Bi-Monthly Programs

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 9:30 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 15 Workshop

Janda Raker

Travel Writer and Flash Fiction Author

Amarillo Senior Citizens Center
1217 S. Tyler 

Janda Raker, a PPW member for more than 20 years, took all the classes, went to the meetings and workshops, joined critique groups, read the how-to books, and started a novel. But it kept turning into a book of travel. Finally she realized that when she “grew up,” she wanted to be a travel writer.
Janda Raker is an award-winning travel writer/ essayist/ photographer who has explored North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and 22 countries in Europe, traveling by train, ferry, motorcycle, cross-country skis, mountain bike, snowshoes, canoe, sea kayak, sailboat, power boat, hiking and backpacking, to wildernesses, big cities and everywhere in between. Teaching in middle school and high school allowed her to ramble around the states during summer breaks, and retirement provides even more freedom to explore. Her travel and outdoor-recreation articles have been published in Amarillo Style, UltraRunning, WingWorld, etc., and on-line monthly for the past 16 months for, which is a network of news websites. She has also published profiles of Jodi Thomas and Debbie Macomber in The Writer and two anthologies of very short stories titled Flash Tales and Flash
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For PPW’s November, 2014, program, Janda will share details of many types of travel writing, with additional tips about writing online, publishing photos, writing about travel even if you don’t go anywhere, justifying travel as a business expense on income tax, using bitly links, and self-publishing on CreateSpace. Many of these ideas apply to other types of writing, in addition to travel.
Attendees are encouraged to bring four or five copies of three pages of any of their writing to discuss in the afternoon critique sessions.

Meeting Times:
Check-In and
Meet & Greet
9:00 -9:30 a.m.
Morning Session
9:30 a.m. - Noon
Business Meeting
Noon - 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 joint 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 the 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.