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May 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT


 Texarkana One Day Writing Conference

Putting Actions Into Words
Join Art Spark Texas and Lancer Legacy Ranch for a one-day writing conference featuring lectures and hands-on workshops from local and Texas writers. This interactive creative writing session is designed for Veterans, but open to anyone interested in learning to tell their own story.

Beyond the After-Action Report: Putting Actions into Words” – Thomas Morrissey
We’ve all been there, done that. Now what? Selecting the point of departure, necessary for reaching the objective, is the next governing step. The act of defining the context in which we will proceed, knowing where we are headed and why. Beyond an idea, the point of departure includes audience identification. Shaping the narrative into something others will want shared. Being flexible, and finally… knowing when we are done and the objective is reached. This workshop offers a flexible framework participants will apply to creative writing and other creative endeavors.
Lunchtime Presentation (lunch provided)
“Create Your Story”– Elizabeth Decker
Express your story with powerful words and bold colors! Reflect, create and connect to your personal story through freestyle stream-of-consciousness style writing exercises. Then, transform your words into images by using a variety of art supplies, all provided.
Afternoon Presentation
“Taming Trauma: The Art of Telling Your Story”– J. Matthew Fisk
Mr. Fisk will demonstrate how to take a traumatic event and present it as a historical narrative. We will discuss research techniques, interview skills, and how to shape the raw data into a compelling narrative. You will learn how to maintain mental health while writing and how to use the process as a path to healing. Then, what every author wants to know: Mr. Fisk will share his experiences to help writers navigate the process of dealing with publishers in tandem with the entertainment industry.

Reflections – Michael Hawron
As a writer, one strives to create characters, plots, and scenarios that nudge the reader from their comfort zone into a state of reflection. While input from the story and various data may increase one’s knowledge set, it is only through purposeful reflection that wisdom, discernment and critical thinking skills are gained. The application of critical thinking is crucial to the healthy maintenance and growth of all aspects of human society. The presenters’ material at this conference and the guidance in the discussions that follow should provide a rich source of food for thought.


Lancer Legacy Ranch
4538 County Road 1202
Maud, TX 75567 United States