December 6, 2016


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"Members Review"
Interested in reviewing books? Contact us at with "Members Review" in the subject line and we will respond with more details. 
Click HERE to read WLT member 
Kirsche Romo's review of
The Memory of Us by Camille Di Maio.

"Meet the Members"
Want to be profiled on our blog? We are looking for willing subjects for our weekly Q&A posts with current members. If interested, write us at 

Member News
Carol Dawson (Austin), along with co-author Roger Allen Polson and photo editor Geoff Appold, will be discussing and signing Miles and Miles of Texas at Book People on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 pm. Celebrate 400 years of rich and vivid Texas history and a full century in the life of the Texas Highway Department. 

Ron Seybold (Austin) led a reading at Malvern Books on  December 1   to celebrate the launch of  Small Packagesthe anthology of stories, poetry and prose from Austin's  Writers Workshop. Readers included poets Kara Bell, Laurie Cosbey and A.M. Lewin, plus short fiction from Holly Lorka, Karen Hoffman, Merry Klonower, Hadley Hill and Emily Weaver.
Are you a current WLT member interested in submitting to Member News? Email your 50-word blurb (including links and your city of residence) to Please make sure to follow the third-person format used in our announcements. For a full list of guidelines, click here.

Texas Writes

Our next Texas Writes event will take place at the Jackson County Memorial Library in Edna, TX on January 12, 2017 at 1 pm.

Featured Speakers: 
Christie Craig and Varian Johnson.

For the full 2016/2017 schedule, visit the Texas Writes page on our website.
Bess Whitehead Scott Scholarship Fund

Applications now open. PLUS: Sign up for their gift-wrapping fundraiser.
The Bess Whitehead Scott Scholarship Fund awards annual scholarships to aspiring journalists and writers. 

To learn more about the scholarships and apply online, visit their website.

Each year, the Fund holds a gift-wrapping fundraiser at several Austin-area book stores, including various Barnes & Noble stores and BookPeople. They are seeking gift wrapping volunteers for Black Friday and for other shifts starting Dec 3 through Christmas Eve.

The four top volunteers with the most hours will earn one of four books signed by the author: The Blind Astronomer's Daughter by John Pipkin, Woodsburner by John Pipkin, Monday, Monday by Elizabeth Crook, or A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan. 

To sign up, contact Jo Virgil:

 Open Office Hours - See You In January!
Registration closes
January 11 at 12 pm

We're taking a month off from Open Office Hours in December, but you're welcome to sign up for our January 12, 2017 Open Office Hours. Members can meet one-on-one with a WLT staffer (in person or call in). This option is available to all members regardless of their city of residence!

Click  here for guidelines and to sign up. Current members only.  

2016 marks the Writers' League of Texas' 35th Anniversary. 

To celebrate this milestone, we're asking members to consider renewing their membership in 2016 at the special Anniversary Level or one of the Premium Levels.
Details on the various membership levels and associated benefits can be found  HERE.

Share Your Writers' League of Texas Story!

We're collecting stories, memorabilia, and photos from our members past and present to celebrate our 35th Anniversary.
We've created a form to make it easy to share stories or photos from our history. Click  here to submit your contribution. 

For more information on our 35th Anniversary plans, click  here .  

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NOW AVAILABLE: Gift Certificates 
Give the Gift of 
Writing This Holiday Season

It's hard to believe it's already the first week of December. Before we know it, it will be 2017. Between now and then: 'Tis the holiday gift giving season and we have just the thing for you.

Do you have an impossible-to-buy-for writer in your life?

Or maybe someone near and dear is asking you for gift suggestions?

It's now easier than it's ever been to share with someone the gift that keeps on giving: The full array of Writers' League of Texas programs and services. Check out our new Gift Certificate form (link below) and explore the many gift possibilities, including:

Membership: We especially love this option for younger writers, and our Student rate is only $15 -- the perfect stocking stuffer. If you opt to gift a membership, your writer friend will be entitled to a full year of great benefits, including one-on-one consultations with staff, steep discounts on all of our programming, opportunities to promote their projects in our newsletter and at festivals, bookstore discounts, and more.

Class Registration: This includes the new & exciting online class option that writers anywhere can enjoy, as well as half-day and full-day Saturday classes in Austin. Upcoming topics for 2017 include classes on self-promotion and self-publishing, submitting to journals, writing short stories, character development for novels, and more.

2017 Agents & Editors Conference Registration: Currently available at the Members Only rate for that extra deserving WLT member on your list, this weekend-long event, now in its 24th year, is a crash course in traditional publishing (complete with face time with literary agents and editors) and is not to be missed.

OR you can choose a specific dollar amount and your lucky gift recipient will receive a credit to use however they'd like on our programming and services.

Our new online form makes it easy to order a gift certificate for delivery via USPS or email. Just in time for the holidays!

Questions? Call our offices at 512-499-8914.
A Note to Our Members
A New Member Benefit:
Introducing the WLT's
Writer Classifieds
We're so excited to announce a new member benefit, a way for you to connect with other WLT members and form writing partnerships: our new Writer Classifieds.

Starting now, we have a private members-only page on our website where we'll list "classifieds" for writers looking to form their own writing connections and professional partnerships. (Login to your membership account and click on "Writer Classifieds" in the sidebar; call our offices at 512-499-8914 if you don't have your login information.)

To add a listing to these classifieds, current Writers' League of Texas members can fill out 
this form . Read more about this new member benefit in this blog post from Member Services Manager Jordan Smith. 
Finally, a reminder to submit your End of Year Member News announcements to no later than 5 pm CST on December 7.
Questions? Give us a call or send us an email! We're here for you!
Query Letter Intensive
One Ticket Left!

Ready to begin querying agents?
Want to learn the structure and strategies for query letters?

For those of you polishing up your existing manuscript to get it ready for potential agents, this is the workshop for you! In this special evening intensive class, you will learn the necessary components of query letters in the classroom component, and then work on your own letter in the lab component. Students will leave the class with a draft or revision of a query letter for their writing project.

Prior to the class, each student will send the following to the instructor:
  1. The draft of a query letter for one writing project
  2. One-page synopsis of the same writing project
  3. Your author bio
If you don't have any or all of these things, you can still attend the class, but we do urge you to send in what you can in order to have a richer experience.

Sign up soon (current members only!)--only one seat left!

For more details and registration, click  here.

Becka Oliver joined the Writers' League in September 2013 as Executive Director after more than sixteen years of experience working in book publishing. She spent much of her publishing career inside two of the "big six" publishing leaders - Macmillan and Hachette Book Group -- licensing domestic and foreign rights on behalf of countless notable authors, including Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, and more. In 2007, she made the leap from Associate Director of Subsidiary Rights at Grand Central Publishing to Literary Agent, first at Endeavor and then at William Morris Endeavor (WME) after the two powerhouse talent agencies merged in 2009. As a literary agent, Becka represented clients working in both fiction and non-fiction, including Brunonia Barry, Sheryl Crow, Kamran Pasha, Joanna Philbin, Susan Rebecca White, and the popular blog Awkward Family Photos.

Happy Holidays!
Our offices will be closed 
December 16-January 1. We'll see you in 2017!
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Members-only registration is open through January 2, 2017. The price jumps on January 3. All registrants before March 15 receive a free consultation with their registration (as long as they opt in by March 15). Registration is available online. Call us at 512-499-8914 with questions.

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