April Members Monthly

Hello, Members!

How have you been enjoying the new website? We’re really excited about all the new features available, especially for members, such as the Member Dashboard and Member Directory (have you made your Directory Listing yet?). Down the line, we have plans to keep adding to the features you get as a member on the website, so keep your eyes peeled! If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the website, be sure to come to our lunchtime Ask Us Anything on April 13. RSVP here.

Also, April 8 at 8 p.m. CDT is our April Member Meet-Up! The link to RSVP is below. Don’t miss out! As always, the Member Meet-Up will be a great evening of conversation and community, all in a low stakes, no pressure Zoom environment. Even if you’ve been to all of them or none of them, you’re sure to be in for a night full of great literary discussion. Speaking of upcoming member events, we also have more details below on our Member Speedwriting — we’ve put together a great game plan on how it’s going to work and we promise you, you don’t want to miss it.

Finally, episode 3 of Coffee with Kelsey and Evan is out, and it’s filled with firsts! This month we chat with WLT member Russell Ashworth about writing groups, his books, and Evan doesn’t miss his chance to rave about writing screenplays.

Kelsey and Evan

Member Services Managers

Book to Song Literary Trivia!

Music icon Kate Bush famously wrote a song about a tragic romance featured in a novel by one of the Brontë sisters. Which sister wrote the book that the song is based on?

A) Charlotte Brontë
B) Emily Brontë
C) Anne Brontë

Read on to learn the answer!

mark your calendar


Thursday, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. CDT we have our April Member Meet-up! A low key Zoom environment to mix and mingle with your fellow members, board members, and WLT staff alike! It’s a great chance to talk to folks you might not normally bump into (especially now, pandemic and all), as well as find potential writing partners/friends.

Then on April 29 at 8:00 p.m. CDT, we have our first special member event of the year, Members Speedwriting! Come with your pen and paper and be prepared to write! It’ll be an evening stuffed with lightning fast prompts, jumping off points, and (if you’re up to it) a chance to share your writing!

We hope you’ll join us – RVSP using the buttons below.

Coffee with Kelsey & Evan Episode 3 is here!

Join the WLT Member Services team for a cup of coffee and a chat… Literally. Every month, we’ll talk with a special guest about their story with the WLT, their writing, and the world at large. Anyone can join us — even you!

This month, we chat with WLT member, Russell Ashworth, about writing, screenplays, YA, and much more!

If you’d like to be a future guest on our show, click the button below!

What we're reading now

Beloved by Toni Morrison (Knopf) – I’ve only just finished Beloved and already feel like I need to pick it back up and read it again. It is a difficult book to read for several reasons as Toni Morrison ties together lyrical language with rough images. It’s a story of not just suffering but persevering. A must read for anyone that loves to get lost in the artistry of language. – Lindsey Ferris (Austin, TX)

The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch (Hawthorne Books) – Sometimes, you read a book that changes the way you think about stories, the world, and even yourself, that reminds you what it is that words can do. This is that book for me. Yuknavitch writes that “language is a metaphor for experience” and her ideas around language, memory, and the narratives that we create to survive make for a stunning and powerful memoir. The Chronology of Water is about abuse, family, sexuality, addiction, and so much more. I can’t recommend it enough. – Sam Babiak (Austin, TX)

Pumpkin by Julie Murphy (Balzer + Bray) – So thankful to have gotten an advance copy of this book. It’s the finale of the trilogy that began with Dumplin’ and I’m proud to say that Julie has done is again. This book is filled to the brim with Heart and Truth (that’s right, proper nouns!), and it feels so genuine in its representation of growing up queer in Texas. Julie Murphy is a gift. – J Evan Parks (Austin, TX)

Reviews should adhere to the following guidelines: third-person, ending with your first and last name, followed by your city of residence, maximum 75 words. We may edit your review for style and clarity.

Crafting an Effective Novel Synopsis with Richard Santos

Did you know that only WLT members can take our Intensives?
Did you know we have an Intensive on synopsis writing coming up?
Do you even know what a synopsis is (honestly, who does)?

Richard Santos does.

In this special evening intensive class, you will learn the necessary components of a novel synopsis in the classroom component, and then work on your own synopsis in the lab component. Students will leave the class with a draft or revision of a synopsis for their writing project.

Sign up soon, as registration will be strictly capped at 10 (only 5 spots remaining)!

member news

Ursula Pike (Austin): On April 6, Ursula Pike’s debut memoir describing two years in Bolivia, South America, An Indian among los Indígenas: A Native Travel Memoir was published by Heyday. Booklist calls it, “highly recommended for memoir and travel readers.” Visit ursulapike.com for more information.

Deborah Lynn Blumberg (Houston) published an oped in the New York publication The Forward. It outlines her concerns with the PRO Act, a bill before the Senate with a clause that’s concerning many freelancers, including freelance writers and editors. You can read the piece here.

To submit your news email member@writersleague.org. 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.


The answer is…

B) Emily Brontë!

Kate Bush wrote the song “Wuthering Heights” in a matter of a few hours after watching the 1967 BBC adaptation of the novel, and then reading the original. She was 18, and recorded her vocals in one take. The combination of her high ethereal voice and the characters of Wuthering Heights makes the song probably the most condensed form of the Gothic Romance available!

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