February 13, 2018

In This Issue:

February Third Thursday; Promote Your Books at the San Antonio Book Festival; Upcoming Classes; A&E Conference Registration; Member News; & More

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Our next Third Thursday will take place this week on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, not February 18. Apologies for the error!

February Third Thursday:
Making the Most of the Author/Editor Relationship

CORRECTED DATE: Thursday, February 15, 2018 
7 p.m.
603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd Floor
Austin, TX    

Of the three essential participants in a book's life (author, agent, editor), the editor's job is often the least understood. In this panel, three different types of editors and one author/editor will discuss what makes an author/editor relationship a success.

What do editors look for in the acquisition process? How do they work on a manuscript with the author? What should authors expect from their editors and how should they communicate with them? When should a writer seek out a professional editor before submitting a book for publication? What about magazine editors? What is the best way to get and keep their attention?

Come hear what our four panelists have to say about working with an editor:
  • Carolyn Cohagan, author of Time Zero and founder of Girls With Pens,
  • Casey Kittrell, editor at University of Texas Press
  • Sara Kocek, author of Promise Me Something and founder of Yellow Bird Editors
  • Kate Rodemann, deputy editor at Highline
Hope to see you there!

One of our favorite WLT member benefits is giving recently published authors the opportunity to promote their books at festivals across the state. We're so excited to once again participate in the   San Antonio Book Festival    (April 7, 2018), where we'll have 45-minute slots available for members interested in promoting, signing, and selling copies of their books.

If you're a current member of the Writers' League and are interested in signing at this year's San Antonio Book Festival please click  here to read the guidelines for consideration and to submit your information.


Whether you celebrate Valentine's, Galentine's, Singles Awareness Day, or none of the above, we think the time is right for committing to your writing goals! Ask a loved one for a Writers' League of Texas Gift Certificate, or consider purchasing one for a special writer in your life. Gift a WLT membership, conference or class registration, or the dollar amount of your choice.

Johnson City Library Annual Writers' Conference

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Johnson City Library
501 N Nugent Ave, Johnson City, TX 78636

This year's topic for the annual Johnson City Writers' Conference is "Let's Get Published!" WLT Member Services Manager Jordan Smith will moderate a conversation with authors Donna Janell Bowman, Christina Sootornvat, and Sheryl Smith-Rodgers on their publishing journeys. Each author will then give an afternoon presentation on a topic related to the publishing process. Visit the Johnson City Library website to register and learn more.

Finding a More Natural Structure for Memoir
with Rachel Starnes

Saturday, February 17, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Online registration closes Thursday, February 15, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted, as space allows. This class can also be purchased as part of the  Craft Essentials: Memoir Package.

Explore how to develop a narrative structure that underpins many modern essays and memoirs. Escape the Hero's Journey and mimic the natural way that memory and stories move back and forth in time.

Giving Your Manuscript a Voice With Dialogue 
with Natalia Sylvester 

Saturday, February 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
ACC Highland, Austin, TX
This class will address common dialogue-related concerns:   How do you make your characters' conversations sound natural?   How do you craft vibrant, distinguishable voices?  How do you avoid dialogue that slips too far into exposition?

Meet our 2018 Agents & Editors

"A great is idea is nothing without great execution. Great writing isn't much without a great idea driving it forward."

-Susan Velazquez
Agent at JABberwocky
"Plot points in fiction or narrative argument in nonfiction can be improved through editorial work, but the fundamentals of writing have to be there from the start."

-Kristina Moore,
Agent at The Wiley Agency

Member News


Michael Noll (Austin) will celebrate the book launch of  The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction at BookPeople on  Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m. He'll read and give a brief craft lecture based on an exercise in the book. With special guest Michener Center Director Bret Anthony Johnston, drinks, and snacks. More info  here.

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho (Austin) will read as part of the Joynes Reading Room Literary Series on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. His debut story collection Barefoot Dogs won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction, and was named a Best Book of 2015 by  Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco Chronicle, Texas Observer and PRI's  The World.

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.

Open Office Hours: March 8

March Open Office Hours will be on Thursday, March 8.  The deadline to sign up is Thursday, March 1, at noon.  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. 

Due to limited availability, please email to sign up. Please be sure to indicate whether or not you'd like to speak in person or over the phone (and provide your phone number), and outline what questions you'd like to discuss so we can be prepared for your appointment. Before you send an email, please read the OOH guidelines available here.

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

February 15

      Registration closes at midnight CST.

February 17
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
      Online registration closes Thursday, February 15, at midnight CST. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.

February 21
      Online Class

February 24
      ACC Highland, Austin, TX
      Carl & Mary Welhausen Library, Yoakum, TX  
February 28
      Online Class

Johnson City Library, Johnson City, Texas

March 3
      ACC Highland, Austin, TX

      East Texas Regional Arts Center, Jasper, TX

March 7
      Online Class
March 15
      BookPeople, Austin, TX

March 17
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

      M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library, Mason, TX

March 24
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

      Tom Burnett Memorial Library, Iowa Park, TX

April 2 

April 21
      Penitas Public Library, Penitas, TX

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.  Visit Austin at

Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to .  

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities,