February 19, 2019

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Third Thursday, Statewide Events; Upcoming Classes; Member News; & More 
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February Third Thursday:
Writing about Mental Health

February 21, 2019
7 p.m.
603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd Floor
Austin, TX     

Writing and mental health have long been associated in the popular imagination, with images of eccentric geniuses, alcoholics, and poets in the attic. Mental health is also often portrayed in literature, especially in memoirs and essays, not to mention numerous self-help books. But are those popular associations and depictions accurate? When it comes to writing about addiction, depression, anxiety, attention, and happiness (and everything in between), how can writers avoid stereotypes and get to the truth of the matter?
  • Laura Creedle is the author of the YA novel The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily and the forthcoming novel Poolboy.
  • Saundra Goldman is a writer, art historian, and ethnographer, searching for patterns in artist's lives and creative work. 
  • Jessica Lamb-Shapiro is the author of the memoir Promise Land: My Journey Through America's Self-Help Culture.
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Free Statewide Events
Don't miss these Texas Writes events. Each one brings two great authors to talk about the craft of writing at a rural library. Keep an eye on the Texas Writes page at our website for more information.
Saturday, March 2, 2019
10 a.m.
Harper Public Library
23247 West US Hwy 290, Harper, TX 78631

Saturday, March 9, 2019
10 a.m.
Lake Dallas Public Library
302 S. Shady Shores Rd, Lake Dallas, TX 75065

Saturday, March 30, 2019
1 p.m.
Onalaska Public Library
372 South FM 356, Onalaska, Texas 77360

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
How to Write (or Write About) When Everything Goes Wrong   
with Allie Pleiter      
TONIGHT: Tuesday, February 19, 2019  
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST   
Allie Pleiter kept her writing career up and running during the serious illness of her son as well as several other life challenges. In this class, Pleiter shares practical strategies for not only protecting your creativity and productivity when calamity threatens to strangle your muse, but deciding whether to speak or write about your experience. The class will cover strategies for working toward calm and gratitude, communication with the various groups in your life, figuring out the difference between writing as a coping mechanism and writing for an audience, and wrapping your head around revision of emotional first drafts.
Registration closes Tuesday, February 19, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.  
Strengthening Characters by Revealing Their Hidden Truths  
with Rene S. Perez II 
Saturday, February 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  

In the first draft of a manuscript, writers are getting to know their characters, who can surprise, excite, and even disappoint with their choices. By learning these characters' motivations, their hidden shames, their standing in their communities, we can create more authentic scenes and maximize structural efficiency and emotional efficacy. This class will focus on learning who our characters are and how we as writers reveal them to our readers.
Online registration closes Thursday, February 21, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted, as space allows.   
The 3-Act Structure  
with Carolyn Cohagan     
Wednesday, March 6, 2019  
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST   
The three-act-structure has been used in screenwriting for decades, and it can be just as useful for novels. Thinking about an "inciting incident," "turning points," and a "rock bottom revelation" can help writers create an outline before they begin a manuscript or sort out writer's block after they've begun. Participants will leave this class with an outline or a structure format to consult during revisions.
To illustrate 3-act structure, Carolyn will discuss the Harrison Ford film Witness. Students are recommended to watch the film or remind themselves of its plot before class.
The 2019 Agents & Editors Conference
Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX
June 28-30, 2019

As of today, 17 agents have confirmed, representing dozens of genres in fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. Read more about them here!

To receive a complimentary consultation with an agent or editor with registration (and avoid the next price hike), sign up on or before April 2.
Member News
Joe Giordano's (Austin) third novel, Drone Strike, an Anthony Provati Thriller, will be published by Rogue Phoenix Press on April 15. Karim's family is killed by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, as collateral damage. ISIL recruits him for a terrorist attack on the U.S., and only Anthony Provati can stop him. More information can be found here.


Joan Moran (Austin), author of An Accidental Cuban, will be participating in an author's panel at Malvern Books on March 17 at 7 pm with authors Joy H. Selak and Myra Hargrave McIlvain. She will read from her book and discuss how she discovered story in modern day Cuba.
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
February 21
     BookPeople, Austin, TX 
February 23 
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  
     Online registration closes Thursday, February 21, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted, as space allows.  
February 27
     Johnson City Library, Johnson City, TX 
March 2
Harper Public Library, Harper, TX 
March 2-3
     ACC Highland, Austin, TX 
March 6
     Online Class 
March 9
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
Lake Dallas Public Library, Lake Dallas, TX 
March 18
March 23
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
March 30
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
Onalaska Public Library, Onalaska, TX 
April 2
April 6
     Malvern Books, Austin, TX 
April 11
     Sterling County Public Library, Sterling City, TX
April 13
     Dublin Public Library, Dublin, TX 
April 27-28
     ACC Highland, Austin, 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,