The Abilene Writers Guild celebrated it's 49th birthday at our May 2018 meeting. If you would like to recommend someone as a speaker, let us hear from you. Contact Program Chair Kay Talley at firstname.lastname@example.org, with suggestions.
Remember, we work on a limited budget! Our speakers receive a small honorarium and a one-year membership. We also have a specific meeting date and time for which speakers must be available.
Kay would also like to hear from you if you would be interested in presenting a program, or if you have a writing-related subject or question that might turn into a good program!
Ron Rosseau was born in Washington state, and grew up working in the apple orchards and apple-packing plants. He got his first job in radio after winning a Veterans of Foreign Wars speech contest, having recorded his speech for broadcast at the request of the program director. As a high school senior, he began his career in radio as a disc-jockey at KUTI, working through the years he attended Yakima Valley Community College.
I started in radio as a high school senior in January of 1978. Disc-jockey at KUTI, Yakima in high school and through first two years at Yakima Valley Community College. He came to Abilene to pursue a degree in Mass Communication from ACU, working as disc-jockey and news reporter at KWKC. Ron began his career with KTAB-TV in March of 1981 as a news reporter, and actually covered his own college graduation. He also works at KGNZ as a radio announcer, now having more than 40 years of experience in radio and television.
In June of 1981, Ron married Debi (Adams). They have three grown children, Adam, Hailey and Colton, who were born in three consecutive presidential election years; Adam in 1988, Hailey in 1992 and Colton in 1996. He is a committed Christian, a student of the Bible, and enjoys leading Sunday School class and playing racquetball.
July 26, 2018- Open Mic
August 23, 2018- Steve Ridgell - Writing With Passion
Steve is a funny, enthusiastic, passionate speaker and writer. He serves as the Director of Ministry for Hope for Life, a Herald of Truth Ministry. He spends his time motivating, equipping, and encouraging people to help others become followers of Jesus.
A master story-teller, he is a popular speaker for churches, men’s retreats, and youth programs.
His latest book is Followers Making Followers. He is also the author of Can I Tell You a Story, and has co-authored three additional books. He also writes regularly for Power for Today, Hope for Life, Charis, and Heartlight.
An ACU graduate, he and his wife Marsha live in Abilene where they raised their two children.
They love spending time with their five grandchildren and the enjoy traveling. Steve wishes he had time to hunt, fish, and enjoy sports.
Upcoming Meetings in 2018
Jonne Akens, Ph.D. is Writing Center Faculty for Western Governors University where she has taught for the past three years. A teacher of writing for more than twenty years, Jonne taught for the Texas public school system for eight years and private and public universities, including Abilene Christian University and two universities in the Texas A&M system, for ten years. Jonne earned her Ph. D. in English, Literature and Criticism at Texas A&M University - Commerce. Her research interests include race studies and composition obstacles for Gen 1 student writers. She has presented her research at Pop Culture, Children’s Literature Association, MLA, and CCCC conferences and led a week-long workshop focused on race in children’s and young adult literature for Louisiana State University. Jonne served as editorial assistant and managing editor for the Philip Roth Studies journal for two years and has extensive writing center experience.
As Writing Center Faculty at WGU, Jonne works with students individually in both live and video sessions and collectively in a cohort format. She is also actively involved in creating video shorts to assist students in proof reading and revision processes and strategies. Her passion is helping students gain confidence in their ability to write professionally and academically.
Objectives: To study methods of writing and research,
To develop our talents as writers,
To promote interest in writing, and
To encourage our fellow writers at all times
September 27, 2018- Jonne Akens - The Writing Process
October 25, 2018 - Ron Rosseau of KTAB News
Come join us as our members share the readings of some of their writings.
Every 4th Thursday at 7:00 P.M.
Except-- 3rd Thursday in November
No meeting in December
Rose Park Senior Center
2625 South 7th
Abilene, Texas 79605