July 17, 2018

In This Issue:

July Third Thursday; Summer Writing Retreat; Upcoming Online Classes; Member News; & More

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July Third Thursday:  Marketing, Schmoozing, and Building Connections as a Writer     

July 19, 2018
7 p.m.
603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd Floor
Austin, TX      

It's tempting to think that book marketing consists entirely of sending out review copies, emailing with bookstore reps, and shameless plugging your work on social media. In reality, marketing often does not resemble targeted outreach for specific projects. Instead, it takes the form of informal conversations and the discovery and creation of a community of writers and readers. WLT Program Director Michael Noll will moderate this panel of published authors talking about specific strategies and general practices that have worked for them:
  • Dixie Evatt, author, with Sue Meredith Cleveland, of the Crispin Leads Mysteries Series, written under the pen name Meredith Lee;
  • Alyssa Harad, author of the memoir Coming to My Senses;
  • Marshall Ryan Maresca, author of the Maradaine Saga series;
  • and Christina Soontornvat, author of The Changelings and other titles for young readers.
Find the event on  Facebook  and on our  website .

Last Chance for the 2018 Summer Writing Retreat!

July 29-August 3, 2018 
Nacogdoches, Texas   

Two Classes Still Have Spots Available   
Throughout the week, the Writers' League will host evening events open to all registrants. These offerings - including panel discussions, presentations, and readings - will take place at venues around town (and will include some special guests). We hope you can join us! Click on the link below for more information, or join our Facebook event here.

Jump Start Your Novel      
with Sara Kocek   
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST   
If you have an idea for a novel floating around in your head, but you don't know where to start, this class is for you. The instructor will show how to develop your concept, flesh out your characters, and establish your setting. From plotting an outline to polishing an opening page, the class will cover everything a writer needs to kick-start a manuscript with compelling tension and a vivid, distinct voice. This class will also cover tips and tricks for crafting a compelling opening chapter, including common pitfalls to avoid.  
Registration closes Wednesday, July 18, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording until July 26.

Conceiving and Structuring Personal Essays      
with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho   
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST   
Learn to pair traditional journalistic methods and structures with the narrative energy of short fiction and memoir in order to craft compelling essays.The class will focus on basic elements and structures, figuring out the frame of the essay, what to summarize and what to put into short scenes, how structure changes depending on length (800 words versus, say, 2000), and expectations of fact-checkers and how to fact check your own memory.

Registration closes Wednesday, August 8, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording until August 16.

Community Member News

Kallisto Gaia Press announces two new summer writing contests: The  2018 Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize, judged by Carrie Fountain, and 
The 2018 Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize, judged by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho. Each winner will receive a prize of $750.00 and publication in The Ocotillo Review Winter 2019. A portion of any revenue generated from submissions will be donated to charity. The deadline for both contests is August 20. Find more details here.

Are you a business or organization interested in getting involved? Community Membership is a great way to connect with the Writers' League's membership base and share news and information about writing-related services and events. For more information on Community Membership click here or call our office at (512) 499-8914.  

Member News

Awards & Honors
Ralph Bivins (Houston) won the Gold Award for Best Column in the National Association of Real Estate Editors' 68th Annual Journalism Competition.

Nancy G. West's (San Antonio) mystery  River City Dead, set on San Antonio's River Walk, is nominated for the 2018 Silver Falchion Award. Purchase the book here.

Debra L. Winegarten (Austin) won the 2018 Sara Patton stipend for non-fiction from The Writers Hotel in New York City.

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.

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. 
Open Office Hours: On  Hiatus  in August
Due to staff travel, we're taking a break from Open Office Hours in August. Stay tuned for September signups!

Coming Up @ WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines, and Other Events Across the State

July 18
      Online Class   
      Registration for this class will close on Wednesday, July 18, at 5 p.m. CST.
      All registrants will have access to the class recording through July 26.    
July 25
      Online Class  
July 29-August 3 
Summer Writing Retreat
      Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX 

August 8 
"How to Conceive and Structure Personal Essays" with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
      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,