March 13, 2018

In This Issue:

March Events; Upcoming Classes; A&E Conference Registration; Member News; & More

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March Third Thursday:
Eating Your Words: The Art of Writing About Food     

March 15, 2018
7 p.m.
603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd Floor
Austin, TX     

In the age of Instagram, it can seem as if almost everyone you know is photographing & writing about food. But what does it take to convey the wonders of a delicious meal in full sensory detail, and how does that differ from writing (and testing) a recipe that others can replicate accurately? Beyond food journalism and recipe writing, how can fiction writers use descriptions of preparing or eating a meal as a way to understand characters or move a narrative forward? 

We'll talk with four Austin food writers about their paths to publication and get  their advice for aspiring writers

  • Veronica Meewes, author of The Fish Sauce Cookbook and Austin editor at Zagat;
  • Megan Myers, freelance writer and editor who blogs at her food blog Stetted;
  • Eric Silverstein, founder of the Peached Tortilla and author of the forthcoming Peached Tortilla Cookbook;
  • Mary Helen Specht, author of the Austin-set novel Migratory Animals.
WLT Member Services Manager Jordan Smith will moderate the discussion. Hope to see you there!

P.S. Check out our Instagram page for a special giveaway themed around this event! Those who attend Third Thursday are eligible for an additional entry. Details on Instagram.

Free Events Across Texas in March

This month, we have three great Saturday events planned in three libraries (we love libraries!) in three communities across Texas. First up, our Texas Writes rural library program will visit Mason (March 17) and Iowa Park (March 24) for half-day workshops featuring accomplished authors talking about craft. And on March 31, we'll visit Corpus Christi for the first time, bringing our Executive Director and Program Director to the Ben F. McDonald Library to talk about the craft of writing and the business of publishing. All three of these events will focus on three of our favorite things: Craft, Business, Community. They're free and open to the public (refreshments included!) and we hope you can join us at one or more of them. Stay tuned for information on upcoming April events in our next Footnotes.

March 17, 10 a.m.
Mason Co. M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library

Amy Gentry will present on plotting in mysteries and thrillers and Donna M. Johnson will present on using humor in personal narratives . To pre-register for this event, contact the library at (325) 347-5446. More details here

March 24, 10 a.m. 
Tom Burnett Memorial Library

Kathleen Kent will present on the elements of crime writing and Jeramey Kraatz will present on writing for children and teens. To pre-register for this event, contact the library at (940) 592-4981. More details here.

March 31, 11 a.m. 
Ben F. McDonald Library

Join us for this free and open event featuring presentations on the craft of writing and the business of publishing from WLT's own Michael Noll and Becka Oliver, plus the opportunity to meet other writers in the area, learn about the WLT's programs and offerings, and more. More details here.

More Upcoming Events Here

Scrivener for Newbies: The Program Writers Rave About
with Katherine Catmull

Saturday, March 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

In this hands-on class, instructor Katherine Catmull-who has used Scrivener for nine years to write three novels, numerous plays, and many other large projects-will guide you through the basics of Scrivener. Participants will leave with everything they need to know to start using Scrivener for their own writing.

Online registration closes Thursday, March 15, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted, as space allows.

Finding a More Natural Structure for Memoir
with Rachel Starnes

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST

Explore how to develop a narrative structure that underpins many modern essays and memoirs. Escape the Hero's Journey and mimic the natural way that memory and stories move back and forth in time.
Registration closes Wednesday, March 21, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording until March 29. 

Meet our 2018 Agents & Editors

"Part of doing the work means being a good literary citizen, so support your fellow writers and bookstores."

-Jennifer Chen Tran,
Agent at Bradford Literary
"Reading and researching the genre you want to write in is extremely important."

-Sarah Phair,
Agent at Trident Media Group

Member News

New Releases
George Arnold's (Garland) Ramblin' Rogue: Texas Ranger Alfredo "Lobo" Diaz traces the 30 year career of a fictional Retired Texas Ranger Captain and is the ninth in the author's Detective Craig Rylander mystery series. Purchase here.

Tracy Novinger's (Austin) novel  Betrayal on Aruba Winds, her third book, has been published. A paradise with an underside, tiny Aruba really did play a little-known role in helping the Allies win WWII. Tracy was born in Aruba, where three generations of her family lived. Purchase 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.

Open Office Hours: April 12
Our next Open Office Hours will be on Thursday, April 12.  The deadline to sign up is Thursday, April 5, 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 Discount for WLT Members

WLT members get a special discount on the Poetry Ride to Round Top, taking place April 21, 2018. Click here to learn more about this event. Register at the special WLT-members only link below to get a $25 discount.  Want to know more? Read an interview with Public Poetry Executive Director Fran Sanders here.  

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 15
      BookPeople, Austin, TX
March 17
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
      Online registration closes Thursday, March 15, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.
      M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library, Mason, TX
March 21
      Online Class
      Registration closes Wednesday, March 21, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording until March 29. 
March 24
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
      Tom Burnett Memorial Library, Iowa Park, TX
March 28
      Online Class

March 31
      Ben F. McDonald Public Library, Corpus Christi, TX
April 2 
April 7
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

April 14
       St. Edward's University, 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,