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!


Writers’ Guild of Texas Events – Richardson

Saturday, 3 November 2012, 9AM – 1PM

“Building an Author Platform” with Elaine Gantz Wright.

Richardson Civic Center (next door to Richardson Public Library). $25/members; $35/non-members.

Are you struggling with how to put together a “platform” for promoting your writing?

Whether you are working with a publisher or self-publishing, you will need to understand, plan and execute an effective marketing strategy or platform. This workshop will walk you through building a platform using both traditional and new media such as social media, visual, web, mobile, etc.

Elaine Gantz Wright is a writer, blogger, published ghostwriter, editor, new-media maven, speaker, actress, and mom. She is passionate about creating high-octane, high-impact multimedia messaging to empower businesses, brands, and community action. Currently, Elaine is focusing on building integrated content marketing strategies to promote small business, nonprofits and thought leaders. She is a frequent speaker to groups about social media optimization and has presented to the Faith and Philanthropy Conference, the Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas, the HOBY Youth Conference, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Showcase. She has also served as a guest lecturer in social media optimization in corporate communications at SMU. For more information on Elaine Wright, visit her website, and for more information on the workshop, click here.

Writers’ Guild of Texas Monthly Meeting

Monday, 19 November 2012 ~ 7-8:30 p.m.

Topic: Email Marketing and Social Media with Nicci O’Boyle

Richardson Public Library ~ 900 Civic Center Dr. ~ Richardson TX 75080 ~ Basement Room

Nicci O’Boyle is a small business owner who successfully uses email marketing and social media tools to grow her lifestyle business. As well as educating other small businesses and organizations on these tools to help grow their business, Nicci works with private clients.


Barnes & Noble Event – 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 2:00PM. 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.


Art on Tap – Houston

Saturday, October 27 8-10PM

Unpremeditated Natures: Russ Havard and David McClain

Russ Havard and David McClain Debut New Work in a Two-Person Exhibition. Both artists work with additive and subtractive methods, formal elements and the abandonment of formal elements. The exhibition will be accompanied by three Sundays of drawing salons on Oct. 28 led by Russ Havard, Nov. 11 led by Merilee Minshew and Dec. 9 led by David McClain. The exhibition and activities are curated by Emily Sloan. On view through Jan 26. For more information on the exhibit, click here.


Twig Book Shop Events – San Antonio

Book Signing

Mark Hainds’ Year of the Pig

Sat. Oct. 27 ~ 11:00-1:00PM

This signing will go on in the farmers market. Mark Hainds has worked in his local farmers market and draws from personal experiences dealing with the destruction wrought by feral pigs. “Appealing to hunters and adventure readers for its sheer entertainment, Year of the Pig will also be valuable to farmers, land managers, and environmentalists for its broad information and perspective on the topic.” For more information on the event, click here.


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.


Under the Volcano 2013

Join for an unforgettable week of workshops, readings, and performances. January 4-13, 2013 in Tepoztlan. For writers of fiction, poetry, memoir, writing as witness, food writing, and song. With Paul Muldoon, Jessica Hagedorn, Magda Bogin, Betty Fussell, Catherine Filloux, and composers Anthony Davis and Felipe Perez Santiago.

Registration is now open for Under the Volcanoʼs 2013 master classes. Small, intimate sessions with leading artists in one of Mexicoʼs most dynamic villages. You can even opt to extend the workshop week into an individual or collaborative retreat.

For questions and application guidelines, see our website or email  info@underthevolcano.org.


Twig Book Shop Event – San Antonio

Special Event ~ Anthony Bourdain ~ at Laurie Auditorium

200 E Grayson, Ste. 124  San Antonio, TX 78215 at the Historic Pearl Brewery

twig@thetwig.com ~ thetwig.com

The Twig Book Shop has been invited to be the official bookseller for Anthony Bourdain on Nov. 8th. Fans of chef, food writer, and television host Bourdain will be happy to know that tickets for his show Guts and Gloryare now available.


Harry Ransom Center Events

Bruce Sterling launches 2012 Flair Symposium LECTURE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 7:30 P.M.


Author and futurist Bruce Sterling delivers the public keynote lecture of the Harry Ransom Center’s Flair Symposium “Visions of the Future” on Thursday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall.

VIEW A LIVE WEBCAST of this event starting at approximately 7:30 p.m. CST on Thursday, November 1.

Sterling, whose archive resides at the Ransom Center, is an American science fiction author best known for his novels and his work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which helped define the cyberpunk genre.

The 2012 Flair Symposium “Visions of the Future” continues Friday, November 2, and Saturday, November 3. It brings together historians, architects, industrial designers, and visionaries in the fields of science fiction, film, theater, and future studies to explore the ways the future has been imagined over time. Payment and pre-registration for the symposium is required; however, the keynote event is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance. Registrants for the symposium will have reserved seats at the event.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a Bruce Sterling book and other items.  For more information and to register, visit their website.

Poetry on the Plaza: Politics and Presidents READING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, NOON


We’ll see you tomorrow at the Texas Book Festival! Come to the Capitol and support Texas Writers and fellow WLT members. Have a great weekend,


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