March 19, 2019

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Third Thursday, Statewide Events; Upcoming Classes; Member News; & More 
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March Third Thursday:

The Author/Agent Relationship

March 21, 2019
7 p.m.
603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd Floor
Austin, TX     

If you want to publish a book with a big New York publishing house (and, increasingly, if you want to publish with a large independent press), you will likely need a literary agent. The relationship between you and the agent can be crucial to your experience with the publication of your work. But what does that relationship look like? In this panel, four authors will discuss working with their agents. Expect a practical discussion focusing on queries, revision, the submission process, communication with agents, post-publication, and planning out your next book(s).
  • Jason Gallaher is the author of the picture book Whobert Whover, Owl Detective and the forthcoming Porcupine Cupid.
  • Amy Gentry is the author of two novels, Good As Gone and Last Woman Standing.
  • Leila Sales is a former editor at Penguin Random House and the author of six YA and MG novels, most recently If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say.
  • Chaitali Sen is the author of the novel The Pathless Sky.
Find the event on Facebook and on our website.
Free Statewide Events
Don't miss these upcoming Texas Writes events. Each one brings two great authors to talk about the craft of writing at a small community library. Go to the Texas Writes page at our website for more information and to RSVP for one (or more) of these programs.
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1 p.m.
Onalaska Public Library
372 South FM 356, Onalaska, Texas 77360

Thursday, April 11, 2019
10 a.m.
Sterling County Library
301 Main St., Sterling City, TX 76951

Saturday, April 13, 2019
10 a.m.
Dublin Public Library
206 W. Blackjack Street, Dublin, TX 76446
WLT's On the Craft of Writing
with David Treuer

Friday, April 5, 2019
7 p.m.
ACC RIverside
1020 Grove Boulevard
Austin, TX 78741

In a book that is sure to be nominated for every major literary award, David Treuer shatters myths and stereotypes as he tells the history of Native Americans since the massacre at Wounded Knee. He does with a mix of genres (memoir, nonfiction, journalism) that O, The Oprah Magazine called "a marvel of research and storytelling."  
Treuer will discuss his process of writing the book and be in conversation with WLT Program Director Michael Noll. Books will be for sale, with a signing to follow.
This is Treuer's only scheduled event for Austin so far, so do not miss it! 
To RSVP at our Facebook event page, click here
WLT Presents One Page Salon: Dallas Edition
with Owen Egerton

Saturday, April 6, 2019
7 p.m.
The Wild Detectives
314 W Eighth St. 
Dallas, TX 75208

One of Austin's most beloved reading series - One Page Salon - is teaming up with the Writers' League of Texas and WordSpace's annual Lit Hop event for a road trip to Dallas for an evening of quick readings, slow drinking, and lots of literary shenanigans. One Page Salon (called "the best literary evening in town" by the Austin American-Statesman) is the brainchild of novelist, screenwriter, and comedian Owen Egerton.
Four outstanding writers will read one page from a work in progress, and there will be time for networking, the on-the-spot One Sentence Salon, and more!  
Featuring Heather Harper Ellett, Weina Randel, and Bonnie Jo Stufflbeam,
Learn more and RSVP at the Facebook event page.
2019 Austin International Poetry Festival:
WLT Panel "The Business of Poetry: Journals, Contests, Collections, and More"

Saturday, April 6, 2019
7 p.m.
Malvern Books
613 W 29th St
Austin, TX 78705

We're teaming up with the Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF) this year to bring you a special Writers' League of Texas panel at Malvern Books. We'll be talking about "The Business of Poetry: Journals, Contests, Collections, and More" with some great panelists: Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Sunny Leal, Lisa Olstein, and Sam Bastone TreviƱo. 
For more information about this wonderful festival, please visit the Austin International Poetry Festival here.
The Craft + Business of Writing with WLT: Fredericksburg Edition
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
6-8 p.m.
The Pontotoc Vineyard Weingarten
320 W. Main St.
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Join us for this free and open event featuring two presentations on the craft of writing and the business of publishing from Writers' League of Texas staff members, plus the opportunity to meet other writers in the area, learn about the WLT's programs and offerings, and more.


WLT Program Director Michael Noll, author of the recently published book The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction, will discuss strategies for solving problems of character, scene, plot, and structure.

WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver, who spent more than 16 years working in the book industry, first at major publishing houses and then as a literary agent, before joining the Writers' League, will talk about best practices for querying agents.

There will be plenty of time for questions (bring your burning questions!) for both presenters and attendees will be encouraged to chat with each other before and after the program. We're all about craft, business, and community here at the WLT - this event promises all three, plus light bites and a cash wine bar!

For more information, click here.

Book Marketing and Publicity 101 
with Colleen Devine Ellis     
Saturday, March 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  

Join a longtime book publicist for a fun and interactive introduction to book publicity and marketing, including a look at what publishers provide for authors, what media contacts expect and need to consider a review or coverage of a book, and what you can do on your own versus what an outside publicist may do for you. You'll take away a timeline for planning promotional outreach for your own projects. The instructor will also look at publicity for some well-known books and deconstruct the process that helped them to find media success.   
Online registration closes Thursday, March 21, at midnight.
Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows. 
Crafting Scenes That Go BAM Instead of Blah Blah Blah  
with Lindsey Lane 
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
This class will help you sharpen your scene writing so it doesn't get bogged down in telling, non-essential description and too much connective tissue. Scenes are where the story happens. If they aren't revealing character or advancing the action, your reader is likely to go to the kitchen and make a cheese sandwich. Participants will learn effective use of dialogue; cutting a scene short to increase intrigue; finding the intent of a scene and writing to it; and using character and setting effectively in scene. We will examine and discuss the scenes in published work as well as those of the class participants.
Developing Your Perspective in Memoir   
with Charlotte Gullick
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST   
Memoirist Phillip Lopate asserts that those who write memoir must develop a double-perspective on the past: the self who lived the experiences and the current self who grapples with, contemplates, and re-evaluates those experiences. Writers of this genre need to offer meaning and context to the moments we feel called to bring to the page, and we can hone our ability to do this with practice, play, and perspective-shifting. In this class, students will l earn to recognize turning points in their life stories, d evelop their current lens on past events, and w ork with imagery and setting to deepen the narrative.
The 2019 Agents & Editors Conference
Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX
June 28-30, 2019

Deadline approaching!
To receive a complimentary consultation with an agent or editor with registration (and avoid the next price hike), sign up on or before April 2.

18 agents and 3 editors have confirmed, representing a variety of genres in fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. Read more about them here!
If you're already registered for the conference, be sure to book your stay at the Hyatt Regency Austin soon. Our rooms are filling up and will sell out. Book your room here.

Jesse Guerra Carrillo (Austin) has published his novel When Enchiladas Fly, available at (paperback). Three women travel to cross the U.S. border illegally from Mexico. They meet accidentally in Monterrey and band together, confronting coyotes, the Mexican Judicial police, American Federales, border patrol agents, a runaway husband, murder, love, and more.

Call for Submissions 
The Ocotillo Review is seeking submissions of Short Fiction, Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Narrative Nonfiction thematically representing world music or music of indigenous cultures, broadly defined. We offer monetary compensation to everyone we publish. Send us your best. Submissions close at midnight on March 31. For guidelines or more info visit
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
March 21
     BookPeople, Austin, TX 
March 23
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  
     Online registration closes Thursday, March 21, at midnight.
     Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows. 
March 30
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
Onalaska Public Library, Onalaska, TX 
April 2
April 4
     Online Class 
April 5
     ACC Riverside, Austin, TX 
April 6
"Not Just One of the Gang: Writing Ensemble Casts" with Tracy Wolff
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

     San Antonio Book Festival, San Antonio, TX
     The Wild Detectives, Dallas, TX 

     Malvern Books, Austin, TX  
April 9
     Online Class 
     The Pontotoc Vineyard Weingarten
April 11
     Sterling County Public Library, Sterling City, TX
April 13
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
     Dublin Public Library, Dublin, TX 
April 18
     Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
     Please note the location.  
April 25
     Interabang Books, Dallas, TX 
April 27-28
     ACC Highland, Austin, TX 
May 3
     Brazos Bookstore 
May 9 
     BookPeople, Austin, TX 
May 25
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
June 28-30 
     Hyatt Regency, 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,