July 31, 2018

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Upcoming Online Classes; Writers' League of Texas Podcast; & More

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Announcing Fall Classes and Class Packages!
We're excited to kick off our fall semester of in-person and online classes! We're starting with a package designed to ignite your creative spark and inspire you to rediscover the writing process. Our "Creative Spark" package is the first of several packages we'll offer this fall.
The package includes three classes at the normal member rate of $49/class (or $147 total), plus everyone who purchases a class package will receive a
complimentary online class, a $49 value, good for one online class registration between August 1 and December 31, 2018. The "Creative Spark" package will be available for purchase until August 23, the Thursday before the first scheduled class. Each class will also be available for individual purchase. 
Here are the three classes:
How to Create a Happy, Lazy (and Productive) Writing Practice 
with Brittani Sonnenberg  
Saturday, August 25, 2018 
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
Our culture is preoccupied with speed and output. That's fine when it comes to texting, but the pressure to pour out perfect pages instantaneously will send your muse running for the nearest exit. In this class, the instructor will give ways to offer your muse a hammock instead of putting a gun to her head. Paradoxically, this gentle approach allows for a more inspired, efficient, and joyful output, as you learn to write what your soul longs to scrawl, rather than bullying yourself into silence. 
Banish the Block! Moving Past Fear and Finding Inspiration for Your Writing 
with Stacey Swann 
Saturday, September 1, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  

Do you feel called to write, but find it almost impossible to sit and face the blank page? This feeling goes by many names: writer's block, resistance, self-doubt, and fear (or we may mislabel it, saying we are just too busy or are natural procrastinators). But no matter what we call it, using various readings and prompts, this class will offer practical exercises for switching off your critical brain, embracing your creative brain, and generating material.
Narrative Lab: Experiments for Concocting Livelier, More Interesting Prose 
with Adam Soto 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
In this class, participants will discuss and conduct experiments in point of view, voice, structure, etc. in order to break free from cliches, leap over dead ends, and generate writing that is new and exciting. By combining conventional wisdom with ingenuity, the goal is to write stories, novels, and memoirs that both satisfy the heart and stimulate the mind. 

How to Conceiving and Structure Personal Essays      
with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho   
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST   
Learn to pair traditional journalistic methods and structures with the narrative energy of short fiction and memoir in order to craft compelling essays.The class will focus on basic elements and structures, figuring out the frame of the essay, what to summarize and what to put into short scenes, how structure changes depending on length (800 words versus, say, 2000), and expectations of fact-checkers and how to fact check your own memory.
Registration closes Wednesday, August 8, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording until August 16. 

Introduction to the Picture Book: Writing for Young Children 
with Liz Garton Scanlon    
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST   
This class will give you a broad understanding of the picture book form--from purpose and structure to particular parameters in today's marketplace--and will include close looks at concept books and rhyming text. There will also be prompts to get you started and time throughout for Q&A.  

Registration closes Wednesday, September 5, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording until September 13.
We Need Your Help With Our Website!

We're hoping to redesign our website soon, and we need your help! If you have web design or development experience, or you know someone who has experience, please email We're specifically looking for developers who have experience working with nonprofits, as well as developers who have experience working with membership databases with online events calendars.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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.

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. And remember, you can now find us wherever you get your podcastsSubscribe  so you never miss an episode!

Curious about food writing? WLT Member Services Manager Jordan Smith talked with Megan Myers (of the blog Stetted), Eric Silverstein (of The Peached Tortilla), and Mary Helen Specht (of the novel Migratory Animals) at our March 2018 Third Thursday about the art of food writing. Listen now!

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. 
Open Office Hours: On  Hiatus  in August
Due to staff travel, we're taking a break from Open Office Hours in August. Stay tuned for September signups!

Coming Up @ WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines, and Other Events Across the State

August 16
      BookPeople, Austin, TX  
August 23
August 25 
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
September 1
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
September 5
      Online Class
September 8
      ACC Highland, Austin, TX   
September 15
      St. Edward's University, Austin, 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,