At last! After all those hundreds of hours spent slaving away at the keyboard, your first draft is finally done. Now you can sit back and bask in the glory of your beautiful, shining… unpublishable mess.
Never fear! This fast-and-furious revisionary rumble will fire you up to pummel your plot, pulverize your prose, and kill your darlings with bloodthirsty red-penthusiasm. No fear – no shame – no surrender!
You don’t have to live in the Texas Panhandle to support the over 100 years old Texas High Plains Writers (THPW).
#ThePanhandleGives is nine days of enhanced charitable giving to support diverse nonprofits in the Texas Panhandle.
From November 22 through November 30, go to ThePanhandleGives.org, find Texas High Plains Writers, and donate. Help THPW raise over $250 by making a donation so it will qualify to receive Amplification dollars from the Amarillo Area Foundation. Amplification dollars are a percentage of the funds raised during The Panhandle Gives campaign.
What that means is the more funds THPW raises through The Panhandle Gives, the more funds THPW will receive from the Amarillo Area Foundation beyond the amount donated to THPW.
Mark your calendar today to donate from November 22 through November 30.
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Acclaimed author Taylor Moore to speak at Texas High Plains Writers program
AMARILLO, Texas — Local author Taylor Moore — fresh off the release of his critically acclaimed debut thriller, “Down Range” — will be the featured guest at the September meeting of the Texas High Plains Writers.
The program will begin at about 10 a.m. on Sept. 18 at Sharpened Iron Studios at 1314 S. Polk St., just south of downtown Amarillo. The program is free for members, and guests can pay $10 at the door. Copies of “Down Range” will be available at the meeting for purchase and to be signed by Moore, courtesy of Burrowing Owl Books.
Moore, an Amarillo resident and sixth-generation Texan, is a former analyst and operations officer with the CIA and consultant for the Department of Defense. Moore then went on to help secure mineral rights as a landman in the Texas Panhandle before becoming a full-time author and speaker.
“We are beyond thrilled to have an author of Taylor’s caliber speaking for our members and guests,” THPW President Rick Treon said. “It’s been a while since we had someone come in who’s just had such a major debut released by a Big Five publisher. And the fact that it’s set right here on the High Plains makes it that much more exciting for us.”
Moore signed a two-book deal with William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, in May 2020. “Down Range” is the first book in Moore’s series about an undercover DEA Special Agent Garrett Kohl who must help protect an Afghan orphan and his family from the ravages of the drug trade near Canadian, Texas. Book 2 in the series is in production but no release date has been set.
His debut has been called “intense,” “riveting,” and “stunning” by New York Times bestselling thriller authors such as Mark Greaney, Brad Taylor, and Don Bentley.
Moore’s presentation will include his publishing journey, and how many years it truly takes to become an “overnight success” in traditional publishing.
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THE PANHANDLE GIVES – November 22 – November 30, 2021
THPW is participating in The Panhandle Gives, an annual event hosted and coordinated by the Amarillo Area Foundation. The event begins on the Monday before Thanksgiving and ends on the global day of giving known as Giving Tuesday. That’s November 22 – November 30, so mark your calendar. More details to come.
Juice-Box Hero: Squeezing Plot From Character They say there are only six plots. Maybe seven. But there are a million characters – and a great one can make an author’s career. If you have an AMAZING character (or ten), but are struggling to sustain their storylines – or if your intricate, masterfully-crafted plot feels a bit flat on personality – have no fear. Come on out and discover how to distill a story that readers will remember from characters they’ll never forget. Bring your enthusiasm and all your burning questions!
Topic: THPW May Program with Tex Thompson Time: May 15, 2021 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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a ruckus-raising professional speaker, writing instructor, and all-purpose extrovert
Join us at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 20th, for a panel of Authors ready to answer all your burning questions about the writing craft, including research, plotting, editing, publishing, marketing, and more.
Our panel consists of both traditional and indie-published authors, representing a wide range of genre fiction.
Linda Broday is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Historical Western Romance, with five multi-book series and contributions to a dozen anthologies. She has a list of accolades too numerous to count here, including the THPW 2018 Writer of the Year. For more about Linda, CLICK HERE.
Kim Black is an award-winning indie-author of Historical Christian Fiction, Mystery/ Suspense, Sci-Fi/ Western, and children’s books. Her books all feature strong female leads. For more about Kim, CLICK HERE.
Ryan McSwain is an indie-author of reality-bending fiction featuring monsters, cosmic horror, comic book heroes, and twisty suspense. He’s also a master of short-story humor and nostalgia. For more about Ryan, CLICK HERE.
Rick Treon is a newspaper journalist turned award-winning Mystery/ Suspense author. His novels are rich with the grit and gravel of the Texas Panhandle. For more about Rick, CLICK HERE.
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