Tuesday, March 8, 2011

April Writers' Retreat in Alpine

Poets, Western Writers, and Folklorist Meet in the Mountains

Poets, western historians, and writers wanting to collect and record folk stories about their local area or their family will be impressed with the professional lineup at the 20th annual Texas Mountain Trail Writers' Western Round-Up in Alpine, April 8, 9, 10.

Larry Thomas, 2008 Poet Laureate of Texas, will be a headliner and is offering an unprecedented treat, a free critique of one poem to each registered participant. In addition Andy Wilkinson, western historian, poet, playwright, and songwriter will join the team, and it will be rounded off by Dr. Beverly Six, a Sul Ross State University professor who will teach the collecting, recording, and writing of folklore.

The retreat is held at a church encampment in the mountains west of Alpine. Cost for the weekend, with speakers and five meals included is $135 before March 15 and $150 after. Inexpensive rustic lodging can be had at the encampment, or there are many motels in Alpine. The weekend is fun and informative. For the Retreat Overview or information, email Reba Cross Seals rcrossseals@wildblue.net or Jackie Siglin bakedalaska1@bigbend.net or visit our website at http://www.texasmountaintrailwriters.org/

I love to attend this retreat. The folks are fun, the food wonderful, and the mountain air so refreshing. If you'd like to see some pictures, go to the photo album on my website.

Thanks for reading and writing!



  1. I'd love to attend but that's our state event for my students. Grrrr.

  2. Wow! You can't go wrong learning how to collect cultural material with a folklorist! Wish I could attend. I promised no writing events this year. But RT is in New Orleans next year! He can't get out of that one. LOL Have fun. :)

  3. I'm looking forward to being able to attend such events when I retire and get back to Texas...what's in New Orleans next year?

  4. Bummer, Ciara. Maybe next year.

    I know, Skhye, he's the main reason I'm going. Hmm, I need a good excuse for going to New Orleans. Maybe hubby and I can make it too.

    Peg, it's the Romantic Times convention.

  5. I'd love to attend this one, but my budget is already committed to the TWRP Retreat in May. I'm going to make a note of it and look for the particulars for next year! (I'm an old retired Texas schoolteacher, too, Linda, temporarily 'exiled' in Arkansas but trying to get home!)