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Writing Deep, Writing True: A Day of Writing and Meditation with Dr. Saundra Goldman 11/10

As writers, we need to slow down in order to be good observers of our world. While friends and family rush about, we stand back, try to take it all in, and report back in our stories, poems, and memoirs. But when our minds are filled with to-do lists and Internet chatter, how do we unplug? How do we bring our minds to zero?

The retreat offers an opportunity to get away from the noise and distractions of everyday life, to spend the day in silence and stillness—and write. Learn what Natalie Goldberg calls, “the true secret of writing”—the combined structure of sitting meditation, slow walking, and writing practice. Dive beneath the surface of your discursive mind into the belly of writing. Discover what you see, think, and feel and lay it on the page. Click here for more information!

Social Media 101 with Shennandoah Diaz 9/29

Shennandoah’s Guest Blog is up on Scribe. Read her Slushpile Secrets!

How to Pick Your Publishing Pathway with Lana Castle 10/6

Lana Castle’s Guest Blog The Road to Publication

**Lana Castle’s class, ‘How to Pick Your Publishing Pathway’ on October 6, is now available at the discounted rate of $49 for members and non-members. With this great deal, it is likely that the course will sell out fast! Don’t miss the opportunity to bolster your knowledge of the business of publishing.

Creating Effective Characters with Michael Druxman 9/22

Q & A with Michael Druxmanon featured on Scribe

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


Award-winning author Doug Carlyle will launch his latest romantic fantasy, Vinegarone, at the Dogleg Coffeehouse in Bandera, Texas on Sunday, October 7 from noon until 2pm. It will be available on Amazon October 1st. He will also be signing his debut novel, In Search of the Fuller Brush Man.


In stores October 2, 2012, Secret Sex Lives: A Year on the Fringes of American Sexuality by WLT member Suzy Spencer, New York Times bestselling author. October 2 is the pub date for “Secret Sex Lives.” That same day the book and Suzy will be featured on Katie Couric’s new talk show “Katie.”  October 4 Suzy be signing at BookPeople and October 5 she’ll be signing at Brazos Bookstore in Houston. Suzy and her book will be featured at the Texas Book Festival, October 27-28, at the State Capitol Building. For more information on upcoming events, visit her website and facebook.


Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open ~ Deadline: September 30, 2012

Prizes: 1st place now wins $2,500 and, of course, publication in Glimmer Train Stories.

2nd place wins $1,000 and possible publication.

3rd place wins $600 or, if published, $700.

Winners and finalists will be contacted by November 30, and results will be officially announced in the December 1 bulletin. Most submissions to the Fiction Open run 2,000 to 8,000 words, but from 2,000 to 20,000-word stories are welcome. Reading fee is $19 per story. Please, no more than 3 submissions per category. Simultaneous submissions are okay. Please notify immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere. For more information, visit their website.


This October 18 -25, 2012, Austin Film Festival & Conference will again showcase the very best that the city has to offer – convenient downtown venues, fun parties at Austin’s fine bars and restaurants, and community partnerships – while presenting an outstanding program of narrative, animation and documentary features and shorts, including premieres, advanced screenings, and independent films. Film screenings are complemented by lively and informative Q&A sessions with cast members and filmmakers. Please join us for the 19th Annual Austin Film Festival, October 18-25, 2012 and be the first to see all of the great movies everyone will be talking about next year. For prices, registration and what to know what to expect, visit their website.


Author Olga Broumas to hold readings at Wittliff, KAP House – San Marcos

The Katharine Anne Porter Literary Center and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos will host readings and book signings from author Olga Broumas Sept. 27-28. Broumas will speak and sign copies of her books at the Wittliff Collections located on the seventh floor of Alkek Library on the Texas State Campus 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27. She will also give a reading and book signing at the Katharine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28. The events are free and open to the public.

Broumas is the author of the following books of poetry: Beginning with O; Soie Sauvage; Pastoral Jazz; With Jane Miller: Black Holes, Black Stockings; Perpetua; With T. Begley: Sappho’s Gymnasium; and Rave: Poems, 1975-1999. She has also translated the books What I Love: Selected Poems by Odysseas Elytis; The Little Mariner by Odysseas Elytis; and Eros, Eros, Eros: Selected and Last Poems by Odysseas Elytis. She is the director of creative writing and a professor of English at Brandeis University.

The event is sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation, the Witcliff Collections and the Texas State University 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 www.english.txstate.edu/kap.


Darker Times Fiction is host to a monthly short story competition open to UK and international writers. We accept stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of ‘darker times’. While we focus on horror stories, we also accept entries linked to the theme of ‘darker times’ in other ways; we encourage writers to be as creative as they like!

The competition closes on the last day of each month at midnight GMT and winners and runners up will be announced on the 5th of the next month. Any entries received after midnight on the last day of the month will be put into the next month’s competition.

Entries cost £5 / $8 each and can be paid online via paypal. Multiple entries are accepted. Each month, there will be one winner and three runners up. Depending on the number of entries, there may be some ‘honorable mentions’ as well. The winner will receive a percentage of the money raised by entry fees, a minimum of £15 / $24, plus they will get their short story published in one of our Darker Times Horror Anthologies, released as an ebook and paperback through Amazon. Runners up and honorable mentions will not receive a cash prize but they will get their story published in an anthology, and all anthologies will include a short bio of all the writers featured. All stories will also be published on the Darker Times Fiction website with their author bio and a link to their website/blog; we want to promote new writers as much as we can! For more details, please check out terms and conditions. Then, when you’re ready, please visit the submissions page to submit your story. Good luck!


Austin Creative Alliance (ACA) and Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) are proud to present Austin attorney Chris Castle’s “Four Nights of Music Rights” seminar series in September and October 2012 hosted by the Long Center. The series consists of four evening seminars that will cover intermediate and advanced-level music business rights and protections and related legal issues for managers, music industry businesses, lawyers, artists, songwriters, and music technology companies. CLE credit is offered for each seminar through TALA.

Each seminar will have a specific focus area for lecture and discussion. Some seminars will also include guest speakers with expertise relevant to the topic. The final 30 minutes of each seminar will also include “Band Basics”, a practical guide to getting and keeping a band’s business in order.

Attendance is free of charge, but advance registration is required. The seminars will be held at the AT&T Conference Room at the Long Center from 7pm to 10pm on alternating Tuesdays from September 18th – October 30th.

CLE credit will be $20 per night. Each night has been approved for credit between 2-2.5 hours.

Registration and networking starts at 6:30.

Seminars take place in the AT&T meeting room at The Long Center and begin promptly at 7pm.

October 2: Getting Paid for Your Work: Artist Agreements, Songwriters and Film/TV Licensing

Content on Oct 2 will include:

Recording agreements and related payment.

Pitching and placement of music for film and TV.

Band Business Nuts and Bolts will include internal band agreements, leaving band members, copyright and trademark.

Special Guest:

Tom Gimbel, General Manager, Austin City Limits Live on the role of the artist manager.

Tom Gimbel is the General Manager of the KLRU television show – Austin City Limits. Austin City Limits is the longest running music show in American television history, the only television program ever awarded the National Medal of the Arts, a certified Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Landmark, and in 2012 the recipient of an institutional Peabody Award celebrating “37 years of excellence in television.”

October 16: Creating Good Partnerships: Manager and Booking Agent Agreements

Content on Oct 16 will include:

Personal management agreements.

Booking talent.

Band Business Nuts and Bolts will include working with performance venues and how to settle shows.

Special Guest:

Brian Stovall, Assistant Director of Texas Performing Arts and Entertainment and Logistics Consultant, on how to settle a show.

Beginning his music industry career in San Diego with Universal Concerts, Brian Stovall continued his career managing concerts and events in Denver, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas, and Austin ranging in size from 500 to 50,000 attendees. Brian’s diverse events experience includes live production for a USO tour through Iraq/UAE/Dubai/North Africa, BB King’s Blues Fest, 101X Fest on Auditorium Shores, SXSW, and a Los Lonely Boys DVD shoot, among others.

October 30: Music Clearances for Tech Startups and Artist Rights: Do Good Business and Protect Your Work

Content on Oct 30 will include:

Digital distribution.

Online music services.

Band Business Nuts and Bolts will include bank accounts, bookkeeping, taxes, health coverage and insurance coverage. Staying Healthy: SIMS Foundation and HAAM Guest Speaker: Jennifer Stowe, Director of Services, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians

Special Guest:

David Lowery, of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven and editor of The Trichordist, on artist rights.

For more information on registering, click here!


Call for Submissions: Fresh Arts Exhibition Proposals

Deadline: October 1

Fresh Arts is a non-profit organization and arts resource center actively seeking proposals from Houston-based artists for exhibitions in its ARC Exhibition series. Fresh Arts seeks to provide emerging and established visual and performing artists with an alternative space to showcase their work outside of a commercial gallery or performance venue.

In furthering its mission to provide economic and professional development opportunities for artists, Fresh Arts dedicates time and resources to mentoring each exhibiting artist along the process of presenting a public exhibition, from marketing, to pricing, presentation skills, cultivating clientele, and more.

Fresh Arts is located within Winter Street Studios (2101 Winter Street) in the Arts District of Houston’s Historic First Ward.


Check out their exhibition photo archives on Flickr to see the type of exhibitions and artwork they’ve presented.


Register now to attend the 20th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE AUSTIN INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL (AIPF), September 27-30, 2012. but no later than Sept. 26th. Register ONLINE today: www.aipf.org.
In addition, now is your chance to support AIPF by buying an ad in the program or becoming an official sponsor, but make it soon. Visit the website, or email lynn@aipf.org or barbara@aipf.org for more information. The Program goes to many locations around Austin during the Festival, so your ad gets a lot of visibility. And what a great way to advertise your business or that new book you just published! You may adopt a specific poet to sponsor with a donation to help offset their travel to and from our Festival or offer a clean, adequate B&B and/or transportation for the ones who need a place to stay and get around during the Festival– or just sponsor AIPF with funding for general use.
September 20, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. at new Life Lutheran Church, 120 Frog Pond Lane, Dripping Springs. There’s an open mic after features. Host Nancy Fierstien invites poetry on an optional theme each month. Admission free, refreshments provided, donations to Grace food pantry encouraged. Call Nancy at 858-2024 for directions or info.www.wearenewlife.org.
September 21, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Share Your Stories, each Third Friday at Twin Oaks Library, South 5th at West Mary. You know you’ve got a story someone needs to hear. Host: Ralph Hausser.
September 21, Friday, 7:00 p.m. in the Student Union of Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., the Shanti Foundation for Intercultural Understanding (www.shanti-intercultural.org) will sponsor an evening of interlaced peace words, poetry, and drumming. This day is the UN International Day of Peace. ZaBoomBa will lead an interactive community drumming on West African Djembe drums and other instruments. Faraz Nizami will dazzle the audience with his Tabla in the Sufi tradition. Students of the Music and English Departments of HT will offer a conversation between spoken word and jazz drums. Parking is limited, so please come early or car-pool.



Founded and judged by award-winning screenwriter Gordy Hoffman, BlueCat has developed a keen eye for exposing screenwriting talent through our diligent and committed analysis of each submission. For nearly fifteen years, BlueCat’s recognition and development of undiscovered screenwriters from around the world has paved the way for many of our writers, including: Signings by major agencies like UTA, CAA and WME; Selling work to studios like Warner Bros, Paramount and Universal; And most importantly, seeing their work produced on the big screen.

In nearly every occasion, the awards and honor bestowed by BlueCat proved to be the first professional acknowledgment for the writer. Recently, BlueCat winner THE MAN IN THE REVIEW MIRROR, by Andy Pagana and Justin Thomas, sold for low-mid six figures. And BlueCat Finalist Aaron Guzikowski’s CONTRABAND, starring Mark Wahlberg, was released by Universal.


Grand Prize Winner -The winner of the BlueCat Screenplay will receive $10,000.

Finalists – Four finalists receive $2,000 each.

The Cordelia Award – The best screenplay from the UK will be awarded the Cordelia Award and will receive $1,000.

The Joplin Award – The best screenplay from outside the USA,Canada and the UK will be awarded the Joplin Award and will receive $1,000.

RESUBMISSION: Any screenplay submitted before October 15th can be resubmitted by November 15th, for the reduced fee of $40. Resubmission entries will receive one analysis.


Regular Deadline – October 15th – $65 entry fee

Final Deadline – November 15th – $70 entry fee

We invite you to submit your screenplay to our competition! SUBMIT YOUR SCREENPLAY.


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