August 28, 2018

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Upcoming Classes; Texas Book Festival; Open Office Hours; & More

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Class Packages on Memoir and Novel Writing

We're excited to announce TWO upcoming three-class packages! The first will focus on memoir writing, and the second will focus on novel writing. Each series will ground you in the essentials of the genre. More details on the classes being offered in each series can be found below.
Each package includes three classes at the normal member rate of $49/class (or $147 total), plus everyone who purchases a class package will receive a
complimentary online class, a $49 value, good for one online class registration between August 27 and December 31, 2018. The memoir package will be available for purchase until September 27, and the novel package will be available until October 4. Each class will also be available for individual purchase. 
"Memoir in Miniature: The Art of the Personal Essay" with M. M. Adjarian
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
"Tackling the Problem of Memory in Memoir" with Rachel Starnes
Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
ACC Highland, Austin, TX
"Developing Your Perspective in Memoir" with Charlotte Gullick
Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
"Plot and Conflict in Fiction" with Bill Cotter
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
"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
"Curiosity Killed the Cat: Developing Characters Through Their Core Values" with Jess Hagemann  
Saturday, November 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
St. Edward's University, Austin, TX

Book Promotion on a Shoestring Budget  
with James Tate Hill     
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST 
This class will explore a variety of methods for generating book publicity at minimal to no cost. From the pre-publication process to navigating social media as an author, we'll discuss numerous ways to maximize word of mouth before and after publication. The course will also examine how to work with your publisher to receive reviews and other media coverage, smart approaches to organizing a book tour, which promotional efforts are often a waste of time and money, how to establish an online presence as an author, and how to prepare for publication day.
About the instructor
James Tate Hill is the author of  Academy Gothic, winner of the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel. Fiction Editor for the literary journal  Monkeybicycle, his work has appeared in  Literary HubWriter's DigestStory QuarterlyThe Texas Review, and  The Laurel Review, among others. Originally from West Virginia, he teaches writing at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Registration closes Wednesday, September 26, at 5 p.m. CST. Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording until October 4.

Member News

Awards, Honors, & More

Mary Bryan Stafford's (Liberty Hill) new novel,  The Last Whippoorwill  is a finalist for historical fiction in PNWA's  annual contest. Winners to be announced in September. Visit Mary's website here.


Lindsey Lane  and  Shelli Cornelison (Austin) , co-founders of The Heart of Short Fiction writing workshop, are once again offering their six-week short story class. The class will meet at Austin Creative Alliance on Wednesdays from  7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m, starting September 19.  They welcome writers of short stories for all ages! More information can be found  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.

Members: Apply for a Promotion Slot at the WLT Booth at the 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 invite member to apply to promote their books at our booth this year!
If you'd like to take advantage of the opportunity to promote, sell, and sign your book during one of our 45-minute promotion slots at our Texas Book Festival booth, the guidelines are fairly simple, and the process for submitting your name and book for consideration is easy -- find the guidelines and link to sign up  here. Note that this opportunity is a members-only  benefit
With over 1,400 members and only two days' worth of signing slots available, we want to thank you in advance for understanding that, while we'll certainly do our best to accommodate everyone who meets the guidelines, we unfortunately can't guarantee that there will be space for all interested members. Please know, if we can find a place for you, we will!

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 1
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
      Registration closes Thursday, August 30, at midnight. Walk-in registrations will be accepted as space allows. 
September 6
      Online Class
September 8
      ACC Highland, Austin, TX   
September 13
      Online Class  
September 15
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  
September 19
      Online Class
September 20
      BookPeople, Austin, TX 
September 26
      Online Class  
September 27
September 29
      St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
October 20
      ACC Highland, Austin, TX
November 3
      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,