August 11, 2020
THIS WEEK - RSVP to receive the link!
Thursday, August 13, 2020  
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. CDT

Introducing an exciting new series: WLT Off the Beaten Craft. A few times a year, the Writers' League of Texas will host a free presentation from an author who knows their stuff, focused on a genre, form, or topic that we don't often get to talk about. These "Off the Beaten Craft" presentations are free and open to all.

Our debut event features prize-winning poet Usha Akella. This presentation walks you through the world of the ghazal, the poetic form that was architected to express the universal language of Love. We'll end the event with a Q&A. 
About our special guest:

Usha Akella has authored four books of poetry, one chapbook, and scripted/produced one musical drama. She earned an MSt. In Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge, UK. She was selected as a Creative Ambassador for the City of Austin for 2019 & 2015. Her work has been included in the Harper Collins, India Anthology of English Poets. She is the founder of Matwaala and hosts, an interview and conversations website. She is also the founder of the Poetry Caravan in New York and Austin which takes poetry readings to the disadvantaged in women’s shelters, senior homes, hospitals. 

She has been published in numerous Literary journals, and has been invited to prestigious international poetry festivals in JLF-Houston, Romania, Canada, Slovakia, Nicaragua, Macedonia, Colombia, Slovenia, India etc. She has won literary prizes such as the Poetry Society of India 2019 Commendation prize, Nazim Hikmet award, Open Road Review Prize and Egan Memorial Prize and earned finalist status in a few US based contests. Her work ranges from feminist/activist to Spiritual and all things in-between.
DEADLINE TO RSVP: Thursday, August 13, 6:00 p.m. CDT
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Thursday, August 20, 2020  
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. CDT

Our monthly Third Thursday program - free and open to all - features discussions on varying themes related to the craft and business of writing. Each month, we focus on a specific topic of interest to writers and readers, bringing together distinguished panelists for a conversation moderated by a WLT staff member.

For August's Third Thursday, we wanted to take a moment to talk about Texas. Our vast state has inspired generations of writers and countless stories. But how do writers even begin writing about Texas, with all of its history and complexities, not to mention its larger than life characters? Join us this month for a conversation with David Bowles, Michael Hall, and Mary Helen Specht as we discuss writing about the Lone Star State. The conversation will be moderated by WLT Program Director Sam Babiak.

DEADLINE TO RSVP: Thursday, August 20, 6:00 p.m. CDT
The Writer's Toolbox Online Class Package
Four great classes
Every Saturday in September
$179 total for members / $436 total for nonmembers

Whether you're just getting started, you're in the middle of a manuscript, or you've written a few books, there are certain tools that every writer should have under their belt. This series includes four classes that offer insight into some of the most useful strategies for getting that manuscript finished... and the next one, and the one after that. 

Can't make it every Saturday? No worries! All registrants will have access to the class recordings for the entire month of September.

More information on individual classes below. Each of these classes are open for registration now - you'll find registration information on the class page. Registering for the class package, however, includes a discount for WLT members and a guaranteed seat in all four classes.

This month, three lucky winners will receive a WLT tote bag along with a copy of our brand new "Write. Or Don't Write." poster! (Check it out below)

All you have to do in order to participate? Inspired by the new poster, we'd love to hear how you would complete the phrase: "For writers, now is the time to ________."

The top three most creative, fun, poetic, silly, or meditative answers will win! The winners will also receive the opportunity to be featured in a special promotional video that will be uploaded on our YouTube channel. And all entries will be shared and celebrated (provided they're appropriate) on social media (we reserve the right to edit entries). So in a way, everyone wins!

What are you waiting for? The deadline to submit your (winning?) entry has been extended to August 12th. Come on, writers - show us what you've got!

PLEASE NOTE: Only current members are eligible to enter.

Have you enjoyed the programs & services the WLT has been hosting since going virtual in March? Or maybe you've been showing up for events and taking advantage of our offerings for years now.

For close to four decades, we've had a big impact on writers in Texas and beyond. We want to be around for another 40 years.

We could use your help.

Consider donating today.

Coming up at WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines and other events across the state:

August 3, 10, 17, 24
"Write Away" -- Summer Writing Retreat
Registration is closed for the 2020 Summer Writing Retreat.

August 4, 11, 18, 25
"Write Away" -- Summer Writing Retreat
Registration is closed for the 2020 Summer Writing Retreat.

August 5, 12, 19, 26
"Write Away" -- Summer Writing Retreat
Registration is closed for the 2020 Summer Writing Retreat.

August 13
Register by 6pm CDT on August 13 to receive the link.

August 20

August 31
WLT Member Town Hall August 2020 -- Live webinar (Members Only!)

September 5

September 9

September 12

September 19

September 22

September 26