The San Angelo Writers Club was founded in 1986 to promote fellowship, mutual learning, and support among writers in all media.

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The San Angelo Writers Club meets the second Tuesday of every month from September through May at First Place, 14 Harris Street, San Angelo, Texas (We take the summers off to write). Meetings are open to the public and free to attend. Coffee and snacks are served at 6:30 pm and the presentations begin at 7:00 pm. Membership is $20.00 per year.

Club Meetings

  • October 8 – Marcia Wickes. Marcia Wickes will present a program on journaling techniques, including the practice of keeping a writer’s notebook. A retired special education teacher, Wickes has been writing since she was in fifth grade. She has journaled off and on for almost as long. She feels that journaling can build a strong foundation to any literary structure. Journaling and keeping a writers notebook are exercises in discipline for any aspiring writer. She is currently working on a novel and does pet sitting and freelance editing.

Other Events and Announcements

  • Ava Mills – September 21. Ava Mills will be signing books at the Greater San Angelo Crafts Guild sale on Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the First Financial
    Bank Pavilion (formerly the Wells Fargo Pavilion), 4400 Grape Creek Road. She will be signing, “West Texans Remember the Home Front,” and “A Legacy of Words: Texas Women’s Stories, 1850-1920.” Approximately 30 other vendors will also have booths at the sale, offering various items including framed photographs, quilts, lamps, clothing, jewelry, woodworking, and much more. Hourly door prizes. Free to the public.

  • Events – If you are having a book signing or know of any book events in town, please let the webmaster know (webmaster<at>sanangelowritersclub<dot>org) and we can list them here.

Previous Events 2019

  • September 10 – SAWC Authors Fair Discussion. We will discuss the pros and cons of the Authors Fair and mull over possible programs for the coming year.
  • September 7 – SAWC Authors Fair. Published authors from the SAWC will be show and sell their books. We will have author presentations, book tables and door prizes. The event is free and open to the public. The Authors Fair will take place in the Sugg Community Room (third floor) of the Stephens Central Library, 33 West Beauregard, from 1:00-5:00 pm. Each writer will have a table to display and sell their books.  There are fourteen authors registered with thirty-five books!  We will have thirteen author presentations. For more information, see the SAWC Authors Fair page. See the gallery in the SAWC Authors Fair 2019 blog post.
  • May  14 -Membership Reading. Members of the SAWC will read from their work. If you wish to read, please prepare a five-minute presentation. (Note: 5 minutes x 20 members = 100 minutes, which means a very long meeting!) We will have rotten tomatoes in the event that members abuse the pulpit.
  • April 17 – Dana Glossbrenner. The Fort Concho Spring Speaker Series will feature one of our members, Dana Glossbrenner, who will discuss her nonfiction book, “Women Behind the Stained Glass” at noon Wednesday, April 17. The event is free and at the Commissary Building. Visit Dana’s writers page.
  • April 11 – Terry Dalrymple, Chris Ellery, and Laurence Musgrove. “Happiness is a New Book” Special Event for Lovers of Great Writing: Terry Dalrymple, Chris Ellery, and Laurence Musgrove, all Angelo State faculty who have been kind enough to do programs for our San Angelo Writers Club, will hold a reading of their works at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St. As we know first-hand, this will be fun, funny and moving. The program is free.
  • April 11 – Meg Gardiner and Michael Hall. Authors Meg Gardiner and Michael Hall will present at the Sterling County Public Library in Sterling City as part of the statewide Texas Writes Program, which brings accomplished authors to rural libraries for a half day of presentations and panel discussions. The free event will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11. Registration is suggested. Call 512-499-8914 for more information.
  • April 10 – Linda T. Bond. San Angelo writer Linda T. Bond, who was a speaker for us last September, will be presenting her book, “Saving the Oldest Town in Texas” at the Wednesday, April 10, Fort Concho Speaker Series. The event is free and at noon in the Commissary Building.
  • April 9 – Bruce Partain. “Writing About San Angelo for Magazines and Online Markets” Partain is the president and CEO of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce. Partain holds a journalism degree from Oklahoma State University and worked in news media as a photographer, writer and editor before launching his 30-year career as a chamber of commerce executive. His work has been published in Texas Highways, Texas Monthly and The New York Times.
  • March 12 – John Osterhout. “Writing the Schnoz of the Rings” John Osterhout will speak about writing parody, humor, and specifically, the writing of the “Schnoz”.  John Osterhout recently retired from Angelo State University where he was a Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is the author of two books, The Schnoz of the Rings and Just Lorem Ipsum. For more information, visit John’s blog, Photography, Books, and Flipped Chemistry.
  • February 12 – Terry Dalrymple. “The Long and Short of Short Story Writing ” A professor of English, Dalrymple holds the John S. Cargile University Professorship. Among his published work is “Love Stories (Sort Of),” a book of short fiction; “Salvation,” a short story collection; “Fishing for Trouble,” a novel for middle readers; and “Texas 5X5: Twenty-Five Stories by Five Texas Writers,” which he co-authored. His stories have been published in dozens of journals and anthologies, and he is the editor of “Texas Soundtrack: Texas Stories Inspired by Texas Music.”
  • January 8, 2019 – Laurence Musgrove. “The Five Causes of Beauty in Poetry.” The Angelo State University professor of English is the author most recently of “One Kind of Recording,” a collection of aphorisms or pithy sayings published in 2017 and “Local Bird,” a poetry collection published in 2015, both by Lamar University Press. He teaches creative writing, composition, literature and comics and gives workshops on visual thinking and drawing, based on his 2011 book “Handmade Thinking.” See the SAWC Laurence Musgrove blog post.
  • Earlier Events – To see events from 2017 and 2018, please go to the Previous Events Page!