Step under the stoplight at Center and Main and see for yourself.
illustration by Eric Nishimoto
The writer needs subjects — interesting people with their problems and possibilities, who interact with one another in a setting that itself presents them with problems and possibilities. A setting with a variety of people.
A setting with many problems and few possibilities with a rich past, a vivid present, and an uncertain future.
—Bill Marvel, master storyteller
New! Blue Paints
by James Hoggard, Midwestern State University
by Greg Giddings, Midwestern State University
by Elizabeth Langton
by Kathy Floyd
by the workshop writers
McMurtry opens up to the Writers Workshop
Listen to an excerpt from McMurtry in Twilight
More stories from the 2014 Writers
Please join our community of readers and storytellers in Archer County and around the world by clicking on the tabs below or at the top of this page. Here’s what you’ll find:
- About: Who we are and why we’re here.
- Musings on Walt: Reflections about how Archer County has inspired a storytelling culture that has transformed it into an incubator for a new generation of writers.
- Under the Stoplight: Showcasing short stories inspired by the iconic images of Archer County.
- McMurtryland: Intimate portraits and interviews with one of America’s greatest writers.
- Tales from Archer County: Portraits of the people and places of this parched country you’ll never forget.
- Rhymes & Rhythms: Every variety of poetic form – poems, lyrics, ballads, odes, ditties, limericks, haiku, posies – born in Archer County.
- Framing Archer County: Photos of people and places that tell their own story.
- On Becoming a Writer: Essays by students, alums and mentors on how the Archer City Writers Workshop shaped and formed them into the writers they are today.
“The Archer City Writers Workshop” and our website, “Center & Main: Stories from the Heart of McMurtry Country,” are operated under the auspices of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism.
For more information about The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, visit our website