February 27, 2018

In This Issue:

2017 Book Awards; Promote Your Books at the San Antonio Book Festival; Upcoming Classes; A&E Conference Registration; Member News; & More

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One of our favorite WLT member benefits is giving recently published authors the opportunity to promote their books at festivals across the state. We're so excited to once again participate in the   San Antonio Book Festival    (April 7, 2018), where we'll have 45-minute slots available for members interested in promoting, signing, and selling copies of their books.

If you're a current member of the Writers' League and are interested in signing at this year's San Antonio Book Festival please click  here to read the guidelines for consideration and to submit your information.


Grant Applications Now Open for Houston Artists and Cultural Nonprofits In Need of Disaster Relief from Harvey Arts Recovery Fund

Houston artists and arts organizations can now apply for funding provided by the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund (HARF), which supports Houston artists, performers, musicians and arts and culture organizations in need of disaster assistance.

To Michael Noll &  The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction

By now you've already seen our email with details on Michael's upcoming book release events (for good measure, he'll be in Austin on  Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m. at  BookPeople ; Houston on Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m., at  Brazos Bookstore ; and Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at Interabang Books ). 

We couldn't be more proud of Michael, so we'll say it again - CONGRATULATIONS! Can't make his events? Buy a copy of the book from his publisher, A Strange Object.

Layering: A Structured Approach to Revision 
with Chaitali Sen

Saturday, March 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
ACC Highland, Austin, TX
Learn a layering approach to revision: sweeping through your manuscript and addressing one issue at a time. The instructor will discuss a logical sequence of "layers" and experiment with different formats for creating a revision plan that works for you and your manuscript.

Online registration closes Thursday, March 1, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows. 

Mastering PR and the Media
with Shennandoah Goodson

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST

The mark of a successful author is a solid list of media and PR appearances. With or without a publicist, an author can do a lot to develop their PR and media presence, which helps to drive book sales and other opportunities.

Registration closes Wednesday, February 28, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording until March 8. 

Meet our 2018 Agents & Editors

"Writing a fantastic book is important, but so is being able to talk about it with clarity, finding and connecting with its readers, and working well with others while upholding a vision for your career."

-Terra Chalberg
Agent at Chalberg & Sussman
"Even if all you want to do is sit and write, these days you have to be prepared to engage with the public at large, and to take charge of your own book promotion."

-Eric Myers,
Agent at Myers Literary Management

Member News

New Releases
Mindy Reed (Austin) announces the publication of her short story collection 
Women of a Certain Age: Short Stories of the Twentieth Century published by Memories Publishing. The inter-generational collection portrays women in various stages of life. Both the print book and e-book are available on Amazon .

Marisa Wolf (Houston) announces her first novel,  Assassin , co-written with Kacey Ezell, out now from Chris Kennedy Publishing. A science fiction story of the deadliest hunters in the galaxy, the book is about a race of cat-like assassins and the intrigue and danger they must navigate. Available on  Amazon .

Articles & Press Coverage
Sue Meredith Cleveland and Dixie Lee Evatt, aka Meredith Lee (Austin), were featured in a four-part article for Texas AARP about their partnership and book Shrouded: A Crispin Leads Mystery. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, & Part 3 here. Part 4 will be published on February 28.

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho  (Austin) will read as part of the Joynes Reading Room Literary Series on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. His debut story collection  Barefoot Dogs  won the Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction, and was named a Best Book of 2015 by  Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco Chronicle, Texas Observer  and PRI's  The World .

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.

Open Office Hours: March 8

March Open Office Hours will be on Thursday, March 8.  The deadline to sign up is Thursday, March 1, 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. 

Due to limited availability, please email to sign up. Please be sure to indicate whether or not you'd like to speak in person or over the phone (and provide your phone number), and outline what questions you'd like to discuss so we can be prepared for your appointment. Before you send an email, please read the OOH guidelines available here.

Special Discounts for WLT Members

Roda's Writing Emporium, owned by WLT member Roda Grubb, is offering the RBV Writers Conference at the McAllen Creative Incubator in McAllen Texas on March 3. WLT members get a $10 discount with the code WLTMembers.

WLT members get a special discount on the Poetry Ride to Round Top. Click here to learn more about this event. Register at the special WLT-members only link below to get a $25 discount.  

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

February 28
      Online Class
      Registration closes on Wednesday, February 28, at 5 p.m CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording until March 8.

March 3
      ACC Highland, Austin, TX
      Online registration closes Thursday, March 1, at midnight CST. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.

       East Texas Regional Arts Center, Jasper, TX

March 7
      Online Class
March 15
      BookPeople, Austin, TX
March 17
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
      M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library, Mason, TX
March 21
      Online Class
March 24
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
      Tom Burnett Memorial Library, Iowa Park, TX
March 28
      Online Class
April 2 
April 21
      Penitas Public Library, Penitas, 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,