February 5, 2019

In This Issue:

San Antonio Book Festival and Other Statewide Events; Upcoming Classes; Member News; & More 
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San Antonio Book Festival
April 6, 2019
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 6, 2019), 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!

Thursday, February 28 at 5 p.m.

Click here to read the guidelines for consideration and to submit your information.
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
The Narrative Craft of Academic Writing 
with Dr. Sara Saylor     
Tuesday, February 5, 2019  
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST   
This class demystifies academic writing and offers practical strategies for addressing common problems. Learn to navigate unfamiliar new genres, understand the audience's expectations, and explain ideas with clarity. We will analyze model texts from diverse disciplines, including grant proposals, abstracts, and journal articles, examining structure and style. The class will also give resources for grammar, citation, and writing in English as an additional language.
Registration closes Tuesday, February 5, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one month. 
Memoir 101: Everything You Need to Know to (Finally) Start Your Memoir  
with J essica Wilbanks   
Thursday, February 7, 2019
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST 

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.  
Registration closes Thursday, February 7, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.  
How to Make Twitter a Writer's Best Friend 
with Richard Santos 
Saturday, February 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  

Every day, thousands of writers, agents, and editors take to Twitter to find new books, give writing advice, and take part in a dynamic literary community. This class will help writers learn the basics of Twitter, allow them to explore advanced options (such as lists and hashtags), learn proper etiquette when interacting with agents or editors, and show how to enter "pitch contests" that can change a writer's life. Whether you're new to the platform or a seasoned user, we'll learn how to turn Twitter into a writer's best friend.  
Online registration closes Thursday, February 7, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted, as space allows. 
Defamation and Invasion of Privacy for Memoirists and Fiction Writers 
with Melynda Nuss 
Saturday, February 16, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
ACC Highland, Austin, TX  

A lot of writers are worried about liability for defamation. Most of them don't need to be, but some of them do. This class will help writers learn how to navigate the legal landscape by covering the basics of libel and slander, as well as invasion of privacy, your subjects' right to control their own name and image, and other tricky legal claims. We'll also discuss how to minimize your risk of legal trouble -- and when you need to call a lawyer.
The 2019 Agents & Editors Conference
Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX
June 28-30, 2019

As of today, 16 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

Joan Moran (Austin) has just published her thriller, An Accidental Cuban. Interest in Cuban culture and its people and music created the impetus to travel to the island where she found the improbable. You can buy the book on Amazon
Larry Brill (Austin) has launched his latest novel Deja Vu All Over Again, a playfully romantic story that Kirkus calls "an observant comedy with a dose of heart." Come get a signed copy at Malvern's Bookstore, 7pm on Valentine's Day, or get a copy here.
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 5 
     Online Class  
     Registration closes Tuesday, February 5, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one month.  
February 7 
     Online Class  
     Registration closes Thursday, February 7, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.  
February 9
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  
     Online registration closes Thursday, February 7, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted, as space allows.  
February 12 
     Online Class 
February 13 
     Writers' League of Texas Offices, Austin, TX 
February 16
     ACC Highland, Austin, TX 
February 19
     Online Class 
February 21
     BookPeople, Austin, TX 
February 23 
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  
March 2-3
     ACC Highland, Austin, TX 
March 9
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
April 2
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,