November 26, 2019

In This Issue:

One Page Salon, Agents & Editors Conference, & More

One Page Salon
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 
7:30 p.m.
The North Door
501 Brushy Street
Austin, TX 78702


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. During the course of the evening, five writers will read a single page from a work in progress (goodbye, literary readings that go on and on and on) and answer three questions from the hosts (hello, witty banter with the incomparable Owen Egerton and some guest appearances by WLT staff). 

Featured readers include: Dreux Carpenter, Laurie Filipelli, Sherry Thomas, and Kelsey Williams. 
Plus! One person from the audience will have the opportunity to read one page of their work. If you're interested, bring the page with you and throw your name in the hat.

Consider joining WLT today! There are so many reasons to become a member, and you might be thinking it'll be easier to wait for 2020 when your writing goals are high and you're fresh off a vacation, but we've got a few reasons for you to take the leap today. 

Reason One: We're opening up registration for the 2020 Agents & Editors Conference to members ONLY, at the lowest price in years.  Details will be released in a member's only mailer going out TOMORROW. Become a member (or renew) to get in on this special offer. 

Reason Two: Submit any good news or exciting development that happened to you in 2019 for our End-of-Year Member News round-up. You'll get the chance to share your news in our Holiday Newsletter which goes out to 5,000+ people.

Reason Three: There is ONE Open Office Hours day left in 2019. Hop on the phone or stop by our office to meet with WLT Staff to discuss any of your writerly questions. 

And these reasons are just the tip of the iceberg when you consider the discounts on our year-round programming, free events around Texas, this fantastic community, and so much more.
Sparkling Sentences and Glitzy Grammar     
with Tex Thompson  
"Hilariously entertaining; super smart."
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST
Are you tired of apologizing for your lack of syntactical savvy? Sick of crying in your commas, panicking over prepositions, and second-guessing your sentences? It's not too late to become a confident writer! Join us as we ditch the sentence diagrams and MLA handbooks to focus exclusively on the grammar issues that are relevant for storytellers of all stripes - in a fun, fearless, fast-paced workshop guaranteed to leave you feeling empowered and inspired!

The Straight-Up Skinny on How to Submit to Journals
with M. M. Adjarian 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST
Getting work into journals is a great way to begin building your literary credentials. But writers new to the submissions game are often mystified - even needlessly daunted - by the process. Where do you go to find out which journals are accepting work in your genre? How do you present your work to editors? And what happens on the way to an acceptance?
In this class, you'll learn about submissions best practices through a guided tour of the major online platforms to use when submitting and in-depth discussions of the submissions process.  The class is intended for any writer who has material to submit...or just wants the straight-up, no-bull skinny on the journal submission process.
WLT Program Director Michael Noll recently picked up Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias:

"Gabino Iglesias' [work] is so astonishingly fresh and new that he's coined a term for it--barrio noir."

Our Administrative Assistant, Catherine Gregoire, found herself completely enthralled by Kimberly King Parson's short story collection, Black Light 

"...T here's much to be said of her prose: harrowing, ethereal, gives you the good kind of shivers because you feel that as she's dissecting her characters' souls she is, in turn, dissecting your own."

Read their full accounts on our blog here
Member News

Ilene Haddad (Austin) has received an honorable mention in the Erma Bombeck Humorist in Residence competition for an excerpt from her graphic memoir-in-progress. I've Seen You Naked Over 8,000 Times: Marriage and Other Risks of a One-Night Stand is a series of irreverent, illustrated essays paying homage to her marriage.

Alexander Lewis (Austin) recently launched a free newsletter that equips authors to earn a comfortable living writing for businesses. New subscribers can immediately access 30+ blog promotion tactics and expect weekly tips for improving your writing, finding clients, and using your wordsmithing skills to sell. Access everything 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
Sign up for a one-on-one meeting with a WLT staffer!  On the second Thursday of every month, the Writers' League is happy to open its doors for an opportunity to schedule a 30 minute meeting with a staff member in person or over the phone. Bring all of your burning questions on the craft and business of writing!

Open Office Hours for December will be held on Thursday, December 12. 
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

December 3
The North Door
December 7-8
     Writers' League of Texas offices 

December 10
Online Class

December 11
     Online Class

January 16, 2020
     BookPeople, 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,