June 20, 2017

In This Issue:

WLT Podcast, Summer Writing Workshop, Classes, and More

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We're Now on iTunes!

We're so thrilled to announce that our podcast is on iTunes! You can now find us wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe so you never miss an episode!

And, if you missed last week's Third Thursday on pitching your manuscript, you can now listen to it as a podcast. The discussion features Becka Oliver, WLT Executive Director and a former literary agent, and Lance Fitzgerald, a current publishing sales executive for Crown Publishing Group at Penguin Random House. You'll definitely want to listen if you're attending the upcoming Agents & Editors Conference (or a similar event) and need help honing your pitch. We also discussed information that will be useful if you're ready to contact literary agents and could use help boiling down your project's plot in a brief, intriguing, and marketable way for query letters. You can listen to last year's pitch podcast, which includes additional information, here.
We also have episodes on: 
Coming soon: podcasts on writing romance, celebrating Texas Independents, writing for film and television, writing about social justice, becoming a more involved literary citizen, writing horror and thrillers, and turning a mess of pages into a novel.

We hope you enjoy!

Registration Now Open!
Ever want to step away from the constant distractions of everyday life and spend a week with your fellow writers immersed in your craft and drawing inspiration from the literary community? Here's your chance.
From August 14-19, 2017 we'll host our annual Summer Writing Workshop in Austin for the first time. Think of it as a staycation if you live in town - or a chance to experience the city's literary community firsthand if you're from outside ATX. We're offering six classes, all taught by experienced and highly rated instructors, one of which has already sold out. Full class descriptions, including instructor bios, can be found on our website; click on the class titles below for more information.
You can find more information about the week and hotel accommodations here on our website.  Hope to see you in August! 
Questions? Email us at or call 512-499-8914. 

Upcoming Class

July 19, 2017
6:30 - 9:30 pm CST
Jump Start Your Novel
with Sara Kocek

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, including:
  • How to create a flexible outline that grows with a novel
  • Simple methods for organizing a work in progress
  • The six elements of a strong beginning
  • How NOT to open a first chapter
  • How to set-and raise-the stakes of a novel
Who should register:
  • Writers who are just beginning the process of working on a novel
  • Writers who are knee-deep in the process and want to hone their opening pages
  • Anyone who has an idea for a novel, but doesn't know where to start
Online registration closes Wednesday, July 19, at 5 p.m. 
Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.

Writers' League Offices Closed

The WLT offices will be closed due to post-conference fatigue syndrome from July 3-7, 2017. We will reopen on Monday, July 10, at 10:00 am, fully recovered.

Member News 

Classes & Events
Helen Ginger  (Austin), author of  Deadpoint  and former WLT Executive Director, will be featured at Story Circle Network's "An Afternoon with the Author" on Sunday, June 25. This event will include an author presentation, signing, and complimentary refreshments. More details   here .

Liv Hadden (Austin) announces the launch party for The Adventures of Juice Box and Shame, the next installment in her The Shamed series. The party will take place  Sunday June 25 , 3 pm at  Malvern Books in Austin. Find more details on the event, which includes free swag, cool people, and beers after, on Facebook.

New Releases
Delicia Daniels (Houston) announces the release of her debut poetry book titled, The Language We Cry In. Separated by four momentous sections, each poem connects a human universal language of indecision, audacity, and devotion, taking the reader on a lyrical quest. This powerful collection is available on Amazon.

James Garrison (Houston) announces the release of his novel 
QL 4set in the Mekong Delta in 1970. It's a tale of intrigue, betrayal, and violence among soldiers on the same side in an unpopular war.  QL 4  is based on Garrison's experiences as a military cop in Vietnam. Purchase the book here.

Joe Giordano (Austin) announces the release of his novel Appointment with ISIL, An Anthony Provati Thriller. Published by Harvard Square Editions, you can purchase the book here. Visit Joe's website here.

Debra L. Winegarten (Austin) is pleased to announce that The Mysterious Island of Technology: an adventure through time and very tiny spaces, which she co-authored with Dr. Zvi Yaniv, has just been released. She'll be giving three talks to Houston Rotary Clubs on Oveta Culp Hobby on June 20 and 21. Visit Debra's website for more details and upcoming events.

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.  

There will be no member news included in the July 4 edition of Footnotes due to the holiday. If you have an item for member news for July, the deadline for the July 18 newsletter is that day at noon. Please plan accordingly if you are hoping to promote any events or book releases in the coming weeks. Thank you!

Community Member Guest Post
The Writer's Workshop
Read Writer's Workshop founder Ron Seybold's blog post on Scribe about a new book titled Finishing School . This book is a must-read for anyone who needs assistance finishing a writing project, says Ron.

Are you a business or organization interested in getting involved?
Community Membership is a great way to connect with the Writers' League's membership base and share news and information about writing-related services and events. For more information on Community Membership click here or call our office at (512) 499-8914.

Open Office Hours
We're taking an Open Office Hours break in July for some much-needed post conference recuperation time. The August Open Office Hours will be on Thursday, August 10.  The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, August 9 at noon. Writers' League m embers 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. After signing up, please email to confirm your appointment time and to let us know what you'd like to discuss with a staff member.
Special Event

Author Olga Campos Benz Speaking & Signing It's News to Me
In Conversation With WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver

603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
July 7, 2017
7 pm

Olga Campos Benz is one of the most honored anchor/reporters ever to grace the Texas airwaves. Olga, who recently served on the Board of the Writers' League of Texas, is celebrating the publication of her first novel, It's News to Me, which takes readers behind the scenes of the often funny and unbelievable world of television news. At the BookPeople signing, Olga will be in conversation with WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver. We hope to see you there!

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

June 22 & 24
     Carver Museum and Library, Austin, TX 

June 30-July 2 

2017 Agents & Editors Conference
     Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX  

July 19

July 20
     BookPeople, Austin, TX     

August 14-19
2017 Summer Writing Workshop
      ACC Highland and other venues, Austin, TX  

August 17
     The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX   

September 11 
     The Twig Book Shop, San Antonio, TX

October 6
     Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX

October 10
     Interabang Books, Dallas, TX


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
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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 .