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 at First Place, 14 Harris Street, San Angelo, Texas. 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

  • 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.”
  • March 9 -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.

Other Events and Announcements

  • Members: Dues are due! You can pay at the meetings or you can go to the Membership Page, download the membership application, and mail it to our P. O. Box.  Your dues pay for our great programming and our website.
  • January 26 – Poetry Night at De Nada, 901 N. Chadbourne, 7:30 p.m. Jan. Free.
  • Events – If you are having a book signing or know of any book events in town, please let the webmaster (webmaster<at>sanangelowritersclub<dot>org) and we can list them here.

Recent Events

  • 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.
  • December 15 – Sherwood Courthouse Christmas Festival. Gift sales and book signings by SAWC authors and others. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meal available at noon.  Free to the public. Place: the Old Irion County Courthouse in Sherwood (Mertzon) off highway 67.
  • December 12 – A Razz Matazzy Jazzy Little Christmas. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (SAMFA), 5:30-8:00 pm. Book signing by Linda Thorsen Bond, author of Saving the Oldest Town in Texas.  Light refreshments. Music by Del Velasquez, Grady Harlow and others. Handmade jewelry by Vicki Harden and Polina Bradham and an array of stocking stuffers and gifts. Free to the public.
  • December 13 – Laurence Musgrove, Tarry Dalrymple, and Cris Ellery, “Happiness is a New Book,” 6:30 p.m at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 3 S. Randolph Street, San Angelo. The authors will read from their recent books in poetry and short fiction. Free to the public.
  • December 11 – We had our holiday party. See the SAWC Holiday Party blog post.
  • December 3-5 -Book Signings. Some of our members are signing books during Christmas Daze at the Noelke Memorial Library at 101 S. Broadway Street in Mertzon, TX. For more information, see the Irion County Library Facebook page and/or the Irion County News Facebook page (the latest schedule seems to be a post on Nov 27 on this page).
    • December 3 – Jean Stinnett, 2-4 pm.
    • December 4 – Barbara Barton, 2-4 pm.
    • December 4 – John Osterhout will sign copies of his book, The Schnoz of the Rings, from 2-5 pm.
    • December 5 – Dana Glossbrenner, 4-5 pm.
  • November 13 – Preston Lewis. Preston discussed historical research and how he uses his findings to incorporate humor into his novels of the Old West. Preston Lewis, the Spur Award-winning author of 30 western, historical and juvenile novels, is best known for his comic western series, The Memoirs of H.H. Lomax. Preston’s latest novel, Bluster’s Last Stand published by Wild Horse Press, won the Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award for western humor.  The national award was presented in a ceremony in Fort Worth the last weekend in October. Preston holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Baylor and Ohio State, where he was a Kiplinger Fellow. He earned a second master’s degree in U.S. history at Angelo State University. Lewis is a past president of Western Writers of America and the West Texas Historical Association, which named him a fellow in 2016. For more information, visit Preston’s website. See the SAWC Preston Lewis blog post.
  • October 18-22 – The Best Little Book Sale in Texas! This book sale is sponsored by and benefits the Adult Literacy Council. Location is 506 N. Chadbourne. Preview Night, Thursday, October 18th 5:00-9:00 pm is $5.00 admission. The other dates are free: Friday and Saturday, October 19 & 20, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday, October 21, 1:0-5:00 pm, and Monday, October 22, 9;00 am – 1:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Donations accepted for each book. Be there or miss out!
  • October 13-14 – The Permian Basin Writer’s Workshop in Midland will feature writing coaches, agents, and publishers from around the country. Registration, $99, registration with pitch to agent, $134. For more information, please visit the website.
  • October 9 – Manning Wolf. Manning returned to the SAWC to talk about writing the legal thriller. Manning Wolfe is an attorney, blogger, and author. Catch up with Manning on her website, See the SAWC Manning Wolf blog post.
  • September 11 – Linda T. Bond, “History Couldn’t Be Hotter” presented by Linda T. Bond on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Bond’s book, “Saving the Oldest Town in Texas,” will be published Nov. 15 by Stephen F. Austin Press. Her historic novel combines the true story of Col. Benjamin Wettermark, the most famous embezzler of 1903, with a contemporary woman taking on the task of restoring his Nacogdoches mansion 100 years later. Bond has written for magazines in Colorado and for Texas Monthly, Texas Highways, Women’s Wear Daily, and many more. This year, a television show she wrote and produced won a national silver people’s choice Telly Award and a bronze award for best historical production. She has also written and produced 20 interactive historical plays. Bond will discuss doing historic research for her novel and other projects. For more information on Bond, go to her website, The book is available for pre-sale on – click here. For more information see the SAWC Linda Bond blog post.
  • June-August – Writing vacation for the SAWC.
  • May 8 – Kathy Keaton. San Angelo’s own Piccolo the Clown, also known as Kathy Keaton, will present a program on writing humor at the San Angelo Writers Club on Tuesday, May 8, the last meeting before the summer break. Kathy, author of the new book “Prescription Humor,” came to San Angelo as a young military wife and donned the persona of Piccolo as something she thought would be easy and fun. She soon found that bringing a smile to injured servicemen and sick children had become a calling. She has worked as a Therapeutic Hospital Clown at San Angelo Community Medical Center for the past 15 years. In her book, she shares true stories of humor from the hospital halls. See the blog post.
  • April 10Michelle Morrow. Michelle Morrow, a San Angelo-based developmental editor who has worked on New York Times best-selling books, will present a program on developmental editing. A graduate of San Angelo Central High School, Morrow has lived in the Concho Valley for 27 years. She began a book review blog that led to her career as a developmental editor. She has worked in a wide variety of genres, including science fiction, self-help, Christian fiction and romance.
  • March 13 – Dana Glossbrenner “Self Promoton and Other Monsters” Dana Glossbrenner, local writer and San Angelo Writers Club President, will discuss way to become visible as a writer – way that become less scary the more you do them! See Dana Glossbrenner’s writers page here.
  • Feburary 22-23, 2018The 22nd ASU Writer’s Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton. The featured writer for the 2018 conference will be Brian Turner. See the blog post.
  • February 13 – Rev. Janie Kelley. The Rev. Janie Kelley, a San Angelo author, speaker, spiritual coach and ordained minister, will speak to the San Angelo Writers Club on Tuesday, Feb. 13, on how to write for and publish in the genre of spirituality/self-help. A native Texan, Kelley came to San Angelo more than 10 years ago to serve as the minister to Unity Church of San Angelo. In 2012, she created “Living Full-Tilt,” an informative, fun-filled workshop to address the common feeling of scarcity, lack and limitation shared by too many people. Her first book, “Living Full-Tilt, Proven Principles for Living Your Life in Freedom, Joy and Plenty,” was released in 2017 through Balboa Press.
  • January 9 – Christi Snow. San Angelo author Christi Snow will bring her insights on the perils and pluses of co-authoring to the San Angelo Writers Club meeting Tuesday, Jan. 9. Snow has 27 published books in various romance genres, writing both as Christi Snow and as one half of the writing duo KB Jacobs. As an avid reader her entire life, Christi Snow always dreamed of writing books that brought to others the kind of joy she felt when she read. When her husband retired from the Air Force, Christi decided it was time to chase her dream and she started writing. She hasn’t stopped since. Her tagline is: Passion and adventure on the road to Happily Ever After.
  • Earlier Events – Please go to the Previous Events Page!