2019

  • Dec 10 – Fantabulous Holiday Party. For our December meeting, we have a potluck preliminary followed by short readings from the group. Anyone who wants may give a five-minute reading of their current or previous work. Bring a dish for the potluck (or don’t we usually have plenty). Come on out and celebrate the year’s writing!
  • November 12 – Travis Monday. “Self Publishing and Local History”. Travis is an author of books, articles and poetry focused on history and Christian living, Monday wrote local history articles for the Sweetwater Reporter in Sweetwater, Texas, for more than five years. Since then he has written more than 12 books that are available in both print and eBook formats, including “Ultimate Museum Musings,” a collection of his work on the history of Nolan County, Texas. He is currently building a blog for hometown historians at www.writelocalhistory.com.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

2018

  • 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, manningwolfe.com. 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, www.lindathorsenbond.com. The book is available for pre-sale on Amazon.com – 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.

2017

  • December 21 – Beverly Henderson Book Signing. Beverly will have a meet the author/book signing at the Stephens Central Library on Thursday, December 21 (Artwalk Thursday). For more information, contact Beverly at teafortwo1@suddenlink.net
  • December 12 – Holiday party for members and guests. (See the blog post.) The Holiday Party will be held at our usual location, First Place, 14 Harris Street, San Angelo, Texas. Snacks and coffee will be available starting at 6:30 pm and the presentations will begin at 7:00 pm.  Members will have an opportunity to talk about their projects and read from their work.
  • November 14 – Marcie Bosequett, “Resources for Writers at the Stephens Library.”  This is a presentation and tour of the Stephens (downtown) branch of the Tom Green County Library, 33 West Beauregard, San Angelo, Texas. The meeting will be held downstairs where we can socialize and have snacks. Coffee and snacks at 6:30 pm and presentation at 7:00 pm as usual. See you at the library!
  • October 10 – Manning Wolfe, “Legal Issues for Authors.” Manning Wolfe is an attorney, blogger, and author. Her latest award-winning book is DOLLAR SIGNS: Texas Lady Lawyer vs Boots King.”  Catch up with Manning on her website, manningwolfe.com.
  • September 12 – Dr. Chris Ellery, “Literature and Values.” Dr. Ellery teaches courses in creative writing, American literature and film studies at Angelo State University. Among other honors, Ellery won first prize in the eighth biennial X. J. Kennedy Awards for Creative Nonfiction for his memoir, “A Boy of Bethany.” In 2016, he published his fourth book of original poems, this one titled “Elder Tree.”
  • July 18 – Meet the Author – Matt de la Pena. The Stephens Central Library is holding a Meet the Author at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, in the library’s third floor Suggs Community Room, 33 W. Beauregard. Brooklyn resident Matt de la Pena, author of children’s books and young adult novels, is the featured guest. His titles include “The Hunted,” “We Were Here” and “Mexican Whiteboy.” He won the 2016 Newberry Medal for “Last Stop on Market Street” and has written two books in Scholastic’s multimedia Infinity Ring series, “Curse of the Ancients” and “Eternity.”
  • June 12 – Members of the the club read their recent prose and poetry. A  new website (this site) was discussed.
  • May 9 – The Art of the Book. John Osterhout, author of The Schnoz of the Rings, a Lord of the Rings parody, discussed how to give the interior of your book a professional look.
  • April 11 – Cynthia Jordan, writer and recording artist, discussed her recent Gem Trilogy Pearl, Diamond, and Ruby. Cynthia also discussed her experiences as a writer, publisher, and recording artist.
  • March 13 – Laurence Musgrove, writer and professor of English, spoke about the 21st annual Angelo State University Writers Conference featuring Anne Hillerman.
  • February 14 – Mike Thompson spoke to the Writers Club about his experiences in writing and publishing. Mike is a prolific writer of western novels. Among his well known novels are Grit, Wolf Point, and the recent The Turbulent Trail. 
  • January 10 – Stan Denny read and discussed his poetry.