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
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.)


May 21 Program

Dan Brown
How Much Do You Know About
the Business Side of Writing?

Nowadays a writer has to know more than how to tell a good story, whether or not to put an I before the E or to self-publish or go a more traditional route.  Our May speaker, Dan Brown, public accountant, will be an excellent follow up to Bethany Claire’s talk in March.  Dan will be able to provide the information that will help you decide if you need to create a limited liability company, a limited partnership, obtain a federal employer identification number, or form a business at all.  In addition, he plans to do a PowerPoint presentation that will clarify which types of records a writer should keep, the things we can legally claim, and much more.

Of special interest to a lot of us is the murky water of a home office.  Can you claim part of your utilities, insurance, cell phone, and office supplies?  What about research books?  Car mileage?  Gasoline?  Lunches?  Dan will explain what types of expenses we can claim or not claim that deal particularly with all aspects.

Dan is employed at Lemert, Holder, and Ohm, PLLC, here in Amarillo.  Previously, he worked as a restaurant manager for a local chain.  The career change opened up new, exciting opportunities that now allows him to help clients sort out the rules dealing with the complexity of tax preparation in this changing world in which we live.  The team at the firm of Lemert, Holder, and Ohm, PLLC, has provided the area with expertise and exceptional service for over 25 years.

There are lots to think about.  Bring your questions to the May meeting and get the answers you need.

Our member and author Natalie Bright has graciously volunteered to sponsor this month's speaker.

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.