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Panhandle Professional Writers Conference

Frontiers in Writing 2012 will open with a Thursday night book signing event held at Barnes and Noble, 2415 Soncy Road., 7:30 – 9:00 PM, June 28. Classes on Friday and Saturday will beheld at the CUB on the Amarillo College Washington Campus. The closing event with John Erickson as the keynote speaker, will be held in the Ordway Auditorium.

Just for Newbies! If this is your first writers conference ever, don’t be shy. We’ll have a short orientation in the Barnes and Noble Classroom just for you starting at 7:30 PM. You’ll be done in plenty of time to attend the autographing and meet some of this year’s faculty.

The Friday night banquet featuring New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas, will be held in the REC Hall at the FORT AMARILLO RV PARK located at 10101 Amarillo Blvd.  West, Amarillo. The REC hall is located on the corner of Amarillo Blvd and Helium Road, just behind Gander Mountain.

PPW is having a Book Fair at Barnes and Noble during this weekend. Every purchase made in store or online will benefit the organization. This gives us much needed funds for future conferences allowing us to keep registration fees as affordable as possible.

Print the registration form by going to

Hope to see you all there!


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Using Poetic Language in Novels and Short Stories

May 19, 2012

Ever wish your prose read as lyrically as the masters do?

Guest speaker, Jenna Hodges Struble, will talk about the use of poetic language in novels and short stories.

Enhance your work to take the reader on a sensory journey that they will wish has no end. Learn how to write more descriptively with exercises and techniques from Jenna Hodges Struble.

Jenna has been writing for over 20 years, is a published poet and recording artist with her spoken word. She has taught creative writing to youth and adults for four years in the Amarillo area under the umbrella of the Writer’s Voice Program at the Amarillo YMCA. She has also been a guest instructor at the Austin International Poetry Festival and Y of the USA. Jenna has helped develop creative writing curriculum for several YMCA’s and youth poetry organizations around the country. Jenna is recently married to acclaimed creator and author for Image Comic’s Li’l Depressed Boy, S. Steven Struble.

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Five Reasons to Follow This Blog

Please forgive the lack of posts over the last month.  Sometimes life gets in the way of keeping up responsibilities.

Here’s are five reasons to keep following this blog.  These are some of the websites to visit for information about our keynote speakers and other presenters for this year’s Frontiers in Writing Conference to held June 29-30 here in Amarillo, TX.  Enjoy!


Candace Havens will be speaking at Frontiers in Writing June 29-30 and keynoting one of the luncheons. Follow this link to her blog:


Harvey Stanbrough, award winning poet and author, will be keynoting a luncheon and speaking at this year’s Frontiers in Writing, June 29-30. Follow the link to read his blog and learn more about Harvey’s work:


Phyliss  Miranda, New York Times Bestselling Author will be conducting session on characterization at the June29-30 Writers Conference. She blogs with several other western romance authors at If you’re a romance fan, you’ll enjoy the information posted by these award winning authors about all things cowboy!


Jodi Thomas will be keynoting our dinner at Frontiers in Writing Conference, June 29-30. Her book, JUST DOWNTHE ROAD, the fourth in her Harmony series, has just been listed as #15 on the New York Times Bestseller List!  You’ll get an opportunity to hear this inspirational author on Friday night.  We hope to see you there!


PPW member, Joe Trent, will be conducting a session on “Using Person, Tense and Depth to Frame Stories” at the June 29-30 Writers Conference. You can learn more about Joe and his work by visiting his website:


Nancy and Craig Keel will be conducting a first timers orientation for newbie writers who have never attended a writers conference before. Wanna-be authors who have registered for Frontiers in Writing, June 29-30, are invited to a special session on Thursday at Barnes and Noble. Ask Nancy and Craig anything, then follow your dream and become published!

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A Mystery Writer Talks About Writing

Today A Guest Blog by Marcia K. Preston, Our March Meeting Presenter.  First a few words about Marcia:        

 Marcia Preston (M.K. Preston) grew up on a wheat farm in central Oklahoma. From her father she learned the art of storytelling; from her mother, a reverence for books; and from Oklahoma’s red earth, a love of wildlife and the outdoors.

          As a magazine writer for many years, she also edited and published ByLine, a trade magazine for aspiring writers. Marcia lives with her childhood sweetheart and first husband (it’s the same guy) beside a creek in central Oklahoma, where she gardens and dodges tornadoes.

          Writing as M.K. Preston, Marcia is the author of an Oklahoma mystery series featuring Chantalene Morrell, daughter of a Gypsy mother and a redneck father.  Along with her mystery series, Marcia has written four other novels.

          On Saturday, March, 17, at St. Stephen Methodist Church’s Western St. Campus, Marcia K. Preston will discuss writing mysteries in the morning session and conduct a workshop on creating believable dialogue after lunch.    

Here’s a few words from Marcia Preston    

          When my first novel was published, a mystery/suspense set in Oklahoma, I was privileged to sign books with mystery maven Carolyn Hart. She had some forty novels in print at that time. Between customers, I complained to her about the difficulty I was having with the second book in my series. “I thought the second one would be easier,” I said.

            “Oh, Marcia,” Carolyn said gently, “it never gets easier. On this last book, I came closer than I ever have to junking the whole manuscript and giving up.”

            I nearly cried.

            I’m sure I’ll never have forty books in print – I write too slowly, for one thing. But six books later, I have to say that Carolyn was right. It never gets any easier. And with the publishing industry in a forced revolution and marketing more difficult than ever, writers sometimes have to wonder: Why keep doing this?

            But we can’t quit. Like the sailor who loves the sea or the pilot who craves the wild blue sky, we need to write. It’s how we make sense of the world, or cry out against its senselessness. When something startling or tragic happens in my life, it doesn’t seem truly real to me until I write it down. That’s why I can’t write about a tragic event at the time it happens; I don’t want it to be real. Only later will the power of words help me transform the pain into something larger. Something better.

            Other writers understand this, and I’m excited to visit the Panhandle Professional Writers this March 17th. We’ll talk about writing mysteries and dialogue, specifically, but what we probably want most is the fellowship of others who understand.         

If you wish to learn more about Marcia or her books, please visit her website at:


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