January 14, 2020
January Third Thursday
Thursday, January 16, 2020
7:00 pm start
BookPeople (Third Floor)
603 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
Free and Open to the Public!
The word "relatability" gets thrown around a lot in discussions of great characters, but the most memorable characters in a lot of novels, films, and TV shows are the villains. Imagine  Les Miserables  without Inspector Javert,  The Wire  without Omar or Stringer Bell,  Star Wars  without Darth Vader. Some of these may be more relatable than others, but their appeal lies in something other than their nearness to some aspect in ourselves. In this panel discussion (our first of 2020!), authors will discuss their favorite villains in literature and strategies for making their own literary baddies as wonderfully bad as possible.
LAST CHANCE: In-Person Class
"The Novel Hatchery: Moving a Novel Idea Into Its First Draft" with Stacey Swann
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 10 a.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
This class is for the author starting from scratch as a self-publisher. Learn where to sell your books, editing, covers, formatting, newsletters, social media, and scheduling of releases from a bestselling author who has published both traditionally and with self-publishing. Students will walk away knowing how to prep their books, where to publish them, and marketing tips
Deadline to Register Online: Thursday, January 16, 2020. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.
LAST CHANCE: In-Person Class Package
"Fill That Blank Page": Three Classes to Fire the Imagination
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
Whether you're starting a book as a new year's resolution, continuing a book started during National Novel Writing Month, or digging back into a manuscript that had previously stalled out, it's helpful to take stock of what strategies allow a narrative and imagination to thrive. These three classes will be held in Austin:
  • "The Novel Hatchery: Moving a Novel Idea Into Its First Draft" with Stacey Swann
  • "Twisting Facts Into Stories: Reality in Fiction and Nonfiction" with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
  • "Beyond 'Write What You Know'" with Richard Santos
Deadline to Register For This Package: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Deborah Lynn Blumberg (Houston) has completed the manuscript for her first book. It's historical fiction based on a true family story from 1939 and is set in New York, Mexico, Cuba and Austria. She won an ECO award from Houston's Women in the Visual and Literary Arts (WiVLA), which she put toward researching the book.

Nikki Carter (Killeen) has launched a weekly jobs newsletter funneling creative + tech gigs to women of color and non-binary people of color. To learn more about Will & Way, sign up for the newsletter, or view the archive, click here

Meredith Davis (Austin) was recently named an NAACP nominee for Outstanding Literary Work - Youth/Teens along with her co-author, Rebeka Uwitonze, for their book Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl’s Brave Fight to Walk, published by Scholastic Focus in October, 2019.

Cliff Hamrick (Austin) would like to announce his first novel, Saga of the Scout, the first book in the series, A New Age Rises. It is available as an ebook or paperback through Amazon.

Sylvester M. Shelton’s (Georgetown) latest novella titled Amelia is available on Kindle and in print on Amazon. This roman à clef is the declassified report of a naval intelligence officer’s search for the second mystery re: Amelia Earhart’s disappearance.

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WLT Program Director Michael Noll recently picked up Sherry Thomas's The Art of Theft.

"The recent film  Knives Out has become a hit in large part because it contains something that has been lacking in most crime and detective stories lately: fun ... If you're looking for a literary version of such a story, check out Sherry Thomas' Lady Sherlock Series."

Read his full account on our blog here
Coming up at WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines and other events across the state:

January 16
Third Thursday: Writing Great Villains --BookPeople, Austin, TX  
January 18

January 25
Texas Writes with Nan Cuba and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho --Medina Community Library, Medina, TX

January 30

February 1

"Self-Publishing Marketing Mastery" with Lori Ryan --St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Texas Writes with Kathleen Kent and Jeramey Kraatz --Burkburnett Library, Burkburnett, TX

February 5

February 15
February 22

Texas Writes --Decatur Public Library, Decatur, TX
February 29 
"Writing Beyond What You Know" with Richard Santos --St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
March 14

March 19
Texas Writes --Menard Public Library, Menard, TX

March 28
Texas Writes --Leon Valley Public Library, Leon Valley, TX

April 4
Texas Writes --Reagan County Library, Big Lake, TX

April 18
Texas Writes --Nueces County Keach Family Library, Robstown, TX
April 25

May 16
Texas Writes --Quitman Public Library, Quitman, TX

June 26-28
2020 Agents & Editors Conference --Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX