November 10, 2020
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Thursday, November 19, 2020  
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. CST

The year is (finally) coming to a close and - as we look ahead to the promise and potential of 2021 - it feels appropriate to look back at 2020 and the stories and discussions that shaped this remarkable year. For this Third Thursday program, join our panel of writers as they discuss how they approached chronicling this year like no other year. The conversation will be moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver.

This is our final Third Thursday for 2020 -- you won't want to miss out!

DEADLINE TO RSVP: Thursday, November 19, 6:00 p.m. CST
A note from our Program Director, Sam Babiak

What I love about poetry is the way that imagery is used to tell the story. Engaging the senses and stringing together images creates moments in time that make us feel something. At a panel a few months ago, someone said that poets make incredible essayists because of the way they can take an image and make it mean so much more, the way they can tap into the deepest parts of us with minimal language. Houston Poet Laureate Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is no stranger to this practice. In fact, what better person to take us on this journey than someone who seamlessly switches forms, bringing the best from her poetry to her prose (and vice versa) in order to craft emotionally engaging narratives.

If you're writing fiction, poetry, or memoir, and you want to inject your work with details that mean something, consider registering for "It's All in the Details: Tapping into Visceral Imagery" with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton on Wednesday, November 11. We hope to see you there!

All the best,
Sam Babiak
Program Director
Online Class
"It's All in the Details: Tapping into Visceral Imagery"
with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST
$49 for members / $109 for nonmembers

In this course, with Houston's Poet Laureate Emeritus, you will practice honing in your ability to heighten your voice by curating new details. Whether poem or short story, the Devil is in the details. Learn how to write more engaging and emotional narratives and more moment capturing poems, all by focusing on the smallest things.

Registration closes on Wednesday, November 11 at 5 pm CDT.
Online Class
"Stepping off the Soap Box: Writing Characters Who Persuade Not Preach"
with Trent Hudley
Saturday, November 14
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST
$49 for members / $109 for nonmembers
Fiction as a platform to discuss ideas and opinions is a grand literary tradition. But it can often turn into a stage for the author to rant. This class will focus on creating characters that are intelligent and believable but not mere mouthpieces for the author.

Registration closes on Friday, November 13 at 5 pm CDT.
Our next Monthly Member Meet-up is here.
All WLT Members Are Invited!

It's time again for our Monthly Member Meet-up! Have you been wanting to meet another like-minded writer to share critiques with, or interested in creating a writing group? The WLT Monthly Meet-up is a great chance to mix and mingle with fellow writers. Our hope with these meet-ups is to help facilitate writerly connections with our members -- plus, you'll get to spend time with your dedicated WLT staff! A win/win.

You can find the link to the Zoom Meeting in the Members Monthly email sent on November 2 or by emailing
Coming up at WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines and other events across the state:

November 10

November 11
Deadline to register is Wednesday, November 11 at 5 pm CST.

November 12
November Monthly Meet-up -- Live webinar

´╗┐November 14
Deadline to register is Friday, November 13 at 5 pm CST.

November 17

November 19

November 21

November 24

November 29

November 30

December 10
WLT Member Town Hall -- Live webinar