October 23, 2018

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NaNoWriMo; Upcoming Classes; Member News; & More 
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Are You Ready for National Novel Writing Month?  

November is once again upon us, and that means thousands of you will be taking part in National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days--or, if that seems overly ambitious, to give yourself regular writing dates to start a book or make progress on your work-in-progress. To help you on your journey, the Writers' League is hosting some great events. Whether you live in Austin or anywhere across the state of Texas (or beyond), we've got something planned for you.

And if you're not participating in NaNoWriMo or not writing a novel, you'll find that all of these events will help you regardless of where you're at in your project.
Exercises for Finding and Keeping Your Writing Rhythm 
with Jess Hagemann, Michael Noll, and Rene S. Perez II  
Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:00 p.m.
BookPeople, Austin, TX  (Third Floor) 
Are you worried about running out of steam before the month of November ends? Have you started novels in the past and given up before reaching the last page? Or, are you stuck in your current novel? In this special presentation, three authors (including Program Director Michael Noll) will introduce exercises for firing up your imagination and keeping it running when the ideas run low. Expect to walk away with inspiration and practical tips.  
No Program, Just Time and Quiet to Write.  
Austin Central Library
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  
Five Dates: 
Thursday, November 8
The Writers' League has reserved a room at the Austin Public Library's new Central Library for five dates. If attendance overflows the room, you will be able to write in the reading room (utter quiet, lots of wood!) or anywhere else you like. You can RSVP to receive a reminder email by clicking on the date(s) you wish to attend. Based on response, the WLT may reserve additional rooms. So, please RSVP! 

The National Novel Writing Month Online Class Package includes three classes at the normal member rate of $49/class (or $147 total) , with recording from each available through the end of 2018. (Click class titles for more information about individual classes.) 

Thursday, October 25, 2018 
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST 
with Greg Garrett
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST
Thursday, November 29, 2018
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST 
Banish the Block! Moving Past Fear and Finding Inspiration for Your Writing 
with Stacey Swann 
Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST  
*This class can also be purchased as part of the NaNoWriMo Online Class Package.
Do you feel called to write, but find it almost impossible to sit and face the blank page? This feeling goes by many names: writer's block, resistance, self-doubt, and fear (or we may mislabel it, saying we are just too busy or are natural procrastinators). But no matter what we call it, using various readings and prompts, this class will help you dismantle your personal fears and destructive attitudes and get you writing! This class will offer practical exercises for switching off your critical brain, embracing your creative brain, and generating material.   
Registration closes Thursday, October 25, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week. 
Here are some of the free, public Texas Writes events coming up this month Each event features two accomplished authors talking about a particular aspect of craft, followed by a discussion about the writing life facilitated by a WLT staffer. There's a chance there will be writing exercises (bring paper and pen) and there will be plenty of time for questions.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
1:00 p.m.

Yoakum County Library - Plains
901 Ave. E., Plains, TX 79355 
Featured authors: Tex Thompson and Karen Witemeyer
More details here.

Friday, November 16, 2018
11:00 a.m. 
Bridge City Public Library
101 Parkside Drive, Bridge City, TX 77611

Featured authors: Christie Craig and Mike Hall
More details here.
Member News
Publication News
Frank Carden's (Las Cruces) novel Billy Bonney Aka The Kid is now available on Amazon. It's the story of Wilma who vengefully killed a deputy. Taking the name William Bonney, wearing men's clothes, she was a major gunman in the Lincoln County War, collecting twenty notches on a .41-Colt. For more information, click here . 
Walt Gragg (Georgetown), author of The Red Line, has signed an additional two-book deal with Tom Colgan, Vice President and Editorial Director at Penguin Random House's Berkley imprint. His next novel, tentatively titled The Chosen One, is scheduled for release in the fall of 2019. 
Kerry Stevens (Leander) has released his new book, Forever Herself: A Son's Memoir of a Remarkable Woman. It tells the story of a strong woman who embraces life on her terms. Kirkus Reviews praised the book as "beautiful, artistic...engaging." For more information, click here.


Linda Hanna Lloyd (Austin) is happy to announce the release of The Syrian Peddler as an audiobook. There will be a launch party on Sunday, October 28 from 5 to 7 pm at WhichCraft Tap and Bottle Shop on Simond Street in Mueller. To listen to a sample, click here.
Denise Ditto Satterfield (Houston) would like to announce Houston Writers House's Big Fall Event featuring NY Times Bestselling author Robert Hicks on Nov 2-3. Come see, touch, and feel history. Speakers Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail & Henry B. Crawford, curator at Texas Tech and esteemed Texas History reenactor. Venue: Buffalo Soldier Nat'l Museum. Register here. 
Marit Weisenberg (Austin) will celebrate the release of Select Few, the sequel to her YA novel Select, on October 23rd at 7pm at BookPeople where she will be in conversation with author May Cobb (Big Woods). Select Few follows seventeen-year-old Julia Jaynes's search for identity and love outside her exclusive circle of highly-evolved humans.
Daniel Nelson (Austin) asks you to join the Prolitfic Fiction Writing Resources Facebook group for external writing sbmission/award opportunities; masters lists of writing tips; monthly competitions; author/publisher/agent interviews; and workshopping/beta testing opportunities for a new writing platform. All resources are free!"  
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.
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

October 25
      Online Class
      Registration closes Thursday, October 25, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.  
      Registration closes Thursday, October 25, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to all class recordings through the end of 2018.  
October 26-27
     State Capitol Building, Austin, TX 
November 1
     Yoakum County Library, Plains, TX  
     BookPeople, Austin, TX 
November 3
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX    
      Midland College, Midland, TX 
November 5
      Austin Central Library 
November 7
      Online Class
November 8
     Austin Central Library 
November 10
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
November 16
     Bridge City Public Library, Bridge City, TX 
November 17
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX   
     RC Miller Memorial Library, Beaumont, TX 
November 19
     Austin Central Library
November 26
     Austin Central Library 
November 29
     Online Class
     Austin Central Library 
December 1
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
     Krum Public Library, Krum, TX
December 15
     Memorial Park Branch, El Paso Public Library, El Paso, 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,