July 23, 2019

In This Issue:

Advanced Craft Workshop, Summer Writing Retreat, Upcoming Classes, & More 
with Jess Hagemann  
Saturday, October 19, 2019
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  
Location: TBD soon 
This two -day workshop is designed to address the needs of the intermediate or advanced fiction writer. In an intimate setting (10 students maximum), registrants--with the guidance of an experienced instructor--workshop pages from a short story or novel excerpt, submitted in advance. This experience (modeled after the MFA workshop style) is an invaluable opportunity for writers to both receive and offer constructive criticism, delve into the more complex elements of writing, and take their craft to the next level.  
Applications close on Thursday, September 5, at midnight. Everyone who is accepted will be notified by Monday, September 16.  
For full details, click the link below. 
  • "Jess was a true professional. Well-prepared, on target, personable, responsive."
  • "Jess was fantastic, well-versed on subject, and I felt that I got my money's worth."
  • "This class renewed my fascination with the writing process."
Jess Hagemann is the author of the debut novel Headcheese. She is an award-winning author and accomplished biographer. She previously taught creative writing at Benedictine University before founding Cider Spoon Stories, a ghostwriting and editing company, in 2015. 
Solving the Mysteries of Plot   
with James Tate Hill   
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
For many of us, plot is the most mysterious aspect of writing fiction. It's also the backbone of a good story. This class will examine varieties of narrative structures, ways to keep your scenes moving, mistakes to avoid, and tips for getting your story unstuck. Whatever your genre or skill level, you will learn fresh approaches for telling the story you're trying to tell.
Your plot has stalled (overall or in a particular scene), and you want to know how to get it moving again.   
Registration closes today at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week. 
Creating, Using, and Selling Your Copyright    
with Melynda Nuss 
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of protecting your copyright, using other authors' copyrighted material (fair use), and negotiating contracts to sell your copyrighted work to publishers and others.
If you've wondered whether you have to place any sort of mark on your copyrighted material to indicate that it's copyrighted, take this class.
If you're using song lyrics in your writing, take this class. Or, if you have questions about publishing contracts, take this class. 
Registration closes Wednesday, August 7, at 5 p.m. All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week. 
Sylvester Shelton (Georgetown) has published his novella Amelia in Kindle. In July 1937, Amelia Earhart vanished somewhere in the south Pacific. "Lost at sea" is the official story. Commander Thompson, naval intelligence officer uncovers the details of Earhart's disappearance. His declassified report is the narrative for this roman à clef. Learn more here
Lynne Kelly (Conroe) is happy to announce the release of her middle grade novel Song For a Whale. The book is about Iris, a tech whiz and the only deaf student at school, and her quest to find a lonely whale to show him she understands his unusual song. Learn more here
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
Sign up for a one-on-one meeting with a WLT staffer!  On the second Thursday of every month, the Writers' League is happy to open its doors for an opportunity to schedule a 30 minute meeting with a staff member in person or over the phone. Bring all of your burning questions on the craft and business of writing!
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 23
     Online Class  
Registration closes Tuesday, July 23, at 5 p.m.  
     All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.
August 7
     Online Class   
     Registration closes Wednesday, August 7, at 5 p.m.  
     All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.  
August 15
     BookPeople, Austin, TX  
August 24
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  
September 5 
     Location: TBD 

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,