July 3, 2018

In This Issue:

Office Closures; Upcoming Online Classes; Summer Writing Retreat; Member News; & More

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Writers' League Offices Closed

The WLT offices will be closed due to post-conference fatigue syndrome from July 2-6, 2018. We will reopen on Monday, July 9, at 10:00 am, fully recovered. Happy 4th of July, everyone!

(If you attended the 2018 A&E Conference, you'll be hearing from us next week with a follow-up survey. Until then, we hope you had a great weekend and are enjoying some vacation time of your own this week.)

The Word Alchemy Lab     
with Tex Thompson  
These two classes will introduce the art of adapting your writing style to suit any purpose, refining each page and paragraph, and fine-tuning every line until it stuns. Registering for the package gets you a $10 discount over the price of the two classes purchased individually. 
The Artistry of Word Choice and Sentence Structure 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST     

Registration for this package and first class will close on Wednesday, July 11, at 5 p.m. CST.  All registrants for the package will have access to the class recording through August 2. Individual class registrants will have access through July 19.  

Crafting Paragraphs, Scenes, and the Right Style for the Right Moment  
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST

Jump Start Your Novel      
with Sara Kocek   
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST   
If you have an idea for a novel floating around in your head, but you don't know where to start, this class is for you. The instructor will show how to develop your concept, flesh out your characters, and establish your setting. From plotting an outline to polishing an opening page, the class will cover everything a writer needs to kick-start a manuscript with compelling tension and a vivid, distinct voice. This class will also cover tips and tricks for crafting a compelling opening chapter, including common pitfalls to avoid.  
Registration closes Wednesday, July 18, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording until July 26.

Meet Rachel Starnes, Nonfiction Instructor

"Writing has always been my way of figuring out what I think, and the genre of nonfiction is such a wide open place for exploration."
-Rachel Starnes
Rachel Starnes is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir  The War at Home: A Wife's Search for Peace and Other Missions Impossible. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from California State University, and her essays have appeared in  The Colorado Review,  Front Porch Journal, and  O Magazine.

Rachel is teaching a class called "Exploring the Essay: Building the Essential Foundation for Short and Long From Nonfiction" at the 2018 WLT Summer Writing Retreat. Read an interview with Rachel here.

This year , for the first time, we'll host our annual retreat in beautiful Nacogdoches, Texas. Learn more about this year's classes -- including fiction, narrative nonfiction, poetry, and memoir on our website.

Member News Will Resume on July 17

Interested in having your news listed here? Current Writers' League members can submit their news to Announcements should adhere to the following guidelines: third-person, starting with your first and last name, followed by your city of residence, maximum 50 words. We may edit your announcement for style and clarity.

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. 
Open Office Hours: July 12
Our next Open Office Hours will be on Thursday, July 12. The deadline to sign up is Monday, July 9, at noon. Due to our office closure, you may not receive confirmation of your appointment until Tuesday, July 10. Writers' League members can meet one-on-one with a WLT staffer (in person or call in). This member benefit is available to all members regardless of their city of residence. Current members only. 

Due to limited availability, please email to sign up. Please be sure to indicate whether or not you'd like to speak in person or over the phone (and provide your phone number), and outline what questions you'd like to discuss so we can be prepared for your appointment. Before you send an email, please read the OOH guidelines available here.

Coming Up @ WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines, and Other Events Across the State

July 11
Online Class
Registration for this package and first class will close on Wednesday, July 11, at 5 p.m. CST.  All registrants for the package will have access to the class recording through August 2. Individual class registrants will have access through July 19.  
July 18
      Online Class  
July 19
      BookPeople, Austin, TX  
July 25
      Online Class  
July 29-August 3 
Summer Writing Retreat
      Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX 

August 8 
"How to Conceive and Structure Personal Essays" with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
      Online Class

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,