December 5, 2017

In This Issue:

Upcoming WLT Events; December 2017 Classes;  Conference Registration Now Open to Everyone; Member News; & More

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Join Us in 2018 For Free Events Across the State
Our 2018 calendars arrived this week -- we can't believe it's already December and that January will be here before we know it! As much as we're surprised at how quickly the year has flown by, we're also so excited about the programs we have planned for early 2018. Mark your calendars for upcoming free events across Texas, listed below. 

January 13, 10:00 a.m.
Texas Writes Program with Jeramey Kraatz and Karen Witemeyer

Texas Writes is a statewide program that brings accomplished authors to rural libraries for a half day of presentations and panel discussions. Each event is free and open to the public. At this event, authors Jeramey Kraatz and Karen Witemeyer will talk about writing for young readers and writing about emotions.  If you're interested in attending, please contact the library to pre-register at (817) 783-7323.  More details  here

January 18, 7 p.m.
Third Thursday: How to Start or Restart a Writing Project
BookPeople, 3rd Floor

Have a great idea for a book but you aren't sure how to get started? Or maybe you need to a return to a project that has lain dormant for a while -- for whatever reason.  Sometimes the trickiest part of writing is simply beginning. You can't finish what you don't start, but there is something overwhelming about the blank page or empty screen. And revisiting a manuscript you abandoned a while ago dredges up all kinds of fears and worries. So how do writers cope? How does one motivate his/herself to sit down every day and keep going?  Hear how our four panelists (TBA) deal with the challenges that come with starting (or restarting) a writing project.

January 23, 7 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Building Your Writing Community: How to Find Writing Groups & Support Other Writers

Writing can feel like a solitary pursuit, but in reality, a strong community can be key to writing success. If you're seeking motivation to put pen to paper or looking for feedback on your work, finding a writing/critique partner or group can take you and your work to the next level. But how do you go about finding your writing soul mate(s)? And once you've found them, how do you deliver effective feedback on others' work, and how do you keep your group or partnership going? Join this panel of writing professionals for insights into finding your writing community. Panelists TBA.

If you're in Dallas, we have several new member benefits that might interest you, just in time for the holiday season. WLT members get 10% off classes with Writing Workshops Dallas and 15% off at Interbang Books

January 26, 7 p.m.
Panel Discussion: What Makes Books Sell?

Every year, thousands of books are published by major publishing imprints, not to mention books from independent publishers and self-published authors. What makes some books stand out while others seem to vanish as soon as they're released? How do publishing houses decide which books will receive their biggest marketing pushes? Join this panel of industry professionals for an inside look at the book-selling process. Panelists TBA. WLT members, don't forget that you can get a 10% discount at Brazos Bookstore, so stop by before January if you're still doing holiday shopping.

We'll also be in  Yoakum on February 17,  Jasper on March 3,  Mason on March 17, and  Iowa Park on March 24 as part of our Texas Writes program. And stay tuned for details about our  Celebrating Texas Independents  plans, with events taking place throughout March. 

We hope to see you soon!

Honing the Spark and Mapping Out Your Revision 
with Charlotte Gullick     

Saturday, December 9, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
As writers revise, it's useful to create a roadmap for what is needed to revise a current book-length draft into an engaging manuscript.  In this full-day class, participants will assess what they have and what is needed and create plans for closing the gap, while honoring the initial  spark  that started the work. Participants will be asked to bring the first 5 and last 5 pages of their current draft, as well as 5 middle pages. The instructor will guide them as they look for themes, primary symbols, and subplots to deepen or eliminate. Focus will also be given to  exploring participants'  willingness (or lack thereof) to let go of current pages in order to create stronger ones.  This class is for any writer with a book-length manuscript  in progress , regardless of genre.

  • "Her suggestions are so simple and practical. I'm grateful for such a clear-eyed view into the process. I can't wait to dig into the whole long messy draft and see what comes out the other side."

Online registration closes Thursday, December 7, at midnight. Walk-up registration available, pending availability. 

Finding Your Novel's Best Ending 
with Sara Kocek       

Monday, December 11, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
Wrapping up a novel in an artful, satisfying way can sometimes feel like a near impossible task. If you're a writer struggling with an almost-finished novel draft-or a draft with an imperfect ending--you're not alone. How do you highlight your protagonist's emotional evolution while simultaneously tying up multiple plot threads and resolving conflicts between characters? It's a lot to juggle. 

In this class, participants will examine what makes an ending meaningful and resonant, how to achieve a balance of "surprising, yet inevitable," and how to avoid sentimental or overly precious endings. No matter your genre, this class is an excellent choice for any writer confronting the challenge of finishing a novel. Particular focus will be given to techniques to make the ending of the novel echo the beginning and come "full circle" as well as how NOT to end a novel.

  • "Sara offered such substantial, yet simple, suggestions to help us through these challenges. What a great class."
Registration closes Monday, December 11, at 5 p.m. CST.  
Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording through December 19.  

Writers' League of Texas Podcast  

Have you checked out our podcast lately? If not, you're missing out on an array of great discussions featuring some of our favorite writers sharing craft tips, tricks, and advice. And remember, you can now find us wherever you get your podcasts Subscribe  so you never miss an episode!

The Writers' League of Texas
2018 Agents & Editors Conference 

June 29 to July 1, 2018  
Hyatt Regency Austin 

to Members & Nonmembers!
Reserve Your Spot
  • Three days of meeting and networking opportunities with literary agents, book editors, and fellow writers
  • Panel discussions and presentations focused on honing your craft and demystifying the publishing process
  • Keynote speakers
  • Genre sessions
  • A one-on-one consultation with an agent or editor
  • and the "Pitch Lab" (a participant favorite).
A few of the agencies already confirmed for 2018
  • Arielle Datz: Dunow, Carlson, and Lerner
  • Rachel Orr: Prospect Agency
  • Grace A. Ross: Regal Hoffman and Associates
  • Kristina Moore: The Wylie Agency
  • Wendy Gu: Janklow and Nesbit Associates
  • Cherise Fisher: Wendy Sherman Associates
  • More agents added every week, plus editors and keynote speakers
Hope to see you in Austin in June!

If you haven't been to our conference before, check out the 2017 program  here and please do call us if you have any questions, 512-499-8914.

Texas Touring  Roster Application Form Now Available
Texas Commission on the Arts ( TCA) maintains a  roster of approved Texas-based touring companies and artists. This program is open to artists of all artistic disciplines including literary arts.  Every two years, all interested artists, companies, and organizations may apply to be listed on the Texas Touring  Roster . Even artists on the current  roster  must apply in full to be listed on the upcoming  roster .   The application to be included on the 2018-2020  roster  is available  here . Find more details about the program here Deadline: January 31, 2018 

Member News 

Linda Hanna Lloyd  (Austin) will be at Malvern Books reading from her debut novel,   The Syrian Peddler , on December 14 at 7 p.m. The book is based on her grandfather Saddo Ibn Hanna's journey to America. Books will be available to buy at the reading or pre-purchased   here

Bryce Milligan (San Antonio) will be reading at Malvern Books on  Monday, December 11 at 7 p.m. Milligan's  Take to the Highway  won both the Notable Writers Book Prize and the WLT Discovery Prize this year. Jane Hirshfield praised its "poems of distinction and evocative power." Huffington Post called it "extraordinary." Milligan is the publisher of Wings Press and will be joined by two of his authors, David Taylor and  Jim LaVilla-Havelin.

REMINDER: Call for Year-End Member News

In mid-December, we'll be sending out a special year-end edition of our newsletter Footnotes to all of our many followers, and we'd like to include a significant Member News section that highlights some of the wonderful things that have happened within our Writers' League community this year. 

If you're a current WLT member and you'd like to be included, please fill out  THIS FORM with details about something from 2017 you're celebrating as the year draws to a close -- i.e., your book's publication, an award or honor you received, or maybe the launch of your blog or website. You can also include up to one website address that we can hyperlink to. (It's okay if you already included this news in one of our Footnotes newsletters this year.)

Deadline is close-of-day Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

Please do NOT email your End-of-Year Member News. We will NOT include any news announcements that are emailed. You MUST fill out the form.

Thank you for all of your support and participation throughout this past year. We look forward to working and writing alongside you in 2018!

REMINDER: Vote in the 2018 Board Election
The WLT Board of Directors has put forth the slate for the annual board elections. If confirmed by the membership, we'll be adding three new board members this year. You can find their full bios at  this link. If you have not yet voted (via the absentee ballot or via paper ballot at our November Third Thursday), you may vote via the absentee ballot linked  here. Voting closes on Monday, December 11.

Questions? Send an email to or give us a call at 512-499-8914. 

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

December 9
      St. Edward's University, Austin TX
      Online registration closes Thursday, December 7 at midnight.
      Walk-in registrations will be accepted, as space allows.

December 9-10
      ACC Highland Campus, Austin, TX

December 11
      Online Class

January 13
      Alvarado Public Library, Alvarado, TX

January 18
BookPeople, Austin, TX

January 22

January 23
Interabang Books, Dallas, TX

January 26
Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX

January 31

February 17
Carl & Mary Welhausen Library, Yoakum, TX

February 28

March 3
Jasper Public Library, Jasper, TX

March 17
Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library, Mason, TX

March 24
Tom Burnett Memorial Library, Iowa Park, 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,