April 25, 2017

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Summer Writing Workshop, Classes, Agents & Editors Conference, and More

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Dallas & Houston: We're Headed Your Way!

We'll be participating in two great literary events (both free and open to the public) in the coming weeks: the Dallas Book Festival on April 29 in Dallas and Menilfest + The Gulf Coast Indie Book Fair on Saturday May 6 in Houston. Find out more about each event below:

Saturday, April 29, 2017
10 am to 6 pm 
Central Library in Downtown Dallas
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201

The Dallas Book Festival is a community-based literary event promoting reading, literacy, and writing and featuring over 100 local, regional and national authors. Activities include writing workshops, story times and activities for children, and music and dance performances. The book festival will feature a line-up of nationally celebrated authors and speakers. Find the Writers' League booth in the Festival Marketplace. View the day's schedule here.

Saturday, May 6, 2017
11 am to 6 pm
The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St, 
Houston, TX 77006

Menilfest is held on the award-winning Menil Grounds for a family-friendly day of performaces, readings, and a showcase of independent authors and publishers. Find the Writers' League booth at the The Gulf Coast Indie Book Fair, which is a part of MenilFest and features literary journals, organizations, authors, artists, and more. View the day's schedule here.

Hope to see you at one or both of these events!

Registration Now Open!

Ever want to step away from the constant distractions of everyday life and spend a week with your fellow writers immersed in your craft and drawing inspiration from the literary community? Here's your chance.

This year , we'll host our annual Summer Writing Workshop in Austin for the first time. Think of it as a staycation if you live in town - or a chance to experience the city's literary community firsthand if you're from outside ATX. 
Kicking off with an evening orientation on Monday, August 14 , the event includes five full days of classes (Tuesday through Saturday, August 15-19) and several special evening events throughout the week, designed to showcase some of Austin's great offerings. Classes will meet at the conveniently located ACC Highland campus and evening events will take place at BookPeople, the Blanton Museum of Art, and other local venues. 
Each class is capped at 20 registrants  allowing for an intimate classroom experience with plenty of opportunities for students to ask questions, receive specific feedback, form lasting connections with fellow participants, and more. 
For those traveling in from out of town, we have a block of rooms reserved at the Habitat Suites (details here). Room rates start at less than $100/night.

This year, we're offering six classes. Full class descriptions, including instructor bios, can be found on our website; click on the title for more.


We hope you'll be as excited about this slate of classes and evening events as we are. After ten years traveling out to West Texas every summer, we wanted to bring this workshop to Central Texas this year in the hopes of sharing it with those of you who haven't been able to make the miles and miles trip to Alpine in years past.

Read the pages on our website closely and give us a call if you have any questions. We're here and happy to help as you consider your options.

Hope to see you in August! 
Questions? Email us at or call 512-499-8914. 

Upcoming Classes

April 29, 2017
9 am - 12 pm
with Tomás Q. Morín
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Interested in writing poetry and want to learn the different styles and voices available to you as a poet?  This class can help.   Find more info here on our  website Registration closes April 27 at midnight. Walk-in registrations will be accepted at the venue, as space allows. 
May 3, 2017
6:30 - 9:30 pm
How to Submit to Journals
with Stacey Swann

Ready to submit your short stories, essays, and poems to journals?  Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of them?  Want to find the right journal for your work? This class can help. Find more info here on our website.  Registration closes May 3 at 5 pm.

Writers' League of Texas Podcast
Have you checked out our podcast lately? If not, you're missing out on an array of great discussions featuring some of our favorite writers sharing craft tips, tricks, and advice. Last May, Michael Noll discussed memoirs, personal essay, first-person reportage, and more with panelists Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Michael Hall, Donna Johnson, and Deb Olin Unferth. Have a listen! 

REMINDER: THE PRICE FOR THE 2017 CONFERENCE WILL JUMP AFTER APRIL 30. Buy your ticket today to take advantage of the lower price.


"The most significant investment I have made as a writer."
- 2016 Conference Attendee

Click  here  for more information on the 2017 Agents & Editors Conference, including registration details and a listing of confirmed agents, editors, and speakers. 

Meet the Faculty

Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary
Allison Devereux  has been an agent at Wolf Literary since 2012. She's actively looking for narrative nonfiction that uses a particular niche topic to explore larger truths about our culture; journalistic examinations of progressive politics, pop culture, unique subcultures, and modern feminism; and anything with a convincing narrative voice or a great sense of humor. To read an interview with Allison, click  here.

"Even if you never see a word of your writing in print, there is still value in your work if you truly love and take pleasure from writing." - Allison Devereux

Actively Seeking
Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Suspense, Thrillers, Short Fiction
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Biography, Pop Culture, Essays

Mark Falkin, Falkin Literary
Mark Falkin  has represented authors for three years, but has practiced entertainment and intellectual property law for 17 years, representing hundreds of artists (a platinum seller and Grammy® winners among them), entrepreneurs, and businesses. He is licensed in Texas and is based in Austin. Mark is also an author. He's completed three novels. To read an interview with Mark, click  here

"I really enjoy forming a relationship with authors so that we can talk about books and writers openly and with passion." - Mark Falkin
Actively Seeking
Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Women's, Mystery/Suspense, Thrillers, Short Fiction, Horror
Nonfiction: Narrative, Memoir, Pop Culture
Children's: YA Fiction

Find the full list of  agents and  editors on our website. For more details on pricing and to register, click below.

Upcoming Class

April 27, 2017
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Marketing Your Book Online
with Shennandoah Goodson

Getting ready to promote your book? Feeling overwhelmed by the number of social media platforms?  Want to learn how to make blogging work for you?   This class can help. Find more info here on our website.  Registration closes April 27 at 5 pm.

Member News 

Book Release Events
Greg Garrett (Austin) is having the launch of his new book  Living with the Living Dead: The Wisdom of the Zombie Apocalypse  on May 21 at 5 pm at  BookPeople in Austin. T he book is a lead trade title from Oxford University Press for 2017.

Walt Gragg (Georgetown) is having the release party for his novel The Red Line (Berkley), on  Saturday, May 6  from 1-4 at Gather (5540 N. Lamar) in Austin. Writers Reavis Wortham, Sandra Brannan, and Kim Howe will be joining him. Free food and drinks with music by the Eggmen.

Awards & Honors
Darlene Prescott (Pasadena) won the Texas Association of Authors' 2017 Best Book award for her book Texas Alligators: A Wildlife Profile in the categories of non-fiction educational and non-fiction wildlife.
Debra Winegarten's (Austin) publishing company Sociosights Press's first illustrated children's book, Almost a Minyan, was featured on the April 10 cover of Publisher's Weekly.

Interested in having your news listed here? Current Writers' League members can submit their news to Announcements should adhere to the following guidelines: third-person, starting with your first and last name, followed by your city of residence, maximum 50 words. We may edit your announcement for style and clarity.  

Meet the Members

"Getting published is a marathon, not a sprint. It's those writers who understand that and continue to persist, despite all the rejection along the way, who will succeed." -Walt Gragg

If you're a Writers' League member and you'd be interested in being interviewed for our Meet the Members feature, email us at for more information. It's a great way for our community to get to know you and for you to share a bit about what you're working on!

Open Office Hours
May Open Office Hours will be on Thursday, May 11. Writers' League m embers can meet one-on-one with a WLT staffer (in person or call in). This member benefit is available to all members regardless of their city of residence. Current members only. After signing up, please email to confirm your appointment time and to let us know what you'd like to discuss with a staff member.
Writer Classifieds
Looking for a writing group or critique partner? Look no further than our Writer Classifieds. Current Writers' League members can submit their name, contact information, and additional details to be included as a listing on a private page on our website. 
Coming Up @ WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines, and Other Events Across the State

April 27 
     Registration closes Thursday, April 27, at 5 pm. 
     Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.

April 29
"Playing with Poetic Voice: How to Discover Your Voice by Borrowing from Your Favorite Poets" with Tomás Q. Morín
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
     Online registration closes Thursday, April 27, at midnight. 
     Walk-in registrations will be accepted at the door. 
Dallas Book Festival
     Dallas Public Library, Dallas, TX 

May 3 
May 6 

"How to Conceive and Structure Personal Essays" with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
     The Menil Collection, Houston,TX

May 13 
"On the Hero's Journey: Discovering Plot, Character, and Meaning for Your Novel" with Greg Garrett
     ACC Highland Campus, Austin, TX

May 20 
"How to Write Funny Even If You're Not" with Wendi Aarons
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

May 24
"Marketing Beyond the Basics" with Shennandoah Goodson
May 27 
"Don't Be Nice to Your Characters: Developing Conflict in Fiction" with Brian Yansky
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX


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