July 4, 2017

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Summer Writing Workshop, Classes, and More

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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.

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 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!

First drafts of novels begin with a spark of an idea and a rush of enthusiasm. But after 70-100 pages, that initial clarity often vanishes, along with any sense of the way forward into the book. This podcast with  Carolyn Cohagen, Evelyn Palfrey, Rene S. Perez II, and Stacey Swann  is a must-listen for anyone who has thrown themselves into NaNoWriMo or wants to return to a novel draft that they've put aside.

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!

Member News 

No member news today due to the holiday. Submit your news for the July 18 newsletter! 

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.  

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.
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

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
     ***note that our August Third Thursday is NOT at BookPeople 

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 .