August 20, 2019

In This Issue:

New Fall Classes, Advanced Craft Workshop, CMBXP, & More 
Fall doesn't feel nearly close enough, but school has started and so it's time to roll out the fall line-up of Writers' League classes! We're excited to be offering classes for fiction and nonfiction, for those honing their craft as well as those ready to publish.

To get us started, this Saturday, August 24, ire'ne lara silva will teach "Forget Discipline: How to Want Your Way Through Writing a Novel." The class will focus on reminding yourself why you want to write rather than on forcing yourself to get your butt in the chair. It's the perfect way to start off a great season of classes.

A couple of other highlights:
  • We're offering Advanced Craft Workshops in both fiction and memoir. First up is the fiction workshop with Jess Hagemann. She's earned raves for her classes, and several members have told me what a great editor and writing coach she is. Now, she will be running a MFA-style workshop. The application deadline is September 5. (If you haven't taken a workshop before, you'll need to register for the online class "How to Give and Receive Writing Critiques" with John Pipkin).
  • Sara Kocek is once again teaching her online class "Jump Start Your Novel," which focuses on crafting the best first chapter that you can (for your novel and for agents and readers).
  • On September 14, we'll be offering two classes aimed at preparing you to publish. The morning class is "The Agent Search: Tips, Tricks, and Timeless Advice" with Becka Oliver, and the afternoon class is "Publishing 101: What Writers Need to Know About the Publishing Business" with Leila Sales. (The latter will cover nitty-gritty details about contracts and will be of great interest to writers who have already published a book.)
As always, if you have questions about any of our classes, don't hesitate to email me at or call our office at 512-499-8914.

See you in class!

Michael Noll
- Program Director
Forget Discipline: How to Want Your Way Through Writing A Book
with ire'ne lara silva
Saturday, August 24, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edwards University, Trustee Hall 303 
3001 S. Congress Ave. 
Austin, TX 78704
In this class, we absolutely will not talk about "stealing time," writing schedules, writing on a daily basis, creating a physical space for writing, word counts, or creating outlines. Every time the word "discipline" is spoken, the group will loudly boo, bang pots and pans, or stomp their feet in emphatic opposition. What we will discuss here is inspiration and imagination. We'll investigate what it means to start or re-start a book project, connecting with the root of our desire to write, to create, to speak, to share. We'll interrogate the internal/external obstacles that keep us from the work we long to do. We'll question everything we've ever thought writing or writers have to be. This class will focus on sharpening our hunger to write-day after day, week after week, month after month.
  • You're writing a novel, memoir, or short stories.
  • You tend to lose steam after working on a project for a while.
Registration closes Thursday, August 22 at 5 p.m. CST. 
How to Give and Receive Writing Critiques  
with John Pipkin  
Monday, September 9, 2019
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Are you in a writing group but not sure how to give good feedback on others' work?

Are you interested in taking an Advanced Craft Workshop through the Writers' League of Texas but haven't taken a formal workshop in the past? (If you haven't, past participation or current registration in this class is required.) Workshops for both fiction and memoir are scheduled for fall 2019.
Giving and receiving good feedback is a learned skill that writers can develop and hone, and learning how to participate in and benefit from a workshop can be invaluable to any writer looking to take their craft to the next level. Allowing other writers to critique your work in a group setting (where you critique their work in turn) offers fresh eyes and a fresh perspective, helps you to zero in on problems you might be overlooking, strengthens your skills as a reader, and opens the way to communing with your peers in a safe, nurturing environment.
  • You're not sure how to discuss craft in a practical way that allows you to give concrete advice.
  • You want to become better at translating others' advice for your writing into practical strategies that you can use.
The Agent Search: Tips, Tricks, and Timeless Advice     
with Becka Oliver     
Saturday, September 14, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
Learn the process and expectations for finding a literary agent for your book.
Join a former literary agent for an informative, candid, no-holds-barred class on finding the ideal agent for you-and how to navigate the relationship once you've found that perfect match. This class will cover everything from nailing your pitch and presentation materials, identifying the most promising agents to approach for representation, avoiding the pitfalls that lead to rejection, asking the right questions (and never ever the wrong ones), and most everything in between. 
  • You're ready to begin the querying process for your book.
  • You're looking for common practices for communicating with literary agents.
  • You want to know how to write a query letter.
Publishing 101: What Authors Need to Know About the Publishing Business      
with Leila Sales      
Saturday, September 14, 2019
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
Being a writer is a craft, but being an author is a career. Get an insider's view of how the book publishing business works.
This class aims to demystify the inner workings of the publishing business for authors: those approaching their first publication as well as those who have books out and those who simply want a better understanding of the business side of things. Writers who will benefit most from this class are those who find the publication process to be something of a black box and want to have more control over their relationships with publishers. Topics covered will include how responsibilities are divvied up within a publisher (as well as what responsibilities are the author's), how to understand the terms of your contract, how your books' finances and rights work, how to interact most effectively with your editor and publicist, and much more about what to expect all the way from submission through publication.
  • You're wondering how long the submission process takes and what happens while a book is out.
  • You're looking for common practices for dealing with book covers and in-house publicists.
  • You have practical questions about book sales and royalty checks.
with Jess Hagemann  
Application Deadline: Thursday, September 5
Saturday, October 19, 2019
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  
Location: Writers' League of Texas offices  
This two -day workshop is designed to address the needs of the intermediate or advanced fiction writer. In an intimate setting (10 students maximum), registrants--with the guidance of an experienced instructor--workshop pages from a short story or novel excerpt, submitted in advance. This experience (modeled after the MFA workshop style) is an invaluable opportunity for writers to both receive and offer constructive criticism, delve into the more complex elements of writing, and take their craft to the next level.  
Applications close on Thursday, September 5, at midnight. Everyone who is accepted will be notified by Monday, September 16.  
For full details, click the link below. 

Creatives Meet Business Experience 2019

September 19-21, 2019 
Springdale General 
1023 Springdale Rd. 
Austin, TX 78721

The Creatives Meet Business Experience (CMBXP) is more than a conference, it's a community for artists, creatives, freelancers, and small business owners. Their hands-on workshops on Business, Marketing, Skills Development and Storytelling offer a new take on both professional development and networking. Attendees mix and match their days from a selection of 50 hands-on workshops, one-on-one mentorship sessions, then spend the evenings at "spirited" happy hours. CMBXP attendees leave the experience with new friends, fans, collaborators, and a community of their peers. 

CMBXP is extending a $50 discount to all WLT members, just use the code WLT50 at checkout. 

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Open Office Hours
Sign up for a one-on-one meeting with a WLT staffer!  On the second Thursday of every month, the Writers' League is happy to open its doors for an opportunity to schedule a 30 minute meeting with a staff member in person or over the phone. Bring all of your burning questions on the craft and business of writing!

Please note: Open Office Hours for September will be held on Wednesday, September 18. 
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

August 24
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX   
     Online registration closes Thursday, August 22, at midnight. Walk-in registrations will be accepted. 
September 5 
September 9
     Online Class
September 11
     Online Class  
September 14
     St. Edward's University (morning)

"Submissions 101: What Authors Need to Know About the Publishing Business" with Leila Sales
     St. Edward's University (afternoon)
September 18
     Online Class  
September  19
BookPeople, Austin, TX
September 21
     McCullough County Library, Brady, TX
September 28
     Lakehills Area Library, Lakehills, TX 

October 5
Mary Welhausen Library, Yoakum, TX

October 12 
Bandera Public Library, Bandera, 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,