February 25, 2020
the Craft + Business of Writing with WLT
featuring Becka Oliver and Richard Santos
Saturday, February 29 at 3:00 PM

603 N. Lamar Blvd., 2nd Floor
Austin, TX 78703

We've been traveling around the state with a program featuring two presentations on the craft of writing and the business of publishing. We brought it to Austin last January and now we're bringing it back this weekend. You'll get the chance to listen to two fantastic presentations, plus the opportunity to meet other writers in the area, learn about local programs and offerings, and more. WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver will present on "The Agent Search" and Richard Santos will focus on craft in his presentation, "Writing Beyond What You Know."

There will be plenty of time for questions (bring all your burning questions!) for both presenters. We hope to see you there!
Plus, all purchases made at BookPeople for the  entire day  when presenting a WLT flyer at checkout will mean 20% of your purchase will be donated to the WLT. You MUST have a printed copy of the flyer for the donation to take place. We will have copies at the event or you can print your own copy  here .
A Staff Announcement from WLT's Executive Director:

As many of you know, Michael Noll has departed the WLT and Texas, having heard the siren's call of New Mexico. While we will miss him for more reasons than we can list, we are also excited for him (and the entire Noll family) and wish them all the best as they embark on this new adventure. (Plus, we plan to visit... a lot.)

More announcements will be coming your way about staff changes, but I wanted to take a moment this week to announce that Sam Babiak will be taking on the added role of Program Director - in addition to her work as Member Services Director - effective immediately. Those of you who know Sam likely know how incredibly hard working and dedicated she is. She has distinguished herself in every program role she's assumed (most recently, as coordinator of both our school visits program and our rural library events) and I'm excited to see what she does in the coming weeks and months as she turns her attention to growing our statewide outreach, launching additional webinars, developing Spanish language programming, and much more. 

Please join me in welcoming Sam to this new role.
Join WLT at AWP in San Antonio!

Wednesday March 4 - March 7, 2020

Henry B. González Convention Center
900 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Going to AWP 2020? Stop by our booth and say hello! We will be at booth # 962 in the bookfair. We'll have some great WLT goodies to grab, as well as some snacks and bottles of water if you're feeling parched!

Be sure to stick around for our "Obsessed With Texas" panel on Saturday, March 7, 2020 featuring mónica teresa ortiz, Vincent Cooper and Heather Harper Ellett, moderated by Richard Santos.

Check out our AWP offsite events!

Lit Down I-35 Corridor: an evening with Gemini Ink, Porter House Review, Bat City Review, and WLT

Wednesday, March 4 from 7 - 10 PM
Brick at Blue Star
108 Blue Star #1773, San Antonio, TX 78204
RSVP on Facebook !

One Page Salon at AWP 2020 featuring Chen Chen, Kelli Jo Ford, Manuel Gonzales, and Wayétu Moore

Thursday, March 5 from 9 - 11PM
Bar America
723 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205
RSVP on Facebook !
San Antonio Book Festival
April 4, 2020

Central Library & Southwest School of Art
600 Soledad
San Antonio, TX 78205

We're excited to once again participate in the  San Antonio Book Festival  (April 4, 2020), where we'll have 45-minute slots available for members interested in promoting, signing, and selling copies of their books.

Priority will be given to members with recently published books and members who have never previously promoted their books at our exhibitor table at a literary festival. But, we're almost always able to accommodate anyone who requests a slot, so fill out the form even if you've already promoted with us in the past!


Click here  to read the guidelines for consideration and to submit your information.

Last Chance!
Online Class

"Memoir 101: Everything You Need to Know to (Finally) Start Your Memoir"
with Jessica Wilbanks

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

The most haunting memoirs aren’t just autobiographies. Instead, they pivot on a subject that mystifies and confounds the writer, about which they cannot quite make up their mind. In this class, you’ll begin to mine your life for material and work through a series of generative prompts designed to turn rich, messy fragments into surprising and powerful prose. We’ll steal liberally from the sensory world of poetry, the narrative world of fiction, and the fact-driven world of journalism, even as we plumb the depths of interior life. Along the way, you’ll learn how to build a strong narrative arc, write vivid scenes, and prioritize the details and images that make prose come alive.
Deadline to Register: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.
In-Person Class

"Writing Beyond What You Know"
with Richard Santos

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10 a.m.

A compelling life doesn’t magically become a compelling book. This class will review the common pitfalls of autobiographical writing. How do you know what to include? How do you know what to cut? Why isn’t it enough to tell an interesting story? And what happens once I finish the thing? This is a class for writers learning how to shape their own knowledge and experiences into a well-written book. Participants will explore their writing goals, undertake generative writing exercises, and make a plan for their future work.
Deadline to Register: Thursday, February 27. Only a few spots left!
Nikki Carter (Killeen) has launched a podcast called Pencil Me In—tune in to hear her, along with co-host and fellow writer Colleen Young, talk about writing, productivity, and the lives they live in between. Stream anywhere you get your podcasts! Learn more, here .

To submit your news email member@writersleague.org. 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.
WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver recently picked up American Sherlock  by Kate Winkler Dawson

" If you are a fan of true crime tales and police procedurals, this book is for you."

Kelsey Williams, Office Manager, recommends Harleen  by Stjepan Sejic

"Harley Quinn, or Harleen Quinzel, gets to tell her own story in this stunning work by Sejic."

Leadership Austin Fellow Neena Husid enjoyed A Wish in the Dark  by Christina Soontornvat

"Though set in a fantastical Southeast Asian dystopia where light is doled out by a suspect Governor, this middle grade fiction shines lights on such heady issues as truth, justice, ownership and power."

Read their full accounts on our blog here
Coming up at WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines and other events across the state:

February 26
Registration closes Wednesday, February 26 at 5 p.m. CST. All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

February 27

February 29 
"Writing Beyond What You Know" with Richard Santos --St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
Online registration closes Thursday, February 27. Walk-in registrations will be accepted as space allows.

Purchases made at BookPeople all day on Feb. 29 when a WLT flyer is presented at checkout will lead to 20% of total donated to WLT!
March 2

March 12

March 14

March 19
Texas Writes --Menard Public Library, Menard, TX

March 21

March 25

March 28
Texas Writes --Leon Valley Public Library, Leon Valley, TX

"Level Up Your Writing with Scrivener" with Matt Herron --St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

April 4
Texas Writes --Reagan County Library, Big Lake, TX

April 18
Texas Writes --Nueces County Keach Family Library, Robstown, TX
April 22

April 25

May 16
Texas Writes --Quitman Public Library, Quitman, TX

June 26-28
2020 Agents & Editors Conference --Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX