April 2, 2019

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A&E Conference Deadline, Free Events; Upcoming Classes; Member News; & More 
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Today is the last day to register for the 2019 Agents & Editors Conference (June 28-30, in Austin) at the current price AND to receive one consultation with registration. If you've been on the fence about attending the conference, take a moment to check out the list of agents and editors attending, plus our two wonderful keynote speakers, Tom Hart and Naomi Shihab Nye.  
If you're nervous about pitching your work to agents and editors, this is the conference for you. We are proud of the welcoming, positive atmosphere (and so many smiles!) at the event.
If the publishing industry seems like a faceless void, far removed from your writing desk, this is the conference for you. Through panels and presentations, you will learn how book deals are made, how they move through publishing houses, and how books are sold to readers.  
If you're longing for engagement with other writers and the larger literary community, this is the conference for you. Every year, we hear from past attendees who found critique partners and beta readers at the event.
We hope that you will join us in June for this terrific event! 
The 2019 Agents & Editors Conference
Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX
June 28-30, 2019

Deadline to register before the April 3 price hike is today!
19 agents and 3 editors have confirmed, representing a variety of genres in fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. Read more about them here!
If you're already registered for the conference, be sure to book your stay at the Hyatt Regency Austin soon. Our rooms are filling up and will sell out. Book your room here.
WLT's On the Craft of Writing
with David Treuer

Friday, April 5, 2019
7 p.m.
ACC RIverside, Room 8100
1020 Grove Boulevard
Austin, TX 78741

In a book that is sure to be nominated for every major literary award, David Treuer shatters myths and stereotypes as he tells the history of Native Americans since the massacre at Wounded Knee. He does so with a mix of genres (memoir, nonfiction, journalism) that O, The Oprah Magazine called "a marvel of research and storytelling."  
Treuer will discuss his process of writing the book and be in conversation with WLT Program Director Michael Noll. Books will be for sale, with a signing to follow.
This is Treuer's only scheduled event for Austin so far, so do not miss it! 
Learn more and RSVP at our Facebook event page
WLT Presents One Page Salon: Dallas Edition
with Owen Egerton

Saturday, April 6, 2019
7 p.m.
The Wild Detectives
314 W Eighth St. 
Dallas, TX 75208

One of Austin's most beloved reading series - One Page Salon - is teaming up with the Writers' League of Texas and WordSpace's annual Lit Hop event for a road trip to Dallas for an evening of quick readings, slow drinking, and lots of literary shenanigans. One Page Salon (called "the best literary evening in town" by the Austin American-Statesman) is the brainchild of novelist, screenwriter, and comedian Owen Egerton.
Four outstanding writers (Heather Harper Ellett, Manuel Martinez, Weina Randel, and Bonnie Jo Stufflbeam) will read one page from a work in progress, and there will be time for networking, the on-the-spot One Sentence Salon, and more!  
Learn more and RSVP at the Facebook event page.
2019 Austin International Poetry Festival:
WLT Panel "The Business of Poetry: Journals, Contests, Collections, and More"

Saturday, April 6, 2019
7 p.m.
Malvern Books
613 W 29th St
Austin, TX 78705

We're teaming up with the Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF) this year to bring you a special Writers' League of Texas panel at Malvern Books. We'll be talking about "The Business of Poetry: Journals, Contests, Collections, and More" with some great panelists: Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Sunny Leal, Lisa Olstein, and Sam Bastone TreviƱo. 
Learn more and RVSP at our Facebook event page
The Craft + Business of Writing with WLT: Fredericksburg Edition
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
6-8 p.m.
The Pontotoc Vineyard Weingarten
320 W. Main St.
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Join us for this free and open event featuring two presentations on the craft of writing and the business of publishing from Writers' League of Texas staff members, plus the opportunity to meet other writers in the area, learn about the WLT's programs and offerings, and more.


WLT Program Director Michael Noll, author of the recently published book The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction, will discuss strategies for solving problems of character, scene, plot, and structure.

WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver, who spent more than 16 years working in the book industry, first at major publishing houses and then as a literary agent, before joining the Writers' League, will talk about best practices for querying agents.

There will be plenty of time for questions (bring your burning questions!) for both presenters and attendees will be encouraged to chat with each other before and after the program. We're all about craft, business, and community here at the WLT - this event promises all three, plus light bites and a cash wine bar!

For more information, click here.
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.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
10 a.m.
Sterling County Library
301 Main St., Sterling City, TX 76951

Saturday, April 13, 2019
10 a.m.
Dublin Public Library
206 W. Blackjack Street, Dublin, TX 76446

Saturday, May 18, 2019
10 a.m.
Wimberley Village Library
400 FM2325, Wimberley, TX 78676
Whose Story Is It? Playing with Point of View    
with Stephanie Noll 
Thursday, April 4, 2019 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST   
This class will examine excerpts of published works that utilize all the points of view available to writers--even 2nd person--and consider the advantages and disadvantages of the various points of view.
  • "Examples and discussion of the examples brought the lesson home."
  • "The writing prompts were excellent."
  • "Stephanie is such a nurturing, candid instructor."
Registration closes Thursday, April 4, at 5 p.m.
All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.  
Not Just One of the Gang: Writing Ensemble Casts  
with Tracy Wolff 
Saturday, April 6, 2019 
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
In this class,  New York Times  bestselling author Tracy Wolff reveals the psychology and the artistry that goes into putting together a powerful and engaging ensemble cast (think Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and heist stories) where every member feels as real, and as important, as your best friend. Learn to create powerful characters and relationships that engage readers, sell books and live on long after the final page is read.
Online registration closes Thursday, April 4, at midnight.
Walk-in registrations will be accepted.
How to Make Twitter a Writer's Best Friend 
with Richard Santos  
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST   
This class will help writers learn the basics of Twitter, allow you to explore advanced options (such as lists and hashtags), learn proper etiquette when interacting with agents or editors, and show how to enter "pitch contests" that can change a writer's life.  
  • "The ease with which Richard approaches the whole weird Twitterspace made it suddenly seem accessible (even for those who don't assume the world wants to hear everything they say) and no longer daunting."
  • "'Twitter is a party conversation. Sometimes you hear great stuff, sometimes stuff you wish you hadn't heard. But it's supposed to be fun.' This, the very first thing Richard said in the class, was a shock and a breakthrough for me."
  • "I learned Twitter has lists and filters. Twitter has contests!"
Registration closes Tuesday, April 9, at 5 p.m.
All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.  
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 2
     Online Class 
     Registration closes Tuesday, April 2, at 5 p.m. CST.
     All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.
April 4
     Online Class  
     Registration closes Thursday, April 4, at 5 p.m. CST.
     All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.
April 5
     ACC Riverside, Austin, TX 
April 6
"Not Just One of the Gang: Writing Ensemble Casts" with Tracy Wolff
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
     Online registration closes Thursday, April 4, at midnight.
     Walk-in registrations will be accepted.

     San Antonio Book Festival, San Antonio, TX
     The Wild Detectives, Dallas, TX 

     Malvern Books, Austin, TX 
April 9
     Online Class 
     The Pontotoc Vineyard Weingarten 
April 11
     Sterling County Public Library, Sterling City, TX
April 13
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
     Dublin Public Library, Dublin, TX 
April 18
     Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
     Please note the location.   
     Online Class 
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 18
     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,