September 16, 2023 Program: Harmonizing Form and Content in a Poem

Dr. Frank Sobey currently serves as the associate vice president of academic affairs at Amarillo College. He has previously served as dean of arts and sciences and chair of the English department. Dr. Sobey joined Amarillo College in 2005 teaching full time in the English department. He holds an Ed.D. in higher education administration, as well as an M.A. in English, from Texas Tech University. His literary interests include modern and postmodern American and British poetry.

Introducing Our New Discord Server/ Critique Forum

Dear Texas High Plains Writers,

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Discord server, specifically designed to serve as a critique group for our esteemed writers’ community. This platform will provide an excellent space for sharing and receiving constructive feedback on your writing projects, fostering a supportive and collaborative environment.

To ensure a seamless onboarding process for everyone, we have outlined the steps below for joining our exclusive Discord server:

Step 1: Verify Your Membership

Membership in the Texas High Plains Writers group is a prerequisite for accessing our Discord server. As the server is exclusive to paid members, kindly ensure that you have become a paid member by following the appropriate process (details on our website). We will be verifying membership status before sending out invitations.

Step 2: Get Discord on Your Preferred Device

To join the server, you will need to have the Discord app installed on your preferred device. Discord is available on both smartphones and computers. If you wish to use Discord on your computer, please click on the following link to download the desktop version:

 If you already have Discord on your device, please ensure you know your account information (username and password).

Please note that you can use the same Discord account across multiple devices, so you only need to create one account that works for both your phone and your computer.

Step 3: Request an Invitation

Once you have confirmed your Texas High Plains Writers membership and have Discord set up on your device, it’s time to request an invitation to our Discord server. Simply send an email to

With the subject line: Discord group, and include the following details:

Your Discord account name (username)

Your full name

Date of your most recent renewal of your Texas High Plains Writers membership (details for verification).

Kindly refrain from including your Discord account password, as we do not require it for the invitation process.

Once we receive your request, we will promptly send you an invite within the Discord app, granting you access to our vibrant community of writers and critique partners.

If you encounter any issues or have any questions during the process, please feel free to reach out to us on our Facebook group, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new Discord critique group and exploring the boundless creativity and talent that makes up the Texas High Plains Writers community!

Happy writing and critiquing!

Kim Black and Samuel Black

Texas High Plains Writers

July 15, 2023 Program: The Page vs. The Screen

The fundamentals of telling a story are the same no matter the medium. But the craft and business of writing for film and TV are, in many ways, the other side of the storytelling coin. In this presentation, author, repped screenwriter, and actor Ricky Treon will discuss:

  • Screenplay format and best practices;
  • Film and TV act structures, and how they are viewed as more important for screenwriting;
  • The difference between literary agents and Hollywood representation (and the many ways to secure those different reps);
  • How to pitch your projects;
  • And whatever questions you may have about the entertainment industry!

May 20, 2023 Program: Speed Networking

Ever feel alone in your writing world? That writing is a profession or hobby that is meant to be done alone? Well, it’s not. Critique groups are a great way to get inspiration and to grow in your skills as a writer.

Join us Saturday May 20th at 10:00 AM in the Edward Davis Room of the Chase Tower to see that you are not alone. As a writing community we all may be working on different projects, but we can come together and be encouraged. There are others who write like you or who you can trust to give you advice and can brainstorm with. See you there!

March 18, 2023 Program – Writing Workshop

We are so excited about this upcoming workshop! No matter what genre you write, creating captivating characters and worlds is what gets readers hooked. FREE FOR GUESTS! Join us Saturday March 18th at 10am at the Amarillo Downtown Central Library. Can’t wait to see everyone!

September 17, 2022 Program: Blue Handle Publishing Panel

Blue Handle Publishing was launched in June 2020 when author/founder Charles D’Amico signed local Amazon bestselling author Andrew J Brandt. D’Amico then hired a team of publishing professionals, and together they have signed fiction and nonfiction book deals with an award-winning playwright, an NFL coach, an international rock star, and several talented writers with incredible stories to share.

Charles D’Amico is the founder and president of Blue Handle Publishing. He also writes the award-winning Neil Baggio suspense series and standalone coming-of-age story One Golden Day.
Madison David is the vice president of Blue Handle Publishing. The Amarillo native served in the marketing and sales departments for Workman Publishing (Water for Elephants, What to Expect When You’re Expecting) in New York before being hired by Blue Handle.
Ricky Treon is the Editorial Director for Blue Handle Publishing. Ricky worked in the newspaper industry for more than a decade as a reporter and editor before becoming an award-winning author of four novels, including Let the Guilty Pary and Divided States.

July 16, 2022 Program: Story Structure

After three decades of various careers, Troy Lambert fulfilled his dream of writing full-time and making a living at it. He currently has written over two-dozen books, is a freelance writer, content strategist, ghostwriter, publisher, and occasional editor. He will be joining us live from Boise, Idaho to share with us some helpful tips on story structure and plotting.

May 21st, 2022 Program: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em — Just Make the Readers Care

New York Times Bestseller Linda Broday will be joining us for an amazing session Saturday May 21st at 10:00 at the Sharpened Iron Studio.

“I can’t wait to see everyone on May 21st! We’ll have us some good times. I’ll be back home. The title of the first half of my presentation will be Love ‘Em or Hate ‘EM–But Make the Reader Care. I’ll give some tips of ways to do this. What triggers emotion in me are animals, babies, and little children trying to be grown up. It works every time. I cannot watch ASPCA commercials on TV. I just can’t. They really get to me. I’ll find out what your triggers are. I hope to see everyone there at Sharpened Iron.” ~ Linda Broday

March 19th 2022 Program Critique Group Panel

Lone Star Women of Letters Critique Groups Panel Donna Rosson, Kristine Brorman, and Kim Black bring their experience of forming, maintaining, and meeting as a critique group. They will talk about the who, what, when, how, and why they meet. They’ll discuss what makes a great group and what to avoid.

We’ll have a Q&A session, followed by an opportunity to connect with other writers to form other critique groups within our organization.

10:00am Saturday March 19th at Sharpening Iron Studio