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WLT Events

Workshops and Classes

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

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.

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

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


Conference V – Houston Writers’ Guild

Friday, October 12th ~ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Workshop #1 ~ April Eberhardt on “An Agents View of Self-Publishing.”

April works with serious authors who recognize the need for professional support, and the importance of publishing in the highest-quality way, be it traditionally or independently. Agent-vetted manuscripts help independently-published authors stand out from the millions of others, and contribute to raising the bar for independent publishing, garnering recognition and sales for those authors who understand and commit to “self-publishing, done right.”

Workshop #2 ~ Nikki Loftin on “Build your writing toolkit.”
No one does it like Nikki Loftin, easily voted the most entertaining and instructive lecturer of our entire faculty at the Spring conference. Nikki will present a 3 hour hand-on workshop for any genre, where folks come in with ideas/rough sketches and leave with polished queries, pitches, and improvement on their opening pages.

Saturday, October 13th ~ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Margie Lawson on “Empowering Character’s Emotions.” Want to add a psychological punch to your writing? Want to learn how to capture the full range of body language on the page? Want to turn your work into a page-turner by powering up emotions and hooking the reader viscerally? Learn the “edits” system. Basic, complex empowered and super-empowered passages: Backstory management, Kinesics, Haptics, Proxemics, Facial expressions, Paralanguage and much more.
The conference will be held at the Sugar Land Marriot Hotel 16090 City Walk Sugar Land, Texas 77479. For more information on Agents and what else the conference has to offer for writers, click here.

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.


The 2012 Lone Star Writer’s Conference featuring James Scott Bell

Topic: Plot and Structure

Editors: Chris Keeslar, Editor-in-Chief – Buroughs Publishing Group

Liz Pelletier, Senior Editor – Entangled Publishing

Deborah Gilbert, Senior editor – Soul Mate Publishing

Agent: Elaine Spencer – The Knight Agency

Location: Houston Marriott North at Greenspoint

Date & Time: October 13, 2012; 9 am to 5 pm (registration and breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.)

Cost: $130 ~ for more information on the conference and registration, 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.


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.

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.

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

Content on Oct 16 will include: Personal management agreements and booking talent.

Special Guest: Brian Stovall, Assistant Director of Texas Performing Arts and Entertainment and Logistics Consultant, on how to settle a show; Representing songwriting teams and other joint clients; and Legal responsibility in the legal clinic environment.

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 and 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.

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. 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. Click here  for more information on registration and the seminars.


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 us at info@underthevolcano.org.


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.


Impact Austin 2012 Speaker Series

Join us for an exciting evening with Kathy LeMay. She will discuss “Voice, Activism & Money: Women Creating the World We Know is Possible.”

Kathy LeMay is the Founder, President & CEO of Raising Change, which helps organizations raise capital to advance social change agendas and individuals create Generosity Plans to help change the world. In 2000, LeMay was nominated for a Reebok Human Rights Award for her 15 years of service as a human rights activist. She was just named one of Business West Magazine’s ’40 Under 40′ and, in January 2010, she released her first book, The Generosity Plan. Click here for event details.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 ~ 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ~ Marriott Hotel South


Sisters in Crime Event – A Collision of Forensic Science and Politics

Our October 14 speaker, Gerald Hurst, a chemist and inventor, offers his services for free to help individuals he feels were wrongly convicted of arson. Hurst said he became disgusted by fire investigations based more on ‘old wives’ tales and folklore’ than science. He long ago took to wearing all-black clothing to hide the marks of soot, and he works out of a home office in the basement of his west Austin house.

Jerry has a bachelor, graduate, and Ph.D. in Chemistry and has worked for various companies investigating explosives and arson techniques. He is currently self employed and has about a dozen patents in the field of explosives in the US and foreign countries.

He is experienced in the study of the initiation, mechanism, prevention and analysis of fires and explosions dating back 45 years and including work with both military and civilian government agencies including FBI, BATF, US Forest Service, etc. He is the inventor of Kinepak (binary explosive), “mylar” balloon and the modern Liquid Paper formulations.

“I see fire as a bunch of physical chemical processes,” he said. “I came up using my science background and running experiments, and I had years of access to testing facilities (as a corporate scientist from 1965-80), so anytime I wanted to blow something up or test an idea, I could.”

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Westlake Barnes & Noble bookstore, located at the southeast corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road, in The Village at Westlake shopping center.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose purpose is to promote mysteries written by women, and combat discrimination against women mystery authors. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at www.hotxsinc.org.


The Wittliff Collections at Texas State present: A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2012, the Wittliff Collections at Texas State Uni­ver­sity-San Marcos launch the second Lonesome Dove volume in their book series with the University of Texas Press. To celebrate the publication of A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove, the Wittliff is hosting a free panel discussion with contributors John Spong, Jeff Wilson, and Bill Wittliff, moderated by Stephen Harrigan. Signed books will be for sale before and after the discussion.

Location: the LBJ Student Center Ballroom on the campus of Texas State University in San Marcos.

Attendees are required to RSVP to thewittliffcollections@txstate.edu by OCTOBER 15 to receive further information about the event, including parking instructions, and a 5% discount on the book.

Admission is free. For more information about the event, you may call 512-245-2313.


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.


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. Visit his website for more information.


Sarah Martin is coming in to San Antonio to see family and to sign some books at The Twig!

Her book Stress Point: Thriving Through Your Twenties In A Decade Of Drama provides spiritual strength in unprecedented times. The Event is on Saturday, Oct. 6th from 10:00-12:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

Anthony Bourdain ~ at Laurie Auditorium

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

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.


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.


The Georgetown Poetry Festival will begin this Friday (Oct 5th) through to Sunday (Oct 7th). Friday’s festivities will be from 6:30-9:00 p.m., starting with The Enigmatist Open Mic reading at Stinger Art Gallery (4410 Williams Dr. #102). Please email Mike Gullickson at poetkind@yahoo.com, or call 591-7330 to state which events you will attend. All events will be free, so contact Mike soon!


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