Welcome!

Hello! If you’re visiting this page, it was so great meeting you at a recent event. We’re the Writers’ League of Texas, the largest literary arts organization in the state and we offer programming and support for writers at all stages of their writing careers. This page is filled with information about our upcoming events and opportunities. Keep in mind that while we are called the Writers’ League of Texas, we offer online programming that is accessible from anywhere and we have members all over the world, so you don’t have to be a Texan to join or take part in our programs. 

Agents & Editors Conference

The WLT’s Agents & Editors Conference is one of the nation’s premier conferences for writers. Every year, we bring together nationally-known literary agents and book editors and other industry professionals with writers at all stages of the writing process for a weekend of conversation and community around the craft of writing and the practical steps toward publication. 

For writers with finished manuscripts, the conference’s one-on-one consultations with agents and editors offer a unique opportunity to pitch their work directly to publishing professionals.

For writers working toward a completed manuscript, the conference’s genre meet-ups, panels, presentations, and general sessions offer an abundance of useful information and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for informal chats with agents, published authors, and fellow writers from all genres and backgrounds.

The 2022 Agents & Editors Conference will take place June 24 – 26. Registration is open to WLT members and non-members at this time. 

Agencies already confirmed: Aevitas Creative Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Folio Literary Management, The Friedrich Agency, Frances Goldin Literary Agency, Einstein Literary Management, Lynn Johnston Literary, WME, HG Literary, Ladderbird Literary Agency, The Bent Agency, Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, Martin Literary & Media Management, Neon Literary, Massie & McQuilkin, and Jane Rotrosen Agency.

The 2022 Keynote Speaker is Jami Attenberg. All Keynote Luncheon registrants will receive a copy of her memoir “I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home.” 

The 2022 Opening Session Speaker is Helen Atsma, VP and Publisher at Ecco. 

To learn more about the 2022 A&E Conference, click here

Upcoming Special Events 

We offer free programs for writers on a topic related to the craft or business of writing year-round. These events usually take place on the Third Thursday of every month and can either be a panel discussion, a WLT Off the Beaten Craft or WLT On the Writing Life presentation, or a WLT On the Craft of Writing conversation. Topics have included everything from fanfiction, channeling anxiety and depression into creativity, worldbuilding, querying agents, the path to publication, and everything and anything in between and beyond. We also host two free write-ins to provide accountability and a dedicated virtual writing community. 

Plus, WLT members get exclusive access to our Ask Us Anything events, where you can have any and all of your burning questions answered by your favorite authors and industry professionals. 

Some of our upcoming events include:

April 21: April Third Thursday: “Doing it Yourself: The Self Publishing Experience” 

April 26: Ask Us Anything: “Getting Published: Submitting to Literary Journals & Magazines”

May 7: Write-in

May 17: Write-in

May 19: WLT On the Craft of Writing: “Writing a Book Series”

June 4: Write-in

June 16: June Third Thursday: “Debut Fiction: The Path to Publication & Beyond”

Upcoming Classes

WLT online classes feature a variety of topics taught by outstanding instructors. These live webinars (on Zoom) offer something of interest for all writers – from novice to professional. With some exceptions, classes are usually three hours in length and taught by a single instructor on a specific craft of writing or business of publishing topic.  

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

Some of our upcoming classes: 

April 16: “From Unique to Universal: Making Your Personal Narratives Resonate with Readers” with Jasminne Mendez

April 23: “Launch to Success: Self Publishing in 2022” with Deanna Roy

May 7: “Opening Pages in Fiction” with Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

May 14: “Tackling the Problems of Memory in Memoir” with Rachel Starnes

May 18: “Introduction to Screenwriting: From Idea to Script” with Bev Chukwu

May 21: “On Novel Revision: Finding What Works Best for You and Your Novel” with Adam Soto

May 28: “The Author’s Escape Plan: The Personal, Emotional, and Financial Logistics of Becoming a Full-time Author” with Laekan Zea Kemp

June 4: “The Truth Told Slant: Personal Experience Turned into Fiction” with Nan Cuba

June 11: “Research in Fiction: How to Do It & Bring it to Life” with Gordy Sauer

Membership

“You hear a lot about the solitary life of a writer. With this group, you’re never alone.” – WLT Member

We are dedicated to creating community and sharing the craft and business of writing which is why we decided to gift everyone who visited our booth at AWP a membership to the WLT good through December 31, 2022. 

Here’s what you get with your WLT membership:

  • WLT members have access to the website’s Member Dashboard, including access to and a listing in the Member Directory, special promotions and resources for writers, & more. 
  • WLT members receive steep discounts on all paid programming, a savings of $60 on every registration. This includes online classes, the annual Agents & Editors Conference, and the annual Summer Writing Retreat.
  • WLT members are eligible for monthly Open Office Hours, the chance to have a 30-minute consultation with our experienced staff to talk about any and all writerly questions or concerns.
  • WLT members are invited to promote and sign their books at the WLT booth at special in-person events, including the Texas Book Festival every Fall and the San Antonio Book Festival every Spring.
  • WLT members are invited to submit news items for the monthly Member Mailer.
  • WLT members are invited to be interviewed for our Meet the Members column on our blog, Scribe.
  • WLT members have access to special Members Only events throughout the year, including monthly Member Meet-Ups, game and movie nights, & more. 

Ready to take advantage of these great benefits and opportunities? If you gave us your information at the booth, you’ll be hearing from us no later than Monday, April 4th on how to access your account. 

If you didn’t get the chance to claim your free membership, email us at member@writersleague.org (no later than March 31) and we’ll make it happen! 

And if you’re looking for free writerly content, check out our Youtube channel here or our podcast here