June 19, 2018

In This Issue:

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

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June Third Thursday:
Practice Makes Pitch Perfect

June 21, 2018
7 p.m.
603 N. Lamar Blvd., 2nd Floor
Austin, TX 78703   

Attending the upcoming Agents & Editors Conference (or a similar event) and need help honing your pitch for consultations, mingling at receptions and general sessions, and other networking opportunities? 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 Crown Publishing Group at Penguin Random House. There will be lots of audience participation, and, if time allows, we'll do small group pitch sessions for anyone who's interested. Find the event on  Facebook and on our  website.
This event will likely fill to capacity. We suggest arriving early. 
Can't make it? Listen to two past recordings of this event here.

Crafting Prose for Memoirs that Brings Your Memories to Life 
with Katherine Catmull
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST 
Learn (and practice) the difference between writing in-scene vs. writing in summary, work with details from all the senses--not just the eyes (sometimes how things smell can pull the reader in fastest), write description that makes your story fly rather than clogging it up, and explore a useful trick stolen from filmmaking.
Exercises will focus on techniques for diving deep into your own sense-memories to pull out the most effective details. 
Registration closes Wednesday, June 20, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording until June 28.

The Word Alchemy Lab     
with Tex Thompson  
These two classes will introduce the art of adapting your writing style to suit any purpose, refining each page and paragraph, and fine-tuning every line until it stuns. Registering for the package gets you a $10 discount over the price of the two classes purchased individually. 
The Artistry of Word Choice and Sentence Structure 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST     
Crafting Paragraphs, Scenes, and the Right Style for the Right Moment  
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST

Meet Stacey Swann, Fiction Instructor

"The discussions and exercises we do can be just as helpful to the writer who has already written several novels [...] as the writer who is on their first novel attempt."
- Stacey Swann
Stacey Swann's fiction has appeared in  The Bridport Prize Anthology 2017, Epoch, Memorious, Versal, Covered W/ Fur, and other journals. A past Stegner Fellow, she teaches with Stanford University's Online Writer's Studio and in their Novel Certificate Program. She is currently contributing editor at the literary journal  American Short Fiction.

Stacey is teaching a class called "The Fiction Hatchery: Moving Ideas to the Page Through Characterization, Plot, Setting, and Theme" at the 2018 WLT Summer Writing Retreat.  Read an interview with Stacey  here on our blog.

This year , for the first time, we'll host our annual retreat in beautiful Nacogdoches, Texas. Learn more about this year's classes -- including fiction, narrative nonfiction, poetry, and memoir on our website.


Yes, it's true! We're all sold out of conference tickets, but if you're still interested, call our offices at 512-499-8914 to be added to the waitlist! 

Member News

Awards & Honors
Leah Rae Lake (Austin) was delighted to win First Prize and $100 in the Military Memories category of Ageless Authors' annual short story contest.   As a writer of nonfiction, she's now discovered the freedom afforded by fiction.   Her story "Refugee" will be published in the Ageless Authors 2018 Anthology.  

Jess Hagemann (Austin) invites WLT members to the free book launch for  Of Tiny Threads: Stories About American Marriage.  Proceeds from the book benefit C2 Change, a nonprofit counseling center in Austin.  RSVP here  for the  June 30  event.

Manning Wolfe    (Austin) will be signing the latest legal thriller in her series, 
Green Fees, at BookPeople on Sunday, June 24  at 2 p.m.  Green Fees  will be available for purchase online and in stores on June 21 . For more information on the event, click here.

Idee Kwak (Austin) invites writers living in Northwest Hills, Austin to be featured in the Writer's Corner of the NWACA newsletter (circulation 3,500). If interested,contact Idee at

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. 

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

June 20
"Crafting Prose for Memoirs that Brings Your Memories to Life" with Katherine Catmull
      Online Class
      Registration for this class will close on Wednesday, June 20, at 5 p.m. CST.
      All registrants will have access to the class recording through June 28.  
June 21
      BookPeople, Austin, TX  
June 29-July 1 
The 25th Annual Agents & Editors Conference
      Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX

July 11
      Online Class  
July 18
      Online Class  
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,