In its sixth year, the 2020 Permian Basin Writers’ Workshop annual event will feature writing coaches and agents from around the country. Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to move your writing career forward.

The  Workshop gives aspiring writers a better understanding of the craft of fiction and nonfiction, preparing them for the fast-changing world of publishing and promotion, while creating opportunities for meaningful networking and support.

This two day event will be in Midland, Texas on October 10th & 11th, 2020. Your presence is welcomed and appreciated. As with Permian Basin Writers’ Workshops in the past, you will benefit from learning from knowledgeable speakers and networking with other writers. 

Do your writing journey a favor, and save the date!

2020 News

PBWW is Going Forward

by Laura Drake, PBW Chair For any who are are wondering, we are fully expecting to put on the workshop in October. We’re moving forward! If we will need to have social distancing in place, we have that ability in F. Marie Hall. So please don’t hesitate to make arrangements, and don’t forget – Early Bird Pricing ends May 31st! See you in October!

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Early-Bird Registration is open!

$99 is a crazy price for two full days of writing craft, networking and inspiration, but for early-birds (who wants a worm, anyway?) from March 1 – May 31 you get all that for $49! Click on the horizontal lines above, or scroll down to register for the Writers Workshop!

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Registration Opens March 1!

Mark your calendars! Early-bird registration for the PBWW this year will begin March 1, and run through the last day of May. Price: $49 Not a typo – Less than $50 for an entire weekend of learning, pitching and networking! Includes 2 continental breakfasts, two lunches, and munchies at the Saturday night Meet ‘n Greet. THAT’S CRAZY!

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Key Presentation Saturday

We’re doing things a little differently this year. Instead of a full day presentation on Saturday, our key presenter, Angela Ackerman, will be giving the same 3 hour presentation in the morning and the afternoon. We will be running other workshops at the same time, so you have choices on Saturday, too! Here’s what Angela will be presenting – and you won’t want to miss it! Winning the Reader’s Heart: Building Characters Who Are True

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PBWW 2018 Attendees

PBWW Returns in 2020

Happy New Year! The good news – there will be a Permian Basin Writers Workshop in 2020! We’ve secured the same amazing space on the Midland College Campus and are busy lining up speakers and agents for October. Do your writing a favor and save the date: October 10-11, 2020. The format has changed a bit from last year, based on your input: Saturday –  Angela Ackerman will be doing two 3-hour presentations on Characterization

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Schedule Presenters

Keynote Presenter

Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of the bestselling book, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (now an expanded 2nd edition), as well as six other thesaurus guides. Her resources are available in six languages, are sourced by universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world.

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Workshop Presenters

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Kathleen Baldwin

Kathleen Baldwin has written several award-winning Regency romantic comedies including Mistaken Kiss, a Holt Medallion Finalist. Her alternate historical fantasy for teens, A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS, was a Junior Library

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Abel A. Nunez Jr.

Abel A. Nunez Jr. is the founder of Creative Marketing Nerds, a clever little marketing agency in Odessa, TX. His clients include: ·      Jackalopes Hockey Team (Mobile App Development) ·      Downtown Odessa,

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Shirley Jump

Shirley Jump is an award-winning, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who has published more than 70 books in 24 countries. She has written for Harlequin, Berkley and Grand

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Sarah Hamer

Sarah (Sally) Hamer, BS, MLA is eternally fascinated by people and how they ‘tick’ and works hard to incorporate individual idiosyncrasies to create living, breathing characters in her many works of

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Amber Royer

Amber Royer writes the CHOCOVERSE comic telenovela-style foodie-inspired space opera series (Free Chocolate, Pure Chocolate available from Angry Robot Books, Fake Chocolate indie published).  She has been teaching creative writing to

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Jessica Capelle

Jess Capelle writes suspenseful stories across genres and has been a ghostwriter for multiple authors who unfortunately don’t write about ghosts. She is an experienced copywriter, editor, and teacher and

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Harry Hunsicker

Harry Hunsicker is the former executive vice president of the Mystery Writers of America and the author of eight crime thrillers and numerous short stories. His work has been short-listed

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Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin is a librarian and the author of the Tracked duology, published by Penguin-Random House. Tracked was named one of Paste and Teen Magazine’s Best Books of 2015, and Jenny’s essays, interviews and books have

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Rhay Christou

An American who has made her home on the small island of Cyprus, I am a writer. Six days a week, seven hours a day, I explore and write the

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Karen Casey Fitzjerrell

Karen Casey Fitzjerrell’s novel, Forgiving Effie Beck, was named to Kirkus Review’s Best Indie Books in two categories – Best Historical Novel and Best Vacation Read. In the past, Karen

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2020 agents

Kat Kerr

Kat joined Donald Maass Literary Agency in 2019 after working previously at Corvisiero Literary Agency. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors in English in 2009 and is

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Gina Panettieri

President, Talcott Notch Literary Being an agent is really all I can imagine doing. Books, and the amazing people who write them, have been the focus of my life for

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Amanda Leuck

Amanda Leuck began her career in media, and has worked on a TV talk show, at a fashion magazine, as a print journalist, and as an on-air traffic reporter. After

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Chrysa Keenon

Chrysa Keenon has always loved stories—both reading and writing them. Her degree from Taylor University’s acclaimed Professional Writing program helped her learn a thing or two about the craft, and

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Registration Options


$ 99
  • Price effective April, 1st 2020
  • Refunds will not be offered
    on or after Sept. 1st


$ 25
  • Student ID required at arrival
  • Refunds will not be offered
    on or after Sept. 1st


$ 35
  • For the 2nd opportunity to pitch to an agent or editor.
Don't Forget


$ 23
  • 3 Color Options
  • S-6XL Size Options

Refund Policy

50% refund

Before August 31st 2020

No Refund

Starting September 1st 2020