August 25, 2020
NEXT WEEK
Thursday, September 3, 2020  
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. CDT
LIVE WEBINAR
RSVP to receive the link!

It's been a few months since we last checked in to see what you've been reading and enjoying, lovely writers. And to share some recommendations of our own.

Join WLT staff and special guests next week as we share book recommendations based on what we're reading now. Who knows, maybe you're next favorite read is just a live webinar away!

We'd love to have members of the community join in and recommend some books. Fill out this form if you are reading something right now (or recently) that you want to spread the good word about.

RSVP and we'll send you a link to join the webinar. And be sure to save the date(s) for all of our September live webinars (list in the box below). They are free and open to all.

DEADLINE TO RSVP for ASK US ANYTHING: Thursday, September 3, 6:00 p.m. CDT
NEXT WEEK
Monday, August 31, 2020  
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. CDT
LIVE WEBINAR
RSVP to receive the link!

We will be hosting our first ever virtual Member Town Hall on Monday, August 31. We hope you'll RSVP here and plan to join us.

These quarterly meet-ups will bring the WLT membership together to talk about a particular topic of interest. For this first one, we want to talk about how we can best facilitate connections for those of you who are looking for them - so that you can talk about your writing, share pages, offer feedback, or just commiserate. Please note: The Member Town Hall is open to current members only.

Fill out the this survey by Thursday, August 27, register for the meeting (to receive the Zoom link), and join us for this conversation if you can.

We'd love to see you there!
 
DEADLINE TO RSVP: Monday, August 31, 6:00 p.m. CDT
Saturday, September 5, 2020  
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. CDT
LIVE WEBINAR
RSVP to receive the link!

One of Austin's most beloved reading series - One Page Salon - has gone virtual and teamed up with the WLT for a series of special monthly events featuring quick readings, feel good fundraising, and lots of literary shenanigans.

In September, we're partnering with Georgetown's wonderful indie bookstore, Lark & Owl Booksellers, to raise funds for Hope Alliance. Seriously, this is not to be missed!

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. For this special virtual event, five outstanding authors will read one page from a work in progress - which means the audience will be among the first to hear original new material from these talented writers. The brilliant and funny (and brilliantly funny) Owen Egerton will emcee.

All proceeds from this September event will go to support the organization Hope Alliance. IF YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION, simply select the "RSVP + donation" option. If you'd like to donate more than $10 (thank you for considering it!) increase the number from 1 to whatever.

The mission of Hope Alliance is to assist those whose lives have been affected by family and sexual violence by providing safety, services and developing partnerships that lead to hope, healing, and prevention. Their work has become especially urgent of late due to Covid-19. 

From Jane Estes, one of the founder's of Lark & Owl Booksellers, about Hope Alliance: "This is an amazing group and this is a timely topic to support because of the lockdowns/remote working and learning that are happening now, inevitably putting those who were already in danger, in an untenable position. I hope this will help raise awareness to the gravity of this issue, especially as people are impacted by the pandemic. This organization serves the greater Central Texas area, as well as the entire state when needed."

Of course, we also know that many in our community are experiencing lost wages and work right now and we don't want this event to be cost prohibitive. If you can't make a donation this time around, simply select "RSVP + no donation" and you'll be added to the registration list at no charge, no problem!

Our full list of September readers will be announced shortly.

DEADLINE TO RSVP: September 5, 6:00 p.m. CDT
Hello writers,

We're getting ready to kick off the Fall session of classes and I'm so excited for our first class package of the season, The Writer's Toolbox. Many of you know that this is my first full season of classes as Program Director and to prepare for this, I read countless surveys and comments from you all. And like me, many of you have had trouble getting a writing project started and then keeping your writing going. So, I wanted to curate a class package that spoke to the foundations of writing, not just the craft of the writing itself. When we're not writing, we're probably feeling guilty about not writing, but it's important to remind ourselves that even if we're not getting words down on the page, there are tools that we can hone and sharpen that will help drive us to the end of that manuscript.

Each of the classes in this package offers insight and strategies into the most useful tools a writer can possess. Because writing isn't just facing the blank page, it's also outlining and planning before you get started, it's research, it's reading and revising and then reading and revising again, and finally, writing is perseverance and discipline because this journey is not an easy one (or a short one). No matter what you're writing or where you are in your writing journey, these tools will be invaluable. I hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to create and hone in on your own writer's toolbox.

All the best,
Sam Babiak
Program Director
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.

Registering for the class package includes a discount for WLT members and a guaranteed seat in all four classes.
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 31
WLT Member Town Hall -- Live webinar

September 3

September 5

September 9

September 12

September 19

September 22

September 26