June 26, 2019

In This Issue:

Manuscript Contest, Summer Writing Retreat, Upcoming Classes, & More 
2019 Agents & Editors Conference This Week!
If you've been putting off registering for the conference--or if your schedule for this weekend has unexpectedly cleared--join us! Online registration closes today, Wednesday, June 26, at 5 p.m. On-site registrations will be accepted.
The best things about graduate programs for creative writing are A) the time to write, B) classes with great instructors, and C) a close community of writers. But for many of us, a graduate program isn't in the cards. But you know what can be? The 2019 Summer Writing Retreat.  
The retreat offers time to write, great instructors, and a terrific community of writers with nightly literary events. It all takes place in beautiful Kerrville at Schreiner University.
You'll find 2 classes for fiction writers, one class for memoir writers, and one class for nonfiction writers. There's even an option for simply writing all day instead of taking a class. 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! 
Announcing the 2019 Manuscript Contest Winners!
Thank you to everyone who submitted to our 2019 Manuscript Contest! What a stellar pool of submissions we had this year. We're so pleased to announce our 2019 Manuscript Contest Winners & Finalists. Congratulations, all! 
Winner: The Sunday Painter by Antonia Angress
Finalists: Rachel BallengerDaniel CarlsonPamela DiamondKatrina MurphySophia VeltfortCharlotte Wyatt

Winner (Memoir): House, Mississippi by Ursula Pike   
Winner (General Nonfiction): Sleeping in a Sunset by Laurie Paternoster  
Finalists: Theresa Bastian, Susan McDonald, Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, Tiffany Parcher

Winner: Far Away Bird by Douglas Burton
Finalists: Erica HairstonBrenda HummelMatthew LaWall-ShaneTerri Taylor

Winner: When Marisol Goes Home by Susan San Miguel
Finalists: Dwayne GoetzelMatthew LaWall-ShaneElizabeth SteinerMarcus Tyler     
Winner: Cue the Corpse by Karen Duxbury  
Finalists: Lisanne Davidson, Lori Roberts Herbst, Leigh Paulk

Winner: Love Fronts by Connie Estes Beale
Finalists: Risa Leigh, Mary Ann Loesch, Rodney Walther

Winner: Not for Sale by James Peyton
Finalists: Dwayne Goetzel, Elizabeth Steiner, Rick Treon, Rodney Walther 
Winner: Sleep Leap by Jennifer Voigt Kaplan
Finalists: Robin Cox, Erin Liles, Cathey Nickell, Noah Weisz

Winner: Icarus Flight School by Krissi Dallas
Finalists: Carol Barreyre, R.S. Dabney, Matthew LaWall-Shane, Melody Robinette 
All of our winners have received a complimentary registration to the 2019 Agents & Editors Conference, where we'll be honoring both the winners and finalists at our Saturday Evening Keynote.
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. 
Long time WLT member Mindy Reed (Austin) is proud to announce the publication of her novel  This is the Dawning: a Woodstock Love Story. The book is set at the iconic Woodstock Music Festival (2019 is the 50 year anniversary of Woodstock). This is the second book published by Memories Publishing. Reed's previous book  Women of a Certain Age: Short Stories of the Twentieth Century was published in February 2018. Learn more at
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.
WLT Office Closed June 27-July 7
The Writers' League of Texas office will close Thursday, June 27 at noon due to the Agents & Editors Conference. It will be closed the following week and re-open on Monday, July 8.  If you have a question about the Summer Writing Retreat during this office closure, please email Becka Oliver directly at
Coming Up @ WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines, and Other Events Across the State
June 28-30 
     Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX    
July 14-19
    Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX  
July 18
     BookPeople, Austin, TX  
July 23
     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,