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.
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.)
Arianne "Tex" Thompson
Professional writing instructor and editor
for the DFW Writers Conference
$25 for Texas High Plains Members / $30 for non-members
Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
4901 Cornell St., Amarillo, TX 79109
Morning session -- 9:30 am:
THE PLATE TECTONICS THEORY OF DIALOGUE
When it comes to dialogue, a good scene is a 'geologically active' one. Like pieces of the Earth's crust, characters clash, fold, and buckle as they interact (and yes, sometimes even bump and grind!) In this class, we'll analyze the features of real human speech, and how to amplify and manipulate them to suit your purpose. Whether your current scene is as subtle as a tremor or as explosive as an earthquake, we'll craft dialogue guaranteed to keep your plot moving, your pages turning, and your readers on their toes.
Break for lunch
Afternoon session -- 1:30 pm
Do your sentences sag? Does your description drag? Or is your manuscript simply struggling to lose those last 5,000 words? Never fear! Now you can trim and tone your prose in a fearless, fun session that’s guaranteed to leave your work leaner, cleaner, and meaner than ever before. Come learn how to take your writing style from flab to fab!
1-on-1 critiques of first 5 pages
Meet & Greet
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
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.