Sunday Writings


For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.

AMY LOWELL

Sunday Writings


The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.

                                                                   OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

Sunday Writings


All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality – the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.    

AUTHUR CHRISTOPHER BENSON

 

Sunday Writings – 2016 WILLA Competition Open


2016 WILLA Competition Open

The WILLA Literary Awards honors the best in literature,
featuring women’s or girls’ stories set in the West that are
published each year. Women Writing the West (WWW), a
non-profit association of writers and other professionals
writing and promoting the Women’s West, underwrites
and presents the nationally recognized award annually at
the WWW Fall Conference. The award is named in honor
of Pulitzer Prize winner Willa Cather, one of the country’s foremost novelists.
Entries are now being accepted in seven categories for the 2016 WILLA
Awards. Books must have a 2015 publication date, feature a girl or woman and be set in the West.

Entry fee: $50. Details and application at www.womenwritingthewest.org.

Anne Schroeder
2016 WILLA Chair

Sunday Writings – Texas High Plains Writers


Texas High Plains Writers

Writers living in and around the Texas Panhandle gather in Amarillo, Texas on the third Saturday, bi-monthly in the odd numbered months to network and talk writing.

After lunching with the Program Chair this past week, I have to pass along information about upcoming speakers. What a great line-up! I hope you’ll mark your calendar and pass along the information.

November 21—Author Joan Sikes will talk about how she incorporated her life with a professional musician into an award winning fiction novel. www.jansikes.com

In 2016:

January 16Chimp Robertson is a poet, author, rodeo contestant, auctioneer, private pilot, rancher, song writer (songs recorded by Chris LeDoux) Texas and Oklahoma Real Estate Broker, skydiver, and U.S. Army veteran. http://www.chimprobertson.com

March 19—Dusty Richards, author, WWA Spur award winner and past president. I’ve heard him speak several times about the craft of writing. This man is an excellent teacher. www.dustyrichards.com

For more details on meeting times, location and to RSVP, check out their website: http://www.panhandleprowriters.org/

Sunday Writings – STORIES SET IN THE WEST


STORIES SET IN THE WEST

Several of my author friends have deals for new series set in small-town America or on ranches, with cowboys and horses and great characters. An important component to these type of books is the wide open places, endless sky, and the decent, hard-working people of the west. I don’t think westerns are dead. They’ve been repackaged into stories that are smarter, action packed and more vivid for today’s readers.

Western Writers of America is a group devoted to promoting the genre. Members include not only novelists, but song writers, historians, screenwriters, musicians, living history re-enactors, and fans of everything western.

WWA members receive a copy of the Roundup Magazine, the official bi-monthly publication of the group. The October 2015 edition just happens to include two of my articles: “Researching West Texas” is a summary of the panel of museum archivists who spoke at the WWA Convention in Lubbock this past summer. “Texas Rangers: Then and Now” is a summary of the keynote given by historian and author, Robert M. Utley.

As a member, you’ll benefit greatly from being a part of this organization. Members can have one entry in WWA’s online catalog, one entry on the WWA app, a WWA Star Speakers Listing, and be included on the WWA Facebook Page and WWA Twitter links—all for FREE!

Whether you’re a history buff, writer, or just a fan of great stories set in the west, you’ll love being a part of this group. Here’s the website:

www.westernwriters.org

Mark your calendar right now for the next WWA Convention dates:

June 21-25, 2016: Cheyenne, Wyoming

June 20-24, 2017: Kansas City, Missouri