“Thanks so much for your wonderful insight.
I truly enjoyed every class.
I hate to think of me even trying to write an Autobiography,
without the pointing you provided."
-- W. T. of Dallas, regarding the new memoir, essay, personal narrative class I taught at SMU this spring.
Because writers like this found the class to their liking, I’ll be teaching “Memoir, Personal Narrative & Essay” at SMU again starting July 9. (See Writing Teacher Page for details.)
WHAT A SUMMER… Already! An honor from SMU’s libraries; a manuscript deadline on a new book about Texas women; storytelling talks; SMU writing classes, and my home-based writerly sessions, “Writing Circles.”
June brought a retreat to write in order to meet looming deadlines for my forthcoming, Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie, from the History Press. This month it meant wrapping up photos (finding them) and then getting permissions to publish. I’ve had some wonderful help from the likes of Mandy at Marfa Public Library and John from Hallie Stillwell’s Ranch and Museum, not to mention Tom at the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections. Families, such as Elizabeth Bundy Campbell’s descendants have jumped in with photos and stories. And that’s not to mention the fine archives of the Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon, Texas, as well as Texas Tech’s Southwestern Collection. Of course, starting off with the UNT Portal to Texas History was a no-brainer. Now, the final touches—rewrite, check, proof, juggle sentences and jiggle words and syntax, my favorite writing tasks—and I’ll write “30” to the manuscript. A way to go, yes, but the deadline whispers.
Once met, I’ll get to hold this new book on Sept. 23 and anticipate a round of booksignings and programs about Texas women that beckons for Texas Ranch Women: Three Centuries of Mettle and Moxie. Fortunately, “The Dames” of Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History still draw a crowd, such as a program in my hometown of Fort Worth, Oct. 20, on “Republic of Texas Women” for a local chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
SCHEDULING... Come July & August, I’ll be raring to schedule more programs—check out the “Storyteller” page for some ideas--about these women I consider dazzling.
MID JULY, I’ll be “sallying forth,” as my grandmother used to say, to teach a couple of classes for the Fort Worth Public Library in July and August (more details on the Writing Teacher page), and then to deliver a program to the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), in late August. There, I’ll talk on “Making Your Writing Sing.”
WRITING CIRCLES continue weekly in my Fort Worth home, a new round every six weeks. And then, after the book deadline I’ll be back to PRIVATE COACHING, EDITING & INSTRUCTION. For information, dates for these, and for appointments, contact me: email@example.com. (More information on the Writing Teacher page.)
WHAT AN HONOR… SMU’s Archives of Women of the Southwest Advisory Board have tapped me to join them. I’ve spent many hours in the DeGolyer Library at SMU—where the collection is housed— hunched over cartons of correspondence. I’ve donned white cotton gloves to prowl through century old notes and photos of and about women appearing in my books on Texas women. It’s a privilege to give back and I have Pamalla Anderson, archivist, to thank for this opportunity.
Here I get to pose with a cutout of a “Texas Dame,” Dr. Mollie Armstrong, who garnered acclaim as the first woman optometrist in Texas. The Brown County Museum (in Brownwood) has pulled together a winsome display of Dr. Armstrong’s life and times.