January 20, 2018 Program

So You Really Want to Write a Spy Novel? Now What?

Program By Taylor Moore

We’re so excited about our January speaker. It’s not every day that we get to pick the brain of an ex-CIA agent! Taylor Moore has the credentials and will share some of what he knows. If he tells us all, he’ll have to kill us. (That’s a joke.)

What are the differences between Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense? Taylor will tell you and explore a little deeper into the spy genre which is his field of expertise. He’ll talk about Tom Clancy and some of the other masters of thrillers. He’ll lay out for members a step by step approach to writing a spy novel. Maybe you’ve always wanted to.

He’ll help you see the world as the CIA sees it, challenge your system of beliefs, challenge the boundaries of morality, and make your bad guys good and your good guys bad. He’ll talk about what’s real and what’s fake from a CIA operative’s perspective.

Taylor will help you develop your heroes, villains, and everything in between. Help craft scenes, give your story a satisfying ending but leave a hook for the next one in the series, and so much more, including where to find resources for crafting this type of novel.

This is only a small portion of what he’ll cover. This program is jam-packed and you’ll learn some of the actual duties of working for a spy agency. As much as Taylor is at liberty to say.

Bring paper and pencil! Part of the program will be interactive!

About Taylor:

He’s a sixth generation Texan and grew up on a farm and ranch in Brazos County. He received a degree in journalism from Texas A&M followed by a master’s in Public Policy at Pepperdine. After traveling extensively in Latin America and completing a graduate level internship at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, he was recruited by the CIA.

Taylor has always had a passion for telling stories as well as a love of history, foreign policy, and international travel. Despite his departure from the intelligence world, he continues to monitor world affairs with great interest. He now lives in the Texas Panhandle with his wife and two children.

November 18, 2017 Program

How do you sell what you’ve written?

Presenter: B. Alan Bourgeois

This is such a common question these days. You pour out your heart, write the best book you can, and put it up online, but what then? How do you get readers to find you amid the mountains of books out there?

B. Alan Bourgeois, our November guest, will shed light on this often murky subject. Alan is the founder and director of Texas Authors, Inc, a non-profit organization that helps Indie authors in countless ways.

You might say, he’s the guru of marketing and promoting yourself. Half of his eye-opening program will be a mini-seminar that will show authors new ways of promoting and helping them stand out above the throng of Indie books that are released each day.

In the second half of his talk, Alan will discuss the various programs and events designed to give authors a boost in marketing. One event not to miss is the yearly Author’s Marketing Conference that focuses on innovative ideas that work. Of note: He’s compiling a database of Texas authors on a site called Texas Authors Institute and he’ll tell you how you can be a part of that. He’ll also tell you about a yearly event called DEAR Texas (Drop Everything and Read.) The proceeds of this sale go to put books into Texas children’s hands.

As an added plus, each year, the Texas Authors, Inc. organization has a short story contest where winners in a multitude of genres are published in a compilation and marketed through Texas Authors, Inc.

Mr. Bourgeois began writing as a child, but as many children of his era were told, “You need to study and get a real job to earn a living.” That statement from a well-meaning mother put a pause on his desire to write.

In 1989, he was asked to write a short story based on an actual event in his life. He did, and it was published as $200 Alan. Seeing his story in print once again inspired him to begin writing. Since then, he has written many articles, short stories, editorials and has 7 books published covering many genres.

He continues to write and assist new authors through Texas Authors, Inc. and his company Bourgeois Media & Consulting (BMC). “There is nothing greater than seeing someone’s dreams become reality,” he says.


This program will be held at Oasis, in the Activities Center behind the main building.
8201 Canyon Drive, Amarillo in the Activity Bldg, in the rear (335 Loop/ Hollywood Road)
Please use the parking lot on the west side of Harrison Street or the parking lot on the east side of Van Buren Street. You may also park along the surrounding streets where parking is permitted. Please do not park in the lots immediately adjacent to and on the west side of the Chase Tower.

August 19, 2017 Workshop

Full-day workshop with Tex Thompson.
Word Alchemy Lab
– Part 1: Covers the science of what makes a good sentence
– Part 2: Explores paragraphs, scenes, chapters, and stories



AUGUST 19, 2017 

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

$48.00 for THPW Members

$58.00 for Non-Members

(includes lunch)



 Also, registered participants get a one-on-one 15-page critique with Tex.

Contact Mike Akins, mike7166@gmail.com  for details.

This workshop will be held in the Edward Davis Conference Room in the Chase Tower,

600 S. Tyler, Amarillo, TX


Parking across the street in the lots between Van Buren and Harrison. Please do not park in the lots adjacent to the Chase Tower or East of Tyler.

May 20th, 2017 Meeting

Bestselling Author Karen Witmeyer
As all of you know, it’s not just enough to finish the first draft of a book. Or the second. That’s when the work (and fun for a good many authors) start. That’s when we fine-tune and put the magic in.

Our May guest, Karen Witemeyer, knows all about magic. You’ll find her inspirational romance books continually at to the top of bestseller lists. She’s going to share her expertise with us and show ways to freshen our writing (no matter the genre) and make it sparkle.

Her topics:

AUTHOR VOICE: She’s going to show us ways to discover it, develop it, and how to dodge the pitfalls. Author voice must be carefully balanced so that the reader can’t hear the author directly, only the characters. We want them to be carried away on an adventure to our fictional world. Your voice should be fresh and captivating, but never overshadow the actual story.

DEEP POINT OF VIEW: In this half, Karen will show how to increase the close connection between your characters and your readers. She’ll focus on teaching how to strengthen the voice of your characters. Deep POV is the single most important craft technique for drawing the reader into your story. If you do it right, your characters will become so real that the reader will become them. She’ll explain how deep POV works, then look at practical ways to incorporate it into your writing. Bring pencil and paper for the writing exercises to help you practice this skill.

About Karen Witemeyer:

A life-long bookworm, Karen is living her dream writing novels. Her books have consistently hit bestseller lists and have garnered awards such as the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. In addition, she is a multiple RITA and National Reader’s Choice finalist. She finds deep satisfaction in writing stories set in days gone by of men and women trying to carve out a life amid struggle and hardship, finding love and family along the way.

Her talks are much in demand both here and abroad. She lives in Abilene, Texas with her hero and three children and earned a bachelor and master’s degrees in Psychology.

Please come to hear her and take lots of notes. You won’t regret it.