June 11, 2019

In This Issue:

Third Thursday, Summer Writing Retreat, Upcoming Classes, & More 
June Third Thursday:
Practice Makes Pitch Perfect
June 20, 2019
7 p.m.
BookPeople (Third Floor) 
603 N. Lamar Blvd.,
Austin, TX 78703   
Attending the upcoming Agents & Editors Conference (or a similar event) and need help honing your in-person pitch? Or maybe you're ready to contact literary agents and could use help boiling down your project's plot in a brief, intriguing, and marketable way for query letters.
Join us for an informative and lively discussion with two publishing professionals: Becka Oliver, WLT Executive Director and a former literary agent, and Lance Fitzgerald, a current publishing sales executive for Penguin Random House.
This event will likely fill to capacity. We suggest arriving early. 
Two Weeks Until the 2019 Agents & Editors Conference!
Have you ever heard the claim that most Young Adult novels are read by adults? Want to know if it's true? Sara Goodman, the Editorial Director at Wednesday Books, an imprint that publishes YA books with crossover potential, will be at the Agents & Editors Conference, and you can ask her.
Is it still the case that Romance is the best-selling genre in the country? Want to know if you can tap into that market by adding romantic elements to your novel? Kelli Martin, a literary agent and former editor at Harlequin and Montlake Romance, will be at the Agents & Editors Conference, and you can ask her.
How many books does an author have to sell to make The New York Times Best Sellers list? There will be 19 agents and three editors at the Agents & Editors Conference, and you can ask them that (hint: there's no one simple answer) and all of your publishing questions.
New York City is a long way away, but in two weeks, the New York publishing world comes to downtown Austin. Do not miss this opportunity to learn what agents and publishers are looking for, what's new and exciting in the world of traditional publishing, how writers can set themselves (and their projects) apart, and much much more. Don't delay, register today!
First Draft to Best Draft: Revising Like a Professional  
with Katherine Catmull  
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Praise for this class: " I've always had the worst time making manuscript changes because it's so hard to apply them, but now I'll definitely change the way I've been doing things."

Congratulations on that completed draft! Now it's time to revise--but what if you don't even know how to start? Learn what professional writers and editors know about turning a first draft into a polished, submittable manuscript. No matter what shape your draft is in, these techniques will help make your draft its best self. This class is filled with actual down-on-the-ground advice about how to revise in the most efficient, effective way, including
  • The right revision style for you 
  • The key: revising in passes 
  • Checking for consistent POV 
  • Writing "in-scene" 
  • That crucial final read, and much more.
All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week. 
Want to spend a week writing and talking craft with writers in one of the most beautiful spots in Texas? 
This year, we'll host the 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!
Check out these great classes! 
"The Evolving Draft: Reaching ''The End' and Exploring Revision"
with Stacey Swann
"Setting the Stage for Your Next Fiction Project: Generation and Exploration"
with Charlotte Gullick
" Capturing Real Life: Long-Form Narrative in a Short-Form World"
with Michael Hall
"Transforming a Story Worth Telling into a Story Worth Reading"
with Donna M. Johnson and Kirk Wilson
"Summer Retreat Write Away"
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
June 20
     BookPeople, Austin, TX
June 25
     Online Class
     All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week. 
June 28-30 
     Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX    
July 14-19
    Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX  
July 18
     BookPeople, 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,