Bi-Monthly Programs

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November 20 Potluck Social
On Friday, November 20, we will have a potluck social in our normal meeting rooms at the Senior Citizens Center at 1217 S. Tyler.  It will be a great opportunity to visit with Jan Sikes and socialize with other writers.  The social will start at 6:30 in the evening.  Just bring a dish of your choosing to share and serving utensil(s).  Plates, cups, napkins, plasticware, and ice tea will be provided.
Meetings are held on the third Saturday in odd-numbered months:
January, March, May, July, September, and November. 
The public and PPW members are invited to hear speakers on selected writing or related topics.
You may order a box lunch from our Hospitality Director between 9:00 and 10:15 or bring a sack lunch.  Box lunches are $10.
Meeting Location:
Amarillo Senior Citizens Center
1217 S. Tyler
Amarillo, Texas
Unless otherwise specified.
(Note: We must occasionally switch our meeting location or we may need to change the date to avoid conflicts. So, please check the address and date for each meeting.)


November 21 Program

Jan Sikes
Driven or Driving?

We’re so excited to have award-winning author Jan Sikes here on Saturday, November 21! Jan writes a biography fiction series detailing an amazing life with her extremely talented husband, country singer Rick Sikes. The events are true; but to be able to share immensely personal details, she tells the stories in third person and gives the people fictional names. She also puts dialogue into scenes she didn’t witness. This is such a finely-tuned genre that it’s sure to interest all writers. She can tell you how to write your family stories.

Jan began writing when she was around the age of eight. Her first attempt was a gospel song. She had an uncle whom she loved dearly, but he was an alcoholic and his drinking caused such family discord that, at times, resulted in him being banished from their home. So, she wrote a song about Uncle Luke finding Jesus. That’s her first memory of feeling the passion for writing deep down to her toes.

She puts into her books bits and pieces of wisdom, hard-learned lessons, and above and beyond all, love—true love that you read about in fiction and true love in real life. She’d barely met Rick before he was sent to Leavenworth prison for 15 hard years. Through the long separation, their love remained strong. Upon his release, they were finally able to marry and start the life they’d dreamed about.

Another unique feature of Jan’s is that along with each book, she also releases a music CD of original songs that fit the time period of the story. Why? Because the stories revolve and evolve around a passion for music. Rick wrote almost all the songs and sings a good many as well as Jan and her oldest daughter. Music was a family affair.

In April 2014, the Texas Association of Authors gave Jan an award for her second book, The Convict and The Rose. That was quite an achievement. 

During her program, Jan will address these points:

v  Family or ancestral stories – what to do with them

v  Self-publishing  pros and cons

v  10 steps you must take before self-publishing a book

o   Be inspired to DREAM

o   Plot your plot

o   Compose an outline

o   Get your mind set for the long haul

o   Be disciplined and WRITE!

o   Finished? Now what?

o   Hire a professional editor and why

o   Get a professionally designed cover and why

o   Write a fabulous back cover blurb and log line

o   Decide how you are going to publish and do it!

v  What I’ve learned along the way

v  Marketing

We hope you’ll join us to hear this motivational speaker. No matter what you write, you'll leave with some inspiring nugget. Ask yourself: Are you Driven or Driving?

Meeting Times:
Check-In and
Meet & Greet
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Business Meeting
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Morning Session
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Box Lunch
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Critique Session
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

For information regarding how to join PPW and membership dues, see "Membership" link on left side of this page.

Non-members: There is a $10 guest fee to attend our bi-monthly programs.  If you join that day, the guest fee will be credited toward your membership fee.  There is a $1 guest fee for middle school and high school students.  At bi-monthly meetings held at the Amarillo Senior Citizens Association, members of Amarillo Senior Citizens Association may attend those meetings free of charge. If a member invites you attend a program as their guest, the guest fee for that program will be waived.  However, if you attend subsequent programs, we will ask you to either pay the guest fee or become a member.