May 14, 2019

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Third Thursday, Summer Writing Retreat, Free Events; Upcoming Classes; & More 
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May Third Thursday:

Writing Science Fiction/Fantasy

Thursday, May 16, 2019
7 p.m.
BookPeople (3rd floor)
603 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

The British novelist Ian McEwan was recently talking about his latest novel, which focuses on artificial intelligence, and stressed that the book is different from science fiction/fantasy novels, which are all about "traveling at 10 times the speed of light in antigravity boots." Fans of the genre weren't pleased. In this panel, three authors will examine the complex work being written by speculative fiction authors. Expect to come away with book recs and a sense for trends in the genre.
  • Christopher Brown is the author of the novel Tropic of Kansas and the forthcoming dystopian legal thriller Rule of Capture.
  • Patrice Sarath is an author and editor whose novels include the fantasy books The Sisters Mederos and Fog Season (Books I and II of the Tales of Port Saint Frey), the series Books of the Gordath (Gordath Wood, Red Gold Bridge, and The Crow God's Girl) and the romance The Unexpected Miss Bennet.
  • Rebecca Schwarz is the Director of the ArmadilloCon Writing Workshop in Austin. Her work has appeared in Interzone, PodCastle, Daily Science Fiction, and Bourbon Penn.
Find the event on Facebook and on our website.
The Summer Writing Retreat is now open for registration to the public! 
This year, we'll host this annual gathering in beautiful Kerrville, Texas at Schreiner University. All of our events - classes, writing time, special presentations from guest speakers, and evening events - will take place on campus throughout the week. There will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to mix, mingle, and make new writing friends. All in one place!
Check out these great classes! 
"The Evolving Draft: Reaching ''The End' and Exploring Revision"
with Stacey Swann
"Setting the Stage for Your Next Writing Project: Generation and Exploration"
with Charlotte Gullick
" Capturing Real Life: Long-Form Narrative in a Short-Form World"
with Michael Hall
"Transforming a Story Worth Telling into a Story Worth Reading" 
with Donna M. Johnson and Kirk Wilson
"Summer Retreat Write Away"
Texas Writes
with Jennifer duBois and Sasha West 
Saturday, May 18, 2019
10:00 a.m. 
Wimberley Village Library, Wimberley, TX 
This event will include craft presentations on "Inventing Narrative: Finding Your Way into Fiction" with Jennifer duBois and "Sharpening Your Descriptive Powers" with Sasha West, plus a conversation and Q&A with both writers and WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver.
WLT Presents One Page Salon
with Owen Egerton 
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
7:30 p.m. 
The North Door, Austin, TX 
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 (who have all participated in WLT programs in the past year) will read one page from a work in progress. Confirmed readers include Texas Monthly reporter Michael Hall and poet/novelist/essayist ire'ne lara silva. More will be announced soon!
One person from the audience will have the opportunity to read one page of their work. If you're interested, bring the page and grab a lottery ticket when you arrive. We'll also be bringing back, by popular demand, the One Sentence Salon.
Form Follows Function: Narrative Design for Fiction   
with Nan Cuba   
Saturday, May 18, 2019 
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
"I actually went home and used the info in what I'm writing, and it worked wonderfully!" 
In this full-day class, students will analyze examples of non-linear methods of novel construction and begin putting them to work in their own writing. Explode your sense of what's possible in a novel: vary linear design by structuring your story with spirals that repeat key moments, structure chronological events with associative images or answers to questions, or disassemble your story into component parts like bricks that can be reassembled like modules. 

Joy Selak (Austin) is pleased to share her new novel, CeeGee's Gift, with the WLT community. This story of a young girl with mysterious 'Knowings' and the old man who becomes her friend and mentor is a good read for young and old. Find out more at and on  Amazon.

Dan Camilli (Austin) published Reeya's Earth Day: A Social Justice Primer for the 98%. Based on three decades of award-winning teaching experience, Reeya's Earth Day provides an interdisciplinary description of our present socio-political landscape and easy-to-understand explanations of Democratic Socialism and the Green New Deal. Available at BookPeople and Amazon.
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
May 16
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
     Online registration closes Thursday, May 16, at midnight
     Walk-in registrations will be accepted.  
Wimberley Village Library, Wimberley, TX  
May 23
     Online Class  
June 4
     The North Door, Austin, TX
June 5
     Online Class 
June 28-30 
     Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX    
July 14-19
    Schreiner University, Kerrville, 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,