Friday Filler

The Literary Social Calendar


Jump Start Your Novel with Sara Kocek

$49 members / $109 nonmembers

5/26/2012 From 1 PM to 4 PM


June 22 – 24, 2012

Hyatt Regency Austin

2012 Summer Writing Retreat

The 2012 WLT Summer Writing Retreat will be held July 22-27 at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, the perfect summer escape.


Texas State’s Wittliff Collections present New York Times #1 best-selling author RICK RIORDAN



Upcoming Events at Barnes & Noble Arboretum

Saturday, May 5, 11:00 a.m. – Join us as we read ‘I Believe in You’ for Storytime!

Saturday, May 12, 11:00 a.m. – Join us for a Mother’s Day Storytime as we read ‘Me and My Mom.’

Saturday, May 12, 2:00 p.m. – Join Imran Ahmad as he signs copies his new memoir, ‘The Perfect Gentleman: A Muslim Boy Meets the West.’

Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. – Join Marcus Luttrell as he signs copies of his new book ‘SERVICE: A Navy Seal at War.’

Saturday, May 19, 11:00 a.m. – Join us for ‘SPOT Goes to the Beach’ Storytime with special guest…SPOT!!

Saturday, May 19, 11:00 a.m. – Join us as we celebrate the Austin Council of the Blind with events to teach you about Braille awareness. Come have your name and a special message ‘typed’ in Braille; then use a “key” to read the message. A portion of all sales associated with the Bookfair will benefit the Austin Council of the Blind.


Harry Ransom Center Exhibit

‘The Kind James Bible; Its History and Influence’

Admission is free, exhibit running now until July 29.

HRC calendar www.hrc.utexas.edu/events

Poetry at Round Top Festival

May 4-6




Check out the calendar for Houston Arts Community, Fresh Arts Coalition and Spacetaker, calendar for all things Houston ART!



The Art of the Sentence with WBN instructor Joel Weinbrot

Tuesdays, May 8, 15 and 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at WriteByNight Headquarters $65 per session or $180 for all 3 (Note: Session 1 on May 8 is mandatory for all attendees)


Fiction 500 Contest


* Submit an original work of fiction no longer than 500 words, based on a prompt.

* Entry Dates are May 1-14, 2012.

* We accept only the first 500 entries.

* Faculty from the country’s top MFA Creative Writing Programs judge the contest

* Prizes are $500, $200, and $100.

* We publish winning stories (and honorable mentions) on our website.


The Round Rock New Neighbors Book Discussion Group

Round Rock- The Round Rock New Neighbors Book Discussion Group will discuss Welcome to Utopia: Notes from a Small Town by Karen Valby at their next meeting at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble store on Monday, June 18th at 1:00 p.m. Plus, author Karen Valby will be in attendance to discuss her book and answer questions. The store is located in the La Frontera Village at the intersection of IH-35 and SH-45.


Austin Poetry Society

Today, on international workers’ day, we finished work on our grant request to the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin to support the posting of poetry on the buses for the 2012-2013 year. We submitted a 42 page proposal supported by even more documentation. We are already receiving poem submissions to go on the buses beginning October 1st, and we hope you will enter as well. Read (and follow scrupulously) the guidelines on our webpage, www.austinpoetrysociety.org. You don’t have to be a member of APS.

Now we can relax and look forward to the Annual Awards Ceremony on May 19th, when Mary Ellen Branan will present some $2200 in prizes for the winning poems in our annual contests. It’s our biggest event of the year. Last year you roundly applauded the location of the ceremony at ND, 501 North I-35, where we were able to project the winning poems on a full-size movie screen, and that’s where we’ll be this year as well. And thanks to Mike Henry and Laura Kooris for helping us secure this location. See the meeting description below under May 19th. Note especially the White Elephant Sale, by which we hope to raise some of our matching funds for the Poetry With Wheels bus project.


Badgerdog Austin

Extreme Makeover: Fairy Tale Edition

Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

@WriteByNight, 1305 E. 6th Street, Suite 4

In this workshop, we’ll give fairy tales a long-overdue makeover. Lead by children’s book author Debbie Gonzales, writers in this workshop will fracture well-known fairy tales with a twenty-first-century twist. Whether the three bears become a boy band of Justin Biebers or Little Red Riding Hoodie gets retold from the south side of Austin, we’ll re-make the tales we love into stories for the modern age. For 6th, 7th, and 8th grade writers. Register now!

Unleash your creativity and delve into great writing this June. American Short Fiction presents three different classes for adults: our online Short Story Essentials (take it from anywhere!), our eight-week Austin-based fiction workshop, and our brand-new short course, Writing and Improv. From now until May 31, we’re offering 10 percent off registration on these classes—for newsletter subscribers only. Enter the coupon code newsletter10 to get the discount.

2012 Texas Mystery Month events currently scheduled include:

February 15-May 15 – Barbara Burnett Smith Aspiring Writers Project, Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter and the Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation – Contact Sarah Ann Robertson <hotxsinc@yahoo.com>




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