Silver Leos Writers Guild Conference scheduled for October 1


Wolfe City, Texas — After a two-year hiatus, the Silver Leos Writers Guild is pleased to announce the return of the Fred A. Tarpley Memorial Writers Conference scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2022. The Commerce-based sponsored conference writing The group begins with a recording at 9:00 am and ends at 2:00 pm. The scenic Webb Hill Country Club located at 438 CR 2358, Wolfe City, Texas 75496 is the venue for this year’s conference.

Morning and afternoon presentations by Jim H. Ainsworth and Caleb Pirtle serve as bookends for Reavis Z. Wortham’s opening luncheon presentation. The non-refundable fee of $30 for non-members and $25 for members includes conference materials, a buffet lunch, refreshments and door prizes. To register for the conference, send a check or money order along with address, daytime phone, and email to SLWG Conference, PO Box 1123, Commerce, Texas 75429. Registration must be sent before September 23. A confirmation email will be sent after receipt of payment.

Native to Delta County and resident of Campbell Jim H. Ainsworth starts the morning with his discussion on Discover, imagine and develop characters. Known for writing what he knows, the award-winning author is a true storyteller, weaving places, personalities and personal experiences into nine novels, a collection of stories, a memoir, four business books and hundreds of newspapers, magazines, blog posts and articles, The former accountant and financial planner, who was twice named one of America’s Most Influential Accountants and published with John Wiley and Sons, captured a dream of childhood in 1998 when he and a cousin organized an authentic horse and wagon trip. The 325-mile, 14-day adventure traced their grandparents’ journey across Texas from Callahan County to Delta County and was recorded in a memoir, Cookies through the Brazos. This was followed by his “Follow the Rivers” and “Riverby” series. The novels in these fictional series highlight realistic settings, characters, and situations. Those looking for non-fiction and inspirational content should check out Ainsworth’s collection of stories, A river of stories, and Believing in a Great Thing: Stories of Faith. Jim Ainsworth continues to write among the pastures and trees of his Bar Nun ranch where he lives with his wife Jan, the horse Shooter and the cat Jade. Learn more about

Reavis Z. Wortham, On Writing is the main topic of our lunch presented by the two-time Spur award winner. Although he grew up in Garland, Wortham ReviewsThe heart of remained in the small farm owned by his grandparents in the small community of Chicota in Lamar County. It was in this part of rural Texas that the retired public educator established his “Red River Mysteries”, publishing his first novel, stone hole, at 56 years old. His last work in the series, Texas labor, came out in February. Wortham goes from mystery to thriller with “The Sonny Hawke Series”. Continuing his drive for authenticity, whether through setting or dialogue, the author moves his characters further west as Texas Ranger Sonny Hawke hunts down those who dare to break the law or cross his path. The novels in this second series earned Wortham back-to-back Spur Awards in 2019 and 2020 from the Western Writers of America for Hawke’s War and Hawke’s Target. An avid outdoorsman, Wortham’s humorous chronicles appear in Texas Fish and Game Magazine, The Paris News, Country World Newspaper, Vintage Truck Magazine, and Saltwater Texas among others. Reavis Wortham and his wife, Shana, settle in North Texas. Learn more about the author at

Caleb Pirtle wraps up the day’s event with Plots: Don’t cross the wrong bridge. Just as travelers need a roadmap, writers need a plot to move the story forward. Caleb Pirtle’s personal journey took him from Kilgore and the East Texas oil fields to a journalism degree to become the premier travel editor for Southern Life Magazine, a journalist for ft. Worth Star-Telegram, and editorial director for a custom publisher in Dallas. Describing himself as “the man who talks to strangers,” Pirtle has collected a treasure trove of stories through his travels and his interactions with ordinary and less ordinary people. With 70 published books to his credit, Pirtle’s novels include the ‘Ambrose Lincoln’ and ‘Boom Town Saga’ series. The latter won Best in Texas Book Awards for The reverse side of a blue moon (historical fiction) and Bad side of a bad moon (historical mystery). Other works include a bestselling art book; three scenarios produced; and some memoirs thanks to all those strangers he met along the way. Caleb and his wife Linda, also a published author, live near Ft. Worth where they “connect readers, writers and books” through their Here Comes a Mystery website and collaborate with eight other authors on their Magnolia Bluff series. Watch them on

For more information regarding the Writers Conference or the Silver Leos Writers Guild in general, contact Sharon Feldt at [email protected] or 832-687-6617; Bobbie Purdy at [email protected] or 903-886-6120. Silver Leos Writers Guild is a chapter of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Association.


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