March 5, 2019

In This Issue:

Save the Date, Statewide Events; Upcoming Classes; Member News; & More 
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Spring is here, the weather can't make up its mind, and April, just around the corner, is supposed to be the cruelest month. But we're intent on making it the best literary month of 2019 so far. We're excited to start with three free events we're hosting the first weekend in April. We hope you'll get out your calendars and save the dates!

(And, don't forget that the Writers' League will be in the Exhibitor Fair at the San Antonio Book Festival on Saturday, April 6. That means we'll be part of events in three different Texas cities in the same weekend! More on our SABF plans soon.)

We hope that you'll come out and say hello at one or two or all of these events. And, if you know any other writers or readers, bring them along!
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

We're excited to introduce a new program: WLT's On the Craft of Writing. A few times a year, the WLT will partner with area organizations to host a free event from a visiting author on the craft behind their book. Our debut event wil take place in Austin, but we already have plans for Houston and Dallas events. It features David Treuer, whose most recent book, the New York Times bestselling The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, mixes history, memoir, and reportage to create a sweeping history--and counter-narrative--of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.
What reviewers are saying about this important book:
  • "Chapter after chapter, it's like one shattered myth after another." - NPR
  • "A marvel of research and storytelling." - O, the Oprah Magazine
  • "Treuer's storytelling skills shine." - The Economist
  • "An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait... Treuer's powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation's past.." - New York Times Book Review
The Event
Treuer will discuss the process of combining different genres to create a hybrid nonfiction account, an increasingly popular form that uses memoir as just one tool available to the nonfiction writer. He will give a short lecture and then be in conversation with WLT Program Director Michael Noll. Books will be for sale, with a signing to follow.
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! 
Learn more and RSVP at the Facebook event page.

2019 Austin International Poetry Festival:
WLT Panel

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. More details coming soon.
To learn more information about this wonderful festival, please visit the Austin International Poetry Festival here.
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 9, 2019
10 a.m.
Lake Dallas Public Library
302 S. Shady Shores Rd, Lake Dallas, TX 75065

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
The 3-Act Structure  
with Carolyn Cohagan     
Wednesday, March 6, 2019  
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST   
The three-act-structure has been used in screenwriting for decades, and it can be just as useful for novels. Thinking about an "inciting incident," "turning points," and a "rock bottom revelation" can help writers create an outline before they begin a manuscript or sort out writer's block after they've begun. Participants will leave this class with an outline or a structure format to consult during revisions.
To illustrate 3-act structure, Carolyn will discuss the Harrison Ford film Witness. Students are recommended to watch the film or remind themselves of its plot before class.
Registration closes Wednesday, March 6, at 5 p.m. CST
Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.  
First Draft to Best Draft: Revising Like a Professional  
with Katherine Catmull  
Saturday, March 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  

Congratulations on that completed draft! Now it's time to revise--but what if you don't even know how to start? Come learn what professional writers and editors know about turning a first draft into a polished, submittable manuscript. No matter what shape your draft is in, these techniques will help make your draft its best self. This class is filled with actual down-on-the-ground advice about how to revise in the most efficient, effective way, including
  • The right revision style for you
  • The key: revising in passes
  • Checking for consistent POV
  • Writing "in-scene"
  • That crucial final read, and much more.
Online registration closes Thursday, March 7, at midnight.
Walk-in registrations will be accepted as space allows.
Fiction Workshop
with John Pipkin  
Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 28, 12 to 5 p.m.  
ACC Highland, Austin, TX 

This two -day workshop is designed to address the needs of the intermediate or advanced fiction writer. In an intimate setting (10 students maximum), registrants--with the guidance of an experienced instructor--workshop pages from a novel or short story in progress, submitted in advance. This experience (modeled after the MFA workshop style) is an invaluable opportunity for writers to both receive and offer constructive criticism, delve into the more complex elements of writing, and take their craft to the next level.
Deadline to apply: Monday, March 18.
The 2019 Agents & Editors Conference
Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX
June 28-30, 2019

As of today, 18 agents and 2 editors have confirmed, representing dozens of genres in fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. Read more about them here!

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.
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.
Community Member News   
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 March 31, 2019. 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 6
     Online Class 
     Registration closes Wednesday, March 6, at 5 p.m. CST
     All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.
March 9
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
     Online registration closes Thursday, March 7, at midnight.
     Walk-in registrations will be accepted as space allows. 
Lake Dallas Public Library, Lake Dallas, TX 
March 18
March 21
     BookPeople, Austin, TX 
March 23
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
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, TX

     The Wild Detectives, Dallas, TX 
     Malvern Books, Austin, TX 
April 11
     Sterling County Public Library, Sterling City, TX
April 13
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
     Dublin Public Library, Dublin, TX 
April 27-28
     ACC Highland, 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,