July 9, 2019

In This Issue:

Third Thursday, Summer Writing Retreat, Upcoming Classes, & More 
July Third Thursday:

What Makes Writing Poetic?

Thursday, July 18, 2019
7 p.m.
BookPeople (3rd floor)
603 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

It's common for readers - and writers, too - to describe novels as poetic. Usually this means that the language is lyrical, but the lyric is only one type of poetry and only one style available to poets (and prose writers as well). In this panel, four poets will discuss what "poetic" actually means and all of the style possible within modern poetry. We'll also talk about what prose writers can learn from poetry.

Find the event on Facebook and on our website.

Want to spend a week writing and talking craft with writers in one of the most beautiful spots in Texas?
This year, we're hosting our annual Summer Writing Retreat in charming Kerrville, Texas at Schreiner University. All of our events - classes, writing time, special presentations from guest speakers, and evening events - will take place on campus throughout the week. There will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to mix, mingle, and make new writing friends. All in one place!
The event kicks off next Sunday, July 14, and concludes on Friday the 19th at noon. 
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. 
Austin writing coach and book editor  Sarah Welch (Austin) is  publishing Austin Brown Dogs , a collection of stories and photos from Austinites about their lives with their rescue dogs, in the fall.  Learn more about the project and share your own story, here .

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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!

PLEASE NOTE: In July, Open Office Hours will be on Thursday, July 25
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 14-19
    Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX
July 18
     BookPeople, Austin, TX  
July 23
     Online Class  
August 7
     Online Class 

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,