th at 4:00 PM (Central Standard Time) to learn more about publishing a newsletter. Hop over to my website and consider signing up for my monthly newsletters:


Visitors ALWAYS Welcome! If you would like to sit in on one of our meetings, please email us with the title “Visitor Request.”

TMTW Steering Committee for 2022-2023

Steering Committee: Gay Ann Kiser, Jerri Garza, Marti Stebbins and Rachel Barrett.  


 FEATURED WRITER: If you would like to have your writing featured in the newsletter, please submit to Robbie Burns  Please use Featured Writer in the Subject Line. 

The writing guidelines remain at 500 words or fewer, Times New Roman, 12-point font.  If you wish, you may read or have your composition read at the monthly meeting.  If you wish to have your piece put in the Featured Writer Section, please let us know.  If more than one image is received, they will be used in order of receipt. 

You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in Chaos which is our annual self-published collection of members stories and poems.

Photo Writing Prompts – Members’ Photos & Word Prompts

TMTW offers a photo prompt monthly which offer encouragement to write.  Remember, your first thoughts are worth jotting down to see where the story might take you.  Use these as they are or use anything that might inspire you.

TMTW members are invited to participate in choosing the monthly Photo Writing Prompts 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 one photo no later than the last week of the month for inclusion in the newsletter.  Please have images at high resolution 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.

Submitting a photo implies permission to reproduce as TMTW chooses and we will credit the photographer in every instance.  Questions? Email


Submitted by Robbie Ann Burns



 BRAGGIN’ WRITES: None reported this month.

We are proud to announce that our member, Gay Ann Kiser has her new book out and may be purchased on Amazon. We love the cover of her book and know that if you are interested in writing a memoir, you will find her book very helpful.

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:

Have news? Toot your horn, clang your bell, raise your roof! Tell us your news and stories – or writing news in general, such as publications you would recommend, contests, book events, etc. Send your Braggin’ Writes and Trail Bits to .