March 27, 2018

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March & April Events; Upcoming Classes; A&E Conference Registration; Member News; & More

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We're ALL OVER TEXAS the next few weeks! Meet us for free events in....

...Corpus Christi! 

March 31, 2018, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Ben F. McDonald Library, 4044 Greenwood Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78416

Join us for this free and open event featuring presentations on the craft of writing and the business of publishing from WLT's own Michael Noll and Becka Oliver, plus the opportunity to meet other writers in the area, learn about the WLT's programs and offerings, and more. More details  here.

...San Antonio!       

April 7, 2018,  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Central Library, 
600 Soledad St, San Antonio, TX 78205
Have you seen the schedule for SABF yet? We love this year's lineup, and when you're not attending great author panels and presentations, we hope you'll stop by to meet our staff and other WLT members! WLT Program Director Michael Noll, Member Services Manager Jordan Smith, and Admin Assistant Kelsey Williams will all be in attendance. Find the schedule of WLT members promoting their books by clicking on the poster image at right. 

Jordan will also be moderating a panel on "Laughing Through Heartache" with authors Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz & Adrian Todd Zuniga at 10 a.m. Details here .


April 7, 2018, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dallas Public Library, 1515 Young Street Dallas, Dallas, TX 75201 

The  2018 Dallas Book Festival will mark the twelfth anniversary of the Dallas Public Library's premiere literary event. The Dallas Book Festival is a community-based literary event promoting reading, literacy, and writing and featuring over 100 local, regional and national authors. Activities include writing workshops, story times and activities for children, and music and dance performances.  Find WLT in the Festival Marketplace! WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver will be there to speak to you about all things WLT. Stop by and say hello!

and AGAIN in Dallas on...

April 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Wild Detectives, 314 W. 8th Street, Dallas, TX 75208 

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, several 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 host (hello, witty banter with Owen). Midway through, there's a break for eating (tacos!), drinking (coffee, beer, Topo, oh my!), and talking (this. is. the. best. part.).

This special presentation of One Page Salon is brought to you by Owen Egerton and the Writers' League of Texas as part of WordSpace Dallas Lit Hop.  The current line-up of readers includes: Sanderia Faye, Sarah Hepola, Jeramey Kraatz, and Alex Lemon. Come for the tacos and beer, stay for the sneak peek at some terrific writings-in-progress.

Find this event on Facebook  here This event is part of Wordspace's Dallas Lit Hop Event. Find more info on the  Wordspace website .

Crafting Prose for Memoirs that Brings Your Memories to Life
with Katherine Catmull

Saturday, April 7, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edwards' University, Austin, TX

In this hands-on workshop, learn (and practice) the difference between writing in-scene vs. writing in summary, work with details from all the senses--not just the eyes (sometimes how things smell can pull the reader in fastest), write description that makes your story fly rather than clogging it up, and explore a useful trick stolen from filmmaking.  

Exercises will focus on techniques for diving deep into your own sense-memories to pull out the most effective details and are applicable 
to any genre, whether it's a detective story, literary fiction, or contemporary YA. 

Online registration closes Thursday, April 5, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted, as space allows.

with Michael Hall

Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Want to learn longform nonfiction structure from one of the best magazine writers in Texas?  In this class, award-winning Texas Monthly journalist Michael Hall will talk about strategies to break down your words and ideas and put them together into a structure that makes sense and a finished piece that flows smoothly. 

Online registration closes Thursday, April 12, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted, as space allows.

The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction
with Michael Noll 

Saturday, April 14, 2018
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ACC Riverside, Austin, TX

As Program Director, Michael doesn't get to teach that often, and so we're thrilled to offer this special presentation of exercises from his book. In this 1 1/2 hour special presentation, Michael will offer a series of exercises that can be used for transforming rough drafts into more exhilerating versions of themselves. Using excerpts from award-winning and bestselling authors, he will demonstrate techniques for making setting dramatic (and not just a backdrop), clarifying character, organizing plot, tightening scenes, and sharpening your prose. Expect to walk away with practical tools for revising any manuscript.

Everyone who registers will receive a copy of The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction. If you already have a copy, you will have the option of donating the copy from the class to Free Minds, the ACC-affiliated program that offers people with limited incomes the opportunity to take college humanities classes for ACC credit and start or restart their college careers.  

Online registration closes Thursday, April 12, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted, as space allows.

Meet our 2018 Agents & Editors

"I'm often asked: 'How do I create a voice that agents want?' But at the heart of finding your voice is authenticity. It's not about writing what you think agents want to read but finding the one agent who gets you and your book."

-Dana Murphy
Agent at The Book Group

View the full list of agents at the 2018 A&E Conference here! Editors to be added soon!


Community Member News

Ageless Authors' (Dallas) anthology of work from the group's annual  writing contest for senior writers has been published. Includes the best short stories,  essays, and poetry from writers 65 and older. Purchase here

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. 

Member News

New Releases
Addison Brae's (Dallas) new romantic suspense novel  Becker Circle is the  story of Gillian, a young woman who embarks on a fresh start when she moves to Dallas. But she finds herself enveloped in a world of drama and danger as she attempts to uncover a murder. Purchase here.

Dr. Pamela Camosy (San Antonio) reminds WLT members that  March 30  is "National Physician's Day." Her new book, Healer's Heart: A Family Physician's Stories of the Heart & Art of Medicine, would make an excellent thank-you gift for your doctor. Purchase here.

Interested in having your news listed here? Current Writers' League members can submit their news to [email protected]. 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.

Open Office Hours: April 12
Our next Open Office Hours will be on Thursday, April 12.  The deadline to sign up is Thursday, April 5, 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. 

Due to limited availability, please email [email protected] to sign up. Please be sure to indicate whether or not you'd like to speak in person or over the phone (and provide your phone number), and outline what questions you'd like to discuss so we can be prepared for your appointment. Before you send an email, please read the OOH guidelines available here.

Special Discount for WLT Members

WLT members get a special discount on the Poetry Ride to Round Top, taking place April 21, 2018. Click here to learn more about this event. Register at the special WLT-members only link below to get a $25 discount.  Want to know more? Read an interview with Public Poetry Executive Director Fran Sanders 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

March 28
      Online Class 
      Registration closes Wednesday, March 28, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording until April 5.  
March 31
      Ben F. McDonald Public Library, Corpus Christi, TX
April 2 

April 7
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

San Antonio Book Festival
      Central Library and Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX

Dallas Book Festival
      Central Library, Dallas, TX 
April 14
       St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
April 18 
"Crafting Believable Characters with Dialogue" with Stephanie Noll
      Online Class  

April 19  Third Thursday: "Writing about Citizenship"
      Central Library, Austin, TX:  Please note location 

April 21
"Historical Fiction 101: Mastering Research and Drama" with James L. Haley
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 

April 25 
"Social Media 101 for Writers" with Shennandoah Goodson
      Online Class

April 28

"Creating, Using, and Selling Your Copyright" with Melynda Nuss
      St. Edward's University, 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,