September 15, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020  
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. CDT
RSVP to receive the link!

Join us for a special Third Thursday program where we are highlighting our newest series: WLT Off the Beaten Craft. We are beyond thrilled to have poet, essayist, and interdisciplinary artist Faylita Hicks join us.

In this session, we will learn more about what it means to be an interdisciplinary artist, explore key works from contemporaries that successfully bridge two or more art forms, and consider the nonlinear path to interdisciplinary practice.

Other artists to be discussed include Claudia Rankine, Terrance Hayes, Jesse Krimes, Natalie Bookchin, Percival Everett, Dwayne Betts, Vanessa Angélica Villareal, Sherrill Roland, CA Conrad, Jamila Woods, FKA Twigs, Rebecca Solnit, Tyhembia Jess, and Daniel McCarthy Clifford. You won't want to miss this!

DEADLINE TO RSVP: Thursday, September 17, 6:00 p.m. CDT
Anatomy of a Scene Online Class Package
Three great classes
Saturday's in October
$247 total for members / $427 total for nonmembers
For the month of October, we’re excited to debut a new virtual class series titled “Anatomy of a Scene.” Scenes are the building blocks of our stories and there are certain types of scenes, or certain aspects of scenes, that are particularly challenging to write. The three full-day classes in this series will focus on a different type of difficult scene. Each class will be broken down into two sections: morning instruction and afternoon workshopping.

Can't make it every Saturday? No worries! All registrants will have access to the class recordings for the entire month of October.

More information on individual classes below. Each of these classes are open for registration now - you'll find registration information on the class page. Registering for the class package, however, includes a discount for WLT members and a guaranteed seat in all three classes.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Friday, October 3, 5 p.m. CDT

P.S. Don't wait to register! This package includes a workshop component, which you don't want to miss out on. The deadline to submit your scene for "Anatomy of a Scene: Getting Intimate" is Wednesday, September 23.
"How to Give and Receive Writing Critiques"
with John Pipkin
Saturday, September 19
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CDT
$49 for members / $109 for nonmembers

Giving and receiving feedback is a learned skill that writers can develop and hone, and learning how to participate in and benefit from a workshop can be invaluable to any writer looking to take their craft to the next level. Allowing other writers to critique your work in a group setting (where you critique their work in turn) offers fresh eyes and a fresh perspective, helps you to zero in on problems you might be overlooking, strengthens your skills as a reader, and opens the way to communing with your peers in a safe, nurturing environment.

In this class, participants will learn what to consider when reading works with a critical eye, including how to identify what is working within a piece and, just as important, what isn't working and why, and how to identify the narrative structure and rhetorical strategies at work; how to "read like a writer" including tools for better understanding the technical aspects of storytelling and how to apply those techniques to your own stories; how to give feedback in a helpful and constructive way; and how to accept feedback in a workshop and how to apply it to your work-in-progress.

Registration closes THIS Friday, September 18 at 5 pm CDT.
"First Impressions Are Everything: Composing a Standout Query Letter"
with Becka Oliver
Wednesday, September 23
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. CDT
$99 for members

In this special intensive class, each participant will learn the essential components of a query letter and will receive feedback from the instructor and fellow students. This is a collaborative experience - all students are given the opportunity to share their query letters ahead of time and participation in the conversation is encouraged. For this reason, this class is limited to 10 students and you must be a current WLT member to register.

Prior to the class, each student will send the following to the instructor:
  1. The draft of a query letter for one writing project
  2. One-page synopsis of the same writing project
  3. Your author bio.
If you don't have any of these things, you can still attend the class, but we do urge you to send in what you can in order to have a richer experience.

Registration closes Wednesday, September 23 at 5 pm CDT.
Are you a WLT Member?

Need a reminder about special member events coming your way this month?

Our Member Services Manager, Evan Parks, has you covered with these don't miss opportunities:
Next Thursday (the 24th) is the first of our now monthly Member Movie nights!

This month, our options are three great films: The Castle of Cagliostro, the Karate Kid, and Sleepless in Seattle. All of these movies are classics in their own ways and great for a group viewing experience.

The Castle of Calgiostro is the movie debut of anime director and writer Hayao Miyazaki, the founder of Studio Ghibli. The Karate Kid is mostly remembered now as just another part of 80s schlock, but actually has some deeper things running just under the surface. Finally, Sleepless in Seattle is a rom-com classic among classics by the Queen of Romance, Nora Ephron. Think about what you want to watch and join us Thursday, September 24th at 8:00 p.m. CDT on Zoom. The link to the event can be found in the September Member Mailer, or just email for details.

And don't miss the deadline for the September Member Giveaway!

This month, three winners will receive one tote bag and one poster for flexing their creative muscles (you know you want to!).

The contest is to complete the #BookCoverChallenge, recreate your favorite book cover using anything (or anyone!) you have around the house. Send your photo and a picture of the actual book cover to Evan via email ( Your entry will be examined by our crack team of judges, and the top three will win! The deadline is next Friday, September 25, at 5:00 p.m. CDT. Enter early and often!
Have you enjoyed the programs & services the WLT has been hosting since going virtual in March? Or maybe you've been showing up for events and taking advantage of our offerings for years now.

For close to four decades, we've had a big impact on writers in Texas and beyond. We want to be around for another 40 years.

We could use your help.

Consider donating today.

Coming up at WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines and other events across the state:

September 17

September 19
Registration closes on Friday, September 18 at 5 pm CDT.

September 22
This class is sold out.

September 23

September 26

October 2

October 3

WLT Presents One Page Salon -- Live webinar

October 7

October 8

October 10

October 15

October 17

October 21

October 22

October 28

October 31