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.)


Bi-Monthly Meeting
September 17th
(PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Tri-State Fair parade, Check-in and Meet & Greet starts at noon and the Presentation starts at 1:00 and ends at 3:00.  There will be NO critique sessions after this meeting due to the late start.)

Kimberly Willis Holt
The Power of Place

We’re so happy to bring former Amarillian and former PPW member, Kimberly Willis Holt, to present the September 17 meeting. It’s a real feather in our cap to get her. She’s in such demand and gives so many talks at schools. This multi-award-winning writer of children’s and young adult stories will speak about THE POWER OF PLACE. Kimberly will show the importance setting has played in her own work. She’s reserving the second half for a short workshop and teach all of us how to employ the power of place in our own stories in a way that will enrich and deepen both our characters and our writing.

Bring paper and pen and be ready to travel! No suitcase required. What she’s going to teach is for everyone, no matter what you write. But if your interest happens to be children and young adult fiction, this is your chance to ask questions specifically about that genre.

This topic is near and dear to her heart. Kimberly grew up in a military family and by the time she was fourteen, she’d lived and traveled all over the world. She definitely had her fill of moving and needed roots, thus the power of place was very strong inside her even back then. Her dream as a child was to grow up and live in one house. She was born during a Florida hurricane into a family of storytellers. From them, she honed her craft. Books were and still are extremely important. One changed her life—The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. In reading this story, she knew she wanted to be a writer. And what fantastic books she’s written!

She’s having a booksigning at Barnes and Noble, 2415 S. Soncy, Amarillo, after the meeting from 4-5 pm. Everyone please, please come and support her. She’s coming quite a distance for us so let’s make it worth her while. And you can learn something in the bargain.

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.