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Panhandle Professional Writers P.O. Box 19303 Amarillo, TX 9114

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Frontiers in Writing • June 5–6 • 2009 amarillo college washington street campus • amarillo, texas

:: 13 Writers :: 4 Lyricists :: 3 Poets :: 1 Weekend :: Creative Nonfiction: The Literature of Reality This year’s conference will focus on creative nonfiction, a genre Lee Gutkind, the keynote speaker, calls “the literature of reality.” “But if you write fiction, don’t think this conference is not for you,” says Dr. Mike Bellah, an Amarillo College professor and this year’s conference chairman. “All the elements required for effective nonfiction—things like vivid description and a coherent and suspenseful storyline—also make for a successful novel.”

Panhandle Professional Writers in Association with Amarillo College Presents

Frontiers in Writing 2009 Amarillo College Washington Street Campus, Amarillo, Texas • June 5 – June 6, 2009

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According to Gutkind, creative nonfiction narratives “are dramatic, true stories that use scene, dialogue and close, detailed descriptions—techniques usually employed by poets and fiction writers—to examine and explore a variety of subjects: politics, economics, sports, race relations, family relations, the arts and sciences and more. Lee Gutkind is the founding editor of Creative Nonfiction and prize-winning author or editor of more than a dozen books. His most recent work, Almost Human: Making Robots Think, was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Harper’s Magazine calls Gutkind “the founder of the creative nonfiction movement. According to Vanity Fair, he is “the godfather behind creative nonfiction.” Gutkind travels widely throughout the world giving workshops and readings, explaining the craft and the mission of the genre.

pa n h a n d l e pro fe ssi o n a l w rit er s i n a s so ci ati o n w it h a m a ri l lo co l l eg e pr e sen t s

Frontiers in Writing • June 5–6 • 2009 amarillo college washington street campus • amarillo, texas

lee gutkind keynote speaker

Along with Gutkind, FIW 2009 will offer helpful workshops with more than a dozen Panhandlearea nonfiction authors participating. These include Mark Williams, an award-winning outdoor writer with more than a dozen books and 100s of newspaper and magazine articles to his credit. Williams, who may be the most successful “book pitcher” in the Panhandle, will share some of his secrets. Also, Jon Mark Beilue, once an award-winning sports writer and now Amarillo’s favorite general columnist, will speak. Beilue will talk about how writers find their stories.

In addition, authors, columnists and college teachers, David Horsley and Mike Bellah will talk about writing and selling the personal essay. Joining them will be lifelong newspaperman and author of full-length novels and nonfiction books, Don Williams, who will show how to use simile and metaphor to give life to one’s writing. Mark Williams wife, Amy, is a writer in her own right, and will talk about writing and marketing her work, including a new book entitled 1001 Girlfriend Getaways Around the World. Long-time PPW member and awardwinning novelist Dewanna Pace has entitled her workshop “Avoiding Rejection: A Novel Approach.” And Linda Rohrbough, who has over 5,000 articles and seven books to her credit, will travel from her home in North Carolina to talk about successfully pitching one’s work to an agent or editor. Linda’s unique approach teaches participants how to come up with a “second logline” that focuses on the more emotional elements in their plot.

Jon Mark Beilue • Dr. Mike Bellah • Dan Case • Lee Gutkind • Jenna Hodges • David Horsley • Chad McPhail • Joan Neubauer • Steve Neubauer • North Heights Students • Dewanna Pace • Randy Palmer • Raul Rodarte • Linda Rohrbough • Gary Wayne Thomason • Tennesee Tuckness • Amy Williams • Dr. Donald Mace Williams • Mark Williams • and more

:: 13 Writers :: 4 Lyricists :: 3 Poets :: 1 Weekend ::

Creative nonfiction heightens the whole “ concept and idea of essay writing. It allows a writer to employ the diligence of a reporter, the shifting voices and viewpoints of a novelist, the refined wordplay of a poet and the analytical modes of the essayist.

—Lee Gutkind

There’s more. Amarillo singer-musicians Tennessee Tuckness, Gary Wayne Thomason, Chad McPhail and Randy Palmer will talk about writing song lyrics. Mark Williams will be back for a second workshop, bringing along some of his students from North Heights Alternative School to talk about their recently published book of essays. And Jenna Hodges, local poet and youth mentor, and Raul Rodarte, international poet and performer, will introduce their workshop participants to Slam Poetry.


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schedule & Registration

Participants in FIW 2009 will have the opportunity to pitch their book proposals, nonfiction or fiction, to one of two publishers. Dan Case is the owner of AWOC.COM Publishing and is the editor of their flagship publication, Writing for DOLLARS! He is the co-author of The Complete Guide to Writing and Selling Magazine Articles and author of numerous articles and essays. His cartoons have appeared in books, magazines, newsletters and in syndication both online and in newspapers. AWOC.COM published 15 books in 2008 and expects to publish as many as 20 in 2009.

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Oak

Badger Den

The Neubauers say they are equally committed to finding and nurturing the first-time author. “At WordWright we’re an author incubator and we help new authors understand the world of publishing. We teach and help you along the way so you can achieve your dream of publication. We actively work with our authors to help promote them and their books by securing book signings and presentations.”

Registration in the Commons

1:00 pm

Mark Williams

Linda Rohrbough

2:00 pm

Jon Mark Beilue

Dr. Mike Bellah and David Horsley

Dr. Donald Mace Williams

Steve Neubauer, Joan Neubauer, Dan Case

3:00 pm

Mark and Amy Williams

Chad McPhail

Amarillo Uptown

Steve Neubauer, Joan Neubauer, Dan Case

4:00 pm

BREAK

5:30 pm

Book Signing in the Commons Conference Banquet and Contest Awards with catering by The Golden Apple, entertainment by our conference songsters and Keynote Address by Lee Gutkind

6:30–8:30 pm

Sat u r day, Ju n e 6, 2009 8:30 am

Registration in the Commons

9:00 am

Lee Gutkind in the Oak Room

10:00 am

Jenna Hodges, Raul Rodarte and friends

Dr. Donald Mace Williams

Jon Mark Beilue

Steve Neubauer, Joan Neubauer, Dan Case

11:00 am

Tennessee Tuckness, Gary Wayne Thomason, Chad McPhail & Randy Palmer

Dewanna Pace

Joan Neubauer

Steve Neubauer, Joan Neubauer, Dan Case

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Barbeque Lunch, Dyers

If you write fiction, don’t think this conference is not for “you. All the elements required for effective nonfiction—

1:00 pm

Lee Gutkind in the Oak Room

things like vivid description and a coherent and suspenseful storyline—also make for a successful novel.

3:00 pm

2:00 pm

—Dr. Mike Bellah, Amarillo College Professor and Conference Chair

Mark Williams and North Heights Students

Dr. Mike Bellah and David Horsley

TBA

Steve Neubauer, Joan Neubauer, Dan Case

Panel Discussion—Creative Nonfiction in the Amarillo Market

Amarillo College Washington Street Campus, Amarillo, Texas • June 5 – June 6, 2009

Register Now: Space for pitch sessions with publishers and Friday banquet is limited

Frontiers in Writing 2009

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Commons/Private Sessions with Publishers

Friday, Ju n e 5 , 2009 12:30 pm

Joan and Steve Neubauer own and operate WordWright.biz, Inc., a publishing house in Alpine, Texas. WordWright has authors based in the U.S. and the dan case joan neubauer United Kingdom. They publish most genres of fiction and non-fiction of interest to general readers. “We focus on the author not the genre of the book,” says Steve. “We look for energetic, curious authors who want to learn about how to create a wonderful book, promote it, and sell it.”

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PRICING

2011 S. Washington St., Amarillo, Texas From I-40, exit Washington Street. Drive south on Washington Street 0.3 miles. From I-27, exit Washington Street. Drive north on Washington Street 0.8 miles.

Accom mo datio ns

Holiday Inn 1911 I-40 East, Amarillo, TX 79102 806-372-8741 Call before May 26 and mention FIW, and you will receive a special rate of $89 per night. Or go to www.AmarilloHI.com and click on the FIW button.

cost

Conference fee: PPW members

$85.00

Non members add

$30.00

Friday banquet

$22.00

Saturday lunch

$12.00

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Do you want to meet privately to “pitch” a publisher? Give us your preference for publishers (rate: 1, 2 and 3)

Joan Neubauer

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Enclose this form and personal check or money order (unless using credit card) and return to this address: Panhandle Professional Writers, P.O. Box 19303, Amarillo, TX 79114

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