November 20, 2018

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2019 Agents & Editors Conference; Upcoming Classes; Member News; & More 
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Happy Thanksgiving from the Writers' League staff!

Here's what we're thankful for:

Executive Director, Becka Oliver
"I'm thankful for my copy of Bess Whitehead Scott's memoir, You Meet Such Interesting People, that is coming with me on vacation next week. Which is really my way of saying I'm grateful for the legacy of Bess, who was born on a farm in a small Texas town and went on to become the first woman reporter for the city desk of the Houston Post (just one of her many accomplishments, among them publishing You Meet Such Interesting People at the young age of 99). Next month marks the anniversary of her birth (December 13, 1890) and her death (December 27, 1997). She's gone, but definitely not forgotten."

Program Director, Michael Noll
"I'm thankful to be part of the Austin writing community, which is constantly evolving, growing, and creating new events and series and ways to engage with literature and stories."

Member Services Manager, Kelsey Williams
"I'm thankful for my friend-family because they have continuously inspired me to write and to collaborate!"

Administrative Assistant, Samantha Babiak
"I'm thankful for friends who are there when you need them, warm cups of coffee, and my cat, Chester, who never fails to make me laugh."
Hello, WLT Members: Are you ready to take the next step with your work-in-progress?
As we do every year, we've opened registration for the upcoming 2019 Agents & Editors Conference for current members only until December 5.
If you're ready to explore publication for your book project, check out the conference that attendees have called "a heady experience" and "life changing."  Seven great agents are already confirmed, and more will be added each week. Our website has lots of details and you can always call us if you have questions: 512-499-8914.

Hope to see you in Austin in June!
An Evening of Literary Shenanigans!
One Page Salon
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
7:30 p.m.
502 Brushy St., Austin, Texas 78702
One of Austin's most beloved reading series - One Page Salon - is teaming up with the Writers' League of Texas for a special evening of quick readings, slow drinking, and lots of literary shenanigans. 

One Page Salon (called "the best literary evening in town" by the Austin American-Statesman) is the brainchild of novelist, screenwriter, and comedian Owen Egerton. During the course of the evening, five writers will read a single page from a work in progress (goodbye, literary readings that go on and on and on) and answer three questions from the hosts (hello, witty banter with the incomparable Owen Egerton). Midway through, there's a break for eating (Pueblo Viejo, located inside The North Door, has great tacos!), drinking (coffee, beer, Topo), and talking (this. is. the. best. part.). Hear works-in-progress by these familiar faces:
  • Richard Santos
  • Jennifer Ziegler
One person from the audience will have the opportunity to read one page of their work. If you're interested, bring the page and put your name on the list once you arrive.
Plus, by popular demand, we'll bring back the One Sentence Salon. 
Seriously, you don't want to miss this one.
How to Create a Happy, Lazy (and Productive) Writing Practice 
with Brittani Sonnenberg  
Thursday, November 29, 2018
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST 
Our culture is preoccupied with speed and output. That's fine when it comes to texting, but the pressure to pour out perfect pages instantaneously will send your muse running for the nearest exit. This is a practical yet philosophical class designed to interrogate the assumptions we sometimes take for granted about what a writing practice ought to look like. In other words, it's a class about that all-important question, "What does it mean to be a writer?" The goal is to help each participant to find their own best writing practice.
Publishing 101: What Authors Need to Know about the Publishing Business  
with Leila Sales  
Saturday, December 1, 2018
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
St. Edward's University , Austin, TX  

Demystify the inner workings of the publishing business for authors, whether you're approaching your first publication or simply want a better understanding of the business side of things. Topics covered will include how responsibilities are divvied up within a publisher (as well as what responsibilities are the author's), how to understand the terms of your contract, how your books' finances and rights work, how to interact most effectively with your editor and publicist, and much more about what to expect all the way from submission through publication.  
Here are some of the free, public Texas Writes events coming up. Each event features two accomplished authors talking about a particular aspect of craft, followed by a discussion about the writing life facilitated by a WLT staffer. There's a chance there will be writing exercises (bring paper and pen) and there will be plenty of time for questions.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
10 a.m.
Krum Public Library 
815 E. McCart Street, Krum, TX 76249

Featured authors: Rachel Starnes and Kathleen Kent
More details here.
Austin Central Library
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  
Two Remaining Dates:  
The Writers' League has reserved a room at the Austin Public Library's new Central Library for five dates. If attendance overflows the room, you will be able to write in the reading room (utter quiet, lots of wood!) or anywhere else you like. You can RSVP to receive a reminder email by clicking on the date(s) you wish to attend. Based on response, the WLT may reserve additional rooms. So, please RSVP! 
Member News
Publication News

Bella LaVey (Austin) published her first book Fetish Girl: A Memoir of Sex, Domination, and Motherhood on November 13th. You can purchase the book here, and learn more about the author at her website here.
Lee Zarnikau's (Austin) debut picture book, Ellie's Car Kindergarten, is now available under her pen name, Lee Zee, at BookPeople and wherever books are sold. More information is available here.

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

November 26
     Austin Central Library 
November 29
     Online Class
     Austin Central Library 
December 1
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
     Krum Public Library, Krum, TX
December 12
     Online Class 
December 15
     Memorial Park Branch, El Paso Public Library, El Paso, TX
January 26, 2019
     Friench Simpson Memorial Library, Hallettsville, TX 
June 28-30, 2019
     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,