Bi-Monthly Programs

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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 79101
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.)


July 16 Program

Jennifer Archer and Marcy McKay
Bringing Your Characters To Life

This month’s July meeting is going to be a real treat. Not one but two very talented ladies who have a whole lot of writing experience. Both know what it takes to tell a good story and keep a reader turning the pages.

Jennifer Archer and Marcy McKay will show you how to create realistic, compelling characters through perspective and point of view. By the time they’re finished, your story will leap off the page and into the reader’s heart.

Often we forget to make our characters human—or as close as we can. We give them hair color, eye color, height and a few good qualities from a list and think we’re done. But we’re not. Characters need to be as complex and 3-dimensional as we are. We need to know everything we can about them—their flaws, how they view life, what things they will do, and absolutely won’t do. What makes them laugh or cry.  Jenny and Marcy will show us how to dig deep down where the juicy secrets lie and pull them out. 

Award-winning Jenny Archer has written numerous fiction and non-fiction books. Texas Library Association selected her debut young adult novel, Through Her Eyes, for their first Spirit of Texas Reading Program – Middle School, and for the TAYSHAS High School reading list.

Marcy McKay is an award-winning short story author and copywriter as well as a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. Her debut novel, Pennies From Burger Heaven, won critical acclaim.

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.