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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.


The Writer’s Garret EventsDallas

What makes contemporary art truly contemporary? Artistic currency is more than a matter of how popular or “hot” an artist may be. Artistic currency has much to do with both how and why contemporary artists make the work they do, the contexts in which they create, and what audiences are inspired to think and say in response to their art.

This summer and fall, The MAC and The Writer’s Garret will continue congruent educational outreach initiatives to present Spin Off, a series of multidisciplinary panel discussions giving audiences a rare opportunity to get involved in those larger conversations that continue to define contemporary art, its practice, its theory, its history, and its meaning. Discussion topics are inspired by current MAC exhibitions and are tied loosely to themes and ideas presented in these exhibitions. By bringing together panels consisting of a diverse collection of scholars, critics and artists working across various fields of study, Spin Off will thoughtfully explore the most exciting and influential ideas and trends in today’s art.

These discussions are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Wednesday, June 27; 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Residency Programs

The first installment of Spin Off delves into Residency Programs. Panelists Matt Bondurant, Gabriel Dawe, Ben Fountain, Sally Frater, and Philip Kelleher will gather to discuss the relevancy of residency programs across various fields of study. This panel discussion will be moderated by Lisa Taylor.

For more information and to learn about featured panelists, click HERE.



Please join us at 7 PM NEXT TUESDAY, June 26, at LUCKY DOG BOOKS for the Stone Soup Portable Poetry Workshop, which uses Jack Myers’s The Portable Poetry Workshop as a guide to discussion, study, and a generative workshop.

RSVP to thea@writersgarret.org, and please also let us know if you can bring snacks, beverages, etc. (Letting us know what food and/or drink you will be bringing helps, too!)


2012 and Beyond Essay Competition

The New Era Times and The Book Connection are the sponsors of this exciting “no fee” essay competition with the winners being published in an anthology that will be available in October 2012. Proceeds from the sale of the competition anthologies will go to charity to help fund some very worthwhile causes that focus on education and spirituality.

The first recipient of the funding will be Edgar Cayce’s ARE Center in Houston, Texas which has been my inspiration on many projects including this competition. For those who aren’t familiar with Edgar Cayce, he was the renowned seer known as the sleeping prophet. Among his thousands of readings he not only gave people personal information and health direction, but also talked about the dawning of the Age of Aquarius as well as the dreaded Mayan Calendar date of December 21, 2012. Much of what Cayce predicted has come to pass with more predictions looming on the horizon.

For more information and Competition Guidelines click HERE!


You Don’t Have to Choose: Balancing Playful Picture Books with Rigorous Research

A hands-on picture book workshop for both the non-fiction and fiction author led by the award-winning, bestselling author Chris Barton!

Workshop Synopsis: Creativity and professionally alike, authors can enjoy big benefits from letting the silly stuff cross-pollinate with the seriously researched. In “You Don’t Have to Choose,” we’ll use the examples of picture book authors who have done both fiction and nonfiction as a springboard for discussing and honing skills and techniques applicable to both types of writing. We’ll examine the benefits – and potential drawbacks – of that sort of career cross-pollination with a goal of having each student leave the workshop inspired and equipped to create books in both realms, with some newly gained practical experience under their belts.

Workshop Details

Date: Saturday, June 30th

Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Place: The Wyndham Gardens Hotel

3401 S I-25

Austin, TX 78741

Fee: SCBWI Member – $65, Non-member – $80

Click HERE for more information!


Harry Ransom Center Events

The Ten Commandments (1956) BIBLICAL FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 6 P.M.

The Biblical Film Series continues at the Harry Ransom Center with Cecil B. DeMille’s epic The Ten Commandments (1956), starring Charlton Heston, on Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m. Please note the early start time due to the film’s 220-minute length.

The film tells the story of the Egyptian prince Moses (Heston), who learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people from bondage under his adoptive brother Pharaoh Ramses II (Yul Brynner).

This program is in conjunction with the exhibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence, on display through July 29 (closing this Sunday). Four hundred years after its first printing, the King James translation of the Bible remains a vital work whose language permeates contemporary music, literature, and everyday speech. The exhibition tells the little-known story of one of the most widely read and printed books in the history of the English language.

The 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.

Mark your calendars for the other films in the series: Samson and Delilah (1949) on July 12 and Solomon and Sheba (1959) on July 26 and click HERE for more information!



Deadline: July 31, 2012

Creative Nonfiction (CNF) and the Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference & Workshop are looking for essays that capture the South in all its steamy sinfulness–whether you’re skipping church to watch football, coveting your neighbor’s Real Housewife of Atlanta, or just drinking an unholy amount of sweet tea.

Your essay can channel William Faulkner or Flannery O’Connor, Alice Walker or Rick Bragg; it can be serious, humorous, or somewhere in between, but all essays must tell true stories, and must incorporate both sin and the South in some way. The selected essays will be published in Creative Nonfiction #47, and CNF and Oxford will be awarding $5000 for Best Essay.

To submit, visit: www.creativenonfiction.org



Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

Thursday, June 14 – July 1

Main Street Theater presents this hysterical down-to-earth, truly kick-ass story of the unsinkable Molly Ivins, the famously brassy newspaper columnist and best-selling author. A true Texas original, Ivins was a sharp-tongued wit who skewered the political establishment and the “good ol´ boys” with her unforgettable humor and wisdom. MATURE AUDIENCES ONL.

For more information click HERE!


Gallery Opening, Henry Membreno: New Works

Friday, June 15, 5-8PM

Local contemporary artist, Henry Membreno’s, “New Works” are emotive abstractions comprised by fusing acrylics, pigments, and graphite on various substrates. In his exploration of gesture, he seeks to develop recurring motions that illustrate the development and degeneration of memory. Stop by the Gallery Opening Friday, June 15th at Imago Dei from 5-8pm for art, food trucks and music by DJ Jen B! On view through July 30!! For more info, click HERE!


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