November 6, 2018

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Third Thursday; Upcoming Classes; Member News; & More 
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November Third Thursday: Writing about Faith

The final Third Thursday of 2018! We'll be taking the month off in December.

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

At a Texas Book Festival panel a few weeks ago, memoir writer Casey Gerald, the grandson of a famous preacher, said that preachers have the hardest job: telling a thousands-of-years-old story that everybody already knows in such a way that it seems like they've never heard it before. In this panel, four writers will talk about how they write about faith, including finding fresh angles on old stories and adapting them to the changing expectations and needs of different audiences.
  •  Rev. Meg Barnhouse, senior minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin and the author of several books, including Did I Say That Out Loud? Musings from a Questioning Soul and Broken Buddha
  • Owen Egerton, filmmaker (most recently of Blood Fest) and author (most recently of the novel Hollow) 
  • Imam Attiah Emarah, Imam of the Islamic Center of Greater Austin (ICGA) and the teacher of Islamic Studies and Arabic at Austin Peace Academy (APA).
  •  Greg Garrett, author of over twenty books of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, including the acclaimed novels Free Bird, Cycling, Shame, and The Prodigal.
Find the event on Facebook and on our website
Save the Date (Tuesday, December 4) for an Evening of Literary Shenanigans!
One Page Salon
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
7:30 p.m.
502 Brushy St., Austin, Texas 78702
One of Austin's most beloved reading series - One Page Salon - is teaming up with the Writers' League of Texas for a special evening of quick readings, slow drinking, and lots of literary shenanigans. 

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). Midway through, there's a break for eating (Pueblo Viejo, located inside The North Door, has great tacos!), drinking (coffee, beer, Topo), and talking (this. is. the. best. part.).

One person from the audience will have the opportunity to read one page of their work. If you're interested, bring the page and put your name on the list once you arrive.

Plus, by popular demand, we'll bring back the One Sentence Salon. 

Seriously, you don't want to miss this one.
On the Hero's Journey: Discovering Plot, Character, and Meaning for Your Novel  
with Greg Garrett 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. CST  
Joseph Campbell's analysis of the archetypal hero's journey inspired George Lucas to write Star Wars and offers writers a useful skeleton or framework for their plots by suggesting ways that characters may be transformed during their adventures and positing some of the ultimate meanings characters discover along the way. In this class, participants will learn how this pattern might help you write your best novel, how the pattern can be reshaped to suit your purposes, and what kinds of stories don't fit the pattern. 
Registration closes Wednesday, November 7, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week. 
Getting Your Novel Synopsis Ready for Competitions, Agents, and Editors   
with Richard Santos  
Saturday, November 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX 
This class will explore the standard features of the synopsis, the most common mistakes synopsis writers make, and how a weak synopsis might reflect deeper structural concerns in your manuscript. Any synopses submitted ahead of time will receive an additional edit by the instructor.
Registration closes Thursday, November 8, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.  
Here are some of the free, public Texas Writes events coming up. 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.
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.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
10 a.m.

Krum Public Library 
815 E. McCart Street, Krum, TX 76249

Featured authors: Rachel Starnes and Kathleen Kent
More details here.
Austin Central Library
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  
Four Remaining Dates: 
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! 
Member News
Publication News
Jessica Wilbanks (Houston) is excited to celebrate the release of her debut memoir, When I Spoke in Tongues, from Beacon Press on November 13th. In her book, Jessica describes how profoundly her life was altered when she left her childhood faith of Pentecostalism. In a starred review, Publisher's Weekly called the book "captivating." More information is available here. Jessica will also celebrate the release of When I Spoke in Tongues on November 17th at 7 pm at Brazos Bookstore, where she will be in conversation with author Kimberly Meyer.
Lori Duran (Austin) will present her new book Austin's Travis Heights Neighborhood November 18th 4:00 pm at Book Woman, 5501 N Lamar Bld Ste A105 Austin. Duran has collected 185 photographs from the Austin History Center and other sources for this book. Also, by interviewing Austin residents Duran has collected historical information on the Travis Heights Neighborhood. More info 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.
Hello, WLT Members: Are you ready to take the next step with your work-in-progress?
As we do every year, we've opened registration for the upcoming 2019 Agents & Editors Conference for current members only until December 5.
If you're ready to explore publication for your book project, check out the conference that attendees have called "a heady experience" and "life changing."  Seven great agents are already confirmed, and more will be added each week.  Our website has lots of details and you can always call us if you have questions: 512-499-8914.

Hope to see you in Austin in June!
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

November 7
      Online Class
      Registration closes Wednesday, November 7, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.   
November 8
     Austin Central Library 
November 10
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  
      Registration closes Thursday, November 8, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.   
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
June 28-30, 2019
     Hyatt Regency, 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,