September 11, 2018

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Third Thursday; Upcoming Classes; Member News; & More

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September Third Thursday: The Craft & Business of Short Stories

September 20, 2018
7 p.m.
603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd Floor
Austin, TX        

Short stories sometimes get short shrift in the literary world. Collections of them are harder to sell than novels. Their form is often treated as a training ground for the longer work of a novel. Yet the short story market is thriving, and the story form continues to develop in innovative ways that are particular to the genre. For this discussion, a panel of writers and editors will talk about the art and business of this essential literary form. Panelists include:
  • David Afsharirad, editor of The Year's Best Military and Adventure SF series
  • Oscar Casares, author of the short story collection Brownsville and others
  • Jack Kaulfus, author of the short story collection Tomorrow or Forever
  • Rebecca Markovits, co-editor of the literary magazine American Short Fiction
Find the event on  Facebook and on  our website

The Narrative Craft of Academic Writing 
with Dr. Sara Saylor     
Thursday, September 13, 2018 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST   
This class demystifies academic writing. Learn to navigate unfamiliar new genres, understand the audience's expectations, and explain ideas with clarity. Dr. Saylor will analyze model texts from diverse disciplines, including grant proposals, abstracts, and journal articles, examining structure and style. The class will also give resources for grammar, citation, and writing in English as an additional language.

Registration closes Thursday, September 13, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.   

Narrative Lab: Experiments for Concocting Livelier, More Interesting Prose 
with Adam Soto 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  

Learn to conduct experiments in point of view, voice, structure, etc. in order to break free from cliches, leap over dead ends, and generate writing that is new and exciting. The class will begin with an inquiry: What do we have so far and what else can it be? The instructor will address boring plots, dull aesthetics, placating voices, and cliche themes. For those in editing mode, the class will offer strategies for taking bigger risks, re-seeing your own work, and making daring changes to things you really love but that simply aren't working.  
Registration closes on Thursday, September 13, at midnight. Walk-in registrations will be accepted, as space allows. 

Member News


Nikki Loftin (Austin) is teaming up with debut middle grade novelist Kat Shepherd to present a Spooky Story writing workshop with fun activities for kids and families  at BookPeople  on  Saturday, October 20 , 10:30 a.m.  Attendees will use their own experiences with being scared to create a frightening story with a happy ending. Click here for more information .

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.

Volunteer at our Texas Book Festival Booth!

October 27-28, 2018
Texas State Capitol and Grounds
Austin, TX

We love the  Texas Book Festival, and we're excited to once again participate as a festival exhibitor! We're in search of WLT members to work as volunteers at our booth.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Texas literary community and to meet the writers and readers of Texas!

At our booth (Tent 3, Booths 313-314), we have one table with information about WLT programming, and one table where members of WLT who are authors may promote their books to the general public. We're looking for volunteers to work two-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on both days of the festival in Austin. Duties will include speaking to festival attendees about upcoming WLT events and membership benefits; signing up new members; and managing the schedule of authors promoting their books.

Please email if you are interested in volunteering at this event. 

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

September 13
      Online Class  
      Registration closes Thursday, September 13, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.   

September 15
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  
      Registration closes Thursday, September 13, at midnight. Walk-in registrations will be accepted as space allows.   
September 19
      Online Class
September 20
      BookPeople, Austin, TX 
September 26
      Online Class  
September 27
September 29
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
October 4
      Online Class  
October 6
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
October 13
      ACC Highland, Austin, TX  
October 20
      ACC Highland, Austin, TX
November 3
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  
November 17
      St. Edward's University, 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,