October 9, 2018

In This Issue:

Third Thursday; Upcoming Classes; Member News; & More 
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Third Thursday: The Craft of Great Mysteries and Thrillers

October 18, 2018
7 p.m.
603 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd Floor
Austin, TX     

Mystery novels (and thrillers and crime novels) can seem intimidating to anyone hoping to write one. When they're done well, the plot twists and clue reveals make endings hard to predict, even for readers trying to tease apart their mechanics. When they're done not so well, one tug of the string can pull the whole thing apart.
This month's Third Thursday panel will focus on the craft elements unique to these genres and discuss strategies and approaches to developing the plots, characters, twists, and reversals that we love. We'll be joined by four terrific novelists:
  • Samantha Clark, author of the middle grade novel The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast
  • May Cobb, author of the novel Big Woods
  • Amy Gentry, author of the novels Good As Gone and Last Woman Standing
  • Sherry Thomas, author of the Lady Sherlock series of novels.
Find the event on  Facebook and on  our website.

And remember: If you can't make it in person, all of our Third Thursday events are recorded and you can find lots of terrific programs featured on the Writers' League of Texas Podcast. Check it out!
Every year we wait with anticipation for our friends at Inprint in Houston to announce their line-up for the Margaret Root Brown Reading Series. For the first time (but we hope not the last time), we've decided to plan an outing for Writers' League of Texas members to enjoy one of these events together. 
Acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver will be featured on Monday, October 22. The program starts at 7:30pm at the Cullen Performance Hall at the University of Houston and we've got 20 tickets and a reserved section with the WLT's name on it. We'll be planning a pre-event gathering for 6:00pm, details to be shared closer to the date.
If you're a current member and would like to join us for this event, please reach out to Executive Director, Becka Oliver, to claim one of the 20 tickets, first come, first served. You can find full details on the  event page on our website.
Final Pages, Final Paragraphs: Crafting the Right Ending for Fiction 
with Chaitali Sen  
Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
ACC Highland, Austin, TX  

The best endings should both satisfy and haunt readers. If you can nail your ending, you have solved the hardest problem of storytelling. This class will cover endings and their role in the story, looking at examples of effective endings, common mistakes in developing endings, and exercises that help us construct and revise endings that feel both inevitable and surprising. There will be examples from published texts and questions to prompt thinking about what makes something an effective or haunting ending.
Registration closes on Thursday, October 11, at midnight. Walk-in registrations will be accepted, as space allows. 
Here are some of the free, public Texas Writes events coming up this month 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.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
1:00 p.m.
Olton Area Library
701 Main Olton, TX 79064   
Featured authors: Jennifer duBois and David Eric Tomlinson
More details here.

Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:00 a.m.

Sutton County Library 
306 E. Mulberry Street, Sonora, TX 76950
Featured authors: Donna M. Johnson and Nan Cuba 
More details here.
Member News

Lori Duran (Austin) will present her new book Austin's Travis Heights Neighborhood November 4th 2:00 pm at Book People, 603 North Lamar, 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.
Volunteer to help out at the Writers' League's booth at the upcoming Texas Book Festival!
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! (Not to mention spend some quality time with your friendly staff members.)

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. 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

October 13
      ACC Highland, Austin, TX  
      Registration closes Thursday, October 11, at midnight. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.
      Olton Area Library, Olton, TX 
October 16
      Online Class  
      Registration closes Tuesday, October 16, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week. 
October 18
      BookPeople, Austin, TX 
October 20
      ACC Highland, Austin, TX
      Sutton County Library, Sonora, TX  
October 22
     University of Houston, Houston, TX
October 25
      Online Class
November 1
     Yoakum County Library, Plains, TX 
November 3
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX    
      Midland College, Midland, TX 
November 7
      Online Class
November 16
Bridge City Public Library, Bridge City, TX 
November 17
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX   
      RC Miller Memorial Library, Beaumont, TX 
November 29
      Online Class
December 1
      Krum Public Library, Krum, 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,