January 8, 2019

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Free Statewide Events; Upcoming Classes; Member News; & More 
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Hello, 2019! This is our first Footnotes newsletter of the new year, and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than by announcing four free events! The first is something special.

Becka and I have been traveling around the state with presentations on the craft of writing and the business of publishing. On Saturday, January 19, we're bringing this program to Austin!
Don't miss this free presentation on the agent search and craft of writing! Plus, meet local writers and learn about programs that can support your writing this year 
Learn more and RSVP here.  
Michael Noll
-Program Director  
Are you starting or restarting a writing project?

This month, we're hosting three free panel discussions with authors who will offer strategies for kicking off a new or renewed project. Look for us in Dallas, Houston, and Austin! 
Whose Story Is It? Playing with Point of View
with Stephanie Noll 
Saturday, January 19, 2019  
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
Choosing a point of view shapes how you-and your reader-experience any narrative. In this class, participants will read and discuss excerpts of published works that utilize all the points of view available to writers-even 2nd person. The instructor will consider how point of view impacts the narrative experience of these pieces, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various points of view, and complete writing exercises that will give writers the opportunity to "try on" all different perspectives as they determine which one is the best fit for their work.
Online registration closes Thursday, January 17, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows. 
Submitting 101: Everything You Want to Know about Submitting to Journals and Magazines But Were Afraid to Ask 
with James Tate Hill  
Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST 

Get in-depth insights into the many aspects of submitting one's work for publication. This class will examine the basics of where and how to submit short stories and essays, cover letters, keeping track of submissions, dos and don'ts, helpful tips, and how long it will take to receive a response. Learn what editors look for in submissions, which venues might be a good fit for your work, when to contact and how to interact with editors, whether or not to pay submission fees, and how to pitch an essay to a magazine that doesn't accept general submissions. In short, this course will take a thorough look at every step in the sometimes overwhelming process of sending your work into the world.
Everyone who registers for these packages will also receive a complimentary registration to an online class of their choice.  
Includes classes on Point of View, Dialogue, and Character Development
Registration closes Thursday, January 17, at midnight.  
Includes classes on Opening Pages, Revision Strategies, and Line Editing
Registration closes Thursday, January 24, at midnight.  
Member News

Len Bourland's (Dallas) SMU continuing ed course on self-publishing returns 1/28; 2/4; and 2/11 from 6:30-8:00pm.
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.
Contests Are Open!
Manuscripts-in-Progress and Books Published in 2018
Are you finished with National Novel Writing Month and ready to take the next step? Submit the first ten pages of your manuscript to the 2019 Manuscript Contest. Ten winners will receive registration to the 2019 Agents & Editors Conference and a consultation with an agent or editor.
Are you a Texas author? Did you publish a book in 2018? Then, you're eligible for the 2018 Book Awards Contest. Cash is on the line! 
Coming Up @ WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines, and Other Events Across the State

January 16
     Interabang Books, Dallas, TX 
January 17 
     BookPeople, Austin, TX   
January 19 
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  
     ACC Riverside, Austin, TX 
January 24 
     Online Class  
January 25
     Brazos Books, Houston, TX 
January 26 
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
     Friench Simpson Memorial Library, Hallettsville, TX
January 28
January 30 
     Online Class 
February 2 
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
February 5 
     Online Class 
February 7 
     Online Class 
February 9
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
February 12 
     Online Class 
February 13 
     Writers' League of Texas Offices, Austin, TX 
February 16
     ACC Highland, Austin, TX 
February 19
     Online Class 
February 23 
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  
March 2-3
     ACC Highland, Austin, TX 
March 9
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
May 25
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
June 28-30 
     Hyatt Regency, 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,