WELCOMING THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH LETTERS TO SANTA

Every year members of Trinity Writers’ Workshop participate in the annual Christmas At The Stockyards event in Fort Worth Texas.

For those unfamiliar with this fascinating area of Fort Worth, it is the site of the stockyards where drovers moved cattle to the railhead in the days of large cattle drives. Later it was the site of large meat packing plants. Now, it is preserved as a historical district with museums, shops, restaurants and daily cattle drives. On the first Saturday of December, the area is transformed into a wonderland of lights, music and holiday entertainment for children of all ages.

TWW members help children write letters to Santa (who has his workshop nearby) and give away our Christmas Book which includes stories and poems submitted by our members.

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One of our members, Jan Nourse, is a  members of The Sonshine Sisters, a mountain dulcimer/choral group.

This group provides holday music for the event.

This year, on December 3rd, we enjoyed an afternoon with families who  braved the cold, rainy weather and brought their children to the event. You can see by the photos that everyone had a great time.

I will be sharing some of these stories and poems from our Christmas book each day until the 25th. I hope you will enjoy them.

Don’t forget that beginning January 2, 2012, I am offering a two month class in character development called Simply Creating Fictional Characters.

The class will include techniques in building believable, interesting three-dimensional characters. I will also assist and encourage students to interact with each other through twitter, facebook and their blogs.

I think it will be a great way to start the new year.

To find out more about the classes go to http://www.sharonkowen.com click on the tab classes and creative writing classes.

Looking forward to seeing your there.

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About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

Posted on December 7, 2011, in Book Recommendations, Trinity Writers Workshop, Writers, Writers Groups, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Sounds like you’re a part of a very close-knit, supportive community, Sharon. Love your plan to share Christmas stories and poems… Good luck with those classes!

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