Bi-Monthly Programs

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September 18 Potluck Social
On Friday, September 18, 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 Michael Crabtree 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.)


September 19 Program

Michael Crabtree
The Story Process in Film

We have an exciting guest for the September 19 meeting of Texas High Plains Writers. Michael Crabtree is an actor, screenwriter, director, producer, and an Indie filmmaker.  In his 36-year career, to date, Michael has appeared in over 50 films on the big screen and TV.

Using the stage name Michael Weston, he has acted alongside some of the biggest names in the industry such as Robert Duval, James Garner, Kevin Spacey, Claire Danes, Sally Fields, and many others like Robert Mitchum. The list is long and varied.

He began his fascinating journey in 1979 on the TV series Dallas playing a rodeo rider. Four years later, he landed a role with Robert Duval in Tender Mercies. During his career, he’s played a multitude of characters, some of which were: a cowboy, lawman, mayor, attorney, a detective, prison warden, governor, and frontier fighter Deaf Smith on The Alamo (2004 version with Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton.)

Michael is looking forward to sharing how he gets into the role of a character and becomes the person he’s portraying. Perhaps it’s a lot like creating a character in a book. We’ll find out. He’ll tell what it’s like working on set, who his favorite people were to work with, and talk about making his own movies and documentaries. In addition, he’ll give insights on how he goes about finding funding for his projects, hiring actors, and touch on the screenwriting part.

His latest indie film is called ODD MAN OUT (2014) in which he wrote, directed, and starred in. It’s distributed on Hulu and Amazon. 

Get your questions ready. This is your chance to ask about all the things you’ve wondered concerning acting, filmmaking, and even breaking into the business if you have that yearning.

What it all boils down to is that no matter if it’s writing a book, a song, a poem, or a movie it’s all just telling a story.

Meeting Times:
Check-In and
Meet & Greet
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Morning Session
10:00 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.