Bi-Monthly Programs

Bi-Monthly Meetings every 3rd Saturday, odd-numbered months.
Bi-monthly meetings are held every third Saturday in odd-numbered months: January, March, May, July, September, and November. 
Meeting Location:

The Oasis, 
8201 Canyon Drive, Amarillo 
in the Activity Bldg, in the rear
(335 Loop/
Hollywood Road)
(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.)
The public and THPW members are invited to hear speakers on selected writing or related topics.
Lunch is on your own. Everyone is welcome back after lunch for an open critique session. Bring copies of your work.


Next Meeting
July 15, 2017
in the Edward Davis Room,9th floor of the Chase Tower, 600 S. Tyler, Amarillo

Ryan McSwain

You’ve finished your book, and you’ve decided to self-publish. Now what? You can upload it directly to Amazon, but will it look how you want? What about the cover?

It’s easier than ever to self-publish, which makes it even more important to do the job right.

Ryan McSwain, our July speaker, will help calm your fears. The focus of his talk will be on how to use CreateSpace and KDP to publish and sell your book. Learn to create both digital and print books that you’ll be proud of. We’ll walk you through getting your book on Amazon, the largest distributor of independent books in history.

Here are a few of their services that Ryan will lay out for us:

        ·         Editing your manuscript

        ·         Book cover design

        ·         Formatting for print and digital

        ·         Distribution options

        ·         Becoming a publisher

We’ll lay out all the steps you need. Just as importantly, we’ll help you decide when and how to hire someone to help. By the time you leave, you’ll know where to begin in seeing your dream of publishing come true.

Ryan’s first novel, Monsters All the Way Down, is a horror-thriller released to positive reviews. His second novel, Four Color Bleed, should be available by the July meeting. You can find out more about his latest project at

Meeting Times:
Meet & Greet
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Business Meeting
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 - 12:15 
Lunch on Your Own
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Open Critique Session
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Open to the Public Guests are always welcome!

Click "Membership" link left side of this page for details about dues and member benefits.

Non-members: $10 guest fee to attend bi-monthly programs.  If you join that day, the guest fee will be credited toward your membership fee.
$1 guest fee for middle school and high school students.

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.