Friday Filler

The Literary Social Calendar


WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

Writing Deep, Writing True: A Day of Writing & Meditation with Dr. Saundra Goldman, Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Jennifer Chenoweth: Creating a Dialog of Form by Saundra Goldman.

Literary PR Boot Camp: How to Create an Effective DIY Campaign on a Budget with Jennifer Hill Robenalt, Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

How a Great Novel Works with Amanda Eyre Ward, Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 9 am to Noon.

He Said, She Said: The Art of Dialogue in Fiction with Sara Kocek, Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 1 to 4 pm.

More featured Guest Blogs coming soon! Visit our page for more upcoming WLT Classes and Workshops.

The Writers’ League will be strongly represented at the 2012 Texas Book Festival on October 27th and 28th. Several WLT members will be featured panelists and speakers, and our booth will showcase League writers and activities. Authors will be on hand to sell and sign their books, and talk about their experiences. In addition, staff and volunteers can answer questions about League membership and activities. The WLT booth will be number 414 — the second tent north of the corner of 11th and Colorado. Come pay us a visit. Click  here for the signing schedule for Writers’ League authors in our booth!


Literary Salon Event – Wed., Oct. 24 ~ 6:30 – 8:30 pm with the Wildflower Terrace Apartments.

3801 Berkman Drive Austin, TX 78723

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Memphis, Mermaids and Murder. Mystery Writer panel discussion, readings and book sales/signings with Helen Ginger, author of Angel Sometimes and Dismembering the Past and Stephen G. Yanoff, author of The Presley Plot. $5.00 for non-residents, includes refreshments and program. RSVP to residentservices.wildflower@dmacompanies.com no later than Friday, Oct. 19


At on Tap Events – Houston

NeighborhoodsArt Exhibit by Raul Gonzalez @ MKT Bar at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown

Saturday, October 20, 8- 10PM, $FREE

Come explore the characteristics that make up a city as Gonzalez sheds light on the people and places that add character to their community. Admire the results of a process where he begins with photographs, draws extracted information using only ballpoint pens and marker, scans the drawings into a larger format, adds accentuating color, and transforms them into large-scale murals.

Recently featured in Houston Press’ “100 Creatives 2012” and Chicano Channel Magazine as an artist on the rise, Gonzalez will attend the opening reception and all artwork will be available for purchase. Exhibit runs until January 2, 2013

Skatestock 2012 @ Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark

Saturday, October 20, 12PM – 9PM, $FREE

Peace, Love, and Skateboards!Skatestock is a one-of-a-kind, FREE grass-roots, all day event connecting the dots between, skateboarding, music, art, and science. The park will be transformed into a massive open-air gallery featuring Houston’s best artists and photographers and will include live music and video performances as well as interactive workshops. After party will be held at Fitzgerald’s and will feature the legendary Meat Puppets!

Common Threads – Design Workshop @ Vox Culture Houston

Saturday, October 20, 2- 4PM, $25

Vox Culture, an Arts and Advocacy network, is excited to partner with The Community Cloth for a three-event series themed “Common Threads” that will highlight the contributions of artisans from Houston’s refugee community. This workshop is the 2nd event in the series.

The workshop features an interactive jewelry making collaborative. The $25 fee goes towards training for the participant and a refugee artisan, materials, and a take-home customized wrap bracelet.

For more Art on Tap Events, visit their website.


Life After Publishing: Marketing & Promotions

So you’ve written a book and it’s been published…You might have thought you were finished, but it is just the beginning. Where Do I Go From Here?Where do you go from here?

Book Marketing expert and author of “Amen! A Simple Guide to Self-Marketing Your Christian Book” Leon Mentzer, will share practical advice and time tested strategies to help you make your book marketing efforts a success. Learn how to sale you’re book, “one book at a time” and keep your chin up as you climb the steep ladder to book marketing success.

Mentzer’s practical teaching style and real-life examples of other authors who started out just like you will give you the encouragement you need to “pound the pavement” and make your book a success.

Other speakers include, JP Jones, author of “Market Yourself: A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media” and owner of Paige1Media. Jones teaches authors how to use FREE marketing tools to leverage their awareness through social media and the importance of creating online connections and networking.

Nicholas Clayton, owner of Collipsis Web Solutions, will share the importance of having a good Author Web site and what should and should NOT be included. What a good site looks like and how to achieve that without breaking your bank.

Wherever you are on the road of publishing you don’t want to miss this conference! You are guaranteed to walk away with actual actionable steps that you can begin applying to your marketing and promotion immediately.

Additionally, every attendee will receive: Leon’s 7,100 Media Outlets on CD in easy to use spreadsheet format. This list includes confirmed and up-to-date contact information for Bookstores, Churches, Radio and TV stations, Newspapers & Magazines outlets across the United States. Notes and powerpoint presentations from every session available for download. Special Discounts on professional design and Web site marketing. One-On-One Opportunities after the conference to converse with our speakers and ask questions specific to your niche and marketing efforts. For more information on the workshop, visit their website.


Literary Salon Event – Wed., Oct. 24 ~ 6:30 – 8:30 pm with the Wildflower Terrace Apartments.

3801 Berkman Drive Austin, TX 78723

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Memphis, Mermaids and Murder. Mystery Writer panel discussion, readings and book sales/signings with Helen Ginger, author of Angel Sometimes and Dismembering the Past and Stephen G. Yanoff, author of The Presley Plot. $5.00 for non-residents, includes refreshments and program. RSVP to residentservices.wildflower@dmacompanies.com no later than Friday, Oct. 19


Rediscover the power of the Constitution & become a more active, engaged and effective citizen. How would you build a better democracy? SA2020, TSA and Gemini Ink’s Breakthrough Thinkers invite you to join them for Constitution Cafe San Antonio Edition with Dr. Christopher Phillips, Author and Founder of the Socrates & Constitution Cafe Dialogue Groups. October 25 and 26. Introductions by Darryl Byrd, SA2020 Chief Executive Officer and Q & A by Robert Rivard.

Featuring a presentation of Citizens Rights and Responsibilities developed by San Antonio students in cooperation with the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio.For more information on the event and tickets, click here.


American Women Writers National Museum

You are cordially invited to meet literary icon, internationally famous Dr. Thomas Staley, Director of Austin’s Harry Ransom Center. He will be speaking on:“Adams to Wharton: The Ransom Center’s American Women Writers.” Tuesday, October 23: noon-1:15 p.m. National Press Club, McLendon Room ~ 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor ~ Washington, D.C. 20045. Dr. Staley will be introduced by Roberta Shaffer, Associate Librarian, Library of Congress.


Uncovered No More, Volume 2/Cara Coffey

Round Rock- Cara Coffey, author of Uncovered No More, Volume 2, will sign copies of her books at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble store on Saturday, November 17th at 2:00 p.m. The store is located in the La Frontera Village at the intersection of IH-35 and SH-45.

In Uncovered No More Volume 2 (Tate Publishing, 2012). Cara Coffey continues her testimony from her first book, Uncovered No More. However, she also tells a different

story in this second volume. She writes of the hope she sees as a woman who has walked with prophetic gifting in the United States. She testifies of a prophetic childbearing journey the Lord allowed in her life. She has labored in prayer for many years, and it is Cara’s hope that America will see repentance, deliverance, restoration, and revival within Christianity and also nationwide.

Cara has experienced and witnessed the difficulty of grassroots Christian people connecting at their congregation and home level. Delve into Uncovered No More Volume 2 and observe Cara’s prophetic thoughts on what she feels could help the body of Christ across America. All events are free and open to the public.


The Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos will host readings and book signings from award-winning author S.C. Gwynne Oct. 18-19.

Gwynne will speak and sign copies of his books at the Wittliff Collections located on the seventh floor of Alkek Library on the Texas State Campus 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18. He will also give a reading and book signing at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. The events are free and open to the public.

Gwynne is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Time, Texas Monthly, the New York Times, Harper’s and California Magazine. He worked as bureau chief, national correspondent and senior editor at Time from 1988 to 2000. He also worked as executive editor at Texas Monthly. He’s the Pulitzer Prize finalist and best-selling author of Empire of the Summer Moon. His previous book, Outlaw Bank, co-authored with Jonathan Beaty, detailed the rise and fall of the corrupt global bank BCCI. He attended Princeton and Johns Hopkins. He now lives in Austin with his wife Katie and daughter Maisie.

The event is sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation, the Wittliff Collections and the Texas State Department of English. Books will be available during and after the event through the University Bookstore and Barnes and Noble.

For more information, contact Katie Angermeier at kapliterarycenter@gmail.com or visit their website.


The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Red Salmon Arts present:

Saturday, October 27th

“Let the Characters Decide: A Strategy for Triggering Action and Raising the Stakes in Stories” led by Ramona Reeves, 1-3 p.m.

“Writing in la lluvia: Writing like it’s your last day” led by Barbara Renaud Gonzales, 3-5 p.m.

Saturday, November 17

“Bills Bliss” led by Celeste Mendoza, 1-3 p.m.

“Poetry as Pilgrimage” led by John Fry, 3 – 5 p.m.

For more information, call 512-974-3772, or visit their website.


NOTE: All contest information will be published on the members-only section of the Writers’ League Website.


Thanks for reading this week’s Friday Filler. We hope that you all get some productive writing done this weekend, or at least get out and enjoy this beautiful weather to get inspired! See you next week,


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