September 25, 2018

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Texas Writes; Upcoming Classes; Member News; & More 
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It's that time of year again and we're happy to announce the first several events on our 2018/2019 Texas Writes schedule of half-day writing workshops. 
Free and open to the public, these presentations take place in rural communities across Texas, so chances are we'll be visiting a library near you in the coming months. We'll be in East Texas, Southwest Texas, near the Texas panhandle, and so far out west that we'll be able to see New Mexico through our windshield.

Each event features two accomplished authors talking about a particular aspect of craft, followed by a discussion about the writing life facilitated by a WLT staffer. There's a chance there will be writing exercises (bring paper and pen) and there will be plenty of time for questions.

Save the dates, spread the word to other writers you know, and keep an eye on the Texas Writes page on our website for updates. Hope to see you soon!
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Kaufman County Library
3790 S. Houston St. Kaufman, TX 75142
Featured authors: Charlotte Gullick and Joe Milazzo
More details here.

Saturday, October 13, 2018
1:00 p.m.

Olton Area Library
701 Main Olton, TX 79064   
Featured authors: Jennifer duBois and David Eric Tomlinson
More details here.

Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:00 a.m.

Sutton County Library 
306 E. Mulberry Street, Sonora, TX 76950
Featured authors: Donna M. Johnson and Nan Cuba 
More details here.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
1:00 p.m.

Yoakum County Library - Plains
901 Ave. E., Plains, TX 79355
More details here.
Friday, November 16, 2018
11:00 a.m. 
Bridge City Public Library
101 Parkside Drive, Bridge City, TX 77611
More details here.  
Saturday, December 1, 2018
10 a.m.

Krum Public Library 
815 E. McCart Street, Krum, TX 76249
More details here.
Book Promotion on a Shoestring Budget  
with James Tate Hill     
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST 
This class will explore a variety of methods for generating book publicity at minimal to no cost. From the pre-publication process to navigating social media as an author, we'll discuss numerous ways to maximize word of mouth before and after publication. The course will also examine how to work with your publisher to receive reviews and other media coverage, smart approaches to organizing a book tour, which promotional efforts are often a waste of time and money, how to establish an online presence as an author, and how to prepare for publication day.
Registration closes Wednesday, September 26, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week
Memoir in Miniature: The Art of the Personal Essay
with M. M. Adjarian
Saturday, September 29, 2018 
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
Learn the art of the personal essay through in-depth, guided discussion of models by contemporary writers and exercises designed to help you craft a 500 word+ mini personal essay (also known as "flash" nonfiction) that you can use as the basis for (1) a more substantial essay (2500+ words), suitable for journal submission or (2) the seed for a book-length project. The class is intended for writers of all levels, from beginner to advanced, and will explore how to sift through story material to find those all-important tension points that make people take notice, grab readers by the throat from the start with compelling openings and "shoot straight from the gut" to avoid the narrative clich├ęs guaranteed to turn readers off.
Registration closes on Thursday, September 27, at midnight. Walk-in registrations will be accepted, as space allows. 
This class is also part of the Memoir Essentials Class Package, which
includes three classes at the normal member rate of $49/class (or $147 total), plus a complimentary online class, a $49 value, good for one online class registration between now and December 31, 2018.

with M. M. Adjarian
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
with Rachel Starnes
Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
ACC Highland, Austin, TX
with Charlotte Gullick
Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
Registration for the Memoir Essentials Class Package closes on Thursday, September 27, at midnight.  
Member News
Sue Meredith Cleveland and Dixie Lee Evatt (Austin) will launch Digging Up the Dead October 20 at Book People, 603 North Lamar, Austin. Sue and Dixie write under the pen name Meredith Lee. The latest thriller is the second in the Crispin Leads Mystery series. For more information, click here.


Jess Hagemann (Austin) will be teaching a 4-week Introduction to Memoir Writing course October 11-November 1. Sign up for 1 week or all 4: in addition to craft, topics covered include photo and document preservation, editing, layout, and self-publication. For more info, click here.
Chick Morgan (Wimberley) is happy to announce the second Descanso Creative Passage International Writers' Retreat. After a transformational inaugural 2018 retreat in Tuscany, the 2019 retreat will be held in County Wicklow, Ireland with the theme: Magic and Mysticism: Writing in the Thin Places. For full details and registration info, click here.  
Michael Noll (Austin) was named a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Short Story Award for his story collection, Bullheads.
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.
Volunteer to help out at the Writers' League's booth at the upcoming Texas Book Festival!
October 27-28, 2018
Texas State Capitol and Grounds
Austin, TX

We love the  Texas Book Festival, and we're excited to once again participate as a festival exhibitor! We're in search of WLT members to work as volunteers at our booth.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Texas literary community and to meet the writers and readers of Texas! (Not to mention spend some quality time with your friendly staff members.)

At our booth (Tent 3, Booths 313-314), we have one table with information about WLT programming, and one table where members of WLT who are authors may promote their books to the general public. We're looking for volunteers to work two-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on both days of the festival. Duties will include speaking to festival attendees about upcoming WLT events and membership benefits; signing up new members; and managing the schedule of authors promoting their books.

Please email if you are interested in volunteering at this event. 
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

September 26
      Online Class  
      Registration closes Wednesday, September 26, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.    
September 27
September 29
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
      Registration closes Thursday, September 27, at midnight. Walk-in registrations will be accepted as space allows. 
      Kaufman County Library, Kaufman, TX 
October 4
      Online Class 
October 6
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
October 13
      ACC Highland, Austin, TX  
      Olton Area Library, Olton, TX 
October 16
      Online Class 
October 20
      ACC Highland, Austin, TX
      Sutton County Library, Sonora, TX  
October 22
     University of Houston, Houston, TX
October 25
      Online Class
November 1
     Yoakum County Library, Plains, TX 
November 3
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX   
November 7
      Online Class
November 16
Bridge City Public Library, Bridge City, TX 
November 17
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  
November 29
      Online Class
December 1
      Krum Public Library, Krum, 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,