Friday Filler

The Literary Social Calendar

WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

**Tomorrow, walk-in registration available, subject to availability

Media 101 with Shennandoah Diaz 9/29

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

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

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.

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


ART on 5th is excited to announce the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss will be heading to the Pecan Street festival!

Join us under the big red and white tent on the corner of 6th Street and San Jacinto for an interactive Seuss experience! The wildly imaginative artwork included in the collection show a previously unseen dimension of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s genius. These pieces depict outlandish creatures, otherworldly settings, studies that are related to his incredible body of work as an author, and colorful characters. They will surely enchant and amaze you!

Children of all ages can take pictures with a live Seuss character and test their art skills in our coloring and drawing contest. The best drawings and colorings will be entered for a chance to a set of the 5 most popular Dr. Seuss books.


“The only thing bigger in Texas than Willie Nelson are the Dallas Cowboys.”

THE DALLAS COWBOYS: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America by Joe Nick Patoski (Little, Brown) out Oct 9, 2012.

Come celebrate with Joe at the Happy Hour Garden Party!

Thursday, Oct 4, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

1822 West 38th Street, Austin

With Filmmaker Jonny Mars

RSVP to cowboys@arts-and-labor.com


The 2012 Writer’s Retreat sponsored by the Writer’s Block is less than a
month away. If you’re a writer who desperately needs a weekend
getaway to start a new project, advance an existing project or obtain
feedback on a work-in-progress, sign up today for this retreat.

October 19 – 21 are the dates and the retreat will take place at Mt.
Lebanon Camp in Cedar Hill, Texas. Registration continues through October
14 for the remaining few spots. Click here for more information and to register.


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.


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.



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.


Submissions Are Rolling! As always, NANO Fiction accepts your best flash of 300 words or fewer all year round. Send your best work to them and we’ll give it a fair shake! Additionally, be sure to check our website, often for special weekly features, rants, and selections from our journal.


2013 Nautilus Awards – Open for Submissions

Recognizing and Honoring Books for a Better World. We seek, acknowledge and award books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities & global citizens, that are dedicated to excellence and the highest standards and present new ways of thinking and healthy, natural options for living sustainably and peacefully together. Benefits include: Cash Prizes for Grand Winners, plus Exhibit and Marketing Opportunities for all winners. Enter now for early discount. For more information including guidelines, categories, and benefits, visit their website.



Browse Poets and Writers Grants & Awards Database for journals and presses seeking contest submissions. Among the 81 listings with deadlines between now and the end of this year is Mid-American Review’s annual contests awarding $1,000 each for a poem and a short piece of fiction.


Please note:  this is the last week contests will be featured on the Friday Filler. All contest information will be published on the members-only section of the Writers’ League Website.


Pens and Pancakes Writer’s Brunch

All writers, authors and aspiring authors are encouraged to attend. The event is free. Guest speaker is Essence best selling author and Dallas Weekly columnist Shewanda Riley. Saturday, October 6th, from 10 am – 12 noon at The Dock Bookshop. Visit The Dock Bookshop website for more information.

6637 Meadowbrook Dr ~ Fort Worth, TX 76112


Writers’ Guild of Texas Events

Monthly Meeting: Monday, 15 October 2012 ~ 7-8:30 p.m.

Topic: The Sound of Language

Speaker: Joe Milazzo @ Richardson Public Library Basement Room

900 Civic Center Dr.

Richardson TX 75080

The Sound of Language is a program focusing on getting the most out of the “sound” of your writing (irrespective of genre), i.e., the sounds of language as constitutive of meaning, as expression. This program will involve some overview of phonetic basics as well as reading and at least one writing exercise.

 Saturday Workshop

Save the date: Saturday, 3 November 2012: Building an Author Platform. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Led by 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. For more information, visit the Writers’ Guild’s website.


Gemini Ink Special Promotion!

Two Stars for the Price of One! Register for Carrie Fountain’s class (Oct. 6) and Matthea Harvey’s class (Oct. 13) at the same time and pay only $100 OR two friends can register for the price of one. Call 210.734.9673 to register and for more information.


Houston Writers’ Conference

Margie Lawson Deep Editing Master Class and four literary agents including Janet Reid.

OCT 12-13 ~ONLY $150

Marriott Hotel 13060 City Walk ~ Sugar Land 77479

No nonmember surcharge if you write EMMA on your application. Appointments still available. It’s $35 dollars per agent. Use paypal or mail your check. Visit their website for more information or email a representative.


Harry Ransom Center Events

Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage READING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, NOON


Novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer, author of The Ongoing Moment and The Missing of the Somme, discusses the changes in war writing and war photography over time. Presented by the University Co-op. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

Central Market Cooking Class COOKING CLASS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 11 A.M.

Central Market, 4001 North Lamar

Enjoy brunch and cooking demonstrations by Central Market Cooking School Chef Louis Ortiz as he creates dishes inspired by the exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America and the 1939 World’s Fair. Ortiz will lead a lively discussion of Depression-era food innovations, such as the introduction of ethnic dishes and convenience foods into the mainstream, and Geddes’s influence on the modern, electric kitchen. The menu features dishes from the era and includes fried chicken with a Lay’s potato chip crust and lemon butter sauce; buttered carrots and mashed potatoes; spaghetti and meatballs; sweet and sour pork; Royal Fruit gelatin salad; and Toll House cookies. Pre-payment and registration required.

The cost of the class is $45. Ransom Center members receive 10% discount off of registration; members, please call 512-232-3669 for the discount code. We recommend that you register early, as the class size is limited. The class takes place at the Central Market Cooking School, located at 4001 North Lamar Boulevard. Click here to register and for more information on these events, visit their website.


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