Commit one special weekend to your writing with ten brilliant craft presentations and conversations with some of the most exciting writers in Texas.

 


 

For years, we have been sending award-winning and bestselling authors into small community libraries across the state to talk about the craft behind their fiction, memoir, and poetry. Now, for the first time, we're gathering ten of those presentations in one place: Austin Community College's beautiful Riverside Campus in Austin, TX.

 

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THE SCHEDULE

On Saturday, you'll enjoy six presentations, with moderated conversations interspersed throughout the day, and lunch provided. The day starts at 9:00 a.m. and wraps up at 6:00 p.m. We'll also have snacks and coffee on hand to keep you going (not that we think you'll need it!). Plus, BookPeople will be on site to sell the presenters' books, plus some of the presenters' go-to craft guides and sources of writing inspiration.

On Sunday, we're back starting at noon for four more presentations and a moderated conversation with the authors, finishing by 6:00 p.m. Plus the snacks and the coffee and BookPeople.

The full schedule and details regarding the Friday informal event and Saturday lunch will be shared in late October

 

THE PROGRAM

Over two days, ten authors will give 35-minute presentations focused on particular areas of craft that have been important to their own work. The presenters will also take part in a series of moderated discussions with one another. Topics will include

  • Finding your way to fiction
  • Dismantling doubt
  • Transforming facts into stories
  • Sharpening your descriptive powers
  • Making dialogue work for you
  • Building tension and creating conflict
  • Writing about the workplace in fiction and memoir
  • The problem of memory in creative writing
  • The elements of crime fiction
Presenters will include
  • Jennifer duBois
  • Meg Gardiner
  • Kathleen Kent
  • Jeramey Kraatz
  • Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
  • Chaitali Sen
  • ire'ne lara silva
  • Rachel Starnes
  • Sasha West
  • + one more!

There will be regular breaks, with opportunities to buy books and get them signed, to mingle with your fellow participants, and visit with the presenters and WLT staff.

 

REGISTRATION DETAILS

$139 for current WLT members and $199 for nonmembers. 

Registration includes

  • Breakfast bites and lunch on Saturday
  • Coffee on Saturday and Sunday
  • An invitation to an informal social gathering at a fun Austin joint Friday evening
  • A five-dollar voucher toward a purchase at the BookPeople table.

Location: ACC Riverside, Building G, Room 8100, 1020 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX 78741

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COMING FROM OUT OF TOWN?

We have a block of rooms at Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndam--Austin Airport (located minutes from ACC Riverside, the airport, and downtown). The group rate is $91/night, plus tax, for a standard two-queen room. Be sure to ask for the Writers' League of Texas rate. The deadline to book a room with the group rate is Thursday, October 24.