April 16, 2019

In This Issue:

Third Thursday, Free Events; Upcoming Classes; Member News; & More 
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April Third Thursday:

The Author/Agent Relationship

April 18, 2019
7 p.m.
Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Austin, TX 78712

The Writers' League is partnering with the Blanton Museum of Art for a panel discussion inspired by its exhibition, Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton. The exhibition draws from the Blanton's holdings, which are among the largest collections of Latin American Art in the U.S. The focus is on interdisciplinary exchanges between artists, writers, and activists in pursuit of shared aesthetic and political ideals and "art as public discourse" with striking images combined with compelling messages to produce socially empowering art. Three authors will discuss art as public discourseL
  • mónica teresa ortiz is the author of two poetry collections, most recently the chapbook autobiography of semiromantic anarchist
  • José Skinner is the author of two story collections, most recently The Tombstone Race
  • Annar Veröld wrote and directed the short films Ophelia, In Between and Moonwater, served as producer and cinematographer for Felted, and curates the reading series I Scream Social.
Find the event on Facebook  and on our website.
WLT's On the Craft of Writing
with Jennifer duBois

Thursday, April 25, 2019
7 p.m.
Interabang Books, Dallas, TX

A shocking crime triggers a media firestorm for a controversial talk show host in this provocative novel-a story of redemption, a nostalgic portrait of New York City, and a searing indictment of our culture of spectacle. Jennifer will be in conversation with Becka Oliver, Executive Director of the Writers' League of Texas, discussing the novel and her approaches to borrowing from real life in fiction.

"Jennifer duBois is a brilliant writer."-Karen Russell, author of
Vampires in the Lemon Grove 

Learn more and RSVP at our Facebook event page
Texas Writes 
Don't miss these upcoming Texas Writes events. Each one brings two great authors to talk about the craft of writing at a small community library. Go to the Texas Writes page at our website for more information and to RSVP for one (or more) of these programs.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
10 a.m.
Wimberley Village Library
400 FM2325, Wimberley, TX 78676
That's Easy for You to Say: Writing Effective Dialogue 
with David Eric Tomlinson  
Thursday, April 18, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Dialogue is the internal combustion engine of an effective story, generating a feedback loop of action and reaction that can add tension, drama, absurdity, or conflict to your story. It's also one of the most versatile multi-tools in a writer's arsenal, capable of revealing character or motivation, all while advancing your plot and deepening a sense of mystery or suspense. In this class, we'll examine how dialogue, done right, can propel your manuscript to new heights.
Registration closes Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m.
All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week. 
Adapting and Learning From Classic Literary Works  
with Jess Hagemann   
Saturday, May 4, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
Public domain works are ripe for retelling: generally, they're 'classics' for a reason--but their language, characters, and specific scenarios might be outdated, unappealing to today's reader. Similarly, real events from history stand to teach us a lot even now, but if their 'lessons' are shrouded in unrelatable politics or cultural norms, current generations won't recognize themselves in it. In this class, learn to save the best bits of a classic story or significant historical moment, while ushering its style into 2019. Participants will take a n in-depth look at how a few contemporary authors have repurposed 'old' stories and learn ways to incorporate research, pop culture, and current events into their writing.
Even if you're not necessarily wanting to write an adaptation, this class will provide a different look at the elements of great storytelling that make the "classics" as successful as they are. 
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 18
     Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
     Please note the location.   
     Online Class    
     Registration closes Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m.
     All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week. 
April 25
     Interabang Books, Dallas, TX 
April 27-28
     ACC Highland, Austin, TX 
May 3
     Brazos Bookstore  
May 4
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
May 9 
     BookPeople, Austin, TX 
May 11
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
May 16
Third Thursday: "Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy"
     BookPeople, Austin, TX
May 18
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
Wimberley Village Library, Wimberley, TX 
May 25
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
June 28-30 
     Hyatt Regency, 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,