Keynote Speakers For June Conference


Frontiers in Writing 2012

June 29-30

Amarillo College So. Washington Street Campus

Let’s Write Weekend

 Something for Everyone: Every Level, Every Genre

Jodi Thomas and John Erickson

Jodi Thomas will keynote our Friday evening dinner. This New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist has 35 books and is also a 5 time RITA award winner, the coveted recognition from the Romance Writer’s of America which earned her a place in their Hall of Fame. With a degree in Family Studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A & M University campus, where she currently serves as Writer-In-Residence. Jodi inspires and encourages writers to have courage and “put feet to your dreams”. She’ll be signing books on Thursday evening, June 28 at Barnes and Noble from 7:30 to 9:00 PM to kick off our Weekend of Writing!

John Erickson will keynote our Saturday afternoon closing session. Best known as the author of Hank the Cowdog series of books, audio-books, and stage plays, his stories have won multiple awards. While working as a ranch cowboy in Oklahoma and Texas, he wrote novels, short stories, articles, plays, essays, and book reviews. In 1982 he and his wife, Kris, started their own publishing company in their garage in Perryton and the first Hank book came out in 1983. Today, almost 30 years after its modest beginnings, Maverick Books is once again Hank’s official publisher, and is still located in Erickson’s hometown of Perryton. Also the author of WRITING CRAFT, Mr. Erickson will speak to FiW attendees about his writing process. Guest tickets are available and a book signing will follow sponsored by Barnes and Noble.

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