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

​​​​This dynamic duo will take us through poetry writing exercises, just for the fun or learning, then discuss other types of poetry.  (Attendees may or may not be asked to share something they write during the morning....but that will be totally up to our speakers and you!) We'll also learn a little about secrets and subterfuge in poems and perhaps even play a guessing game.

Priscilla Bettis  is an avid reader and a joyful writer.  She is a horror author under her given name and a Christian fiction author under the pen name, Vera Day. 

Her poetry can be found in various anthologies and in her Tulip Texas Cozy Mystery trilogy (because the plucky amateur sleuth is a poet).  She is also beginning work in another genre and is exploring options for a pen name in that arena!

She lives in small-town Texas with her two-legged and four-legged family members.  Her neighbor is a cow, but as far as neighbors go, "Daisy is a good 'un!"  On top of that, she has an engineering physics background!

Shann Tajiah is an award-wining poet, photographer, and author of Scraps of Love: Poetry from the Darkest Night 1997-2010 and the Biblical fantasy, The Shaloma.

A Minnesota-grown Texan, Shann began writing when she was eight and was submitting for publication by the time she was thirteen.  She is working on the second installment of the East of Eeden duology.  She is also one half of the spectacular writing duo, T.L. Gabriel, where she writes about worlds beyond the stars.  Her passion for writing and authors led her to establish her publishing imprint, Ithirial Rising Press, and she is currently studying to be a certified book and writing coach. 

Otherwise, she can be found working as an Activity Director in Long-Term Care, daydreaming in her hammock, or caring for her furred and feathered menagerie. 

                                     AWG's Annual Workshop

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and HeARTS for the ARTS!


When:  March 23, 2024

Where:  First Baptist Church Dining Room, located at the Southeast corner of their building at N. 2nd and Hickory.  We appreciate First Baptist giving us permission to use their dining room once again!

Time:  Registration opens at 8:30 am. The Workshop begins at 9 am.  Awards from the 2023 Annual Contest will be announced by 11:45 before we adjourn. 

Cost: $15   You may pay at the door (cash or check), or mail payments to AWG, c/o 862 Grand Ave., Abilene, TX 79605, with your name and contact information.  Questions or to pre-register:  leave a message at (325) 665-5195 or email AWGWrite@gmail.com

​​                                          About our Speakers