The Texas Outdoor Writers Association (TOWA) held their 59th annual conference in Montgomery, TX along beautiful Lake Conroe. The conference fosters conversation among members of varied professions in the medias, including written and spoken word, art, illustration, and photography, and offers special sessions led by legends in the field.
First time participants (and newest members) Hailey Boeck (MARB program), Louisa Torrance (FAMA program), and Mikaela Ziegler (MARB program) received free registration to the meeting and began the weekend conversing alongside magazine editors, freelance writers, and representatives from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department during the Roundtable Session. These science students were able to learn communication skills from the best, such as Nick Grzechowiak of 50 Campfires sharing his secrets on running a successful website, TOWA president Ray Lefty Chapa demonstrating ways to shoot great photos with just $90 of accessories, and artist and photographer Sam Caldwell describing the evolution of underwater cameras. The conference culminated in the Excellence in Craft Awards Banquet & Raffle, including the presentation of the generous Dan Klepper Memorial Scholarship to Jessie D. Story, a graduate student in Communication at West Texas A&M University and creator/host of a new wildlife series on PBS called Texas Wild.
Every aspect of the TOWA conference was thoughtfully presented, providing useful, employable advice to those in attendance. The members were truly excited to have new, young members representing coastal science in attendance, and look forward to building strong relationships with Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi students.
Herman Brune, Hailey Boeck, Mikaela Ziegler, Earl Nottingham, and Louisa Torrance enjoy the Excellence in Craft Awards Banquet & Raffle.
Photo by: John Goodspeed