June 6, 2017

In This Issue:

June Third Thursday, Summer Writing Workshop, Classes,
Agents & Editors Conference, and More

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June Third Thursday Panel
Practice Makes Pitch Perfect

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7 PM
BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd Floor

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. Come  ready to discuss your own project -- there will be time reserved for 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 and seating is limited. We suggest arriving early. A podcast will be made available shortly after the event for those unable to attend.
Registration Now Open!
Ever want to step away from the constant distractions of everyday life and spend a week with your fellow writers immersed in your craft and drawing inspiration from the literary community? Here's your chance.
From August 14-19, 2017 we'll host our annual Summer Writing Workshop in Austin for the first time. Think of it as a staycation if you live in town - or a chance to experience the city's literary community firsthand if you're from outside ATX. We're offering six classes, all taught by experienced and highly rated instructors, one of which has already sold out. Full class descriptions, including instructor bios, can be found on our website; click on the class titles below for more information.
You can find more information about the week and hotel accommodations here on our website.  Hope to see you in August! 
Questions? Email us at or call 512-499-8914. 

Upcoming Classes
Stay Tuned for our Fall Schedule

That's a wrap on our spring classes! We've so loved our first full semester of both online and weekend classes, and we have great things in store for the fall, including:
  • Picture Books
  • Book Architecture
  • Project Management for Writers
  • Protagonists
  • Setting as Character
  • Novel Beginnings
  • World Building for Novels
  • Novel Endings
  • Revision
  • Screenwriting
  • Public Relations for Writers
  • and more!
Stay tuned for our fall class schedule, coming soon! Have an idea for a topic you'd like to see? Email Program Director Michael Noll at

Pictured: Instructor Deanna Roy at her February 25, 2017 class, "Succeeding in the Current Self-Publishing Market." Photo credit to Sam Bond Photography.

Writers' League of Texas Podcast
Have you checked out our podcast lately? If not, you're missing out on an array of great discussions featuring some of our favorite writers sharing craft tips, tricks, and advice. 

Why not kick off your summer with a podcast on starting (or restarting) a writing project? In this podcast, moderator Jennifer Ziegler speaks with authors Edward Carey, Lindsey Lane, Greg Levin, and Suzy Spencer on motivation and making writing happen.

"The most significant investment I have made as a writer."
- 2016 Conference Attendee

The 2017 conference is fast approaching, and only a handful of registrations remain! 

Click  here  for more information on the 2017 Agents & Editors Conference, including registration details and a listing of confirmed agents, editors, and speakers. 

Meet the Faculty

Caroline Casey, Coffee House Press
Caroline Casey  is Managing Director at Coffee House Press. She has a background in marketing, publicity, and acquisitions, including stints at Sarabande Books and Stanford University Press, and holds an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. To read an interview with Caroline, click  here.

"A successful author/publisher collaboration is like parent/nanny-no one will ever love your book the way you do, but you need to find someone you feel comfortable with and then trust them to do the right thing by your progeny."  -Caroline Casey

Actively Seeking
Fiction: Literary
Nonfiction: Essays

David Doerrer, Abrams Artist Agency
David Doerrer  is a graduate of New York University and worked at Sterling Lord Literistic and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt before joining Abrams Artists Agency in 2010. He's on the look-out for big-hearted adult and YA fiction, and a wide range of narrative nonfiction, from science, sports, and pop-culture to memoir that atomizes large-scale change through a personal prism. To read an interview with David, click here.

"Sit down and write! Don't wait for someone else's permission or validation to create." -David Doerrer
Actively Seeking
Fiction: High Concept Commercial, Literary, Mystery/Suspense, Thrillers, Historical, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Nonfiction: Narrative, Current Events, History, Memoir, Pop Culture, Essays

Find the full list of  agents and  editors on our website. For more details on pricing and to register, click below.
Member News 

Classes & Events
Len Bourland (Dallas), author of   Normal's Just a Cycle on a Washing Machine is offering her course "How to Publish Quickly, Economically, and Professionally to Get into Bookstores" at SMU in June. This class sold out quickly last winter, so don't delay. Find more info on Len here and find information on the class here.

Helen Ginger (Austin), author of Deadpoint and former WLT Executive Director, will be featured at Story Circle Network's "An Afternoon with the Author" on Sunday, June 25, 2017. This event will include an author presentation, signing, and complimentary refreshments. More details here.

Film Adaptations
Lynda Rutledge (Wimberley/Austin) is pleased to announce that her novel Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, a 2013/2012 Writers' League of Texas Book Awards winner, is being made into a French film titled Claire Darling and starring Catherine Deneuve. Visit Lynda's website here.

New Releases
Lauren Flake  (Buda) released her second children's book for grieving families,  Where Did My Sweet Grandpa Go?: A Preschooler's Guide to Losing a Loved One . Milagros Religious Gifts & More in Kyle will host a launch party, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Alzheimer's Texas, June 10 at 10 a.m. Visit Lauren's website  here .

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.  

There will be no member news included in the July 4 edition of Footnotes due to the holiday. If you have an item for member news for June or July, the deadline for the June 20 newsletter is that day at noon, and the deadline for the July 18 newsletter is that day at noon. Please plan accordingly if you are hoping to promote any events or book releases in the coming weeks. Thank you!

REMINDER: Cast Your Ballot in the 2017 Board of Directors Special Election

Current Writers' League members who will not be present at the June Third Thursday in Austin, TX (Thursday, June 15, 2017), are encouraged to cast an absentee ballot for the Board of Directors Election being held to confirm members of our Board of Directors whose current terms expired at the end of last year. The bios for the candidates and information on term lengths are available here . The absentee ballot link can be found  here , and paper ballots will be on hand at the June 15 meeting. Voting on board candidates empowers you to make your voice heard in our community and we urge you to participate. Please reach out if you have questions related to this process or if you'd like to learn more about board service. We'd love to hear from you!  

Meet the Members
"I'd like to sit down with George R.R. Martin and ask him why he is taking so long to complete The Winds of Winter!"

-R.S. Dabney

If you're a Writers' League member and you'd be interested in being interviewed for our Meet the Members feature, email us at for more information. It's a great way for our community to get to know you and for you to share a bit about what you're working on!

Open Office Hours
June Open Office Hours will be on Thursday, June 8.  The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, June 7 at noon. Writers' League m embers can meet one-on-one with a WLT staffer (in person or call in). This member benefit is available to all members regardless of their city of residence. Current members only. After signing up, please email to confirm your appointment time and to let us know what you'd like to discuss with a staff member.
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 15
     BookPeople, Austin, TX     
June 30-July 2 
2017 Agents & Editors Conference
     Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX   

August 14-19
2017 Summer Writing Workshop
      ACC Highland and other venues, Austin, TX  

September 11 
     The Twig Book Shop, San Antonio, TX

October 6
     Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX

October 10
     Interabang Books, Dallas, TX


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
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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 .