December 5, 2017
Upcoming WLT Events; December 2017 Classes; Conference Registration Now Open to Everyone; Member News; & More
In This Issue:
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.
January 18, 7 p.m.
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.
: 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
January 26, 7 p.m.
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
on February 17,
on March 3,
on March 17, and
on March 24 as part of our
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
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
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
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
, regardless of genre.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS CLASS
- "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
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.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SARA'S CLASSES
- "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
so you never miss an episode!
The Writers' League of Texas
2018 Agents & Editors Conference
Hyatt Regency Austin
to Members & Nonmembers!
- 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
and please do call us if you have any questions, 512-499-8914.
Roster Application Form Now Available
Texas Commission on the Arts (
) maintains a
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
. Even artists on the current
must apply in full to be listed on the upcoming
The application to be included on the 2018-2020
. Find more details about the program
Deadline: January 31, 2018
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
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
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
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
. 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
. Voting closes on Monday, December 11.
Questions? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 512-499-8914.
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
St. Edward's University, Austin TX
Online registration closes Thursday, December 7 at midnight.
Walk-in registrations will be accepted, as space allows.
ACC Highland Campus, Austin, TX
Alvarado Public Library, Alvarado, TX
BookPeople, Austin, TX
Interabang Books, Dallas, TX
Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX
Carl & Mary Welhausen Library, Yoakum, TX
Jasper Public Library, Jasper, TX
Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library, Mason, TX
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 NowPlayingAustin.com.
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,