Highland Lakes Writers' Club is a group of people who reside in the Texas Hill Country / Highland Lakes Area, all of whom have an interest in writing. Members include poets, novelists, songwriters, journalists, historians, playwrights, and others-as well as casual writers penning memoirs for their grandchildren.
Some HLWC members have had their work published, either in print or on-line. Many, however, have not (yet). For a few, publication has never been the goal; they write simply for fun and for self-expression.
About half of our members are retired, having come to the Highland Lakes area after diverse and rewarding careers in cities both in Texas and elsewhere. Some are trying their hand at writing for the first time. Others have been writing since childhood.
What brings us all together is the enjoyment of the written word. We delight in stories, poems, essays, and other genres. We like to share ideas, observations, and experiences with others. We encourage, listen to, and learn from one another. Best of all, we have fun in the process!
Highland Lakes Writers' Club was founded in October 1993 by Lois Lucas, a retired teacher from California, who at that time was a resident of Horseshoe Bay. Although Lois and her husband Bob would later move to the Pacific Northwest, the club continued to grow and thrive.
Among those who joined in the first year of HLWC's existence (1993 - 1994) are current members Ed Mampel of Kingsland and Kay Lee of Spicewood.
The Highland Lakes Writers’ Club meetings are listed on our meeting page. Please refer to that page for current meeting times.
Visitors are welcome at monthly meetings, where, typically, members read from their works in progress. The club asks that readings at these meetings be no more than 7 or 8 minutes long unless prior arrangements are made. Readings may be in any genre, on any subject, but ideally will convey ideas in a non-inflammatory way without obvious bias.
Regular meetings begin with a social time from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m., followed by a brief discussion of club business and then by readings. Meetings usually conclude before 9:00 p.m. Bottled water is provided; members are free to bring their own beverage and/or snack provided they leave nothing behind and help with minimal clean-up after the meeting.
Four or five times a year, educational programs are presented either club members or by invited speakers. In 2018, the first of these programs was given by Raymond V. Whelan, long-time HLWC member and award-winning dramatist and playwright, on January 3, on the topic “Key Theatrical Elements,” including voice, action, and space. On April 18, current vice president Stephen Lay spoke on the topic “Inspiration Is Everywhere.”
On August 15, former presidents Rick Copple and Margery Higdon presented a program titled “Amazon Is My Publisher.” Both have been successful in self-publishing their books, and they shared their tips and experiences with aspiring writers. Future programs will be announced as soon as plans are finalized.
Twice a year, in the summer and again in December, the club holds what it calls a “Read-Around”: a longer (four-hour) meeting, usually on a Saturday during the day. The club decides, a month or more in advance, the date, time, and location of each Read-Around. This tradition has lasted 16 years.
These longer meetings offer an opportunity for members to read, for example, an entire chapter or section of a novel, a magazine article, or a sequence of several poems. A good length for Read-Around selections is 12–15 minutes per person. The summer Read-Around is either a potluck or a picnic, while the December event serves as the club’s Christmas party. In 2018, the summer potluck was held at a member’s home on Saturday, July 21.
This year (2018), because the Marble Falls Library meeting room was not available during the month of July, alternative arrangements were made, and the regular meeting schedule resumed in August. The Library has since informed the club that the room will be available each month during 2019.
The club’s website, launched in 2013, is: www.highlandlakeswritersclub.com. This site is currently being updated. Members also receive a monthly e-newsletter, “The Write Way,” reminding them of meetings and other activities.
A critique group, consisting of some but not all members of HLWC, meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., at Grand Bank in Marble Falls. Those desiring written comments should bring 10 paper copies of the selection(s) they plan to read aloud.
Annual dues are $20.00 per member, payable at any time during calendar year 2018, but preferably in January or February. Dues are not prorated.
Our current officers for 2018 are:
To join HLWC, or for more information about the club, please contact its long-time secretary, Kay Lee (512-964-3021 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Or better yet, attend a meeting and meet us in person!